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The true definition of a sanctuary is a place where opposites meet. In Egypt this included intuition and reason, spirituality and materialism, art and science. All initiates had to walk the implied path between these perceived extremes on their journey towards enlightenment. After all, the truth always hangs in the balance.
If sacred geometry opens the doors to the mysteries, then with a little perseverance we hope the truth will start resonating within you. As a place of online renewal we encourage you to dip into this temenos more than once. If you find the answers you were looking for, then please show your appreciation.
A temenos was a holy sanctuary. Delphi was known as one just like the temples in Egypt before it. The word derives from the Greek verb témnō meaning “to cut”. While these holy precincts were “cut off” from common usage there was in fact an esoteric meaning—the ratio of √2 comes from the way nested squares “cut” each other at their midpoints.
The Nile was always been a fickle mistress. Successive dynasties had to deal with feasts and famines even as the desert advanced. Like a mirage, Egypt has never been truly knowable. After all, what are we actually referring to? The Old Kingdom? Egypt under the Persians? The Greeks? The Romans? Like waves on an ebbing tide, the wisdom of Egypt has been steadily receding for thousands of years. To this day she remains an enigma.
This blog then, is really an attempt to preserve the highest wisdom of the western world, much of which was contributed by the Egyptians. Today the temples of the Nile are mostly Ptolemaic rebuilds with little resonance left. Surprisingly, the tombs in the Valley of the Kings preserve the spirit of the Egyptians better than anything else—unlike the icy halls of modern mausoleums, these ancient tombs still resonate with the colourful charm of the eternal sanctuaries they were designed to be.
In conventional western theology an attempt is made to know God by thought; to make statements about divinity. In Hermeticism this effort is abandoned and replaced by a union with God directly. As a species we must realise that our hearts are our most significant organs and that they alone hint at the path to enlightenment.
Above: Hermes Trismegistus
In today’s western culture the eye has replaced the ear as the favoured sense organ. We are now more a visual culture and less an auditory one. In this shift, something vital was lost: for while the eye objectifies our world as something outside us, the ear embraces our environment within us. When we take a picture we merely capture an image; when we hear music we take in its essence and make it part of ourselves. This sound alignment is infinite whereas our sight is finite.
This shift away from a LUNAR towards a SOLAR civilisation meant that we forgot the intuitive and embraced the rational—we went from an oral to a written culture. Most of the drama on this planet is a result of humanity being out of balance. Five remains the number of LOVE and this is why the dodecahedron is so important:
Above: the universal method of communication favoured by Thoth
The star tetrahedron or Sri Yantra has been known since ancient times as the Merkaba, the divine light vehicle used by ascended masters to connect with higher realms. All advanced races use this harmonic to communicate between dimensions. As the Star of David it speaks to the inseparable relationship between complementary halves—the positive and the negative, the manifest and the unmanifest and the light and the darkness. This balance is reflected in the human heart.
The Latin word renascentia means “rebirth”. As a first declension noun it is the mother of the French word renaissance. The narrative within this blog then, invites you to be reborn. Please check us out on Facebook or Pinterest. You can also contact the author (Richard Donald) directly via email.