Sui amoris parit sui conscientia.
Self-love breeds self-awareness.
This quote invites us to love ourselves every time we breathe through the nose. In this way we inhale prana into the very essence of our being—to unite the psyche, spirit and soul. This includes naming our fears upon the path to wholeness.
Through the grace of the divine, we are invited to gaze deeply into the creative passion of our sacrums. Slowly, we come to recognise the tip of Excalibur that is buried deep within us like the “V” of an inverted triangle:
In line with this, our lower impulses of thought, emotion and instinct can be transmuted into the higher elements of reason, faith and trust. Historically, the Egyptian Ennead was used to reflect these archetypal forces of creation, all of which were observed in nature and applied to human affairs. This invited alchemists to recognise our nine-fold nature based on the human anatomy of the brain, heart and gut:
Above: can you see three interlocking equilateral triangles?
Any potential for transformation occurs through awareness. When reading through each of the Nine, be honest, open and aware. Which do you still need to identify, accept and resolve? The awareness that all Nine exist within you, to be used at any time, means that you become a fully responsible co-creator, on Earth, now. At their height, this is how the Egyptians lived, creating an awakened civilisation from the basis of the 9/3 enneagram:
One day soon, you will use all of the Nine to regain consciousness. This is also how we are designed to operate: as a co-creative part of life here on Earth, understanding that we are each composed of the Nine. You come to “know thyself” by experiencing and becoming the Nine in physical form, with this journey leading into every facet of human and divine awareness so that you may activate your Merkaba.
Above: can you see nine irregular pentagons within?
Another word for this subtle energy is bioplasma. Bioplasma is a diffuse magnetic fluid which surrounds all living beings. Like a liquid, it can be made up of varying viscosities and densities. So this field not only surrounds humans, but also the planet. The energy of the Nine then, includes the electromagnetic field as a facsimile of the spiritual dimensions.
This realisation of deeper layers of divinity was the basis of Egyptian civilisation at its height. This alchemy of life harmonised the rational, emotional and physical bodies to allow the full immersion of life into physicality. Below, we notice how the enneagram joins the nose, the sacred organ responsible for the breath of life:
Buddha’s revelations occurred beneath a fig tree—the Bodhi. In religious iconography, this tree is recognisable by its heart-shaped leaves which are prominently displayed. So this “tree of awakening” played a key role in the peace of Buddha. This was the state of bliss that blossomed from within due to conscious breathing.
Figs have a rejuvenating effect on the body and combat the aging process because they are rich in flavonoids, polyphenols and anthocyanins. These are also known for their powerful antioxidant effects in neutralising free radicals. Regular consumption improves memory, relieves sleep disorders and works wonders for anemia. Figs are also a strong immune stimulant and have been a favourite of doctors since at least 10,000 BCE.
These aphrodisiacs are also rich in copper and vitamin B6. Copper is a vital mineral that’s involved in energy production as well as the formation of blood cells, connective tissues and neurotransmitters. Figs also improve blood pressure and blood fat levels, which can help boost vascular health and decrease the risk of heart disease. As a “superfood” they have the highest mineral and fibre content of ALL common fruits, nuts and vegetables.
Figs are also symbolic of rebirth but more specifically the human uterus. In ancient Egypt, Ficus sycomorus was associated with the goddess Hathor whose face resembled a womb. The fig was also portrayed as the Egyptian Tree of Life and its timbers richly adorned the tombs of the pharaohs. Later, the fig was reborn in the Middle East within the hamsa—a symbol of the diaphragm that promoted the arrival of spirit within the body:
Figs are technically not fruit—they are actually inverted flowers. So fig trees don’t bloom like apple trees because they flower inside the pod, which later matures. The result is a hard fruit called achene―which gives the fig the “crunch” we love. Certain types of fig are different sexes and require a special wasp to pollinate the females.
Here we return to our triangles and add a final one. This is the Mer-Ka-Ba of the ancient Egyptians. This 9 + 3 format implies a 12 pointed star, referred to as a dodecagram. (This is a 2D representation of a 3D polyhedron: the dodecahedron.) In this case the dodecagram has 12 vertices and can be drawn as FOUR interlocking equilateral triangles:
So the 12/4 dodecagram is really like a rotating triangle. It indicates the complete energy system of the human body and the cosmos that we call creation. Simply put, this brings forth our connection to the universe—the premise that all living beings are fractals of the whole, implied by the 33 balls of the figurate number we call the centred dodecahedron:
The microcosm and macrocosm refer to a vision of the universe where the part reflects the whole and vice versa. It is a form of recursion that is present in many esoteric models of philosophy. Born in Egypt, this heka was not lost on Pythagoras, who saw the cosmos and the body as a harmonious unity. This idea of “as above, so below” was revived about a century later by Plato and again during the Renaissance by Leonardo da Vinci. It also implies something else—a harmonic square and circle:
This shape above can be expanded below with a larger circle and square. The secret here is their FRACTAL nature, meaning that they are self-similar courtesy of the dodecagram:
Here we are reminded of what lies within. In the case, it is the minimum combination that can produce the fractal nature of life. Below, the rotating triangle informs the harmonic circle and square. So the pattern (above) can be reduced to the Philosopher’s Stone:
This is the ROYAL CANON that Da Vinci attempted, except this version includes the triangle of spirit. It hints at the pathway from humanity to divinity:
The Universe tarot card announces our cosmic citizenship—once we come to realise our soul’s potential for it. It implies the awakening of our immortal being, without the necessity of dying. Like the Sun, this card is reputed to have no negative meaning no matter how it appears. Here we are reminded of the Hermetic “know thyself” because this phrase represents balance when fully embodied—man as a living fractal of the cosmos.