"...it's no secret that many of the mystery schools of ancient cultures sought a spiritual rebirth within the individual using the zodiac as a teaching tool. . . . The zodiac described the inner constitution of humans, the structure-function-order of ourselves, mirroring that of the universe. According to the ancients, the archetypal principles revealed by arithmetic and geometry, represented by the zodiac, seen manifest in the designs of nature, technology, art, the clock and calendar, temple architecture, myths, measures, and whole societies have correspondence within each os us. The initiate was taught to see the world inside-out, to see twelve-part wholes as our reflection."
Psychadelics, the likely inspiration for most of humanity's knowledge of sacred geometry
Below is a visual tribute to the geometric cosmic art of the Shipibo people of Peru, known as masters of the psychadelic "spiritual" drug Ayahausca. Since paleo-lithic times visionary and consciousness altering drugs have been used by shamans in the communities around the world who knew how to prepare and use them for sacred purposes, who were entrusted by the community to gather and share the knowledge that came from them. Shamanic vision (like all types of brow chakra exploration) is likely the inspiration behind all forms of sacred geometry. The enlightened ones do not need drugs. It is possible to develop psychic skills that bring insights like this without drugs. These states come to those who have access to the akashic realms and were born for the purpose of sharing this kind of knowledge. It can also be a seductive trap for sincere spiritual seekers. But in ancient times, this was accessible to any culture and quite possibly its access to the Divine knowledge it needed. Then during the course of interpreting the drawings based on these insights, there would come an understanding of higher mathematics and the geometry's relationship to the stars, planets, seasons, agricultural cycles, human fertility...etc. These things would have very naturally become a civilizing factor in nation building - or even in smaller tribal levels, part of the lore and oral tradition, part of the religion, part of the calendar, part of daily life. And to those cultures who had avataurs, even greater truths would be revealed, as Sri Aurobindo writes in his book on Mystic Hymns.
To touch the Reality that exists we need to become more awake to the great wisdom that lies before us in the simple things. The mystic William Blake wrote :
“To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.”
The Truth is right before us. We need only the eyes to see It. The men and women of ancient wisdom had these eyes. We can learn all the great truths by observing the wondrous workings of Nature. Open your eyes and see the handiwork of our Divine Creator. The Universe is the manifestation of Great Intelligence. Observe it with eyes of simplicity, with the humility of a true seeker of wisdom and with a heart filled with the sincere desire to uncover its mystery. If It finds you worthy it will unfold its secrets to your heart.Sri Vasudeva, Satsang message, 2002
The Cosmological Circle
As found at Stonehenge...
There is a geometrical representation of the 28 psychic points within us linking to the 28 points of the multidimensional universe in which we live. Here is a very superficial synopsis of some of the most astounding things I found in my research.
When I was doing some research on sacred geometry I found Michael Schneider's wonderful research on how numbers show up in the sacred geometry of life - in Nature and in Life's Processes. The ancient template of the Cosmological Circle, rediscovered in the 1960s by John Michell, is based on the number 12. Click on the image below to see more details about it on Schneider's webite "Constructing The Universe".
This image is geometrically aligned to the actual distance between the Moon and Earth. It forms a perfect marriage called "squaring the circle" between the materialist (square/straight lines) and the spiritual (circle). According to Michell and Schneider's research, ancient civilizations knew about this and built structures and organized themselves according to the teachings of this sacred geometry.
Here we see plainly how the 28 nakshatra system fit in between the 13 moons formed in the circle, like the 28 days of the month in the lunar year.
13 "moons" & 28 points made of 4x7-pointed stars
|The Cosmological Circle with the 28 Star PointsAdapted from Michael Schneider's Diagram(click image to link to his site)|
This image can be seen as a template for understanding the philosophies that emerged about cosmology in various cultures.
Cosmos on the back of a tortoise/turtleIt is said that the secrets of the I Ching were inspired by the markings on the back of a turtle, and in a flash revealed how the cosmos works. This has to do with the ba gua / pakua cosmology "compass" used in feng qui. There is a pre-heaven version and a post-heaven version. The post-heaven one came from a shamanistic experience:
"Traditionally, Fu Xi is considered the originator of the I Ching (also known as the Yi Jing or Zhou Yi), which work is attributed to his reading of the He Map (or the Yellow River Map). According to this tradition, Fu Xi had the arrangement of the trigrams (八卦 bāgùa) of the I Ching revealed to him in the markings on the back of a mythical dragon horse (sometimes said to be a tortoise) that emerged from the Luo River. This arrangement precedes the compilation of the I Ching during the Zhou dynasty. This discovery is said to have been the origin of calligraphy. "
A lot of these insights come from altered states. Terrence McKenna, who took psychadelic trips using mushrooms, discovered secrets of the I Ching and the speculation is that the ancient Mayans could have discovered the same secrets through their use of hallucinogenic substances also. Our inner truth can be accessed in all kinds of ways. So, yes the Universe does rest on the back of a turtle - if you know what "Universe" really means:
|The Cosmos/Universe on the back of a turtle|
13 moons and 28 smaller sections
We see in in Hinduism:
|Guardians of the 4 Directions|
The cosmos in our head
13:20 & the 4 partitioned brain
|From The Global Mind & The Rise of Civilization by C.J. Calleman|
The Cosmological Circle is None Other than the Muladhara Chakra
*(Not intending to demonize Ayuhuasca, click here to see possibilities for certain controlled clinical psychology applications. Dr. Gabor Mate is a really progressive thinker and champion of harm reduction for substance abusers. Being a natural product not extracted and reprocessed it doesn't have the side effects of other psychadelics. Apparently it is more the ritual factors than the actual drug itself that is the real change mechanism in this intervention for PTSD patients...which I suspect is the same for people who take it for spiritual purposes. The mind is a powerful healer too.)