Journal
of the Western Mystery Tradition No. 13, Vol. 2. Vernal Equinox 2007 |
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Over
the last few years sacred geometry has become a topic of interest again
within esoteric circles. Stephen Skinner in his book Stephen Skinner first explains in his book how sacred geometry was used in the ancient world by giving an overview of those that have contributed to the development of this art. Everyone from Pythagoras and his well known theorem, to Thales of Miletus, Plato, Euclid and Archimedes have made contributions. He follows the list of these contributors with a section on the various geometry shapes and theorems that were developed, from triangles, to solving three ancient problems (squaring the circle, doubling the volume of a cube, and trisecting an angle), to the development of curves and logarithmic spirals. From there Mr. Skinner goes into the classical Platonic Solids, and even discusses the thirteen Archimedean Solids. After reviewing these classic forms, Skinner shows how the ancients saw many of these forms and geometric formulae in nature. This is discussed from the spiral growth of leaves on a plant to the growth of the nautilus’ shell. Finally, after the ground work is laid out, Mr. Skinner discusses how
these formulae are used in the arts of painting, architecture, and sculpture.
He discusses how the great Renaissance painters such as Michelangelo and
DiVinci use this in their works, and how some of the great architects
of the period use sacred geometry to build the great structures of the
day. The artists such as DiVinci used geometry to help formulate the use
of perspective. He covers how the architect Christopher Wren used these
concepts from the Renaissance architects as well as those of earlier to
build the impressive St. Paul’s Cathedral in London in the 17 Skinner next touches on how geometry relates to some of the more esoteric areas of study. Being from Britain, he goes into Glastonbury and the lay lines that radiate out from it and other famous sites throughout Britain. He discusses how many of the churches and cathedrals are built along or over these lay lines and were used not only by the Christian church, but by the earlier religions in those areas. The final section of the book discusses how the concepts from the ancient world apply in the modern world. Mr. Skinner gives several examples of stunning modern architecture that use the concepts first developed over the last twenty-three hundred years. One such example would be the famed Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. The book is very visual and has a lot of diagrams, pictures, and illustrations
on slick glossy paper. The writing and explanation of the material by
Stephen Skinner is a bit lack luster. He seems to have written this particular
book just to appeal to the New Agey interest in sacred geometry that has
followed the writing of that piece of cult fiction, The Overall, I found the writing not as clear and concise as in some of
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