Based on the book “Sacred Geometry: Philosophy & Practice”
I have divided this article in short numbered thoughts in Ludwig Wittgenstein’s manner. As an epilogue there’s a bit my own philosophy about forms.
(1) Greek philosopher Plato considered geometry and number as the most reduced and essential and therefore the ideal philosophical language.
But it is only by virtue of functioning at a certain ‘level’ of reality that geometry and number can become a vehicle for philosophic contemplation.
For Plato reality consisted pure essences or archetypal ideas of which the ideas we perceive are only pale reflections. The Greek word “idea” is also translated as form. These ideas cannot be perceived with senses, but with pure reason alone. This is where geometry steps into picture.
(2) Geometry as contemplative practice is personified by elegant, refined woman, for geometry functions as an intuitive, synthesizing, creative yet exact activity of mind associated with feminine principle. But when these geometric laws come to be applied in the technology of daily life they are represented by the rational, masculine principle: contemplative geometry is transformed into practical geometry.
(3) Angle specified the of celestial earthly events.Today the science verifies that the angular position of moon and planets does affect the electromagnetic and cosmic radiation which impact with the Earth and in turn these these field fluctuations affect many biological processes.
Also the word “angle” has same root as “angel”.
In ancient trigonometry an angle is relationship with two whole numbers. This gets us into musical scale system.
(4) Geometry deals with pure form and philosophical geometry re-enacts unfolding of each form out of preceding one. It is a way which the creative essential mystery is rendered visible.
For the end from the book Thomas Taylor’s thought: “All mathematical forms have a primary subsistence in the soul; so that prior to the sensible she contains self-motive numbers; vital figures prior to such as are apparent; harmonic ratios prior to things harmonized; and invisible circles prior to the bodies that are moved in a circle.”
I have come up with some kind of form philosophy myself too. Why do people produce certain kind of forms? Especially the circle form can be found directly in many instances. Typically a glass for drinking has a circle especially at the top of it.
Perhaps it’s easier to drink from this kind of glass. Or are we forced to create these kind of forms because of our “sacred geometry origin”? 🙂
My actual own form philosophy is metaphysical by its nature, where also mental things have geometrical form, that are in interaction with concrete forms creating values together, that have their own forms.
For example it’s not insignificant that from what kind of of “glass” one drinks beer. It is disrespect of beer if one doesn’t drink beer from a pint that retell the mental form of the beer. It’s also of course question of what kind of beer one drinks. Some expensive beers come in a bottle that respect the form of the beer as such, at least almost.
I also have analogical thoughts about wine: It is wrong to drink red wine from a white wine glass. Red wine has its own mental form that the wine glass must retell.
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Well, I have probably written too much about my own form philosophy already, but with cosmetics it gets particularly interesting.
The essence is to see the mental being of things and respect that with right kind of concept by paying attention to right kind of combination of make up, jewelry and clothes and so on. The essence is the respect of the whole, all the mental dimensions of it. Respect in very wide concept. Including self respect.
For end observation let me state that for example in the buildings for different kind of forms were payed a lot more attention in the past that nowadays. At least that is how I see it in Finland.
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For example the residential districts outside the centers of the towns that are built in the 1970s are especially boring in Finland…
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