Originally posted by Hanslune
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
I know some on ATS may be tired of hearing me about this type of topic....but here goes:
Any time you look at a piece of art, a design, there is a meaning that some ascribe to shapes.
Yes in many cases that is true but...
....some shapes and symbols don't have any meaning at all except to be artistically pleasing, and many symbols have different meanings to people based
on who they are and their life experience, the meaning of symbols differ between periods of times and cultures. A common symbol may be simple
From the esotericists point of view there are two kinds of folks: the profane and the intitiate. Of course, there are various shades of grey in this
black and white scheme that I am oversimplifying.
To a person who uses symbols aethetically, it is just a shape that meets a need (think "interior designer"). But to someone who "speaks the
language", those symbols have true meaning. The foundations were laid in ancient times by men like Pythagoras, Archimedes, Aristotle, and Plato Of
course, they didn't "discover" anything that wasn't already known to other, more ancient peoples (think Egypt)
When Alexander the Great was a youth, he was trained in the Mysteries by his mentor, Aristotle. When he went to new lands, he would educate himself
along thew ay using the Mystics of each land he conquered. It was the education that was at the center of his greatness. The problem was, he was
unworthy of it and used it to a negative end (Aristotle was horrified by it, and told him as much in letters). But what we are talking about is a
knowledge, or a philosophy to be more accurate, that is utterly ancient. As old as man himself.
When you see a master creation, you are generally looking at the results of the knowldge of these people. They are the ones who identified the ratios
in visual as well as acoustic pieces that are most pleasant and balanced. This is where our "sacred numbers" tie in (as these ratios relate back to
the human body). In essense, the majority of The Mysteries is nothing more than the study of the fractal nature of reality, without understanding
fractals as a specific discipline.
ETA: why is 16 so important, and so often used? I mean, not just in stars, either. But things like images with 16 steps, or 16 feathers on a birds
wing, or 16 columns on a building. There is a reason Just like there is a reason why DaVinci painted The Last Supper with everyone making a V shape
in the center There is a reason for it. You don't discover this reason by looking at rocks. And, since this reasoning was not ever really put on
paper, you don't get it by reading books on the reading list for a history class at the local junior college. It was a guarded and protected
knowledge. No, I am no "inititiate". But I understand what is going on well enough. If you look in the right places, the information IS
edit on 15-7-2012 by bigfatfurrytexan because: (no reason given)