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essential notions on the symbolism and sacred construct of Time-Space



TIME-SPACE SYMBOLISM








QUADRATURA CIRCULI

Space-Time is the framework within which the world born of Chaos takes shape and within which its energies are released.

To quadrate the circle is to bring spirit into form—a universal act and fundamental principle found at the root of creation.
  • The circle is symbol of perfection of spirit.
  • The cross is symbol of physical world in its totality.
Quadratura circuli: the cross of matter in the circle of spirit...the incarnation of spirit on the cross of matter.
The complete sphere of cosmic space and human destiny. An image of psychic wholeness.




2 AXIS / 4 CARDINAL DIRECTIONS

Each axis embodies a common trait, opposite to or complementing the trait of the other axis.
E.g: axis of materialization (EAST-WEST) vs axis of potentiality (NORTH-SOUTH) / horizon of awareness (EAST-WEST) vs meridian of experience (NORTH-SOUTH) / ...

The ends of each axis are polar opposites, functionally exclusive of each other.
E.g: life vs death (EAST vs WEST) / will vs fate (EAST vs WEST) / objectivity vs subjectivity (NORTH vs SOUTH) / conservation vs expansion (NORTH vs SOUTH) / ...

Thus the 4 directions radiate from a center where the vertical AXIS MUNDI can be raised and stabilized.
Principium individuationis: the individuating principle of time and space.

From there, the entire universe can expand and revolve according to further principles of sacred geometry, such as the Golden Ratio.
From then, it can revolve with the complex natural rhythm of cosmic cycles or the man-made mathematico-poetics of sacred calendars.

Orienting himself in the cosmic vastness of space and time, he begins to find his center. Orienting himself, he begins to find himself.
By establishing fourfold symbolic systems or material structures revolving around a center, man attunes himself to the cosmos. He copies the cosmic order and brings Heaven down to Earth.


TABLE OF CORRESPONDENCES


E A S T
S O U T H
W E S T
N O R T H
POLARITY
yang
YIN (inward)
YANG (outward)

yin
YANG (inward)
YIN (outward)
SEASON
spring
summer
autumn
winter
DAY TIME sunrise
noon
sunset
midnight
MOON PHASE waxing moon
full moon
waning moon
new moon
LIFE STAGE childhood
youth
adulthood
old age
ASTROLOGY ANGLE
ascendant
midheaven
descendant
nadir
ELEMENT * fire
earth
water
air
ASPECT / FUNCTION]
spiritual / intuition
emotional / feeling
physical / sensation
mental / thought




2 MOVEMENTS

The downward and outward spiral represents movement toward differentiation and the creation of the physical universe. It moves clockwise.
Clockwise motion releases Sacred Power, moving from the archetypal realm to the realm of physical manifestation.
It represents the exteriorization of Spirit.

The upward and inward spiral represents movement toward integration and reunion with the Source. Its moves counterclockwise.
Counterclockwise motion interiorizes experience, moving from physical existence back to the archetypal realm and the world of spirit.
It represents the interiorization of Matter.



4 ELEMENTS

From an undifferentiated, primary energy (variously known as: Ether, Vital Force, Qi, ...), the full spectrum of existence is formed through the agency of 4 metaphysical processes or primal states of being: EARTH, WATER, AIR, FIRE.
Their interaction makes the world a verb more than a noun, a dance rather than a stance.


TABLE OF CORRESPONDENCES


F I R E
W A T E R
A I R
E A R T H
POLARITY
yang
yin
yang
yin
MODALITY
color
movement
sound
form
MOVEMENT
radiating
balanced
whirling
arresting
VOLUME
tetrahedron
(4 faces)
icosahedron
(20 faces)

octahedron
(8 faces)
cube
(6 faces)
PHYSICAL STATE
plasma
liquid
gas
solid
DIRECTION *
east
west
north
south
ASPECT / FUNCTION
spiritual / intuition
(vital body)
emotional / feeling
(astral body)
mental / thought
(causal body)
physical / sensation
(physical body)




  *  an alternate system used by some world traditions gives the correspondence: EAST : AIR  /  WEST : WATER  /  NORTH : EARTH  /  SOUTH : FIRE
The Western astrological tradition gives the correspondence:
EAST : FIRE /  WEST : AIR  /  NORTH : EARTH  /  SOUTH : WATER



Caduceus, World Tree, Fountain of Life
raised at the desert heart of the world