The Mystery of Squaring the Circle – Exploring sacred geometry and alchemical transformation with Scott Olsen

Posted in > ANALYSIS by David on February 20, 2014

The ancient mystery of squared circle geometry reveals a hidden key to the holographic self-similarity displayed throughout the cosmos and nature. This has been encoded in tombs, pyramids, temples, cathedrals and canons of human proportion. We intend to solve the Hermetic puzzle “As above, so below; and as below, so above” through the role of the geometric mean, as cryptically alluded to by Plato in his Timaeus. The resulting proportional symmetry binds together all parts of Nature with each other and the Cosmos itself.

Our goal is to demonstrate the seemingly impossible resolution of various dichotomies, i.e. continuous/ discontinuous, incommensurable/ commensurable, immaterial/ material, wave/particle duality, and the mind/ body problem. In the end we are taking head on the greatest philosophical problem of all: the One & Many problem. In so doing, we will propose an alchemical fusion that may well lead to transformative states of consciousness.

For this illuminating course, Scott Olsen, author of The Golden Section: Nature’s Greatest Secret, and Professor of Philosophy & Religion at the College of Central Florida, has gathered together some of the leading thinkers in the field of sacred mathematics. He will be joined by co-host David Metcalfe, editor of Reality Sandwich’s “Limitless Mind.” As anyone who participated in last year’s Evolver course, “Sacred Geometry Explained,” already knows, Scott and David are wonderful teachers who translate the complex concepts of sacred geometry into clear language with concrete examples, to help you understand and integrate the astonishing potential of this too-little-known field.

5 Successive Wednesday Sessions, beginning Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sacred Geometry and Alchemical Transformation: the Mystery of Squaring the Circle

Hosted by Scott Olsen and David Metcalfe

8 p.m. New York • 5 p.m. San Francisco

Click Here to head over to the Evolver Learning Lab page with more details on the course, including how to sign up for the free introductory session on Friday, February 21st, 2014.

Featured guests include:

● C. Lance Harding, Ph.D.: international authority on canons of human proportion, ancient systems of measurement, temple construction, and sacred geometry; mentored by John Michell and trained by Keith Critchlow at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.

● V. Garth Norman: a world authority on ancient calendar systems, archaeoastronomy, Director of Archaeological Research Consultants (ARCON) and author of Izapa Sacred Space: Sculpture Calendar Codex, and The Parowan Gap: Nature’s Perfect Observatory, and an expert on cross-cultural Middle Eastern and Mesoamerican measurement systems.

● Tom Bree: accomplished geometer, musician, musical instrument maker and author, he teaches Christian and Islamic geometric design at the Prince’s School of Traditional Art, is presently working on his Ph.D. on English Gothic cathedral design under Keith Critchlow, and is an expert on the geometry of Wells Cathedral.

● Frank Vedegys: expert mathematician, statistician, and actuarial accountant, who also teaches a variety of esoteric subjects, including the Tree of Life, tarot and astrology; unrivalled expertise in expressing the underlying mathematical principles of Sacred Geometry.

Note: The seminar description was adapted from Scott Olsen’s original description of the course. 

Exploring the Implications of Sacred Geometry – A Meeting of Minds

Posted in > ANALYSIS by David on April 19, 2013

Mind and CosmosWhat do you do with a technologically aided telepathic connection to a rat’s tail?

Odd questions like this become more relevant as developments in cybernetics and communication technology allow for strange interactions with the world around us. Without the aid of creative imagination you get a bizarre bit of cultural kitsch, delving deeper you can encounter profound questions that crack into the mystery of mind and body, and the synaptic symetry defining so much of our self perception. If you tread carefully you enter the realm of Sacred Geometry, encountering applications of mathematics and ratio that bridge the gap between material science and the more aetheral realms of human existence.

It may seem counter-intuitive to connect Sacred Geometry to cybernetics, but in this kind of wider application is exactly the domains where theories of integral mathematics can be most fruitfully applied. The neuro-chemical maps that connect our nervous system to our body and allow us to move are predicated on mathematical relationships that can be found throughout manifested reality. Seeking to understand these relationships, and the structural web that they work throughout the universe, can provide a revolutionary change in how we view our place in the world, and guide our applications of science to more material concerns.

In partnership with Evolver Learning Labs, I’m hosting a live, 5  part, interactive video course starting on Sunday, April 21st, which will explore the connections between modern advances and ancient algorithmic insights, while looking forward to how these ideas can be used to guide us into more mindful use of our technological proficiency. We’ve invited some of the leading scholars in sacred geometry to bring their specialties together for a rare opportunity to open up this art to contemporary concerns.

Our guests include:

With a field of inquiry which can quickly slide into gross speculation, we’ve cultivated a group of scholars willing to remain intellectually adventurous while keeping their insights grounded in conscientious methodology. We will be covering everything from the natural emergence of these patterns in geological formations to the impact of these forms on our conscious perception.

This potent meeting of minds will foster an expansive discussion which seeks to work through the full implication of these ideas. My recent trips to the Morbid Anatomy Library and Observatory Room in Brooklyn have demonstrated how fruitful a thoughtful gathering can be. I’m hoping that this webinar can be an extension of that into the digital sphere, while carrying the same potential for connections and creative growth.

There’s still time to sign up if you are interested in joining us for the series, and I’m sure those of you that do will find your immersion into these areas of investigation as intimately fascinating, and personally fulfilling, as those of us who are creating the event.

Head over to the seminar page at Evolver Learning Labs for more information.

(This invitation was first published on Modern-Mythology.net)

David Metcalfe is an independent researcher, writer and multimedia artist focusing on the interstices of art, culture, and consciousness. He is a contributing editor for Reality Sandwich, The Revealer, the online journal of NYU’s Center for Religion and Media, and The Daily Grail. He writes regularly for Evolutionary Landscapes, Alarm Magazine, Modern Mythology, Disinfo.com, The Teeming Brain and his own blog The Eyeless Owl. His writing has been featured in The Immanence of Myth (Weaponized 2011), Chromatic: The Crossroads of Color & Music (Alarm Press, 2011) and Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness (North Atlantic/Evolver Editions 2012). Metcalfe is an Associate with Phoenix Rising Digital Academy, and is currently co-hosting The Art of Transformations study group with support from the International Alchemy Guild. For more information on his collaborative work please visit Liminal-Analytics.org.