Hermetic Christian Principles
On page 385 he says that it is in such hermetic symbolism that the Virgo-Pisces symbolism emerges from the Christian Mysteries. What he is trying to suggest is that Christian symbolism is equivalent to the symbolism of the Mysteries. He writes of Isis and Ceres. He says that Virgo and Pisces represent Eve and Adam, separated and gazing at each other across the cosmos, or the Virgo (Mary) and Jesus as archetypical male and female. You can see that this is close to the Catholic view and was derived from a time when God was a woman and the male figure was her son, lover and husband. I am sure few Christians could agree with that view.
Ovason appears to be straddling the line between a literal and an allegorical view of scripture. If you are a literalist, Mary, the mother of Jesus, is not equivalent to pagan images. If you want to go full blown 'allegorical' and claim that the characters in the Bible are not historical OK. But you can't have it both ways.
When you read of Black Madonna statues, you see that many are interpreted as being visions of Mary, which some may be, but the Madonnas that resided in the crypts below churches were not representative art, they were archetypical. When you see an image of Isis with Horus you don't imagine that it is predicting Jesus and Mary, but that it has cosmic significance because that is how Egyptians thought. Later, when you see an image of Mary holding baby Jesus, you can see the same symbolism (which transcends the Christian interpretation).
Fulcanelli writes, that "formerly the subterranean chambers of the temples served as abodes for the statues of Isis, which became those of the black Virgins". He points out that the Virgo is the 'first matter' of Alchemy, and is represented by the vesica and the rhombus grid. Stirling points to the rhombus and cross as the foundation of the Milan Cathedral plan, as metaphorical representations of the masculine and femine influences. This is not Christain symbolism but the phallic symbolism that underlies Kaballistic Teachings.
From the Mass of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin:
"I existed before he formed any creature. I existed from all eternity, before the earth was created. When he laid the foundations of the earth, I was with him and I regulated all things."
Note the building language. If you read Striling's Canon you see that he talks about crosses and vesicas used in the foundation plans of cathedrals. The rhombus forms the regulating lines for the designs. This is the Hemetic Christian philosophy that Ovason says underlies the design of DC, which he tries (and fails) to connect to a triangle of stars in the sky. You can call this the mystic/pagan branch of Christianity which I am calling kabbalistic.
"Whether the legend and history of this degree are historically true or but an allegory containing in itself a deeper truth and more profound meaning, we shall not debate. If it be a legendary myth you must find out for yourself what it means." Albert Pike Morals and Dogma page 204. This is how Pike introduces his discussion of the 13th Degree of the Scottish Rite, The Royal Arch Degree. It is understood that both the stories and the interpretations that are being dealt with will be allegorical and not literal or historical in the SR, as in Hermetic Christianity.
John Michell points out that Christian churches were built on foundatons of previuosly located 'power points'. We learn that the new comers would even adopt the same alignments as buildings that they replaced, and that they would adapt their saints to the attributes of the local pagan legendary figures.
What this means is that when you look at Gothic Cathedrals you see thinly veiled pagan poetry. Consider the west face of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. I remind you that Hermetic Christianity is a system of correspondences with a heavy emphasis on mathematics, geometry and astronomy. Try this. Did you know that the 365.25 day year with a leap day every four years repeats every 28 years? You only need 28 calendars. 28/4 = 7, the numbers of days in the week and the number of classical planetary bodies (including the sun and the moon).
In the Scottish Rite the 28th degree is called the Knight of the Sun. There were 28 kings of Israel and Judah. Across the front of Notre Dame we see the 28 kings. In the west panel we see seven disks under Mary and the angels. Behind Mary are Jesus and the disciples (12 around 1). Between the disks we see six dividing lines representing overlapping circles that would bring the total to 13. The zodiac signs are depicted in the west portal also. We see a mixing of sixes and sevens, or seven and 12; the planetary spheres and the zodiac signs, disciples, tribes. It has been determined that the regulating lines that we see over the west portal depicts a 'pitch' of 7/6, or 49.2 degrees.
In Genesis 6 we had read of Noah's Ark. Noah was 600 years old. The ark was described as being 300x50x30. If we replace fives with sixes we get 360x60x36. The square of the sun is a 6x6 grid featuring the first 36 numbers. 60x360 is a belt 30 degrees wide at the equator around the globe (two hemispheres). The Star of David touches the circle at 30 degrees. Mercury, the most erratic planet moves to 31 degrees, just outside this line.
Three hundred long and thirty tall is the 1:10 ratio . The side view of the ark is of ten 30x30 square units. From the top we are presented with a 1:6 ratio (300x50). The end view presents us with a 50x30 rectangle. The diagonal of the 3x5 rectangle produces 31 degree angles. We recall that the dimensions of the Ark of the Covenant were given as 2.5x1.5x1.5. That converts to 5x3x3. The altar in front of the tabernacle was 5x5 and 3 tall. Both of these present 3x5 rectangles. One tenth of Noah's Ark is 50x30x30 and the double Ark of the Covenant is 5x3x3.
Both the Tabernacle and the Temple were 2x6x3. From the side they present two squares (3:6), from the top they present three squares (2:6), and on the end they present 4:6. The 1:3 (2:6) ratio is half Noah's Ark and represents 60 degrees wide at the equator, one hemisphere wide.
If you look at the west portal of the cathedral you can see what looks like to be a stone on a throne that has three rows of five circles on it. The double dimensions of the ark are 5x3x3. The 3x3 end is the square of Saturn which contains the first nine numbers, which total to 45, the number of the Hebrew name of Adam. In a magic square, the constant is the total divided by the square number, which in this case is 3, so 45/3 = 15. All rows, column and diagonals in the Saturn square add to 15.
3x3 = 9, 3x5 = 15 and 3x3x5 = 45. Adam, the Ark and Saturn. In the story of Noah we see that the rain prevailed to 15 cubits for 150 days. Noah had seven passengers and brought the clean beast in by sevens (planetary spheres). The animals are the zodiac signs in pairs like the shew bread in the Tabernacle (6 above, and 6 below the equator).
As to the vesicas, you will note that they are composed of four of the triangles above. That is half an equilateral traingle. The vesica is accepted as a symbol of the female half of things. The cross in the center represents the male half. Below we see this rhombus and cross used to form the regulating lines of the Milan Cathedral plan (1522).
As the real square root of 3 is 1.732, people looked for whole number ratios that they could use to represnt that. The closest and most famous is 153:265 (1.732) but Stirling uses 15:26 (1.733) in The Canon.
As the long axis of the vesica is .866 the diameter of the circle and the short axis is .5 of it, we know that the circle has a diameter of 306. In Greece, the number of the name Zeus was 612, a diameter across two hemispheres. Doubling that yields 1224, one less that the total of the square of Venus, which is (5x5)x(7x7). 153/2 = 76.5. The number of the name of Athena was 76.
The square root of 2 is 1.4142. Half that is .7071. Half that is 353.5 the number of the name of Hermes. Three times that is the number of Apollo (1061). 265x4 = 1060. 17/16 = 1.062. Four times 153 yields 612, the number of the name of Zeus. 265 times four yields 1060.
The number of Hermes name is one quarter of the square root of 2, associating him with that and the square. The planet Mercury has an 88 day period and orbits the sun four times a year. (4x88 = 352). The number of Hermes name is 353. Twleve lunar months of 29.5 days each is 354 days. Mercury rules the sign of Virgo.
We know that the 31 degree latitude line is 6/7's the length of the equator. A circle centered on a line just inside 30 degrees produces a small circle 1/7 of the diameter; that is 8+ degrees wide.
The cosine of 30 degrees is .866, for 31 it is .862. The sine of 30 is .5, while the sine of 31 is .515. The Greek name parthenos (virgin) adds to 515. 51.4 is 360/7, and is the latitude of the Greenwich Observatory.
The tabernacle and Temple were 1:3, the court yard was 1:2, the arks were 3x5. 1:2 is the middle half of a square area wise. The diagonals of the half squares locate the blue rectangle. These diagonals are at 26.5 degrees. The vesica locates 30 degrees on the circle and on these lines. The blue rectangle is at 30 degrees as are the lines of the hexagram. 60 degrees by 180 degree represents a 1:3 ratio.
The 3x5 rectangle is one degree taller than these lines so it is a little narrower than a rectangle at 30 degrees. But all in all, you can't see the difference. We recall the concept of the colel, and recommend that the 3x5 rectangle can easily be substituted for the 153:265 rectangle. That would give you 150x250 (multiplying by 30), and we recall that the dimensions of the Ark of the Covenant were 2.5x1.5x1.5 cubits. This means, that for some purposes 5/3 works for the sqrt of 3.
Consider this statement about early Greek tragedy, "Up to this point the chorus had 12 members. Sophocles added three more. The 15 members of the chorus were entering the orchestra in rows ( usually face=3, depth=5 ), which means that although in old dithyramb the chorus was making a circle, in ancient theater the chorus was making rectangles." a 3x5 rectangle is 31 degrees, and a rectangle with 12 people would be 3:4:5.
The last reminds us of the description of the placement of the stones on the breastplate of the priest in the Bible, as well as the grouping of the tribes in the desert camp into four groups of three. The diagonal of a 3x4 rectangle is just about 37 degrees. The 3:4:5 triangle has a perimeter of 12 and an area of 6, being half the 3x4 rectangle. 360/10 is 36. 36 degrees is half the internal angles of the pentagram. This means that a 3:4:5 triangle is within a degree of locating the points of a pentagram inscribed in a circle. We all know that the lines of a pentagram produce phi realtionships with one another as they cross.
The word triangle is not in the Bible, due to a prohibition against using the name of God, which the equilateral triangle represents. Just as the name Adonai (Lord) is substituted for the True name of God, the 3x5 rectangle has been substituted for half an equilateral triangle and the vesica.
In the image above, you can see that the two trianlges have different pitches. The lower one looks to be a 45 degree isoceles triangle, the Master's Square, and the other is the 51+ degree triangle like the cross section of the Great Pyramid. Again 51.4 is 360/7 and the location of the Greenwich Observatory. The stone represents half an equilateral triangle and the vesica, and the ad triangulum. The Master's Square represents the ad quadratum.
Fulcanelli points to the symmetry of the patterns on the seven disks, and suggest that there is a logic behind that. He puts the sun at the center, with the moon and Saturn on the outside, next he has Jupiter and Mercury, then Mars and Venus next to the sun. Below we see the days of the week and the planets dispalyed on a heptagram. The numbers relate to the Magic Squares of the planets, and follow the order in which they appear on the Tree of Life. The names of the gods were numbers, and the most important of the gods were the seven planets.
Above it was pointed out that one whole number ratio that closely approximates the sqrt of 3 was 153:265. As the sides of a vesica are .5 and .866 of the diameter of the circle that produces them, we know that this ratio derives from a circle that has a diameter of 306. We also know that 4x153 = 612 the number of the name of Zeus, and 4x265 = 1060 the number of the name of Apollo. 153/2 = 76.5; Athena is 77. As C = Pi D, we know that this circle has a circumfernce of 961.
If we use a circle with a C of 1000, we get a diameter of 318.2. The number of the name of Helios (the sun) was 318. (318/3 - 106.0; 306/2 = 102.) This circle produces a vesica that is 159x275.3. If we halfen the sides, we get a square that is one quarter the original square. The circle in this square will have one quarter the circumference of the original circle; 250. We recall that the names of Zeus and Apollo were 4 times 153 and 265. The numeber of the name Hermes if one quarter the sqrt of 2 (1.414/4 = 353.5.) The altar in front of the Tabernacle was 5x5 while the one in front of the Temple was 20x20 (a four times increase).
At any rate, if we take one quarter of the original circle we get an approximation of the circumference of the earth. Dividing 25 by Pi we get 79.57 for a diameter and 39.788 for a radius.
On page 32 of The Canon William Striling points to the names of the gods as given by Plato in the 'Epinomis'. These are Chronos (1090), Zeus (612), Ares (309), Aphrodite (993), and Hermes (353). The sun was Helios (318) and the moon was Selene (301). If we total these seven we get 3976. The number of the name Hera is 109. Chronos' wife's name is Rhea, and has the same letters as Hera.
As you can see, Gematria is essentially related to Geometry, and the symbolism involved in Hermetic Christianity is mainly Masonic and Kabbalistic, just like in the Washington, DC map layout.