Adventures in Math: Pondering the Pythagorean Mysteries


Salvador Dali: The Sacrament of the Last Supper. From

When I first read a book on sacred geometry, I became easily bored as well as hopelessly confused. However, when I learned the Pythagorean mysteries step by step, I rediscovered the sacred patterns of the universe. For me, the universe is alive with order. Through the language of mathematics, I could now explore deeper into how the universe constructs itself.

To discern the Fibonacci sequence in nature, I found out that pigeons landing and acorns falling both followed the same pattern: 1-1-2-3-5-8-1-1-2-3. While I was in the hospital recovering from my brain bleed, I counted the pigeons landing and taking off from the roof. I also noted how they grouped themselves when they roosted. This may seem to be a strange thing to do while recovering with a traumatic brain injury. However my wounded brain fell in sync with the birds. As I counted the pattern of acorns dropping from the nearby oak trees, my brain was lulled to sleep.

In studying the Golden Mean, I discovered magic. Wizards, who explore and exploit the little corners of the universe, can bring forth wonderful things. For example, the Golden Rectangle offers a subtle wholeness to buildings and art. As the universe makes itself known, it offers surprises such as the Mobius strip which transforms a two dimensional world into a one dimensional one.

Salvador Dali explored the Pythagorean mysteries in his art. Referring to himself as a “master alchemist,” Dali ably demonstrated this in his paintings. Going beyond the limits of the two dimensional canvas, he offered us a glimpse of the fourth dimension of time. (One example is his painting, “The Persistence of Memory” (1931).) In doing so, he transformed people’s perceptions of the dimensions. Using Platonic solids, Dali represented the Christian God as an octahedron in “The Sacrament of the Last Supper” (1955). Many may consider Dali to be mad, but for me he was the “master wizard” who inducted me into the Pythagorean mysteries.

Works Consulted:
Coppens, Philip, “Salvador Dali: Painting the Fourth Dimension.” Eye of the Physic. 20 October 2009. Web.

Crystal, Ellie, “Numbers and their Meanings.”Crystalinks,” 26 Sept. 2009. Web.

DuQuette, Lon Milo, “Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot.” Destiny Books: Rochester Vermont. 1999

Hall, Judy, “The Crystal Bible.” Godsfield: Alresdord (UK). 2003

Hart, Francene, “Sacred Geometry Oracle Deck.” Bear and Company: Rochester (VT). 2001


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