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A Meditation on Sacred Sites and Future Mysteries
by David Metcalfe (Originally published at The Teeming Brain)
At the very earliest appearance of human civilization we observe the presence and importance of geometry. It is clearly evident that geometry was comprehended and utilized by the ancient Master Builders, who, laboring at the dawn of civilization some four and one half millennia ago, bestowed upon the world such masterworks as the megalithic structures of ancient Europe, the Pyramids and temples of Pharaonic Egypt and the stepped Ziggurats of Sumeria. That geometry continued to be employed throughout the centuries from those earliest times until times historically recent is also clearly evident. That it was made use of by cultures far-flung about the globe is evident as well, finding expression in China, Central and South America, in pre-Columbian North America amongst Native Americans, in Africa, SE Asia and Indonesia, Rome and of course in classical Greece and in Europe, from the Megalithic era some 4000 years ago, as stated, and again some 3000 years later, magnificently expressed during the Gothic era of cathedral building.
– Randall Carlson, “The Meaning of Sacred Geometry“ Two of my favorite places to go in Georgia are the Marian apparition site in Conyers and the Georgia Guidestones in Elberton. What I didn’t realize until I had a wonderful conversation with Randall Carlson of Sacred Geometry International (based in Atlanta) is that both sites lie very close to one of the fault lines that diagonally traverses (SW to NE) the northern part of the state. In fact the Guidestones are just south of where the fault line exits the state at its northern border, and the Conyers apparition site sits south of the fault near the halfway point.
and other active geological areas are often accompanied by anomalous interactions.” as the site is known. Elberton is the “Granite Capital of the World” and is home to one of the largest granite quarries in the United States. Although he didn’t mention the fault line running through the aforementioned sites. Talking to Carlson. while not exact. is located. Georgia Both sites have interesting geography.The Georgia Guidestones in Elbert County. One of the distinctive aspects of the town itself is the odd incongruity that’s visible in a small southern town whose architecture is marked by the ready availability of granite and artisan level workmanship. underground rivers. the granite here having hardened into flowing masses that are unmistakable as remnants of when the molten rock poured out of the ground to form the hilly terrain where “The Farm. . the two sites do lie close along the Brevard Fault line. The apparition site is located on a visible volcanic drift point. This is what led me to check into the fault lines’ locations and discover that. I was reminded that fault lines. after our conversation it struck me that it would be interesting to see if there is any correlation.
and that is truly astounding when you begin to imagine . which enhance the process and add additional layers to think about.K. what we often take from this is merely an awareness of the psychological and archetypal factors at play in mapping out the history of urban areas and the inhabited landscape. where former nurse Nancy Fowler shared public messages she claimed to have received from the Virgin Mary from 1990 to 1993. One of the things Carlson pointed out was that sacred geometry in architecture has been used to enhance natural markers and places of geological activity. This connection to the earth is something we have lost in the modern world. There is a holism to sacred geometry and architecture that unifies all aspects of our experience. When translated over to the U. most often they are concerned with building earthquake-resistant or flood-resistant buildings rather than aligning them to the movement of celestial objects and the natural features of the land. Our Loving Mother. and that plays a part in the concept of psychogeography..S.. When today’s architects and building designers look at geologic activity. Georgia. there are geological factors as well. However. a statue at The Farm in Conyers.The significance of such things is a matter that has been more widely appreciated in the U.
along with straight linear features which seem to have been ceremonial roadways. and our own anatomy. can also be reflected in our creations.just how many areas are up for consideration in such a pursuit. Europe. In 1995. In Ohio. leaves. Imagine a society whose focus encompasses fully both the celestial and terrestrial movements of force. whose every action is designed to enhance our interaction with these forces and in turn enhance our interaction with the past (the dead). archaeologists announced the discovery of a 60-mile-long. present (the living). and Asia as well. and future (as indicated through a cyclical understanding of time/space). where spirits were thought to travel across the land. as he points out. whose every action is designed to enhance . there is evidence of similar tracks in the U. which many are familiar with from the famous Nazca lines. dead straight Hopewell ritual road connecting earthworks at Newark with the Hopewell necropolis at Chillicothe. sea shells. as it has experienced less cultural upheaval as the Old World. Archaeological evidence of the ancient practice of building spirit ways has survived best in the Americas. which is found in the formation of galaxies. “Spirit Lines in the Americas“ Paul Devereux has done research into the “straight road” phenomena. they are not confined to the Americas. – Paul Devereux.. “Imagine a society whose focus encompasses fully both the celestial and terrestrial movements of force. A brief north-to-south survey shows this. the Hopewell Indians built geometrical earthworks covering many acres. The Golden Mean. All of this reflected in architectural monuments and achievements which through their mathematical proportions indicate the interweaving of the microcosmic and macrocosmic structures that guide the cycles.K. what does become evident upon investigation is no less staggering in its implications. between 150 BC and 500. Although. these markings have become conflated with New Age theories that don’t bear the weight of the evidence. or roads of the dead. Interestingly. His research indicates the possibility that these were built as spirit roads.
centered in the nexus of creation from whence all possibilities. Modern Mythology. David Metcalfe is an independent researcher. and is currently co-hosting The Art of Transformations study group with support . this sense of timeless communion with the whole. Chromatic: The Crossroads of Color & Music (Alarm Press. the online journal of NYU’s Center for Religion and Media. Both sites embody an interaction of all elements of human existence as focused on a single point in the geographical landscape where we can interact with. The Teeming Brain and his own blog The Eyeless Owl. My hope is that we come to a point where these interactions become once more an integral part of our culture. and future (as indicated through a cyclical understanding of time/space). so that the mystery inherent in sites such as the Guidestones and The Farm eventually extends to the infinite potential of our expression as a global culture. Our ancestors knew of this existence. since what has come before is merely the slow budding seed of our future enlightenment. His writing has been featured in The Immanence of Myth (Weaponized 2011).” This same intent can be seen in the messages carved into the Georgia Guidestones. present (the living). 2011) and Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness (North Atlantic/Evolver Editions 2012). culture. It is also hinted at in the occurrences at the Marian apparition site in Conyers. allowing each visitor to interact with the traces of these potentials in whatever way they are prepared to do so. Metcalfe is an Associate with Phoenix Rising Digital Academy. and The Daily Grail. present and future. past. Disinfo. Both sites draw people to them as if there were some kind of spiritual gravity to their mystery. and within. and someday we may awaken from the dreary sleep that has enveloped us to find that there is nothing primitive in the past. He writes regularly for Evolutionary Landscapes. He is a contributing editor for Reality Sandwich. and consciousness. Alarm Magazine.com. The Revealer. writer and multimedia artist focusing on the interstices of art. How wonderful it would be to once again take our rightful place halfway between earth and stars. merge in an infinite state of becoming.our interaction with these forces and in turn enhance our interaction with the past (the dead).
R.com. For more information on Santa Muerte. a collaborative project hosted by Dr. and the sanctification of death in the popular faith traditions of the Americas. David Metcalfe and Liminal Analytics. check out http://skeletonsaint. . Andrew Chesnut.from the International Alchemy Guild.