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Sacred Geometry - Symbolism and Purpose in religious Structures, by Nigel Pennick

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Sacred Geometry - Symbolism and Purpose in religious Structures, by Nigel Pennick
Geometry exists everywhere in nature. Its order underlies the structure of all things from galaxies to molecules. Despite our separation from the natural world, we human beings are still bounded by the laws of the universe. The unique consciously-planned artefacts of mankind have, since earliest times, likewise been based upon systems of geometry. These systems, although initially derived from natural forms, often exceeded them in complexity and ingenuity and were imbued with magic powers and profound psychological meaning. Geometry underlies the structure of all things - from galaxies to molecules. Each time a geometrical form is created, an expression of this universal oneness is made, and from the dawn of time religious structures have expressed this unity in their every detail. In this absorbing history, the applications of sacred geometry are examined and the full extent of its practise is revealed. Sacred geometry is responsible for the feeling of awe generated by a gothic cathedral as well as the 'rightness' of a Georgian drawing-room. The rise and fall of this transcendent art is traced from megalithic stone circles to Art Nouveau and reveals how buildings that conform to its timeless principles mirror the geometry of the cosmos. ISBN 1898307 156
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