by Michael Hayes.
Hermetic symmetry is everywhere:
'This musical symmetry...is precisely what the formula Pi was designed to express; that is, the law of seven and the law of three - the triple-octave, composed of twenty-two notes... the law of three tells us that each of the individual octaves so expressed is also tripart in structure; it is composed of three 'inner' octaves, making nine octaves in total - exactly sixty-four fundamental notes, the square of the constant number, eight. This is the Hermetic Code. M.H. The Infinite Harmony, Pxx
'According to the biochemist, the four nitrogenous bases can combine into precisely sixty-four possible non-overlapping triplet-units, or biochemical codons, which correspond to the twenty amino acids necessary for the synthesis of protein, and also the two coded instructions for 'start' and 'stop' (production, that is).' M.H. Infinite Harmony, p221-2
'And Lamech lived after he begat Noah... And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.' - Gen. 5, 30-31
'the former science... recognises the phenomenon of light as an essentially musical or hermetic manifestation, an octave. More than that, this visible spectrum of seven combined frequencies also has three principal aspects connected with it, which we identify as the three 'primary' colours. So light is, in effect, a 'triple-octave' structure, it is an electromagnetic manifestation of the Pi symmetry, the Hermetic Code.' - M.H. The I.H.
'Whereas the Great Pyramid has a perimeter equal to 2Pi x height, and the perimeter of the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico is equal to 4Pi x height, the Silbury pyramid's perimeter... is equal to 3.5Pi x height.' - M.H. HP,QG
'And he sent forth a raven, which went to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; but the dove found no rest... he put forth his hand and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
And he stayed yet another seven days; and again he sent forth the dove.... And the dove came in to him; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth...
And he stayed yet another seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.' Gen. 9, 7-12
'The curium atom plays host to ninety-six electrons which between them trace a total of seven periods around the nucleus. No element has yet been found which houses eight curcuitary periods.' M.H. IH p 4
'One two three four five six seven, All good children go to heaven.' Nursery verse, Anon.
'From the collar worn by the French knights hung an eight-point cross (the Templar cross) bearing the fleur-de-lis design of three petals or leaves'. - Gooch, Cities of Dreams, Rider, 1989, p 65
'The theory of (quantum) chromodynamics implies the coexistence of eight other particles - 'coloured' gluons - which couple to the three colour charges of the quarks. ...As we see, the pattern is a familiar one, and has been recognised as such by particle physicists, who have called this system of classification the 'eightfold way.' - M.H. The I.H. 209
'And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made... And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.' Gen 2, 2,3
'There are three (n.b.) basic books of kabbalism. In the Sepher Yetzirah we can further read of the 'three Mother Letters' and the 'seven double letters'. - Gooch, Cities of Dreams p180
'And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and they were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats... ' Revelation, 4, 4-5.
'There are seven wonders of the world, seven seas, the seventh son of a seventh son has magical powers, Christ speaks seven times from the cross, there are seven heavens, seven colours of the rainbow, seven days in the week, seven ages of man, and so on and on.' Gooch, Cities of Dreams, p143-4
'Zurvan has seven faces, and on each face three eyes'. - Persian Rivayats, Vol II, 1.10
'one of the most important administrative documents of the Old Kingdom.... appoints the high priest and vizier Shemaj Director of Upper (southern) Egypt. This document officially places all twenty-two nomes (districts) under his authority, enumerating them from first to last. But then comes the most interesting part of this ancient injunction, which states that the son's jurisdiction, as deputy, extends to only seven nomes'. - M.H. The Infinite Harmony, p17
'...the English mile... comprises eight furlongs, each of which consists of ten chains, each chain being a measure of exactly twenty-two yards. Moreover, a square mile encompasses precisely 640 acres.' M.H. The I.H. p155
'In order to account for the four-dimensional structure of classical space-time geometry, the superstring theory is further developed through calculating the free-fermionic formulation of the string in four dimensions, the mathematics of which apparently produces no less than sixty-four specific degrees of movement associated with it.' M.H. The I.H. p 211
'In the Tarot... there are fifty six 'Minor Arcana' cards (the number cards) and twenty-two in the 'Major Arcana' (the picture cards). The Major Arcana is a symbolic representation of the triple-octave, an expression of the formula Pi. And according to the law of octaves, this triple-octave is also, on another scale, a single octave comprising eight fundamental notes. If we subsequently add these eight notes on to the Minor Arcana figure, we are left with the magical sixty-four.' M.H. HPQG p269
'...the Greeks associated the Great Pyramid with another interesting number relating to an 'Egyptian' system known as the Magic Square of Mercury... This is the number 2080, the sum of all the factors from one to sixty-four.' HPQG p83
'In triple form the septenary principle can again be traced directly to ancient Egypt, whose principal god Osiris had his body dissected into seven and twice seven separate parts. Zoroaster later adopted the same format when composing his twenty-one Nasks (books), which in turn were both forerunner and probable inspiration for St John's twenty-two chapters of the Book of Revelation. M.H. The IH p157
Is the universe alive?
'... the universe appears to be as it is because it must be that way; its evolution was written in its beginnings, in its cosmic DNA, if you will.' - Astrophysicist George Smoot, Wrinkles in Time, Little Brown 1993, p272
'... the vast Ordering Principle may be an Entity..' Robert Temple, The Sirius Mystery, Century 1998, p29
' the whole universe, far from being simply an entropic, expanding mass of stars, galaxies, black holes or whatever, is animate, organic, a living, breathing, sentient being.' Hayes, The Infinite Harmony, Weidenfeld 1994 p233
'The universe is a zoon.' - Ancient Greeks
zoon - 'a morphological individual, the total product of a fertilised ovum.' - Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary
'Is the universe a conscious, purposive whole?' - Dr Jacob Needleman, A Sense of the Cosmos, E.P. Dutton 1977
'...and light drops one solitary ray into the mother deep. The ray shoots through the virgin egg. The ray causes the virgin egg to thrill, and drop the non-eternal germ, which condenses into the world-egg.' - H.P. Blavatsky (1888) The Secret Doctrine, Cosmogenesis, Theosophical University Press 1974, p372
...the new view of the universe is light, in all its senses, because what Darwin has given us, and what we may aspire to generalize to the cosmos as a whole, is a way of thinking about the world which is scientific and mechanistic, but in which the occurrence of novelty - indeed the perpetual birth of novelty - can be understood.' - Lee Smolin, Professor of Physics, Pennsylvania State University, The Life of the Cosmos, Pheonix/Orion 1997, p372