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the layout of the Abbey held a hidden Masonic scheme (figure 28). “When this scheme is fully developed, it reveals the form of a treasure, one which the ancient founders of Glastonbury would have reckoned more valuable than anything that could have been dug out of the soil—the geometers’ image of ideal cosmology... Its modern reappearance is so timely, and its potential as an agent of change in ways of thought and perception is so great, that a new era under its restored influence seems unlikely to be long delayed.” 104 The treasure of the Abbey is hidden in the measure that underlies its form. As earlier stated the twelve hides of Glastonbury make up an area of 1440 acres. The area of the Abbey square, with sides of 79.20 ft. is 0.144 acres or one hundredth of the Glastonbury square. The mean diameter of the Earth is 7920 miles— “And 7920 thousand feet, or 12,000 furlongs, is the length of the side of New Jerusalem as given in Revelation, xxi.” 105

6.3 The Vision of Revelation The NJ Mag is not a product of Christian innovation but its connection to early Christianity was not limited to St. Marys Chapel and the twelve hides of Glastonbury. It was also described and measured by St. John in his New Testament “Book of Revelation”. This puts the NJ Mag right at the heart of the Christian movement. In the study of ancient scripture there are several points that must be kept in mind. The first being the historical setting, what characterized the time in which it appeared, secondly, the people and community to which the scripture was directed and thirdly how it fits into the conventions of universal symbolism. While no one can really be certain that St. John actually had this vision, his description is both visionary and initiated. In Revelations John not only describes his vision and addresses the seven churches but in chapter ten he also speaks of an angelic book of knowledge. “And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but

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The Flower of Bliss  

Part one of the Temple of Paradise Trilogy

The Flower of Bliss  

Part one of the Temple of Paradise Trilogy

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