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“And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city pure gold, like unto glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was of jasper, the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardiius; the seventh, chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth. an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold as it were transparent glass.128 Jasper is composed of superfine quarts granules and iron oxide. This makes it a very hard stone. Since Paleolithic times jasper has been used to ward off illness and protect against sorcery and deception. The ancient Egyptian warriors wore amulets of jasper to prevail in battle and against adversity. A wall made of Jasper would thus represent the ultimate form of protection. The rest of the passage is somewhat of a riddle. How can a city of pure gold be unto glass? There have been other references to this transparent gold. Whenever gold is suggested we know that it represents that which is pure and that which endures. When it comes to transparent gold the golden section is what comes to mind. Perhaps transparent gold is a reference to the proportional basis of the New Jerusalem. The scales and harmony that it expresses are indeed golden, being of pure nature and unchanging determinates. The question that remains, is— how does the number twelve (twelve foundations, twelve gates etc.) relate to the cubed scheme of New Jerusalem. According to the annals of sacred geometry the twelve sided dodecahedron Figure 31 The 12 sided dorepresents the perfect mediation between the decahedron is the perfect sphere and cube. intermediary between the The reasoning behind this is that a square curvaceous arks of the irrais the geometric expression that embodies tional circle and the straight the nature of the number four and the lines and staunch symmetry of the square. The 360° of a circle, the geometric expression of the circle when divided by twelve, three in one. The relation of the diameter of bears twelve sections of 30° the circle to its circumference is aprox 1:3. degrees and this is the cosmic The 360° degrees of circle can be evenly scheme embodied by the divided into whole numbers by multiples twelve signs of the zodiac. 95

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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