The Sacred Sphere

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The Sacred Sphere describes the history of the circle as a sacred two dimensional representation of the sphere, symbolizing mankind‘s relationships with each other, the world, the cosmos and the Creator. It describes archeological evidence for prehistoric social and cultural symbolism, mythical and cultural symbolic expressions of the human condition, and human relationships within the larger community. These interests and concerns are inherent in all cultures. This book is written for everyone interested in timeless spiritual principles and practices, ancient and indigenous cultural tradition evident in anthropological, archaeological and architectural studies, and mankind’s growing concern for our relationship with Earth. Unlike all other accounts addressing historical symbolism, this book is the first to detail the origin, mysticism, and world-wide spiritual and cultural history of the sphere as a symbol of four dimensional space-time and unity.

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One of the rocks . . . is placed at the center of the round altar; the first rock is . . . at the center of everything. . . . The second rock is placed at the west . . . the next at the north, then one for the east, one for the south, one for earth, and finally the hole is filled up with the rest of the rocks, and all these together represent everything that there is in the universe.

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Etymologists trace the origin of the word sacred back to Proto-Indo- European (PIE), the ancestral language of the majority of European and Indian languages. The speakers of that language are believed to have lived in the Pontic-Caspian steppe of Eastern Europe and Central Asia between the fifth and fourth millennia BCE, and perhaps as early as the last glacial maximum over twenty thousand years ago. The PIE word sak meant “to sanctify” or “to make pure or holy.” This is the root for the Greek word saos (“safe”) and Latin term sanus (“sane, sound, whole”). Also, according to A Latin Dictionary by Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879), sanus meant “dedicated or consecrated to a divinity, holy.” Similarly, the Latin sacrum referred to deities and that which they controlled; note also the Latin sacer (“priest”) and sanctum (“something located spatially apart”).

The word sphere is derived from the Latin sphæra and the Greek shaira, meaning a ball or globe. A similar concept is orb, from the Latin orbis, which refers to a circle. Obviously, the difference between a circle and a sphere is a matter of the number of spatial dimensions under consideration. A circle is a two-dimensional (planar) representation of a line with constant curvature and forming a closed figure. In other words, a circle consists of all points in a plane that are equidistant from a given point (the center of the circle). In contrast, a sphere consists of all points in three-dimensional space that are located equidistant from a given point (the center of the sphere).

Based on etymology, then, the phrase “sacred sphere” suggests a globe-like form, whole and pure, consecrated with divine intent. Earth is often referred to as the sacred sphere in the context that it is our home, the Mother Goddess, Gaia. However, equating the sacred sphere with Earth places an unfortunate geographical limit on what I believe to be the true nature of the symbolism.

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