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At the R.I.L.K.O. Conference, October 2016, at Rudolf Steiner House, London, Nicholas Cope gave a presentation on the subject of his recent book entitled 'The Knap of Howar and the Origins of Geometry'. Due to its remote location, The Knap of Howar is a is a relatively lesser known and much less frequently visited site than the well known Skara Brae on Orkney Mainland, which was built around 400 years after The Knap of Howar.
Nicholas demonstrated with precise and exhaustive analysis that the architecture of the Knap of Howar is governed by geometric proportions and ratios that are not considered to have been known about before the time of Euclid, Pythagoras and Plato, around 300-500 BC in ancient Greece. His research described a flowering of symbolic geometry 3,000 years earlier than this date, as evidenced by the traditional culture flourishing on Orkney in the early Neolithic.
Beyond this understanding, what is arguably more significant is how Nicholas developed this further with an analysis of the Knap of Howar from a 'perennial' non-Darwinian perspective. He described various geometric principles in the context of the Knap of Howar such as the golden mean ratio, Prof. Alexander Thom's megalithic yard theories, Neolithic Scottish geometric stone balls, and even an example of a Renaissance painting. He also demonstrated how a recently discovered Neolithic stone 'tablet' found on Orkney could have influenced the architecture of the Knap of Howar.
Temenos Academy. In 1980 Professor Keith Critchlow, now Professor Emeritus of the Research Into Lost Knowledge Organisation (R.I.L.K.O.), together with the poet and scholar Kathleen Raine, Brian Keeble and Philip Sherrard launched the Temenos Journal, devoted to the Arts of the Imagination. The Temenos Academy followed, in 1990, as a teaching organisation dedicated to the same central idea that had inspired the journal. Its programme includes a Diploma Course in the Perennial Philosophy which seeks to establish a sanctuary for wisdom in the spirit of learning and contemplation.
The Temenos Academy website: www.temenosacademy.org Northern Earth has looked at historical and contemporary cultural and geographical environments including 'megalithic sites, alignments, sacred landscapes, other landscape issues, folklore & tradition, esoteric traditions, strange phenomena and other aspects at the interface of human consciousness and the land from prehistory to the present' for over thirty years.
Maryel Gardyne grew up on a farm in Scotland in the 1920`s and 30`s. After World War II she gained a place in art school in London and Paris. She exhibited paintings in Edinburgh and London and was a long-standing member of RILKO and of the Soil Association.
Settling finally in Edinburgh in 1970, Maryel met people who were interested in harmonics. Some scientists were re-quoting the ancient belief in the music of the spheres, and a study of the laws of vibration, along with the visible conformation of objects (plants and people etc.) seems to bear this out. In particular, the "Pythagorean Comma" was a turning point in the appreciation of how nature appears to us.
After 25 years of research "The Atom and the Octave", the book by Maryel Gardyne, was the result.
Hans Kayser studied music as a young man, gaining an excellent background in harmonics and composition theory from his teacher, Arnold Schönberg who, despite recognizing his student’s great gifts, advised Kayser that he should not become a composer, since he was more of a philosopher than a musician.
Kayser was one of the 20th Century's leading scientists, made a profound philosophic study of Harmonics and wrote a series of works which deeply explored the fundamental principles of Pythagorian Harmony.
Fountain International is a community healing project, based on the simple concept that communities like people, suffer from disease, and may be healed. By tuning-in one’s thoughts to an agreed focal point within your own community, for just a few moments each day, it is possible to radically improve the health of the community, and ultimately, we believe, the health of the world.
Fountain International Magazine website and e – zine
Main topics include earth energies, sacred sites, vibrational medicine, (healing, colour, essences, sound etc), spiritual matters and much more. Within the Fountain International Magazine left and right brain thinking are accommodated.
Leylines – Pathways of Collective Consciousness. Colin Bloy.
(RILKO Lecture October 25th 1985)
Due to a series of coincidences, contrived or otherwise, a group of dowsers seeking the truth about the existence of ley energies stumbled across a display of geometric forms around the Templar Preceptory at Shipley, Sussex, and subsequently at found what was believed to be the ABC of how the, so called ley system works and subsequently the discovery of the stone in the caves in the Pyrenees produced what might be called the
syntax and grammar.
We tried to show how these geometrical numerical forms related to the Cabalistic and Gnostic tradition, to the sacred architecture, and through the work of Bligh Bond, to the basic esoteric nature of true Christianity or what might be equally well called, just truth, whatever name it may take in any culture.
Alanna Moore, who has English and Irish heritage, is an Australian geomancer specialising in surveying the subtle energies of place. She is familiar with the ancient geomantic traditions of the Australian Aboriginals. She finds many parallels with the culture of Ireland where there is traditional respect for the land and its invisible forces.
She is also a permaculture farmer and teacher, and currently spends summers in Ireland, where the Round Towers inspired the 'Power Towers' that she creates to enhance plant growth and well-being.
NEW ENGLAND ANTIQUITIES RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (NEARA)
NEARA was founded in 1964 to promote disciplined research exploring the origins and functions of the enigmatic stone structures of New England. These include elegantly constructed chambers, crude stone piles, unusual stone walls and circles, propped boulders, petroglyphs and earthen or stone mounds. Volunteers participate in the search for new sites, to document them, to encourage their protection and preservation and enjoy the challenge of better understanding them through the traditional lenses of history, archaeology, anthropology and geology, as well as less established fields such as archaeoastronomy, deed research, and epigraphy.
NEARA website: www.neara.org Susan Hale has studied the relationship of vocal structure with sacred architecture, the mysteries of the human voice and the sacred music of different cultures and historic periods. People recognized the importance of sound, utilising natural resonant spaces, and later building temples and churches to enhance sound and music for the purpose of expanding consciousness.
Susan is an internationally renowned music therapist, sound healer and author from America.
The Library of Avalon is, to its Trustees' knowledge, the only publicly-accessible esoteric library in the UK, perhaps even in Europe, but is not the only one in the world - there is a similar organisation in America. It is supported entirely by donations and by the subscriptions of its borrowing members.
A public reading-room is provided for the use of non-members, with full reference access to the displayed collections. All visitors are welcome. The opening hours include all weekday afternoons. A number of relevant magazines are provided.
The Library's collections include, among about ten thousand books on display and several thousand more currently in storage, elements of the libraries of the Research Into Lost Knowledge Organisation (R.I.L.K.O.) and the Wessex Research Group.
The Library of Avalon website: www.libraryofavalon.org.uk Peter Knight, who spoke to RILKO in 2008, is well known for his writing in the field of Earth Mysteries and is the co-founder and chairman of the Dorset Earth Mysteries Group. Peter, author of several books, lectures widely and leads many field trips every year to sacred sites.
His previous books include: Ancient Stones of Dorset; Sacred Dorset - on the Path of the Dragon; Dorset Pilgrimages - a Millennium Handbook, 13 Moons - Conversations with the Goddess, The Wessex Astrum and The West Kennet Long Barrow: Landscape, Shamans and the Cosmos (2011).
Peter Knight is also the author and compiler of a massive CD-ROM about Earth Mysteries which represents a vast labour of love and is the culmination of his findings over the last 15 years, as well as being a comprehensive overview of the latest research by other authors on this subject.
Peter Knight website at: www.stoneseeker.net Stephanie Bolton lives in County Cork, Ireland, and is an experienced dowser who gives illustrated talks, workshops and individual apprenticeships on topics related to Earth energies.
Meyn Mamvro is the magazine of ancient stones and sacred sites in Cornwall. It has been published regularly 3 times a year since 1986, and, taken together, all the editions contain a wealth of original material about the prehistory and ancient customs of Cornwall.
Meyn Mamvro Publications produce a number of books and booklets about the ancient sites of Cornwall, including comprehensively illustrated guides to the alignments, ley paths and anomalous energies at ancient and sacred sites in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, such as standing stones, stone circles, dolmens, fogous, holy wells and crosses.
Llandaff Cathedral including some of its intricate pentagonal geometry, is detailed in a study which illustrates every phase of its construction from the 12th to 19th centuries and can be found in the website created by Gervais Frykman, a Lay Clerk at Llandaff Cathedral. All great churches of the mediaeval period were designed on a geometrical framework which is unique to each building. Readers of the RILKO Publication, The Mysteries of Chartres Cathedral will find much of interest.