The Circle is Time
Six of the Nine
Process through time
Three of the Nine
Are outside time:
Yet still impact
And impinge in time
By impelling this processional motion.
The Six of the Nine can be represented by the six faces of a cube:
Enfolded outlooks on the world.
The Three of the Nine can be represented by the three dimensions of a cube:
…Dimension is always an adequate symbol for Divinity.
The Seed at Zero can be represented by the cube itself in miniature:
A little world encapsulated by a larger one…
‘Three of the Nine’.
What is the antithesis of one?
None, two or many…?
It is tempting to answer money… that is, ‘my one’ as opposed to The One, which ‘belongs’ to everybody.
For many years I laboured under the misapprehension that to glean the gist of a thing was to have the mere rudiments of it which is almost the exact opposite of the word’s actual meaning. This can happen because of the context in which words are used and context which has at least two viewpoints if not many more is really just another word for perspective.
The World is predicated on Number.
Mineral, Plant, and Animal growth are all governed by Number.
Music is Number in time.
Geometry is Number in space.
Neither the World, Music nor Geometry initially ‘looks’ very much like Number but that is what they are.
The qualities of Number are the key to understanding this, which really means their properties and their relationships, each one conceived as distinct from all the others yet linked by natural sequence and logical progression.
Strictly speaking there are only seven numbers.
Zero is not a number because it is the negation of Number:
It is rather both Tomb and Womb of number…
One is not a number because it is everything, without which there would be no thing:
Not One Thing…
Nine is not a number because it is a completion and possesses all the qualities of Zero:
And although numbers go on for ever they always repeat from Nine…
But Geometry can help here too because the way we see things affects the way we think about things and vice-versa.
Whenever we come across a reversible we have reflection and the world, it has been claimed, is merely a domain of perceived reflections.
Plato’s Cave is the classic simile for this idea.
In order to affect the shadow-play of the world-screen one has to access the light source.
The outer can only be affected by changing the inner.
This can be ‘seen’ to be the case by experiencing the following ‘optical illusion’.
When the outer cube ‘flips’ the inner cube remains unaffected.
But if the inner cube ‘flips’ the outer cube has to flip too.
Can you see it?
‘Given the option we would all choose to live in a house of the imagination…’
…A riddle is a trick played with words.
And this word ‘trick’ is interesting for it too has a three in it.
This three it seems to me is the unknown, or rather in the case of a ‘low down’ trick the not known by one but known only too well by the other.
It is debatable of course but it could be argued that whenever there is a one and another they are in one sense or another always reaching for a third.
Perhaps this reaching is an attempt to define the unknown.
Only by reaching together can they succeed.
Like a line that seeks a triangle.*
In order for the line to rise its polarities have to meet in the middle.
In order for the triangle to rise its singular-triplicities have to meet in the middle.
I hear you cry, why are the angles singular-triplicities?
Because each angle is simultaneously one of three and three in one, it is a point and also the point of two distinct bases.
Technically this ‘two base thing’ could also be designated a common-duplicity which is the reason why the little figure below works and as such, singularly, it gives us a hidden ‘fourth’, collectively, a hidden ‘sixth’.
What does one point gain from another?
What do two points gain from a third?
What do three points gain from a fourth?
A line is a point with two ends to it.
A triangle is a line with three turns in it.
A tetrahedron is a triangle in ‘two minds’.
If the minds were houses one would be a house of the living, the other would be a house of the dead.
Or to rephrase: One mind is inner the other is outer.
For the inner to contain the outer, or for the drop to contain the ocean, requires a fourth and a sixth…
* This triangle is always an equilateral triangle.
Had there been any doubt about where we were going next…
Which there wasn’t.
For once, our destination proved quite easy to get to.
A car park was suggested by the guidebook and in the car park were easy to follow directions.
Not too far away to be too uncomfortable.
But just far enough away to deter commercialisation.
These are all metaphors.
And the metaphors continued at the mouth of the cave.
Whose approach to the interior provided an effective deterrent against the casual tourist.
But not to us because we are not.
The thing about caves…
You never want them to end…
But they always do.
Which is why we deal in metaphysics.
The way beyond the end of the earth is Geometry.
Which does not so much measure the earth.
As inform it…