Sacred Geometry

Sacred Geometry
by Janosh
Sounds True, 2007


 

Though it’s become something of a buzzword in today’s alternative spirituality circles, sacred geometry remains one of the least understood of the ancient occult arts. Too many recent presentations of the subject either zoom off into New Age platitudes or end up tangled in a web of exotic speculations about flying saucers, extraterrestrial reptiles, and the like. Both of these can be entertaining at times, granted, but neither one has much to do with the subtle meditative disciplines of traditional sacred geometry.

One of the latest offerings on the subject of sacred geometry, the Sacred Geometry kit by the Dutch graphic artist Janosh manages to stumble into both of the traps just mentioned. Neither misstep is quite fatal, but the result is certainly an odd production. After a series of visions of complicated three-dimensional patterns in 2003, the kit’s creator explains in the Study Guide, he began to receive intuitive messages from “the Arcturians,” who he describes as intelligent entities from another dimension. These communications led him to equate his visions with crop circles, and the result was a deck of 33 cards bearing brightly colored abstract images.

This deck is the core of Sacred Geometry. Along with it comes a Study Guide, a slightly more ornate version of the “little white book” found in other divinatory decks, with a few pages of comments about traditional sacred geometry followed by the meanings of the thirty-three cards; a blank journal; a pad of tracing paper, used to practice tracing the cards in a meditative state; a pencil; a little cardboard easel to hold cards upright for meditation; and a fifty-seven-minute music CD of New Age music by John Consemuller, with vocals by Dutch DJ and performance artist Renske Skills. I found the music tepid, but then my taste in New Age music tends toward Windham Hill’s jazz, not repetitive tone patterns and spoken-word poetry backed by a drum machine.

Those interested in the artistic end of today’s New Age spirituality will certainly want to give Sacred Geometry a look, and if crop circles and channeled messages are your cup of tea, this product is just what you’re looking for. Outside that somewhat rarefied context, though, its appeal is likely to be limited, and if you pick it up hoping for insights into the study and practice of sacred geometry — as I did — you’re likely to go away disappointed.

JOHN MICHAEL GREER.

RATING: 2 Broomsticks

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