The nearest number to 365 which has a range of suitable factors is 364. The factors of this number are 2, 2, 7 and 13, and they are indeed very suitable. It is therefore not too surprising that we find that they lurk within our present 365-based calendar system. Despite the present choice of a twelve month year, we all think that there are 52 weeks in the year (4 seasons x 13 weeks), we use a seven day week and often make the assumption that there are 4 weeks in the month (4 x 7 28 days). We are taught as young children that there are 12 months in the year. This 'knowledge' takes us into dangerous waters, for the consequences of these assumptions lead to an implied year length, formed by multiplying 4 x 7 x 12, of 336 days. We are therefore missing one lunar month (29 days) by making these erroneous assumptions. The numbers here are shouting out that we need a thirteenth month and bright ten year olds with cheap calculators can work all this out. So did someone else many, many years ago, enshrining this wisdom in the world's most popular game.
Figure 2.5. A pack of cards seen as a 364 dav calendar analogy. Black and red on a white background, these are the three colours traditionally associated with the Moon. The four suites of 13 cards has seven as the central card.
This book is about a discovery, one that exposes an aspect of our prehistory that has since been lost to us. Almost nothing can be found of it within our history books, largely because our specialists in such matters have told us that it never happened, or that it could never have happened. Yet we will demonstrate that this activity not only happened, it once formed a crucially important technology within a culture we today still think of as being barbarians or even savages.
The discovery to be described here is directly connected with the construction, between around 3100 BC and 1800 BC of what has become adopted as Britain’s national temple, Stonehenge. Like that monument, this discovery raises our perception concerning the capabilities of our Neolithic ancestors. Unlike that monument, there is more evidence left on the ground to expand on those capabilities, the narrative offering an entry into a new dimension of what some might choose to call ‘Stone-Age technology’.
Here, it is preferred to call it megalithic science, and its study provides a breathtaking perspective on a technology the world has forgotten, or chosen to forget, revealed in the hills of coastal West Wales, also, and not coincidentally, the location of the Preseli bluestones.
Sacred Number Theme
The idea that numbers once had a sacred function is to be seen in our symbolic history and religious stories.
This book is a general introduction and meditation on the many different facets of sacred numbers and their power within historical cultures.
Dear Friends: I have just finished this finest book I have ever encountered on the subject. Richard Heath has written with masterful confidence and great verbal elegance to bring this ancient “Pythagorean” science up to our moment in history—fully integrating contemporary developments in projective geometry and spiritual efforts to explicate meaning. Here is the “see and tell” method of the ancients employed to illuminate what we hide from ourselves.
Dear Richard, Many thanks for sending me 'Sacred Number'. I've been reading it and am very impressed by the way you approach this difficult subject to write about. Your grasp of it is quite admirable and so is your expression of it. I've talked about it with John Neal and we're both delighted with what you've done.
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