Lawrence Edwards (1912 -2003)

He was inspired to carry out scientific research after studying projective geometry with George Adams, following a “moonlighting” second career testing whether the path curves he had learnt about applied to real forms in Nature.  This he confirmed for the forms of  many flower and leaf buds as well as for the human heart.  He found important rhythmic processes active in leaf bud forms over the winter months which correlate with planetary rhythms. He was a friend, inspirer and helper to many others.

 

Keith Critchlow (1933-)

 

Having been originally trained as a classical painter, he has authored many books on geometry, including Order in Space, Islamic Pattern as a Cosmological Art, and Time Stands Still.

Critchlow was formerly a professor of Islamic Art at the Royal College of Art in London and teaches at the The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment in London. He founded Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts (VITA), which moved from the Royal College of Art to The Prince’s Institute of Architecture in 1992-3, where he was Director of Research. The Institute later evolved into The Prince’s Foundation, within which Prince’s School of Traditional Arts was housed. He is a Professor Emeritus at VITA and serves as Director for Research.

He is a leading expert in Sacred architecture and Sacred geometry and founded Kairos, a society which investigates, studies, and promotes traditional values of art and science. He served there as Director of Studies.

His architectural work includes the Krishnamurti Study Centre in England, the Lindisfarne Chapel in Crestone, Colorado in the United States with a special design for the vaulting of the dome,[4] and The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in Puttaparthi, India. Isaac Tigrett, who had founded the Hard Rock Cafe enterprise, secured Critchlow’s aid to design a hospital in the Prasanthi Nilayam ashram in Puttuparthi.Critchlow’s use of sacred geometry played a major role in these architectural designs and projects.

Dr. Critchlow is president of the Temenos Academy.

http://www.kairos-foundation.com/

http://www.worldwisdom.com/public/authors/Keith-Critchlow.aspx

Nick Thomas (1941 – )

In particular he seeks to reconcile Steiner’s spiritual research with the findings of science, and has found projective geometry to be a beautiful and appropriate approach. Lawrence Edwards befriended him early on and helped him greatly. Some of his interests and work are outlined in these pages.

Gordon Strachan (1934-2010)

Gordon StrachanGordon Strachan was a lecturer, church minister, and independent thinker. He was the author of six books, including Jesus the Master Builder (2000); Chartres: Sacred Geometry, Sacred Space (2003); The Return of Merlin; and Prophets of Nature (2006).

Theodor Schwenk (1910 – 1986)

Schwenk talks about the need for “water consciousness”, maintaining that the movement of water, by its very essence, signifies change. Cosmic consciousness is symbolized by water, where all particles merge into a single, transcendental entity. Man, according to Schwenk, will come closer to the secret of life by studying the cyclicality of movement opened from above. Schwenk further notes myths and tales pertaining to the treasure hidden under water, introducing the quandary-assumption that the treasure is, in fact, the water itself!

Olive Mary Witcher

Olive Mary WhicherOlive Mary Whicher joined George Adams in London in 1935, and worked with him in research in mathematics and physics. She has published a number of books, including a few in collaboration with Adams. She has taught at Emerson College and traveled widely as a lecturer in Europe and the United States. She died January 2006.

Paul Schatz (1898-1979)

Paul Schatz was a German-born sculptor, inventor and mathematician who patented the oloid, discovered the inversions of the platonic solids including the “invertible cube” which is often sold as an eponymous puzzle, the Schatz cube. From 1927 to his death he lived in Switzerland.

Louis Locher-Ernst (1906-1962)

 

En 1923, a los 18 anos, escucha por primera vez a Rudolf Steiner durante el Congreso de Navidad en el que se estaba refundando la Sociedad Antroposófica. En 1924 vuelve a la escuela. En 1926 empieza estudiar matemáticas y astronomía, a la vez que se convierte en director de la Rama antroposófica Pestalozzi en Zurich. Paralelamente, sigue con sus estudios de epistemología y música. En 1930 se gradúa con matrícula de honor.

Ese mismo ano se casa con Anna Katherina Ernst, de cuyo matrimonio nacerán dos hijas.

En abril de 1932 empieza a ejercer como profesor en el Instituto Técnico de Winterthur, donde es nombrado vicerrector en 1937. Después de la guerra, desde 1946, ensena matemáticas en la Universidad. En 1951 es nombrado director del Instituto Técnico de Winterthur.

Locher acoge las indicaciones de Steiner sobre la importancia de la geometría proyectiva y crea libros de texto sobre el tema. Luego descubre una aproximación matemática a la idea del contraespacio que Rudolf Steiner había desarrollado para entender el cosmos con fundamento espiritual. En sus exposiciones, Locher desarrolla el aspecto matemático en forma de geometría polar-euclidiana y deja para otros investigadores el encontrar la correcta relación con los fenómenos de la ciencia natural. Profundiza en los principios de polaridad y metamorfosis generando para ellos una base matemática. Estos ensayos se reúnen en su libro “Metamorfosis geométricas”. En el movimiento antroposófico Locher es conocido por sus ensayos en el semanario Das Goetheanum que posteriormente serán reunidos en el libro “La matemáticas como preparación previa para el conocimiento espiritual”.

De 1953 a 1962 es director de la Sección matemático-astronómica del Goetheanum, y en 1962 entra a formar parte de la Junta Directiva de la Sociedad Antroposófica, pero fallece el 15 de Agosto del mismo ano.

Helmut Warm (1956 – )

Helmut Warm, born 1956, is a civil engineer and independent researcher in astronomy, geometry, the history of harmonics, and musical aesthetics. He has taught, lectured, and published widely on these and other subjects and, in particular, on his discoveries relating to the solar system and its inherent order. He lives in Hamburg, Germany.

Frank Chester

This has led him to take up research concerning the number seven, and in 2000 he discovered a new geometric form never seen before. Putting this form through the alchemical transformative process of Earth, Water, Air, and Fire, many previously unknown geometric structures have emerged. Also this geometric form demonstrates a remarkable correlation to the form and functioning of the human heart. On the basis of experimentation with various related geometric forms and the movement of water in a vortex, Frank is uncovering indications concerning the relationship between etheric formative forces and the geometry, structure, and physiology of the human heart. Thus the form is called the Chestahedron, both after its discoverer and because the form relates to the geometry of the heart, which sits in the chest.

www.frankchester.com

Drunvalo Melchizedek

Drunvalo also founded the Flower of Life Workshops with over 300 trained and certified facilitators teaching in over sixty countries.

He is consultant for the international Internet magazine, Spirit of Ma’at, http://www.spiritofmaat.com with over 1 million viewers each year.

Drunvalo is a world traveler and has given workshops, seminars and lectures on sacred geometry, human energy fields, spirituality, meditation and living in the heart in 45 countries.

His meditation with the angels and his work with prana and energy healing has helped tens of thousands of people. Drunvalo has expressed that healing in these areas are of extreme importance for the difficulties with one’s own body often stops us from continuing on our spiritual path. His research on the 3rd dimension with natural products and methods to help heal Mother Earth and all life forms is also a major focus in his life.

http://www.drunvalo.net/bio.html

Charles L. Gilchrist

His formal art education began at the age of 11 (1951). He was the youngest student ever taken by Genevieve Ingram Frickle, a well known portrait and landscape painter, living, working and teaching in Wichita. She developed his natural drawing talent and taught him to see as an artist. Illinois – In 1954, the family moved to the Chicago area (Park Forest, Illinois) and Charles graduated from Rich Township High School in 1958.

http://www.charlesgilchrist.com

John Michell (1933 – 2009)

His 1969 volume The View Over Atlantis has been described as probably the most influential book in the history of the hippy/underground movement and one that had far-reaching effects on the study of strange phenomena: it “put ley lines on the map, re-enchanted the British landscape and made Glastonbury the capital of the New Age.” In some 40-odd titles over five decades he examined, often in pioneering style, such topics as sacred geometry, earth mysteries, geomancy, gematria, archaeoastronomy, metrology, euphonics, simulacra and sacred sites, as well as Fortean phenomena. An abiding preoccupation was the Shakespeare authorship question. His Who Wrote Shakespeare? (1996) was reckoned by The Washington Post “the best overview yet of the authorship question.”

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Michell_%28writer%29

R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz (1887-1961)

This Franco-Germanic blend lends a curious characteristic to his work. The writer, Christopher Bamford, suggests that Schwaller thought in German, but wrote in French.  He was given the title “de Lubicz” by the Lithuanian poet and diplomat O. V. de Lubicz Milosz, for his efforts on behalf of Lithuania in the aftermath of World War I.

 

René Adolphe Schwaller de Lubicz is known to English readers primarily for his work in uncovering the spiritual and cosmological insights of ancient Egypt. From 1938-1952, he and his family resided in Luxor, Egypt conducting research concerning many of the great monuments and temples, particularly the Temple of Luxor. In books like Esotericism and Symbol, The Temple in Man, Symbol and the Symbolic, The Egyptian Miracle, and the monumental The Temple of Man, Schwaller de Lubicz argued that Egyptian civilization is much older than orthodox Egyptologists suggest. He also argued that the core of ancient Egyptian culture provided a fundamental insight into “the laws of creation.”

Nothing in Egypt is accidental or purely ornamental – every element from the type of building material used, the size of the blocks, the dimensions of the walls, number symbolism, the placement of hieroglyphs and symbols, the orientation of the site – all were consciously chosen to have a predetermined effect. Even apparently mundane scenes of daily life can have profound symbolic importance. For example, scenes of the Pharaoh single-handedly overcoming an enemy army are not merely vainglorious boasting; they represent the forces of light overcoming those of darkness – the same battle that each evolving human being must fight every day.

In The Temple of Man, Schwaller demonstrates how the Egyptians were aware of, and consciously used, advanced mathematical concepts normally attributed to the Greeks. One of these was the Golden Section, a mathematical function which occurs throughout nature, for example in the ratios of a spiral galaxy or the orbits of the planets. When used in architecture, it allows the building to become an embodiment of these same universal principles, which were later used in Greek temples and Gothic cathedrals, and which account for some of their power. These elements work synergistically together to express the particular nature of the cosmic principles built into the temple.

Schwaller de Lubicz’s Egyptian studies were only a part of his overall work as a 20th Century alchemist and philosopher. One book by Schwaller de Lubicz, Symbol and the Symbolic (Du symbole et de la symbolique), expresses much of the philosophy of Time elaborated by the Zen masters. To read Lubicz is to understand how an Adept alchemist thinks, how the Elixir affects or clears his perception of reality. Lubicz only understood Egyptian esotericism after completing his alchemical studies. He makes clear that comprehension of ancient Egyptian thought will only be feasible if we change our Western mental paradigm.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._A._Schwaller_de_Lubicz

Robert Lawlor (1939 – )

In India, he discovered the works of the French Egyptologist and esotericist, R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz, which led him to explore the principles and practices of ancient sacred science. Between 1965-8, Robert met his wife, Deborah Lawlor. In 1972, they left Auroville for a year so Robert could study sacred geometry and read Sri Aurobindo. They came back to Auroville in 1973 until 1975. In 1979, Lawlor (then living in Tasmania) participated in the Lindisfarne Fellows Conference, held at Zen Center’s Green Gulch Farm, with Keith Critchlow from London. In 1980, Lawlor met together with William Irwin Thompson and Rachel Fletcher to teach in the Lindisfarne Institute’s Summer Program in Sacred Architecture, which provided the context for the design and building of the Lindisfarne Chapel. Critchlow’s Twelve Criteria for Sacred Architecture derives from a lecture given at this time. In 1981, a gathering of about 50 members of the Lindisfarne Association met in Crestone, Colorado under the name, Homage to Pythagoras, which included Lawlor, Thompson, Fletcher, Chritchlow, Christopher Bamford, Arthur Zajonc, Anne Macaulay, Kathleen Raine, Robert Bly, Joscelyn Godwin, John Michell, and Ernest McClain.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Lawlor

Stéphane Cardinaux

Stéphane Cardinaux

Architecte de formation, Stéphane Cardinaux cherche à concilier la science physique et la science éthérique à travers l’expérimentation des énergies subtiles. Son activité se répartit entre l’enseignement de la géobiologie et de la bioénergie, la recherche, les bilans bioénergétiques et les analyses de lieux d’habitation.

Le site de Stéphane Cardinaux : http://www.geniedulieu.ch/.

Stephen Skinner

During the 1970s he was the driving force behind Askin Publishers, producing lovely editions of classic magical works such as Agrippa’s Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy and the  Archidoxes of Magic by Paracelsus, several titles by Austin Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley, Dr Donald Laycock (The Enochian Dictionary) and others, all of which are now collector’s items. The first of these was a huge quarter leather edition of the primary source book of Enochian magic, the True & Faithful Relation of what passed between Dr John Dee…and some Spirits. During the 1970s he co-wrote books with Francis King, including the still popular Techniques of High Magic, which has gone through many editions since it was first released. Also with Francis King he wrote Nostradamus. Then he followed this with the best selling Millennium Prophecies.

His interest in Western geomancy spurred him on to create the most complete and classic work in that field Terrestrial Astrology which is soon being reprinted as Geomancy in Theory and Practice.

In 2004 he began publishing Source Works of Ceremonial Magic. The first title was The Practical Angel Magic of Dr. John Dee’s Enochian Tables with co-author David Rankine, opening the doors on real 17th century angel magic in a way never done before. This was followed by The Keys to The Gateway of Magic and then The Goetia of Dr Rudd, a complete 17th century version of the Lemegeton as used by a practising magician. He and David Rankine produced a new edition of three versions of the most famous grimoire, the Key of Solomon as The Veritable Key of Solomon. Most recently they deciphered and translated the Grimoire of St Cyprian, the Clavis Inferni.

In 2006 he published The Complete Magician’s Tables with complete tables of Magic, Kabbalistic, Angelic, Astrologic, Alchemic, Demonic, Geomantic, Grimoire, Gematria, I Ching, Tarot, Pagan Pantheon, Plant, Perfume and Character Correspondences in more than 800 Tables, four times as many tables as Aleister, Crowley’s Liber 777, or any other imitator.

He was responsible for launching and publishing the first full colour magazine on feng shui, Feng Shui For Modern Living, which was distributed in 41 countries with translated editions in German and even in Chinese. At its peak the English edition sold over 121,000 audited copies per month, and Stephen was nominated at the PPA awards as UK ‘Publisher of the Year’ (the UK print media equivalent of the Oscars).

He was educated at Sydney University graduating in English Literature, Geography and Ancient Greek Philosophy. His interests include feng shui, ancient civilisations, geometry, travel, computers, magic and the Middle Ages. He is the author of more than 30 books published worldwide in 20 different languages. His books have had introductions by such diverse people as Colin Wilson, HRH Charles Prince of Wales, and Jimmy Choo shoe designer to the stars.

http://www.sskinner.com/

George Adams (1894 – 1963)

He was active as a pacifist in the First World War and did social work with the Quakers, in particular with the Friends’ War Relief organisation in Poland. He worked for the rest of his life for Anthroposophy with a special interest in the scientific side as well as developing the social aspects.  He interpreted Steiner’s lectures in England and later translated many of them into English.  He discovered how to describe Steiner’s findings about negative space in geometric terms. He worked particularly with projective geometry and the application of path curves.

John Martineau

After leaving The School he continued publishing, inviting other alumni and friends, such as Daud Sutton (MA 1998) and Professor Scott Olsen, to help him create a small series of books specialising in the age-old themes he studied at The School. Now, nearly twelve years and 50 books later, Wooden Books may be found in bookshops throughout Britain and America.

http://www.woodenbooks.com/

 

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