Edited by Thomas Barrie, Julio Bermudez, and Philip Tabb Published by Ashgate Publishing, Farnham UK, October 2015 Architecture has long been understood as a cultural discipline able to articulate the human condition and lift the human spirit, yet the spirituality of architecture is rarely directly addressed in academic scholarship.
The 17 chapters provide a diverse range of perspectives, grouped according to topical themes: Being in the World; Sacred, Secular, and the Contemporary Condition; Symbolic Engagements; Sacred Landscapes; and Spirituality and the Designed Environment.
Legends of a “World Tree” abound in almost all early cultures, such as the Tree of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, the Tree of Life of the Hebrew mystical Kabbalah, the sacred oak groves of the Druids and the apple trees sacred to Venus in the Garden of the Hesperides.
The Yggdrasil world ash tree in Norse myth rises up from the centre of the earth, its branches forming the heavens of the gods and its roots striking down into hell where a serpent is entwined at the world's dark core.
We love their solidity, their immovable beauty and grandeur, as well as the shelter they provide us.
Early humanity recognized the sacred in natural places: initially in the sky and earth, but they also found representations of the divine in trees in ancient times before language, myth and religion.
This tree represents the fate of the world and determines the welfare of the universe.
It was commonly accepted in political and cultural circles, and some of its concepts were used in other traditional studies, such as alchemy, meteorology and medicine.Moreover, I want to investigate the rich symbolism and synchronistic events of many sequential Astrological Ages to illuminate where it is I feel we are headed as a collective and look at where we have been symbolically.To set the stage, let’s first address the philosophical fundamentals that the Astrological Ages are based on and save the technical stuff for later.A real horoscope must take into account the influence of all the planets in the solar system (even the outer ones, which affect entire generations more than individuals) and their placement in the various houses. The sun governs the ego, the core of the personality, but there is far more to a person's psyche than just the ego.Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and governs the head.