Sunday, 17 February 2019

Franckenberg's 'Tetrachord' (and other geometry)

In Franckenberg's 'Key to the House of David', which I posted before, there's the following comment near the beginning:
"if you know in advance the Tetrachord or Quadriga of Apollo, then you will understand more easily and more happily without doubt, the science of  מרכבה (Merkabah), the Chariot of Isra-El"
For now I want to deal with his "tetrachord", the Quadriga of Apollo. Tetrachord is a combination of: 

  • tetra; meaning 4, 4 "of something" 
  • chord; from Greek chordon meaning "string" or "note", and the latin chorda, meaning bowstring

In music, a tetrachord is a series of 4 notes (which could be represented by 4 strings of different lengths, or 1 string divided into 4 parts. It should be noted that in modern

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Metatron and the R.C. 'House of the Holy Spirit'

'I finished the whiskey, shut my eyes, opened them again. Facing me was the seventeenth century engraving, a typical Rosicrucian allegory of the period, rich in coded messages addressed to the members of the Fraternity. Obviously it depicted the Temple of the Rosy Cross, a tower surmounted by a dome in accordance with the Renaissance Iconographic model, both Christian and Jewish, of the Temple of Jerusalem, reconstructed on the pattern of the Mosque of Omar.
The landscape around the tower was incongruous, and inhabited incongruously, like one of those rebuses where you see a palace, a frog in the foreground, a mule with its pack, and a king receiving a gift from a page. In the lower left was a gentleman emerging from a well, clinging to a pulley that was attached, through ridiculous winches, to some point inside the tower, the rope passing through a circular window. In the center were a horseman and a wayfarer. On the right, a kneeling pilgrim held a heavy anchor as though it were his staff. Along the right margin, almost opposite the tower, was a precipice from which a character with a sword was failing, and on the other side, foreshortened, stood Mount Ararat, the Ark aground on its summit. In each of the upper corners was a cloud illuminated by a star that cast oblique rays along which two figures floated, a nude man in the coils of a serpent, and a swan. At the top center, a nimbus was surmounted by the word 'Oriens' and bore Hebrew letters from which the hand of God emerged to hold the tower by a string.

The tower moved on wheels. Its main part was square, with windows, a door, and a drawbridge on the right. Higher up, there was a kind of gallery with four observation