Symbols play an extraordinary role in human culture and belief around the world. Their power, for good or ill, can launch us into alternative realms, leading us not only towards light and truth, but down darker paths to intolerance and hatred.
Building on his acclaimed study of sacred geometry in Patterns of Eternity, the author starts by exploring megaliths, the ancient stones of the Bible, the lingams on India and the Black Stone of Mecca. He goes on to consider questions of harmony and value in the Flower of Life, the Enneagram, the Solfeggio Scale, alchemical symbols and the Cube of Light, as well as the controversial area of the swastika.
Throughout, the author brings the unexpected discoveries of his own journeys to bear on the subject, continually testing the limits of our material reality.
Wonderfully illustrated with over 200 colour photographs and diagrams, this fascinating book covers ancient history, science, music, art and culture, drawing them together into a coherent, inspiring journey for the reader.
Malcolm Stewart is an author, musician and designer who has created mosaic, stained glass, landscape and interior design for a range of secular and sacred environments. He is a one-time priest, television producer, UN project director, Ockenden Venture Refugee, and Relief Aid administrator. He has lectured widely throughout the UK and Europe. He is the author of Patterns of Eternity: Sacred Geometry and the Starcut Diagram (2009, Floris Books).