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The Title has been agreed as
The Harmonic Origins of the World
Sacred Number at the Source of Creation
and here is the cover art:
Richard Heath's name has landed on the Moon
The book will go "live" on the publisher website for pre-orders in mid-March, and the book's publication timing will be March 2018. The Catalogue for that should appear soon with back matter in the Autumn.
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I have been working on a new book themed around the harmonic tuning theory found in the ancient world by Ermest G. McClain (since his The Myth of Invariance) and my own discovery of musical intervals first appearing in Matrix of Creation in 2002. We were able to collaborate through email for the few years between 2011 and his death, aged 96, in 2014. Ernest wanted to write a book about the Maya (Brave New World) knowing ancient near eastern harmonics and at one stage we were to do this but eventually he thought he could not get involved. The more I looked into the matter the more similar this work appeared to the work on the megalithic since units of measure belong to the same families, geometrical techniques seem to resemble the Egyptian, they were keen astronomers, had pushed the envelope in developing calendars, also built pyramids (typical of megalithic peoples at near equatorial latitudes, etc. Some of this leaked out early in various ways, especially my previous websites.
It was a hard sell to get published since the scope was very large and on over arching message or cluster of ideas was always being washed away by new perspectives and new work. Inner Traditions agreed to publish in August 2015, and by November I had moved from Scotland to Wales and so eventually wrote the book in Wales during 2016. It was notionally called Harmony of the World Soul but has now been called The Harmonic Origins of the World.
The title, catalogue entry (for Fall 2017) and cover design are all agreed and as an when more can be said .....
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I came to Crete in 2004 and had enjoyed Alan Butler's Bronze-Age Computer Disk - one of a number of interpretations of the Disk that were not linguistic. At Heraklion Museum, then unrefurbished, I had a photo shoot in which the disk was captured (right) but what captured me was what I came to call the Disk of Chronos. I shelled out for Thomas balistier's book The Phaistos Disk: An Account of its Unsolved Mystery (trans. from German) but did not return to the famous disk until recently when I found a souvenir in a charity shop.
Wikipedia on Phaistos Disk proved very helpful, especially a summary of decoding attempts. There I found a link to Analyzing and dating the structure of the Phaistos Disk by Wolfgang Reczko who alerted me to the eighteen blocks in the inner spirals and twelve block around the perimeter - each indicating a little left over. This allows me to interpret the disk, as Reczko had, as a device recording how to count the Saros eclipse cycle, but my recent work on numeracy and how 222 lunar months could be employed for such counting and past relationship with counting the Saturnian year of 364 days, improves the matter. So this became an article at MegalithicScience.org and then on my Academia.org as a draft with discussion board.
DISCUSSIONS: It is not easy to find a reliable platform for information-led discussion and Academia.org might be heading there. They need to make the discussion publicly viewable whilst arranging contributors through invitation or by request. I would like to be able to have discussions on articles but usually turning on such features is not attractive in the right way and attracts unconstructive comments and can sometimes distress the mechanism for publishing articles in the first place. Both wikipedia and academia deserve some encouragement, wikipedia being very helpful for research but also aspects of preparing books for publications. So I donate modestly to that. Academia have spun out of Scribd, by seeing that papers were a major part of legal uploading of documents, so I am trying their premium service to see what they can come up with.
TAGGING: A new form of tagging at Megalithic Science.org seems again to integrate its pages. I first used tagging for my uploading of BAR Thom surveys of stone circles, data provided by Euan Mackie. It enabled regional and type information to be intergrated with a few white papers from me. This time I am tagging using Calendar types such as eclipse, Sun/Moon, Metonic, Circumpolar, Nodal and so on. Tags appear at the head of articles and each can be clicked on to see all articles bearing that same tag. This is a bit like clouds only it is an in page rather than in margin mechanism.
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In 2004 I saw a "perforated vessel" in the Heraklion Museum and knew it was something special and decoded some of it that afternoon. I published my analysis in a past web site, now defunct, and in my book Sacred Number and the Origins of Civilisation 2007; but then to a different purpose.
Upon finding an ancient web site image, I restored the PHP pages to run on my server and converted the old text and images into a PDF file using OneNote, now available on www.Academia.com at this link:
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Inner Traditions have offered to publish a fifth book. It will utilise some of what I learnt from Ernest G McClain, with whom at one stage I was going to write a book called Brave New World. Other challenges such as presenting at ICONEA 2013 and 2014 and writing more tightly within an academic framework are leading to a resolution of why megalithic science is so hard to equate to modern science, as being an exact science yet without theory or arithmetic. Of course, the harmony of the spheres has been running on for millennia since Pythagoras and Plato and it has ended up being more a platform from which enlightenment scientists would launch the "project of the West". But we don't really own our past or present without knowing what drove it, step by step, into existence. Whilst I catch up on missing aspects of my own education, coming to it in this way may lead to a vision which can be shared with a broader range of readers.
Concerning megalithic science, please to visit my web site of that name with new material about alignment of the Kaaba and Analysis of Arbor Low.
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Slowly, more examples of monuments based upon counting emerge. In both the monuments and (incredibly rare) art preserved within the Gavrinis Cairn, there is evidence of how megalith builders handled numbers to resolve counts as lengths made up of repeated aggregate units. One hopes that counting and its associated number science of metrology and geometry, will eventually be seen as the powerful yet simple astronomical technique complementary to the known alignment of monuments to key horizon events, between which such counts were made.
In Thornborough one notes the technique of scaling using the foot of twelve inches to provide a twelve-times larger version of a time period than that available inside the central henge. One sees the common composition and scale of North Yorkshire's henges, and finds dimensionality can restore some meaning that has survived the ravages of time upon this great earthwork. There is insight into a little known periodicity of 144 lunar months which proves related to the moon's nodal period in the ratio 5:8 and this allowed the monument to count the 6800 days in the nodal period, explaining the form of triple henge as of the lunar maximum and minimum standstills, and the time in-between these horizon events, the monument pointing to the northerly Maximum.
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Monuments to the Lords of Time:
Astronomical Time as the Subject of Megalithic Structures
and How to See This
Slides used in the John Michell Memorial Lecture, 9th May 2015, in Glastonbury Town Hall, where Richard Heath presents Stone Age Counting as key means for megalithic understanding of astronomy as a highly structured "time-factored" reality which explains the shape and dimensions of the monuments as representing both the means and end results of that astronomy. The paper also explores the evolution of early metrology into the measures known to history, the geometrical ideas of Carnac's astronomers and their unique art preserved within Gavrinis Cairn (recently scanned by Laurent Lescop) as complementary to the astronomy as "information boards" gathered from Carnac's many monuments, surviving, inundated or lost. Supporting articles can be found at MegalithicScience.org and in author's Sacred Number and the Lords of Time.
This talk's slideshow can be viewed here:
A DVD of this talk will be available in due course from Megalithomania Website.
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Richard Heath marshals overwhelming evidence for re-evaluating our view of the so-called Stone Age period. He shows Stone Age peoples held a highly developed paradigm based on the use of sacred geometry. This worldview provided a means to connect the physical and spiritual worlds through a sophisticated understanding of time, astronomy, spatial dimensions and mathematics, as well as symbolism and myth.
Heath outlines what he believes to be the four stages of this process - the structures around Carnac, Britain, Egypt and Greece and finally the "New World".
While this is certainly a demanding read, Heath supplies a wide range of charts and diagrams to explain the geometry as well as a selection of relevant photographs.
Heath documents a coherent model of mathematics and geometry that is shared throughout these sites, suggesting a continuum of understanding which modern archaeology does not accept. The evidence points to a highly advanced knowledge of the Earth and astronomy that underpinned a paradigm connecting society, the land, sacred sites and the spiritual. Every sacred site was placed at specially chosen locations, revealing an advanced knowledge of time, lunar and solar cycles, astronomical alignments and global positioning.
Each site is examined in exhaustive detail to document the underlying patterns that are clearly at play. Heath then connects them together to show how our ancestors had a unique understanding of the world as a whole. There is a fascinating journey through the religious imagery of Judaism and Christianity showing likely origins within these geometrical and numerical forms.
This is a thought provoking work, extraordinarily well researched using a vast number of illustrations to explain the sacred geometry under discussion. It has long been speculated our ancestors had a deep knowledge of time, astronomy and geometry. Heath offers a promising model for what they might have known.
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RICHARD HEATH - Sacred Number and the Lords of Time
The John Michell Memorial Lecture - hosted by Christine Rhone
at Megalithomania 2015, Town Hall, Glastonbury, Somerset, UK, May 9th 2015
Richard's presentation will show how astronomy and land surveying became possible to late stone age society through the simple manipulation of numbers held as lengths. The idea of a previous super-civilisation, predating the megalithic, becomes unnecessary if evidence from the Megalithic can be re-interpreted - as able to achieve an accurate geocentric astronomy and model of the earth, without requiring modern arithmetic or equipment. By recovering the achievements of the megalith builders, the projection of unproven ideas (such as savage rituals) onto Stonehenge and other such sites can be seen to be an uncreative fiction. His latest book can help relearn megalithic numerology and de-project savages, in order to get to the raison d'etre of megalithic societies.
Richard Heath has degrees in systems science and is the author of Matrix of Creation, Sacred Number and the Origins of Civilization, and Precessional Time and the Evolution of Consciousness. He is Robin Heath's brother and an old friend and collaborater with John Michell, who he travelled to Lundy Island with some years ago as part of their research. He lives in Perthshire, Scotland.