the cross and circle

“The Secret Doctrine teaches us that everything in the universe, as well as the universe itself, is formed (created) during its periodical manifestations – by accelerated MOTION set into activity by the BREATH of the ever-to-be-unknown power (unknown to present mankind, at any rate) within the phenomenal world.

The Spirit of Life and Immortality was everywhere symbolized by a circle: hence the serpent biting its tail, represents the circle of Wisdom in infinity;

as does the astronomical cross – the cross within a circle, and the globe, with two wings added to it, which then became the sacred Scarab of the Egyptians.

The incorporeal intelligences (the Planetary Spirits, or Creative Powers) were always represented under the form of circles.

In the primitive philosophy of the Hierophants these invisible circles were the prototypic causes and builders of all the heavenly orbs, which were their visible bodies or coverings, and of which they were the souls.

It was certainly a universal teaching in antiquity.

Deus enim et circulus est [And certainly Deity is circular], says Pherecydes, in his hymn to Jupiter. It was a Hermetic axiom, and Pythagoras prescribed such a circular prostration and posture during the hours of contemplation.

“The devotee must approach as much as possible the form of a perfect circle”, prescribes the Secret Book.

Pliny says: “During our worship, we roll up, so to say, our body in a ring, totum corpus circumagimur” [all bodies move in a circle].

The vision of the prophet Ezekiel reminds one forcibly of this mysticism of the circle, when he beheld a whirlwind from which came out “one wheel upon the earth” whose work “was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel…for the Spirit of the living creature was in the wheels” (Ezekiel 1:4-16).”


H. P. Blavatsky

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