Some science behind the scenes
Sacred geography - castle
A physical castle or a large house or the home of a person ultimately symbolically represents them in all its represents.
The house is the ultimate symbol of the person and thus follows to the letter the symbolism of the castle. The phrase 'a man's home is his castle' embodies this fact.
Thus in terms of sacred geography, we can recreate spiritual truths about ourselves using our own house. Everything becomes important - the contents, the layout, the rooms and their number, the number of windows, doors, and their shape and size, where it is built, its aspect, and the direction it faces, whether it is near water, or on a hill, or down in a valley.
The Chinese always took this aspect of sacred geography very seriously and the layout of their houses, the position of doors, the siting and the overall geography of place has always been of immense spiritual and cultural importance to them. The Japanese too have also used this same sacred recreation of heavenly truths in their houses.
It is a part of knowing yourself.
Feng shui is a system used in Chinese building to attempt to map the spiritual proportions of harmony, to create a matching harmonious landscape on the physical plane. An ‘as above so below’ type of approach taken to its logical conclusion. These building regulations not only cover landscapes but the shape of houses, which means that there appears to have been a culture specific symbolism of the ideal soul as well, but its symbolism is rather obscure.
The orientation of a building and its doors are not the only factors considered important in the divination of feng shui. The size of the rooms and the overall dimensions of a building are also carefully checked in order to ensure the endorsement of good fortune and prosperity. [Chinese Geomancy – Evelyn Lip]
There are some equally precise rules about the number of rooms, again the rules may be based on system of musical scales and harmonies, or the levels and layers, but the rationale is not at all clear.
Even the number of bedrooms a building contains affects the feng shui. A building or a house having one, two, five, six, seven or nine bedrooms is considered good, but one with three, four or eight bedrooms symbolises ill fortune. [Chinese Geomancy – Evelyn Lip]
So a symbolic dream house with three bedrooms is not good news for the Chinese, but yet again I do not know why – this is the problem with symbolism.
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- Castlerigg Stone Circle
- Cornwall - Saint Michael's Mount
- Eleanor C Merry - The Flaming Door - Carnac, the Messenger and the Labyrinth
- John Michell - The View over Atlantic – The sacred geography of China
- Mesopotamian - Means of achieving spiritual experience 09 Creating a sacred geography
- Norse - Gutasaga
- Norse - Jelling
- Sacred geography – Picts
- Sacred geography – Picts – Castles, Palaces and Forts 01
- Sacred geography – Picts – Castles, Palaces and Forts 02
- Sacred geography – Picts – Citadels 03 – Orkney and the Brough of Birsay
- Sacred geography – Picts – Mark stones
- Sacred geography – Picts – Souterrains or Step wells 02
- Symbols – Picts – Sacred site - Concentric circles [Complex site]
- Watkins, Alfred – The revelation that helped the discovery of the UK’s sacred geography