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The Celtic Art Coracle volume 1 issue 12
Symbolism of the Centre in Ancient Cultures, by Aidan Meehan

Symbolism of the Centre in Ancient Cultures, Aidan Meehan

 

The pregnant point, covered by the form matrix from conscious fervour mightily brought forth the One  - Rig Veda

There is a thing confusedly formed, born before heaven and earth. Silent and void, it stands alone and does not change, goes around and does not weary. It is capable of being the mother of the world  - Tao Te Ching

 

By the end of the third millennium BCE in China, we find a pattern which is universally distributed throughout all primitive arts. It is that of a square, subdivided into nine smaller squares, three rows and three columns, the central cell common to the central row and the central column, while also touching each corner cell of the 3 x 3 square (fig. 101).

Fig. 101: 3x3 square grid

Fig. 101: 3x3 square grid

This division, called the Ming Tang, is attributed to *Yu the Great, the legendary founder of Chinese civilization, who supposedly traversed the world in order to measure the earth.

 

* Rene Guenon, La Grande Triade (Paris: Gallimard, 1956),. ch.16.

Artwork Copyright Aidan Meehan 1983
 

The Celtic Art Coracle Vol 1
Contents Coracle Press 1983
ISSN 0828-8321 
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