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THE MEGALITHIC YARD.


The builders of ancient monuments used a system of measure that not only allied with this planet, but also opened portals of communication with nature and the entire cosmos.

Throughout Europe and the western, Celtic lands, the temple builders settled for another profound unit of measure. It was re-discovered by an engineer named Alexander Thom after making hundreds of surveys of stone circles in Britain and the Carnac region of France.

Thom came to the conclusion that measuring the ancient temples using the Imperial measuring system (feet, inches) yielded awkward measurements. An ancient mind would have used a whole number unit for two reasons: simplicity and elegance, and as a reflection of the ratios found in the pure music scale— the diatonic— upon whose whole number fractions most temples of the ancient world were designed. Thom eventually found the ancient unit of measure which he called the Megalithic Yard. The measure of the diameters and placement of stones in such temples as Stonehenge, the stone circles of Avebury and Callanais, as well as the formidable stone rows of Carnac all proved to be based on this system of measure. And given its origins it’s hardly surprising.




Measuring precisely 2.72 ft, the Megalithic Yard is an extrapolation of the two fundamental building blocks of matter: the sphere and the tetrahedron. Everything that exists in the Universe is governed by the bonding patterns created by these two geometric solids. Now, when one is placed inside the other, it just happens that their surface areas are in a proportional ratio of 2.72.

This same ratio is found when observing the foundation of organic life— the water molecule— under the microscope. The distance between the bonds of hydrogen and oxygen atoms that make up this essential element measures precisely 2.72 angstroms. And there’s more. Thanks to the relationship between the Sun and the Moon, life on Earth is made possible. One gives us light, heat and the seasons, the other regulates the ebb and flow of tides and the fertility of plants, animals and the female cycle. When measuring the solar year and the lunar year we notice that a discrepancy exists between the two of precisely 10.875 days. Divide that by the full lunar month of 29.53 days and 2.72 pops up yet again. It seems this ratio exists everywhere in nature, and as such, it is often referred to as a ‘transdimensional constant’.

Like their Egyptian counterparts with their Cubit, the neolithic architects understood that using a unit of measure so closely allied to universal forces in the foundation of their temples meant that everything within their carefully designed spaces fell under the influence of this harmonic. Whether it was applied as the diameter of a stone circle or in the spatial arrangement of walls and pillars, a temple defined by the mirror of the building blocks of life would profoundly affect the way the air and molecules behave inside. Thus, when your body and all its troubles entered such an environment it fell under the influence of orderly universal rhythms. And so began the process of initiation— which means ‘to become conscious’— where the initiate would be reminded that he or she was a perfect, mirror image of the Creator.


©Freddy Silva. No unauthorized reproduction.




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