# ARS GEOMETRICA IX

‘…From a man and a woman make a circle…’
– The Sixteenth Leaf.

We thought again of The Officers Of Law who appeared to see the girl as a man?

‘The Spirit as Inner Fire is ‘Agni’ for the Vedic and ‘Hermes’ for the Greek.
The vessel defines the content which is a perception.
Make the vessel transparent in order to ‘see’ clearly.’

The ’Seventeenth’ Leaf

Clearly, this sequence of directions related to a famous alchemical engraving.
We dashed to our library…

‘The Flight of Atlanta’ by Michael Maier…

‘The squaring of the circle represents a marriage of opposites. It can be accomplished in two ways, by area or perimeter. The circle is a symbol of the eternal element in creation, whilst the square represents solid matter and human works…
The largest squared circle in the natural world is the earth and moon.
Earth’s mean radius is 3960 miles and the Moon’s is 1080 miles which makes 5040 miles. With a radius of 5040 the circumference of any sublunary circle is 316180 miles, which is the same as the perimeter of any square containing the earth.’

Blimey, they’re all ‘nines’ save the last which is a ‘one’ we smile, and then consider that it seems to us somewhat incredible that the planetary bodies should possess such accurate geometric proportions by accident.

‘This combination of heaven and earth, or spirit and matter, is a founding pattern in sacred temples from time immemorial the world over.’