Central Pillar and the 3 x 3 Number Square. In the featured picture the corner numbers on the Lo shu are 4,9,3 and 5. Remaining 5 remaining numbers are called the gnomon. These five are 2,7,6,1, and 8. There are three more possible corner/gnomon arrangements. That can be a subject for future blogs. The Tree of Life uses this one arrangement on the central pillar: The upper left corner v. its gnomon. Here are some instructions on how to read and compare the two systems. A vanished civilization knew what you are about to read. They enjoyed a Golden Age until they succumbed to a worldwide cataclysm. Certainly, Plato’s account of Atlantis fits this description. Allusions to this lost culture are found in the survival of ancient measurements. Below are a couple of my internal links.
Central Pillar and its Link to the 3 x 3 Number Square
First, what is a number square? It is found in recreational mathematics and combinatorial design. A magic square filled with distinct positive integers in the range . Each cell contains a different integer. The integers in each row, column and diagonal are equal. Now to compare the two systems:
- On the number square, multiply the numbers of the upper left corner: 4 x 5 x 9 x 3 = 540.
- Multiply the gnomon numbers: 2 x 7 x 6 x 1 x 8 = 672.
Next, look at the central pillar on the Tree of Life:
- Multiply the Central numbers of the four emanations (circles):1 x 6 x 9 x 10 = 540. This duplicates 540 product of the upper left corner of the number square.
- Take the central pillar numbers again. Add them: 1 + 6 + 9 + 10 = 26. Square 26 as 26² = 676. This is not the 672 gnomon product above. However, by rules of gematria, one can be added to each word or factor, in this case- circle, without essentially altering its meaning. We have 4 circles on the central pillar. Thus 672 + 4 = 676. We have congruence again. Gematria is explained in great depth by my favorite author, John Michell. His books are extremely rare and difficult to come by.