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Free Sacred Geometry Book
« on: December 22, 2017, 12:40:32 pm »
If anybody is willing to pay the postage, I'm giving away a softcover sacred geometry book for free. (I bought it on impulse at an esoteric bookstore, not realizing I already have the book in hardcover...which speaks well of the book, that its contents grabbed me enough a second time that I bought it again.)

The book is--

Sacred Geometry: Deciphering the Code
by Stephen Skinner

Here's it's Amazon entry for more info: https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Geometry-Deciphering-Stephen-Skinner/dp/1402765827

It's in pristine condition. PM me if you're interested.
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Re: Free Sacred Geometry Book
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2017, 08:12:24 pm »
If anybody is willing to pay the postage, I'm giving away a softcover sacred geometry book for free. (I bought it on impulse at an esoteric bookstore, not realizing I already have the book in hardcover...which speaks well of the book, that its contents grabbed me enough a second time that I bought it again.)

The book is--

Sacred Geometry: Deciphering the Code
by Stephen Skinner

Here's it's Amazon entry for more info: https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Geometry-Deciphering-Stephen-Skinner/dp/1402765827

It's in pristine condition. PM me if you're interested.

Looks nifty, but my to-read bin is overflowing ... again. Doesn't help that my local used bookstore offers 'buy 2 get 1 free'. On the topic of sacred geometry, have you heard of Math for Mystics by Renna Shesso? I picked it up on a whim and I'm wondering if it's any good.

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Re: Free Sacred Geometry Book
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2017, 09:23:01 pm »
have you heard of Math for Mystics by Renna Shesso? I picked it up on a whim and I'm wondering if it's any good.

It's the other book I was perusing when I was in the esoteric bookstore; interesting, but something made me choose Skinner's book instead. (Something about Skinner's book must really appeal to me, since I've picked it twice!) Let me know what you think of Math for Mystics.
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Re: Free Sacred Geometry Book
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2017, 06:11:16 pm »
If anybody is willing to pay the postage, I'm giving away a softcover sacred geometry book for free. (I bought it on impulse at an esoteric bookstore, not realizing I already have the book in hardcover...which speaks well of the book, that its contents grabbed me enough a second time that I bought it again.)

The book is--

Sacred Geometry: Deciphering the Code
by Stephen Skinner

Here's it's Amazon entry for more info: https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Geometry-Deciphering-Stephen-Skinner/dp/1402765827

It's in pristine condition. PM me if you're interested.

I'm interested!!

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Re: Free Sacred Geometry Book
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2017, 09:15:37 pm »
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Re: Free Sacred Geometry Book
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2017, 07:00:11 pm »
It's the other book I was perusing when I was in the esoteric bookstore; interesting, but something made me choose Skinner's book instead. (Something about Skinner's book must really appeal to me, since I've picked it twice!) Let me know what you think of Math for Mystics.

So, I moved it up on my reading list so I wouldn't forget to reply.

It's got its good points, but it's also kind of less than what I was expecting. In no particular order

- The sections on methods of counting and measuring with the human body are quite interesting.
- There are tables of number correspondences and planet/weekday correspondences which are useful.
- There's a whole chapter on the Templar Mythos that I'm not sure what it's doing there; math is barely mentioned.
- The chapter on magic squares is excellent and is the only one which gives instructions for spellcasting. However, there's a pretty glaring misprint in that the 6x6 diagram is repeated several times instead of having the correct diagrams for each magic square.
- The chapter on the Fibonacci Sequence, Golden Section and pentagrams is pretty good.
- Also some good sidebars on Kabbalah and Gematria.
- The author expresses surprise that the numbers that result from the Pythagorean Theorem are the same as the numbers you get by arranging dots into squares. To which my only reaction was, "yes. Yes they are."
- Never mentioned: the esoteric practices of Descartes and Newton (instead we get an anecdote about Kepler's mother getting accused of witchcraft), and only a passing mention of mathematics in music.
- Similarly, there is barely any mention of the Mayan calendar, the i Ching (binary!), or anything outside the European Magical Tradition.

Overall rating: Eh.

It's an OK book with some useful information, but a bit simplistic for those of us who were recently contemplating Euler's Identity and the magical significance of the Tesseract.

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Re: Free Sacred Geometry Book
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2017, 09:09:27 pm »
Overall rating: Eh.

It's an OK book with some useful information, but a bit simplistic for those of us who were recently contemplating Euler's Identity and the magical significance of the Tesseract.

That matches my impression as I was flipping through it; not without merit, but a little simple. Some of the sections you describe would certainly be new for me to explore. At the end of the book, I recall there was a concluding sentiment that alone *almost* made me buy it...something like, "Use this, but don't make too much of this." That restraint, instead of grandiose claims about sacred geometry being behind everything including why Grandma chose waffles for breakfast, impressed me.

The deepest dive I've yet found remains the very first book I stumbled upon on the subject: Robert Lawlor's Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice, which is as much workbook as treatise. I find it very challenging--it practically dares you to grab a compass and ruler and draw out the shapes and do the math--and frankly it was waaaay beyond me at the time (and still is), but it inspired a permanent interest in the subject and a craving for more.
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