Secrets In Plain Sight (SIPS) is about perceiving patterns in art, architecture, urban design & the cosmos. It is my series of films, related books & art, and this blog.
My SIPS blog was originally published on a separate website (secretsinplainsight.com) which I decided to close down in 2020. I am republishing four of these blog posts here on this page, so you can get a flavor of the extended SIPS universe.
Without further ado, here are a few SIPS blog posts...
The metre (spelled meter in United States) was introduced by the First French Republic in 1799. It was originally defined to be one ten millionth of the distance (10,000 km) between the North Pole and the Equator through Paris.
Since then the metre has been defined variously as the length of certain prototype objects, the wavelength of a specified light spectra, and since 1983 in terms of the speed of light, which is itself defined by the metre and the second.
I discovered that the metre exposes something amazing about the absolute size of the Earth and the Moon. The Earth’s polar diameter is 10,000 times the square root of the divine proportion (aka golden ratio, approximately 1.618033989) in kilometres. The combined polar diameters of Earth and Moon are 10,000 times the divine proportion in kilometres. My book The Divine Proportion delves deeply into this amazing ratio which is symbolized by the Greek letter Ф.
The reason the above correlations are only 99.97% accurate is because when GPS satellites became operational in the 1990’s we learned that one ten millionth of the distance between the North Pole and the Equator is not exactly 1 m as extrapolated at the end of the 18th century, but is actually 1.000197 m.
The Metre’s Connections with the Great Pyramid
In 1973, John Michell published in The View Over Atlantis that the Great Pyramid’s slope of 51°51′ encodes the proportions of the Earth and Moon. The base of the pyramid in the following diagram corresponds with the Earth’s equator. The apex of the pyramid coincides with the center of the Moon when the Moon is drawn tangent to the Earth as shown. The sole surviving ancient wonder of the world therefore encodes the proportions of Earth and Moon in its aeons-old architecture.
I discovered that the Great Pyramid’s location on our planet is divinely proportioned with respect to the longest possible distance on land, based on the global sea level since the last ice age.
Light Speed and the Metre
Flinders Petrie meticulously surveyed the Great Pyramid in the 19th century. See page 27 of The Pyramids and Temples of Gizeh for Petrie’s measurements of the King’s Chamber. Petrie measured everything in inches but if we convert to metres, something amazing pops out—the King’s Chamber encodes divine proportions directly in metres.
This one shows how the human body resonates with the divine proportion and the pyramid form.
This one shows how the Sphinx was located in proximity to the G2 pyramid (neighboring the Great Pyramid) to purposefully encode a single geometric template based on the vesica piscis and the divine proportion. This setup creates a sympathetic resonance as above, so below.
“Through the phenomenon of cosmocization…the human becomes microcosm of the house or temple, just as the house or temple becomes microcosm of the cosmos. The inverse is true as well: the cosmos is macrocosm to the house, the house is macrocosm to the human, and the human is, therefore, in profound interrelationship with the cosmos.” -Beverly White Spicer
Cosmocization is what I referred to in the cover of my book Tripartite.
In 1999, Osborn showed the correspondence between what I’m now calling the Cosmocization Chamber (aka King’s) and the third eye at the center of the human brain.
Osborn later connected the physiology of the third eye to the ancient Eye of Horus symbol, which he called the Gate of God.
The third eye is the mind’s eye, the Gate of God, the locus of enlightenment. This reminds me of a quote from my essay on Light...
Photons are simultaneously infinite and zero-dimensional
Photons are eternal
Photons are not made of anything
Light carries the universe’s forces
Light ultimately drives chemistry and biology
Scientists have turned light into matter
Matter is light turned inward
–Causation and the Principle of Sufficient Reason by Mike Hockney
Light is the 33rd Column
Light is actually the universe’s thought
Ronald Cannata (1971)–
An approximation of the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter can be expressed in terms of alpha and repeating threes.
The way I exactly expressed Ф and its reciprocal in The Divine Proportion was another repetition of digits.
Feynman called Euler’s Identity “our jewel” and “the most remarkable formula in mathematics.” It normally takes the form you can read about on Wikipedia but I came across an alternate formulation of Euler’s Identity in Xiao’s paper that I think is even more beautiful because it relates e, i (√-1), π, Ф, and ϕ, fundamental constants others have used to express α:
Yours is the eye perceiving atop the pyramid, the answer to the question, “Why 137?”
The Buddha apparently died 333,333 feet from the place where he was born.
Long ago, the Western Wall in Jerusalem formed the foundation of Solomon’s Temple. Solomon’s Temple was 33.33° from Stonehenge.
In the 19th century, one of Cleopatra’s Needles was moved exactly 3333.33 km from the harbor wall in Alexandria to where it now stands in London. Likewise the Ishtar Gate of Babylon was moved 3333 km to the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.
The Eiffel Tower stands 3033.33 km from the site of the former Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt. In turn the Lighthouse was 3333.33 km from the standing stones of Carnac, France. The oldest standing obelisk in the world, in Heliopolis Egypt, is in a great circle alignment with the Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt and the replica Lighthouse of Alexandria, Virginia (333 feet high), officially titled, “The George Washington Masonic National Memorial.”
The center of the Eiffel Tower is exactly e million (2,718,282) feet from the center of the Cathedral of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, which is topped by solar discs. The Sun disc’s circumference is e million miles (99.99%).
The world’s tallest building is currently the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It is e thousand feet high and 1633333 meters from the Kaaba. The total land area of the League of Arab States equals 13333333 square kilometers (99.9997% accurate).
The center of the Kingdom Tower of Jeddah is 3,333,333 inches from the word Allah (in Arabic calligraphy) atop the world’s highest and largest clock tower in Mecca, steps from the Kaaba. The Kingdom Tower is also oriented so one leg points at the Kaaba and the Abraj Al-Bait Tower.
The vector connecting the word Allah on the clock tower terminates at the center of the equilateral triangular void within the Kingdom Tower, symbolizing the Eye of Providence, or Allah in this case.
Sometimes important sites are related by repdigits within cities. For example, consider Tehran, Iran. The Tower of Freedom is 55,555.5 feet from the center of the Mausoleum of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Interestingly, this distance is also equal to 666,666 inches and both complexes ironically have similar plans. The Tower was built in 1971 to honor the Shah and later renamed Azadi, meaning Freedom, after the Revolution of 1979 that ousted the Shah. The architect of the tower was a Baha’i who was driven out of the country when religious pluralism was rescinded in the Revolution of 1979, led by the Ayatollah Khomeini. It is therefore highly unlikely that there was a conspiracy to locate the Mausoleum of the Ayatollah in a repdigit relation with the Shah’s tower. The encoding transcends culture and religion, a secret in plain sight.
I have thus presented you with many such secrets in plain sight, many of which hinge on different units of measure. These units of measure are ultimately based on, and have surprising resonances with the dimensions of the Earth and the Moon. For example, the Imperial system of inches, feet, yards, furlongs and miles has clear resonances that are far from accidental. There are 63360 inches in a mile (5280 feet/mile x 12 inches/foot). There are 63360 furlongs in the Earth’s diameter. The circumference of a circle encompassing the Earth and the Moon measures 63360 miles.