Sacred Number and the Origins of Civilization: The Unfolding of History through the Mystery of Number

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By Richard Heath

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Richard Heath

Richard Heath
Richard Heath is a Web developer and author with degrees in electrical and computer engineering. He lives in Scotland.



An exploration of the origins and influences of number from prehistory to modern time

• Reveals the deeper meaning of the symbols and esoteric knowledge of secret societies

• Explains the numerical sophistication of ancient monuments

• Shows how the Templar design for Washington, D.C., represents the New Jerusalem

The ubiquitous use of certain sacred numbers and ratios can be found throughout history, influencing everything from art and architecture to the development of religion and secret societies. In Sacred Number and the Origins of Civilization, Richard Heath reveals the origins, widespread influences, and deeper meaning of these synchronous numerical occurrences and how they were left within our planetary environment during the creation of the earth, the moon, and our solar system.

Exploring astronomy, harmony, geomancy, sacred centers, and myth, Heath reveals the secret use of sacred number knowledge in the building of Gothic cathedrals and the important influence of sacred numbers in the founding of modern Western culture. He explains the role secret societies play as a repository for this numerical information and how those who attempt to decode its meaning without understanding the planetary origins of this knowledge are left with contradictory, cryptic, and often deceptive information. By examining prehistoric and monumental cultures through the Dark Ages and later recorded history, Sacred Number and the Origins of Civilization provides a key to understanding the true role and meaning of number.
“Richard Heath sweeps away the mechanistic and relativistic paradigm to reveal an earth-centered, celestial system founded upon the beauty of musical harmony and geometric symmetry.”
Robert Lawlor, author of Sacred Geometry and Voices of the First Day

“Richard Heath effectively rewrites the book on the mysterious but accomplished megalithic cultures preceding ancient Egypt, Sumer, China, and India.”
John Anthony West, author of Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt

“. . . well-expressed, with a deep insight into the ancient science.”
John Michell, author of The Dimensions of Paradise

"Books such as this must be read if we are to hold back the New Dark Ages. Heath's book is profound and the product of years of study and thought. These things have been kept from us by institutional forces and preserved in secret. Only an understanding of these principles can save us."
Robert Temple, author of Oracles of the Dead and The Sirius Mystery

"You do not have to be deeply into the field of mathematics, or the field of esoteric numbers, to enjoy this book, and to gain some wisdom from it. The discussions on secret societies, and those on sacred numbers and architecture are absolutely breathtaking! Well written, and easily understood, this book has a place with those who wish to understand their own lives better."
Bonnie Cehovet,, Feb 2007

"An intriguing study into humanity's sacred origins."
Nexus, May-June, 2007

" . . . in-depth look at the world of sacred geometry that holds your attention, making it an easy read."

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide magazine, Sept/Oct 2007