Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Season's Heart.


Time is understood in relation to three modes: Past, present and future. This tripartite understanding of the way that time cycles can be viewed, relates perhaps to the fact that the circle itself inscribes an equilateral triangle. From Babylonian times we have the image of two overlapping triangles, one with its apex above, and the other with its apex below, which are contained within a circle. Perhaps this form which came to be later associated with Solomon, or David, derived from an primordial discovery that the radius of a circle can be used to measure six arcs within the circumference of the circle, thus creating six divisions in the circular path. In this way the eternal rhythm of ever repeating cycles of time, can be measured out into patterns of either six or three.

In the Indian calendar system, the year is divided into six seasons. Further, these seasons can be further understood as dominated by two opposing elements: a hot and dry season as opposed to a cold and wet season. In between these two extremes, there is a season of transition, which is also a season of storms, wind and rain. In India, for example, the Monsoon season is awaited with great concern, as the whole agricultural pattern of sowing and harvesting depends on whether there has been a good monsoon or not. The word “monsoon” derives from a word which we find in Hindi, as “mosum,” meaning climate, or also season. In fact the whole year is called “varsha” which is a word also applied to rain. In many ways rain defines the different seasons. The summer is a time when there is no rain, and consequently a time when nature seems to rest. But nature also depends on the energy of the sun, and this means heat. The two overlapping triangles that in India are known as the “star of Lakshmi”, could be thought of as the triangles created by fire and water. The triangle that has its base on the ground, and its apex above, is the triangle of fire. Reversely, water is like the valley in a mountain, and could be understood as the downward pointing triangle, which is also associated with the feminine principle. The upward pointing triangle could be represented as red or orange, whereas the downward pointing triangle could be imagined as blue-green.

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