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The symbolism and use of the number twelve in organizing ancient societies. • Connects the zodiac, the twelve months of the year, and the political divisions of ancient nations. • Explores the sacred geography of ancient landscapes in Europe and Israel. Throughout the world--in countries as far apart as China, Ireland, Iceland, and Madagascar--there survive records and traditions of whole nations being divided into twelve tribes and twelve regions, each corresponding to one of the twelve signs of the zodiac and to one of the twelve months of the year. Best known are the twelve tribes of Israel under King Solomon, but there have been many others. Wherever they occur, they are associated with an ideal social order and a golden age of humanity. Exploring examples of these twelve-tribe societies, John Michell and Christine Rhone explain the blueprint for this organizational structure and look at the musical, mythological, and astronomical enchantments that kept these societies in harmony with the cosmos. They also examine the astrological landscapes of classical Greece, the aligned St. Michael sanctuaries of Europe, and the true site and function of the Temple in Jerusalem. They show that the sacred geography of these sites was part of an ancient code of knowledge that produced harmony between nature and humanity and is as relevant to our present and future as it was to our past. John Michell, educated at Eton and Cambridge, is the pioneer researcher and specialist in the field of ancient, traditional science. He is the author of more than 25 books that have profoundly influenced modern thinking, including The Dimensions of Paradise, The New View over Atlantis, and Secrets of the Stones. He lives in London. Christine Rhone is an artist and writer with a special interest in landscape symbolism. The translator of several important works, including Jacques Le Goff’s Saint Francis of Assisi, Antoine Faivre’s Theosophy, Imagination, Tradition, and Jean Richer’s Sacred Geography of the Ancient Greeks, she lives in London. “John Michell and Christine Rhone’s book combines vision and tradition to produce a comprehensive guide to what they term ‘the science of enchanting the landscape,’ as practiced across the ancient world. Their book is indispensable to anyone seeking an understanding of the way in which the threads of astrology, cosmology, number, and music were combined, in many countries and at many different periods, to provide a design for the fabric of society.” Pete Stewart, author of The Spiritual Science of the Stars. Table of Contents Introduction The Grail: What It Is and Where to Look for It PART ONE 1 The Universal Twelve Tribes 2 The Classical Amphictyonies The Twelve-Tribe Amphictyonies of Greece and Asia Minor The Twelve Cities of Etruria The Twelve Gallic Tribes 3 Scandinavia The Twelve Gods of Odin The Zodiacal Wheel of Asgard The Enchantment of Iceland 4 Africa and Asia Egypt West Africa Polynesia and the Berbers The Twelve Kings of Madagascar The Twelve Saints of Georgia Central Asia and the Mountain at the Center of the World 5 The Celtic Realm The Sacred Geography of Ireland The Ancient Divisions of Wales Twelve Saints and the Enchantments of Britain 6 The Cosmological Foundation of Twelve-Tribe Kingdoms Plato’s Amphictyony The New Jerusalem and the Twelve Tribes Reunited The Global Amphictyony The Numerical Creation The Twelve and the Seven 7 The Science of Enchanting the Landscape PART TWO 8 Zodiacal Wheels on Ancient Landscapes 9 The Sacred Geography of Continents: The St. Michael–Apollo Axis Skellig Michael St. Michael’s Mount Mont St.Michel Sagra di San Michele della Chiusa and San Michele in Garfagnana Monte Sant’Angelo, Monte Gargano Delphi and the Greek–Apollo Line Mount Carmel A Line of Power and Vision 10 A St. Michael Line through England PART THREE 11 The Chorography of Nations The Astrological Geography of Pentecost 12 The Twelve Tribes of Israel and the Sacred Geography of the Holy Land The Story of the Twelve Tribes Geomancy in the Holy Land The Axis of Vision Jerusalem’s Messianic Ley The Revelation of the Temple Bibliography Sources of Illustrations Index
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