‘These are the days of miracle and wonder...’
This is a foretaste of philosophy, mathematics and other elements which might spur you on to write the winning poem for the new contest: SUZETTE PRIME
Wishing everyone a great weekend.
The Philosopher’s Stone is an ancient symbol that originates in the roots of Hermetic philosophy and the alchemical arts. It is a metaphorical symbol of ultimate accomplishment. It represents the reward to the quest for a ‘higher purpose’; an allegorical concept of refinement of an element to its perfection. And as such, to the medieval alchemist it was the catalyst in the long sought after magical process that could transmute lead into gold, and its resultant reward: The Philosopher’s Stone.
In a spiritual sense, attaining The Philosopher’s Stone is a metaphor for ones’ personal evolution toward perfection of the soul. It is the prize for achieving spiritual enlightenment. It’s the ‘coming forth as gold’; the ’pearl of great price’; being one with Cosmic Consciousness; having undeniable personal experience of God.
In 1997, breathtakingly presented at the foot of Silbury Hill, those of us witnessing the modern day miracles expressed in Crop Circles received our own Philosopher’s Stone! (Fig. 1) It was the magnificent ‘Fractal Star of David’, as named by Peter Sorensen in his silhouette drawing of it; also called the ‘Koch I Snowflake’ after the fractal Swedish mathematician Helge von Koch, who defined the principles of the ‘Koch Curve’, a fractal shape with the paradoxical qualities of a finite space contained by an eventually infinite border. This fractalised six-pointed star Crop Circle design was in fact an ultimate embodiment of The Philosopher’s Stone! The complex interleaving of the ground lay created a glinting, crystalline image that moved with depth and dimensional structure when viewed from the air; its green-gold facets gleaming ‘even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal’.
(excerpt from an article on crop circles and the Philosopher Stone)