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Tip o’ the Week #40a  - Time Misteaks

Dear [firstname]

After I sent you Tip o' the Week #40 - The New Year, The Master, Her Emissary & Time, I received several emails with information that I felt that I had to share with you.

In my discussion of time and its relation to the left-brain’s need to look at specific points rather than the flowing view of time in the right-brain, I had a picture of the clock on the tower of the Zuiderkerk (Southern Church) in Enkhuizen, Noord Holland:

Clock at Zouderkerk

In the caption underneath I said, “The four numbers - in the corner of the clock starting in the upper right-hand corner (emphasis mine) and going clockwise are 1 - 5 - 2 - 4 - fifteen-hundred-and twenty-four - the year the clock was installed. Therefor the face of this clock represents not only now, but also long ago - two points at the same time.”

John MacFarland writes, “As to the clock face, it would appear to me that the 1 is in the upper-left corner, the 5 in the upper right corner, the 2 is in the lower-left corner and the 4 in the lower-right corner.  Perhaps the round clock face shows time as movement and the date shows time as linear (as we read - left to right, top down)? Just a thought.”

My dyslexia comes to the fore once again!  John is absolutely correct.  Thank you John for this correction.  

Then, John Azar writes in another email, “While reading your Tip # 40 and the reference to Ian McGilchrist's book, I thought you might enjoy watching this talk by Jill Boyte Taylor. If you haven't already seen it, the talk "Stroke of Insight" can be watched at:


Jane Boyle had a massive stroke, and she watched as her brain functions -- motion, speech, self-awareness -- shut down one by one. An astonishing story, and as John points out - relevant to the subject at hand.  I recommend it heartily.

Blue Moon

There is one final little piece I’d like to add, and it has to do with the Blue Moon we had on New Year’s Eve.  These second Full Moons in one month are not that common - in fact they happen only every 2.72 years. 

2.72 is a very interesting for a growing number of reasons in the World of Earth Mysteries.  2.72 is the number of feet in Alexander Thom’s Megalithic Yard.

It is Leonhard Euler’s (1707 - 1783) notation for the trigonometric functions, the letter e for the base of the natural logarithm (now also known as Euler's number). The natural logarithm is the logarithm to the base e, where e is an irrational constant approximately equal to 2.718281828. - rounded off to 2.72.

Back in the nineties, I went to Chartres Cathedral to give a talk at a workshop being run by Rev. Lauren Artress.  The Dean of the Cathedral told us that there were 272 stones in the labyrinth there and that 272 was the average number of days in the human gestation period.  Perhaps neither of these connection with 272 are totally accurate, but it is an interesting "coincidence" that a Roman Catholic Prelate would quote this figure twice!

So, the story of time, its connection with irrational numbers (all the major sacred geometrical numbers are irrational), Blue Moons and this New Year move on in to 2010.

May Yours be Happy and Wonder-Filled!

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