The Garden and Thirteen
About the Scooby-Doo garden, I wanted to add some more information about how we designed it.
My Cherokee teacher clearly stated that our beds in the garden need to be either 13 feet in diameter or twice 13 or 26 feet in diameter. So that is how they are laid out. Three circles of thirteen-foot diameter and one large circle of 26 ft diameter.
When I asked her about the significance of the number 13, she shrugged it off as, well, something that she could not explain very well. But then she mentioned that it has to do with the 13 lunar cycles of the year along with other phenomena that involves the number.
So next I turned to the web. What better place to seek spiritual insight, after all. ;~)
And this is what I dug up:
13: A Secret Number Of Sacred Power
Via The Vessel Of God
We are told that 13 is an unlucky number. The date Friday the 13th is taboo because the Knights Templar were arrested and condemned by the seneschals of Philippe IV, King of France, in a “pre-dawn raid” on Friday, October 13th, 1307. The number 13 has been shunned for centuries. Some architects omit the 13th floor from office buildings to this very day. Is it possible that the folklore associated with the number 13 is absolutely apocryphal? Or that it has become a demonized numeral precisely because it was sacred in pre-Christian times? Think about it. It is an oddly recurring sum. 12 apostles and a messiah. 12 Knights of the Round Table and King Arthur. The number 13 recurs too consistently in such significant contexts to be purely arbitrary. And of course, it’s not.
13 was a number central to certain traditions of sacred geometry, because it reflected a pattern which could be seen to exist in man, nature, and the heavens. For instance, there are 13 major joints in your body. There are 13 lunar cycles in a solar year, and the moon travels 13 degrees across the sky every day. Six circles placed around a seventh central circle is a model of geometric efficiency and perfection in the second dimension that has been known to mathematicians for ages. But this same configuration in three dimensions consists of 12 spheres arranged around one central sphere, making 13 in all – the most compact three-dimensional arrangement recurrent in nature. A commentator writing about the Aztec calendar once said that, “Thirteen is a basic structural unit in nature. It means the attracting center around which elements focus and collect.” Is this, then, the reason for Christ’s 12 disciples, King Arthur’s 12 knights, or the 12 major constellations in relation to our sun? The likelihood seems great indeed.
From: Sacred Geometry of the Labyrinth
… In a labyrinth, the walker turns toward the center thirteen
times during the walk.
…The human menstrual period occurs in a typical woman every 28 days, and this in many ancient cultures suggested a connection between thirteen and women. The association of thirteen with bad luck may be a vilification of the “female” number.
[There is far more at this site on the number.]
There is a configuration of 12 around 1 – which equals thirteen. This is also a medicine wheel configuration. From:http://www.crystalinks.com/12around1.html: Creation begins as a source of sound, light and color, resembling a pulsating orb which is a consciousness program through which 12 spiraling cones burst forth to create endless grid programs. “Cones” link with “horns” or creational harmonics and other “horn” references found in mythology, especially those linked to gods and angels. It all began with a tone and so it shall end.
There is even a National Geographic piece on the Number 13:
But beyond all of the phobias about the number 13, there does indeed seem to be a powerful geometric configuration that involves the number – A sacred geometric of strong energetic resonance.
I look forward to learning more about its significance…