Sacred Gardening and Thirteen – SG Journal

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: 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…

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty-one years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home.
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6 Responses to Sacred Gardening and Thirteen – SG Journal

  1. How interesting! I never knew why 13 was considered unlucky, but have always like the number myself, and it’s duplicates. Though I must admit a fondness for the numbers 17 and 30 as well.

  2. Jayne says:

    13 is just the opportunity to spiral up (or down) on the wheel. That is, it is position 1 on a higher level.

  3. Jayne,
    I would love for you to explain further… Please share.. I’m fascinated by this…

  4. Jayne says:

    Thirteen is not represented on the Earth Wheel. (You can consider the center the thirteenth position. You can do anything you want!)
    It is a period of transition.
    Going from one level to another. So it represents ‘death’ or change; hence the fear factor. I suppose the labyrinth example means that those who walk it have completed doing what they are there for and ready to go on to the next?
    ” Although it is not plotted it is ‘there’ to represent when the conscious entity leaves the circle of the material realm and vanishes into the “invisible’ on a curve of a spiral that transfers it to another dimension.” Kenneth Meadows
    Just how do you work the Wheel, Mare? This being the 8th month, we work on finding our relationship with others. Is this the “ripe berries moon” to you? Time to share those berries. That is why we meet again. JC

  5. Very interesting… thanks, Jayne.

    I’m not as consciously working the wheel as you are. But it is true that I am working on finding my relationship with others. But that is truly a year round endeavor. My work this morning was to gather corn, okra, cinnamon bark, whole cloves and ginger for a 97 year friend who cans for the bulk of the summer. Most in season. Some have traveled many miles to arrive here.

  6. More on the number 13, that I just discovered:

    The Ah-ni-yv-wi-ya (Cherokee People) believed the number 13 was significant. Not only did this number correspond to the lunar cycles of the year, but by a startling coincidence, all species of turtles living in the ancient homeland (in fact, all species turtles in the world) always had 13 scales on the back of their shells. As a result, Cherokee culture associated the spaces on the back of the turtle with the 13 yearly phases of the moon. These phases have shifted over time and do not fall within the 12 month year calendar year precisely every year; therefore Ripe Corn Ceremonies (now called the Green Corn Dances or the Green Corn Ceremony in Modern Times – Ah-ga-we-la Se-lu-ut-si/old woman corn mother) fall in early September as of 2005. (from Wikipedia, Cherokee Moon Ceremonies page)

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