Posts Tagged ‘synchronicity’

Shape Two

April 18, 2010

Shape Two began at at Whitechapel Art Gallery on a Sunday. There is now a second entrance to the gallery: just next to a fast food restaurant – 20 metres west of the main entrance – is a tiny gap between the buildings called Angel Alley. In 1888 a prostitute disappeared up Angel Alley and never returned alive.

From here I moved west along the Whitechapel Road and across the opening artery of Commercial Street which leads up to Hawksmoor’s famous Christchurch. I crossed over the road that forms part of a zero around the Algate East station – the island which houses St. Boltoph’s church – and then onto and along Aldgate. I took a dip down off Aldgate and onto London Street, a quiet road, particularly on a Sunday when the the City Of London is calm and business is on hold.  Down here is Fenchurch Street Station. Its an odd sight: a grand building nestled among bland, 20th century offices of glass and steel.  I’d come here for a purpose: the site sits on a leyline.

Christopher Wren’s grand designs for a post-fire London in 1666 were buried in bureaucracy and never came into fruition. However, significant evidence does remain. Presumably through Cabbalist reasoning, Wren used the Jewish distance of 2000 cubits to place significant sites. For example, the eastern city boundary from ‘the centre-point’ of St Paul’s, at a distance of 2000 cubits, is St Dunstan In The East – a church for which Wren also designed the spire. Another 2000 cubits beyond that point lies Wellclose Square, a once exclusive estate and a site of pilgrimage for many London occultists and alchemists. The significance of the 2000 cubits is that it was the distance from the walls of Jerusalem to the Mount Of Olives (roughly two thirds of a mile) and is the farthest a Jew may travel on the Sabbath.

This suggests Wren had plans for a ‘New Jerusalem’ that he never had the chance to construct and that Wellclose square is the same distance from (Wren’s) City Of London as The Mount Of Olives was from Jerusalem. On the leyline running from St Paul’s directly out to Wellclose Square, roughly three quarters of the way along, is Fenchurch Street station. Hawksmoor’s St Mary Woolnoth church also sits directly on the ley line a quarter of the way out.

Drawn out on a map, Shape Two surprised me. I had unwittingly traced the shape of a horse head in my steps.

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I Ching

November 2, 2008

Of all the books I’d selected for travel reading, there were two I intended to use for a project in China, and both books I forgot.

The first, Marie Von-Franz’s On Divination And Synchronicity: The Psychology Of Meaningful Chance , I packed in a box absent mindedly, and when I realised my mistake it was already stored at my dad’s place. The second, Philip K. Dick’s The Man In The High Castle wasn’t on my bookshelf at all when I looked – and even now I have no idea where it disappeared to. So it would seem that in the spirit of my intended project on the I Ching, perhaps it was never meant to happen until later.

The idea was inspired partly by my interest in Marie Von-Franz’s comments on the I-Ching in her book, and also by the use of the I-Ching by PKD not just as part of his plotline, but I had read that he actually used the I-Ching to help with his own writing of the book.

I have ordered some second hand copies to be delivered to a place I’ll be staying in Thailand where, provided there is some synchronicity in my and the books’ arrivals, I can resume the project. More on that soon…