## Tao of the Tau

- January 16th, 2012
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Tau is the Greek letter T or τ in lower case.

The symbol τ was used in mathematics to represent the golden ratio until the Greek letter Phi (Φ) gained prominance (after the first letter of Phidias, acclaimed sculptor of the Parthenon).

Tau is also known as the symbol representing the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its radius (equal to 2π).

Advocates for τ argue that radius is more fundamental to circles than diameter, and therefore, that τ (circumference divided by radius) is more fundamental than π (circumference divided by diameter). They think this makes formulas written in terms of τ express the mathematics more clearly than with π. -Source

Using τ instead of 2π makes a lot of sense to me:

- A circle is defined as all points in a plane a certain radius away from a center point.
- The unit circle has a radius of 1, not a diameter of 1.
- Angles measured in radians make more sense using τ rather than 2π because τ radians measures a full circle, so 1/4 circle is τ/4, 1/2 circle is τ/2 and so on.

However using τ is really a moot point because π already won the mindshare. However I find it interesting that Tau has been used to represent both the golden ratio (Φ) and the relationship of a circle to its radius (more commonly known as π).

I can think of one other symbol that encodes in its proportions both mathematical ideas: the Great Pyramid. Note that the proportions 4:π and Φ:1 are not taken at the same time but I’ve shown them together for simplicity, so read the left and right halves of the diagram separately.

“The Tau cross is also a symbol of the male or creative side of the deity, and is really a conventionalized form of the phallus.” -Freemasonry and the Ancient Gods by J.S. Ward

Crowley used an inverted Tau on the cover of his book Magick, which was “regarded in serious occult circles as a book of ultimate authority on sexual magic.” -Source

Seen right-side-up, the T is seen as the shape of the cross on which Jesus was crucified.

The TAU cross is preserved to modern Masonry under the symbol of the T square. This appears to be the oldest form of the cross extant.” -The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly Hall

There are several instances in the Bible of the Tau cross anticipating the Latin cross:

- The angel of death passed over the children of Israel who painted the Tau mark in goat’s or sheep’s blood above their doors to slay all Egyptian firstborn. This is better known as Passover. See Exodus 11:1 in the Brick Testament.
- The Tau mark was placed upon the foreheads of particular men to save them from being slain in yet another genocidal bloodbath depicted in Ezekiel 9 (unforunately this isn’t illustrated in Lego).
- The summit of Mt. Nebo in Jordan is the location of the Brazen Serpent Monument, featuring a snake wrapped around a Tau cross.

Image by Jerzy Strzelecki under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Mt. Nebo is where Moses saw the promised land of Israel (but wasn’t allowed to go there himself). You can see Jerusalem on a clear day from this monument.

Pope Benedict XVI visited the site on May 9, 2009, gave a speech, and looked out from the top of the mountain in the direction of Jerusalem. -Source

The fiery serpent comes from the Bible (Numbers 21:5-9):

- “And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
- And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
- Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
- And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
- And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”

Check out this version illustrated with Lego. I like the Brick Testament because it consistently shows the character of this God. In this case God kills his chosen people with snakes because they complained about being hungry and thirsty. It’s easy to forget that and recall only that he healed those who didn’t complain with the Nehushtan as it is also known.

The 25th degree in Scottish Freemasonry is called is The Knight of the Brazen Serpent.

Here is a old masonic jewel that is probably from this degree.

Thanks to Rick for this image

The above image reminds one of the Rod of Asclepius. Here it is as the Star of Life, logo of the emergency medical services worldwide.

Also the emblem of the World Heath Organization underlines the fact that it is a specialized agency of the United Nations with its 33 sector grid laid over the world.

The symbol of a serpent climbing the pole is also a symbol of Kundalini, or life force rising up the spinal column.

These symbols all came from the Crux Ansata, better known as the Ankh. Think of it as a yoni on top of a lingam, or vesica piscis on top of a tau if you will. What better way to symbolize life then through sexual union? This has been pushed into the shadow in the last two thousand years in the West.

Thanks to reader Rick for pointing out that the Hindu Ardhanari is a composite androgynous form of the Hindu god Shiva and his consort Parvati: half male and half female, split down the middle. Note the Ankh is used here as a depiction of both male and female genitalia.

Image from Tantra: Cult of the Feminine by Andre van Lysebeth page 240

The Hindu androgyne reminds me of Baphomet whom the Templars revealed they worshipped under torture by the French Catholics in 1307.

Often mistaken for Satan, Baphomet represents the duality of male and female, as well as Heaven and Hell or night and day signified by the raising of one arm and the downward gesture of the other. -Source

I can’t help remember sex kitten Lady Gaga striking a similar pose in a Masonic Lodge (see Repeating Ones).

Image source

Look closely: Gaga’s left breast (on our right) is pushed up and her right breast is flattened much like Ardhanari. Gaga as Baphomet.

Image by Redtigerxyz under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

Andre van Lysebeth shows in Tantra that the Om glyph actually represents the sexual act (female on the left and male on the right in this case) with what looks to me like the sun and moon in the upper right:

Image from Tantra: Cult of the Feminine by Andre van Lysebeth page 170

The Ankh is similar to the concept of the Tao in Chinese philosophy and religion. Opposites coming together form a dynamic balance.

Thank you Ian le Cheminant for emailing me this vitally important concept:

I had always associated synchronicity with Carl Jung but recently rereading Lama Anagarika Govinda’s The Inner Structure of the I Ching I was reminded that as a mode of thinking it is profoundly Chinese. Govinda writes: “All our reasoning is based on the law of cause and effect operating as a sequence. The Chinese do not reason so much along this horizontal line from past, through present to future; they reason perpendicularly, from what is in one place now to what is in another place now. In other words, they do not ask why, or from what past causes, a certain set of things is happening now; they ask, ‘What is the

meaningof these things happening at this moment?’ The word Tao is the answer to this question. The present situation within and around oneself is Tao, for the present moment is life. Our memory of the past is contained in it as well as the potentiality for the future.”

Squaring the circle also comes to mind as a larger resolution of opposites, in the case of heaven and earth.

Earth Sun Moon by Scott Onstott

Pi brings together the linear and the curved, the limited and the unlimited, the human and the divine.

The Sword and the Ring by Scott Onstott

Slight dyslexia is all you need to get from Angels to Angles. In many areas of mathematics angles are measured in radians rather than degrees. One radian is equal to about 57 degrees (57.2957795…).

360 degrees = 2π or 6.283185… radians. An angle of 1 radian results in an arc with a length equal to the radius of the circle.

Tau is the 19th letter of the Greek alphabet. Three Taus therefore have a value of 3 x 19 = 57.

Triple Tau is an important Masonic symbol.

“This emblem, placed in the center of a Triangle and Circle – both emblems of Deity – constitutes the jewel of the Royal Arch as practiced in England, where it is so highly esteemed as to be called the “emblem of all emblems,” and “the grand emblem of Royal Arch Masonry.” -Source

Image by PeRshGo under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The Royal Arch Degree Jew-el has a Star of David composed of two interlocking triangles (male and female) and a triple Tau at the bottom. This reminds me of the phrase triple bottom line or Hermes Trismegistus.

This ancient Alchemical emblem found in the ruins of Pompei suggests that the Star of David is a metaphor for the sexual act, a fact covered up by the SATOR magic square (see Paternoster Squares).

Robert Fowler discovered a cipher in Shakespeare’s sonnets dedication poem that requires one understand the Royal Arch Degree jewel in order to decode it. It’s a fascinating intellectual journey that I won’t belabour in this post.

However I will mention the decoded message refers to eternal life and a diagram that appears to depict Orion, an obelisk, a pyramid, the Star of David, and rays of the Sun. It is becoming harder not to see that Francis Bacon was involved in writing the works of “William Shakespeare.”

Listen to Robert Newman on The Shakespeare Project.

The 33rd degree jewel depicts four Taus forming a Greek cross.

“The quadruple tau, moreover, being composed entirely of ‘right angles, horizontals, and perpendiculars,’ contains within itself all the secret signs of Freemasonry, a fact which I am not permitted to further explain. It will, however, be apparent to every ‘bright mason,’ who can soon study them all out for himself.” -Stellar Theology and Masonic Astronomy by Robert Hewitt Brown

I’m not a mason but am bright enough to see at least on one level that the Quadruple Tau cross represents the great cross in the heavens as discussed in my Esoteric Astronomy video. The four beasts corresponding to the fixed signs in the aforementioned alchemical seal and Royal Arch degree jewel support this notion.

Here’s the Hindu version of the 33rd degree jewel: the Sri Yantra aka Sri Chakra. In addition to four taus, it features nine interlocking triangles, just as the 33rd degree jewel shows a nine pointed star and the brazen serpent jewel depicts a nine-pointed star.

Image by N.Manytchkine under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

That brings me to a couple of very interesting buildings I’ve become aware of that I think encode the Quadruple Tau symbol. First up is Terrace on the Park at 52-11 111th Street in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, NY. Do you see the solar 52 weeks in a year encoded with all the ones? The building was contructed as a helipad for the 1964 World’s Fair, which I plan to post about another time. One can say it has a special connection with the sky.

Thanks to John Handrinos who lives nearby the park for pointing out many of its secrets in plain sight.

Here is the official video about what goes on inside Terrace on the Park. Lots of people getting married inside Terrace on the Park seems quite appropriate symbolically.

Finally my thanks to Grant Chamberlin who discovered something very interesting about the CitiGroup Center (aka 601 Lexington Ave) in Manhattan.

The square base reminds me of the Quadruple Tau even though it is not highlighted as such.

Grant noticed that there are 32 full panels across the top of the T plus 2 half panels, making a total of 33 panels on each side. Just a coincidence or the Tao of the Tau?

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Tebow. Bow to the T. Also – that building is very reminiscent of the Teen Titans headquarters.

Also – I just saw a documentary – and haven’t had a chance to double check this information, butttt . . . the serpent may also represent the Khazars? That may be a direction to study, but when you talk about Jewish history and zionism, there’s always pitfalls and traps, so be wary. But it may be worthy looking up the symbology surrounding the Khazars some night and what there relationship is to the serpent.

Good work. . .as always. Thanks!

Ray

Hi, Scott. Have something for you to check out. Some more brilliant work involving the language of mathematics coded into ancient structures. Haven’t seen you cover this, so I’m interested in your take on it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuD28y77OVw

It’s the second part of 2 of the presentation, but the first part covers material you’re already well aware of. The latter half is what’s most interesting.

Triple tau.

Tau..Greek(phoenician) a Subatomic atom that has a lifetime of hardly anything. ..think of an old tv when it reaches a channel with no reception..white noise..whatever you want to call it.

Tao..orient..yin yang

T.O.A. .Tree of ages..sacred tree ~mayans..tree of life. Look up nun the circle nu the mountain triangle..the tree planted in the middle its branches on this side..its roots on the other side..(manifestation..will explain later)

triple tau..its a symbol that shows the unity of all these peoples coming together.

What should really be there instead of the triple tau.. A portal full of. .black and white flashing chaotically harmoniously..tau..yin yang. Fremasons beginners drawing..black and white checked floor. Who stands at the portal..? a red Angel. Red being the first color created.. Red being the first chakra.. Root chakra..physicality..manifestations. As above so below..the tree of lifes roots are on the other side..plant a seed a thought..watch it blossom on this side.. Aleister Crowleys saying..cut it in half and reverse the 1st half… Start with shall…becomes a manifestation. ‘The secret’ that book..manifestations.

As a fellow architecture school grad I really dig your research.

Are you familiar with Bryan Kemila’s work? If not you should check it out.

http://illuminatimatrix.wordpress.com/bad-dream/

Love Your works Scott and a huge thank You for all Your efforts!

Angels to angles, yes, definitely a link, but no mild dyslexia required, I feel.

An ‘angle’ of light is how photons are measured via the spectrometer, depending upon their relative frequency. So, it’s accurate to say that photons (‘pure’ light) are angles of light – that is, from our perspective.

Together then, with more ancient interpretations of this (possibly) phenomena, we learn that ‘angels’ are god’s messengers… where it is also stated that “god is light.”

Angles of light, angels of light, another example of how our ancient advanced sciences have been misunderstood?

Much Love to You Scott (and all!) from “rue de angles” in a village named Luc (after Lucifer! – honest!) in southern France…

The Tau is clearly brandished upon the facia of Australia’s Parliamt House. Directly beneath are found three portals, and to either side, there are four portals. Each portal represents a zodiacal glyph. Where is the 12th? It is the TAU at the prime possition denoting the vernal equenox.

By measuring the angles of the triangle, that the tau creates, one would realise that they equate to 180 degrees. This is the Masonic Royal Arch. The three portals below this tau, represent Aquarius, Pisces Nd Aries.

This is the exact reasoning behind all temples. Look for three doors, and above will either be a shield, a round window, Jesus, or a tympanum. The angles of the tympanum, will always equate to 180 degrees.

The Royal Arch!

Thank you! I truly enjoyed this very informative – can’t wait to read Sir Alesiter’s book on MAGICK.

http://www.whyarewewhispering.com/qanda/expert_interviews_files/sex_is_natural_not_sinful.html

Re: http://www.aitnaru.org/images/Pi_Corral.pdf

Geometers will easily comprehend that this new concept of Pi simply substitutes one ratio (ASR) for another (Pi) … and both ratios include the mysterious and stimulating essence of irrationality!

Such is the nature of squared circles!

However, the ASR perspective offers intuitive geometry for conceptualizing new solutions to “squaring the circle” … and this trigonometry focuses on the radius of a circle.

Re: http://aitnaru.org/psymmetry.html

The two sets of green diagonal lines within the diamond further confirm the geometric correspondence of the two squared circles: these four lines each represent half the square root of Pi; each line of the two sets of exterior pink diagonal lines represent the square root of Pi.

This design displays the type of geometry that will be required to prove the square of a circle (via correspondence with another object). Since Pi is irrational and transcendental, expectation of drawing specific line lengths and angles is futile!

Geometric correspondence may be one of the elusive keys for unlocking the long-hidden mystery of squaring the circle!

Continuing influence of sanitas cyclometricus …

Squaring the circle with a protractor and compass (I-Square method*):

1. Draw a 45-degree angle with the sides at 135 and 180 degrees.

2. Draw a center line at 152.4 degrees** from the vertex of the angle.

3. Mark the length of the circle’s radius along the center line from the vertex.

4. Draw the circle with the compass point at the left end of the radius.

The two sides of the 45-degree angle and the vertex identify 3 points of the circle’s square and creates a chord that has length equal to the side length of the circle’s square.

This is not a solution to the Greek challenge of “squaring the circle” but reveals the unique scalene triangle that might help prove that the circle is squared. Another straight line drawn between the two points, one on each side of the angle, creates a diagonal chord that has length equal to the side length of a square inscribed in the circle.

* “I-Square” is a nickname referring to “Impossible Square” which alludes to popular belief that a circle cannot be squared.

** Draw center line at 152.40288736430939554826779524767 degrees for best precision. Precision can be increased beyond this, complementing half the square root of Pi digit-for-digit (value related to the cosine of a unique right triangle: 62.4028873643.. degree radius, 90 degree left side, 180 degree top side).

Tips:

1). Try a circle with a diameter of 2 units (or 20, 200, 2000, etc.) to correlate results directly with half the square root of Pi.

2). The 62.4028873643.. degree radius also squares any circle with simple geometry!

3). Math reference:

Input half the square root of Pi to calculate precise angle:

acos(0.88622692545275801364908374167057)

= 27.597112635690604451732204752339 degrees

Subtract from 90 degrees to calculate angle of radius:

90 – 27.597112635690604451732204752339

= 62.40288736430939554826779524767 degrees

Add 90 degrees to calculate angle of I-Square center line:

90 + 62.40288736430939554826779524767

= 152.40288736430939554826779524767 degrees

Conjecture: a circle cannot be squared by the Greek rules, but a squared circle might be proven geometrically (a conundrum).

Hello Scott,

just wondering if offhand you were aware of any connections between the radian and the moon…

I bring this up because the gematria for “moon” = 57 and one lunar cycle is 29.5 days (so there’s your radian 57.295)

not sure what your opinion is on gematria but there are certainly interesting cases like “earth” = 52 (weeks in orbit), “venus” comes out to 22 and 5 for the first two letters (days in orbit) and then “sun” spelt backwards

thanks!