Space and Celestial Vault

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Beyond the planetary orbits of the Heliocentric System and the concept of the four cycles of time, it is obvious that the corresponding concept of space must be explored. The circular shape of the Tholos led, by association, to the circular celestial vault. Both are represented by a circle. To designate the celestial bodies, however, the space, which is known to be circular, must be numbered.


The inner garland contains 40 coffers and is situated inside the sekos. The double outer garland contains 140 coffers and is situated between the sekos and the Doric colonnade. The total number of coffers is 180.

Lily over a cross and acanthus leaves of the 140 outer coffers. X-shaped cross of acanthus leaves. Simple sculptured cross

Rosette over a cross and acanthus leaves of the 40 inner coffers. X-shaped cross of acanthus leaves. Simple sculptured cross.

The number 360 is the number of the degrees of a circle. This number is not a mere convention aiming at facilitating mathematical calculations, because it is divisible (i.e. capable of being divided without remainder) by all single-digit numbers, (with the exception of 7), 12 and 18.

The number 360 is a Pythagorean number and appears, after being decodified, in Plato's "The Laws" (see more details in the book "Words Unspoken" of the same author).

That number delimits the celestial vault, but also every circle, from the smallest to the largest, and is carefully concealed inside the ceiling of the monument. However, a combination of the sculptured elements on the interior and the exterior of the ceiling is needed in order to explore it and measure it.

The outer garland consists of a double row of coffers and is situated between the Doric colonnade and the wall of the sekos.

Each row has 70 rays separating the 70 coffers of each garland of the outer wheel (70 coffers x 2 rows = 140 coffers).

The inner garland consists of 40 rays dividing the 40 coffers.

140 outer coffers and 40 inner coffers make up a total of 180 coffers. If there were no need to arrive at that particular number, it would only be reasonable to expect an analogy of structural symmetry between the inner and the outer coffers.

The number 180 is half of 360 which is the required number of degrees. There are crosses inside the coffers, two in each inner and outer cavity, 180 x 2 = 360. Thus, the number of the degrees of a circle dominates the entire space and occupies both the interior and the exterior of the Monument.

The reader is called upon not only to recognize that the initiated builders of the Tholos had a knowledge of the Heliocentric System, as this is depicted on the floor in conjunction with the number of days in a solar year - an admirable achievement due to the learning of superior beings - but to realize the admiration and the surprise he felt when he counted the crosses on the ceiling.

The attainment of two complex astronomical arrangements:

a. the number 360 + 1 on the floor signifying the annual revolution of the Sun in time, and

b. the number 360 on the ceiling symbolizing the number of degrees of a circle, leave no room for doubt that there could be any element of chance or coincidence in the presence of the specific three-digit numbers.

However, beyond those concealed truths, if we take into account the combined specific elements on the floor and ceiling we cannot rule out that there might have been a higher and even more complex occult knowledge.

But what is that higher knowledge and what do the builders want to teach the coming generations by pointing at a specific number?

Could the combined information contained in the floor and ceiling permit the recognition of high esoteric knowledge between those who had such knowledge and those who have it today?

What celestial knowledge lies hidden in the combined depictions on the floor and ceiling and what is the relationship between psychosomatic health and celestial vibrations?

And the question arises:

why is the complete knowledge of the Planetary System revealed in Epidaurus, the predominant healing centre in Greece?

Not only does Heliocentrism dominate inside the Monument and the Sun's apparent course on the outside, but the precession of the equinoxes on the exterior with the 26 Doric columns points at the indisputable knowledge of superior astronomical truths. These are surely not aimed at demonstrating knowledge, but at an inner identification and a parallel function of the microcosm with the macrocosm, or, to put it in simpler terms, man's contact with the universal mind as this is displayed through the four circles of our Planetary System on the Zodiac Dance of the 360 dregrees/crosses.

The harmonization of human soul with the Planetary Order will restore the healing process of ailing mankind and will completely overthrow the edifice of medical science, when the Tholos divulges the spiritual healing texture of the actual events that take place within it. Perhaps the time of such revelation is drawing nigh...


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    Greek Bibliography

    The work first appeared in the monthly magazine DAVLOS.
    No. 176-177, Aug. Sept. 1996.
    No. 196, March 1998.
    No. 199, July 1998.

    Subsequently the idea developed into a much broader concept and the book "Words Unspoken, Tholos unveiled" Book 1, was written by ALTANI Researcher-Editor and published by Radamanthis Anastasakis,

    IDEOTHEATRON, Athens 1999, 57 Stournari Str., Athens 104 32.
    Tel. 5237543, Fax. 5226694.

    by ALTANI, Researcher

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