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The Hidden Geometry of Flowers

Living Rhythms, Form and Number
Paperback Book
November, 2012
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Flowers are beautiful, offering us delight in their colour, fragrance and form, as well as their medicinal benefits. Flowers also speak to us in the language of the plant form itself, as cultural symbols in different societies, and at the highest levels of inspiration.

In this beautiful and original celebration of the geometric lawfulness of flower forms that embody universal spiritual archetypes, Keith Critchlow has chosen to focus on an aspect of flowers that has received perhaps the least attention. This is the flower as teacher of symmetry and geometry (the ‘eternal verities’, as Plato called them). In this sense, he says, flowers can be treated as sources of remembering—a way of recalling our own wholeness, as well as awakening our inner power of recognition and consciousness. What is evident in the geometry of the face of a flower can remind us of the geometry that underlies all existence.

Working from his own flower photographs and with every geometric pattern hand-drawn, the author reviews the role of flowers within the perspective of our relationship with the natural world. His illuminating study is an attempt to re-engage the human spirit in its intimate relation with all nature.

“This is less a book for what we call ‘reading’ than a book to be lived with as a delightful and instructive companion for a long time. I admire the honest circularity of its plot that begins in mystery, passes through much knowledge, and returns again (in fact again and again) to mystery.” —Wendell Berry

“Anyone giving proper attention to [this book] will feel that they are indeed brought closer to the mysterious form-creating life-processes that emanate from the world of spirit.” —Jeremy Naydler

As well as being informative and eye-opening, reading this book is refreshing, like a visit to paradise.” —Z'ev ben Simn Halevi, Caduceus

Keith Critchlow is a founder member of Research into Lost Knowledge Organisation and President of the
TemenosAcademy. His previous books include Islamic Patterns and Time Stands Still: New Light on Megalithic Science.

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