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The subtitle says it all: Key to All the Religions and All Sciences of Antiquity; Synthetic Reformation of All Contemporary Arts.
This is ambitious like nothing else but also almost impossible to achieve.
It is regarded a classic in certain esoteric circles and spiritual groups, so let us take a closer look.
Based on basic esoteric principles and a series of revelations, Saint-Yves d’Alveydre wrote his unique book Le Archeometre, or rather intended to write it. The book was actually written and completed by his close circle of friends or followers as well as his close family.
What he refers to as his angel is the soul of his wife after she died. He was a spiritualist in the sense of communicating with the dead and continued to “talk” with her.
Papus or Gérard Encausse’s involvement in the book makes me critical, he seems not able to question or take a critical approach to things and Papus’ own book on the Kabbalah, is a mess of theories without any clarity or overview. It is like somebody opening a drawer full of mixed things and saying this is the magic box. There are some things that are good and some things that are crap, like in many drawers in an old garage.
We should not forget this is a time in history under the influence of the archetype of the ”young boy”. Women were accepted to dress more like men and the development of different communication tools like cars, airplanes or trains is typical. Even the development of the postal systems and telephones belong to this time. It is a time of exchange of ideas, communication and mapping and searching for a bigger picture. It is called the symbolist period.
France, was a rich environment with many mystics and a lot of publications and exchange of ideas. This is the background for this book.
Papus, René Guénon, Stanislaus de Guaita, Péladan, Eduard Schuré and many others exchanged, competed and claimed. We can trace back influences and important impulses on the Rosecrusians, Theosophy and Anthroposophy from this exchanges.
Like modern physics try to make a Theory of All, so have many others and so does Saint-Yves.
It is based on the same deep understanding of many of the old cultures that creation came from a unified source, a source that differentiated into more and more different aspects as creation was progressing.
The Word of the creation or The Music of the Spheres are just different analogies of the expressions of Gods on-going creation. God is regarded as the on-going source of creation. He is creating continually and if he stops all will disappear in the very same moment.
The source is like a flame that condenses as it gets materialized into the time-space. Closer to the source, it is divided into principles, like white light becoming all the colours, white sound becoming all musical notes and sounds even numbers and letters. These principles are behind all variations of forms and shapes.
St Yves in his book sets up a wheel where letters, colours and notes are placed according to analogy. He gives examples of how music can become architecture or the other way around. He adds to this the planets and the zodiac and the secret alphabet of Vattanian letters that has been revealed to him.
In the excellent work of Joscelyn Godwin; The Creation of a Universal System:
Saint-Yves d’Alveydre and his Archeometer she goes to his original notes and shows how the system developed how he adjusted and changed his mind. How he changed the system from being based on a division of seven colours to six, using primary colours and much more.
The book is beautiful, the idea of a universal system is old. Each of the systems is interesting, but there are too many questions as to the amalgamation of them into the final key of it all.
The term “Archeometre” originates from the Greek and means “the measurer of the main principles”.
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