© 2011 Bruce Johnson – Reprinted with permission from Shining Lotus Metaphysical Bookstore Newsletter Jun 2011.
by Bruce Johnson
The Cube Of Space by Michael Schuessler (poster available $60)
A cube or hexahedron is a square in three dimensions with each face equal in size. The New Jerusalem that allegorically descends from heaven in the Book of Revelation is a cube of approximately 1400 miles in length, width, and height. Islam’s holy mosque in Mecca contains the Caaba, which is based on the double cube. Esoterically, the cube is a symbol of the regenerated and perfected soul, living in a state of permanence.
The ancients often symbolized the logical rational mind of man as a cube, in contrast to the spirit, signified by a sphere. The cube is one of the five perfect solids of Plato and Pythagoras, along with the tetrahedron, octahedron, icosahedron, and dodecahedron. It corresponds to the number four, the body and the earth element, and is symbolic of matter, stability, solidity, and truth, which is eternal and unchanging. Cube symbolism is also found of the Tarot, contained in the Emperor, Chariot, and Justice Cards. The Devil Card displays a half- cube, representing imperfection, imbalance, and excessive materialism.
The cube was frequently used as a pattern in ancient times for many types of buildings, including temples of all kinds, and was often the foundation stone of the structure. The six faces of the cube when unfolded form a Latin cross. Numerous altars and temples around the world were based on the cube and/or the Latin cross, including the famous Temple of Solomon.
The crystal system of different elements, minerals, and gems, are not surprisingly, built on the cube. Halite (salt), fluorite, pyrite, garnet, lapis lazuli, spinel, and diamond are all based on the cubic crystal system. Many of the metals with the densest specific gravity are based on the cube. This group includes copper, silver, gold, platinum, and lead.
Although not known for religious structures founded on the cube, Larimer Square in Denver does have restored buildings of Civil War vintage that are architecturally interesting to see.
The book – The Continuum Encyclopedia of Symbols, edited by Udo Becker, is a good book for the student of symbology, along with – A Dictionary of Symbols, by J.E. Cirlot.
Bruce Johnson has over 30 years of study in the fields of Ancient Wisdom and occultism. He has taught classes on a wide range of topics, from Atlantis to mediums to Zoroaster. He is also a spiritualist minister, with a background in spiritual astrology. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their cat.
I just have a question. I was at the river where I live one day. I always go into the river & thank it for all it provides. I asked it if it could hear or feel the love & gratitude i have for it. As I walked the beach, I looked down & there was a small black cube. Its man made. Looks like obsidian. I took it as a sign the river heard me. But doing some research, I found out what a black cube represents?. I’m not sure what to think now. Can u help please? ??????