The Tetractys

The Tetractys [Tetrad] is a triangular enclosure comprised of ten points arranged in four descending rows: one, two, three, and four points in each row, where the combined symbol presents the fourth triangular member. As an esoteric figure,
it remains a vital model of the Pythagorean Schools. Pythagoreanism, was a system of metaphysical ideals held by Pythagoras that originated in the 5th century BCE, stemming from and embracing many of the standing ideals of Platonism.

According to tradition, it developed into two distinct schools of thought: the mathēmatikoi (Μαθηματικοι — “learners”) and the akousmatikoi [Ακουσματικοι – “listeners”). The “Learners” gravitated towards and evolved the mathematical and scientific work initiated by Pythagoras. The “Listeners” focused more on the sacred and tradition aspects of his teachings. The Listeners insisted that the Learners were not legitimate followers of the vital branches of Pythagorean works, being revolutionaries of the original ideals of the traditional aspects, and followed more so the ideals of Hippasus, who presented the use of irrational numbers said to have been deplorable to the initial Pythagoreans.

The Tetractys symbolizes the following aspects of Pythagorean thought:

The Four Primary Elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
(The so called Fifth Element of Ether [Spirit] is more so a modern ideal.)

The numbers 1 through 4 also symbolized the Harmony of The Spheres and the Cosmos

The four triangular rows added up to 10: the symbolic unity of a Divine Order.

It characterizes the establishment and order of Space:
First Row – represents a zero-dimension in the point.
Second Row – represents a one-dimensional array of a line,
defined by two points; length.
Third Row – represents a two-dimensional triangular array ,
defined by three points; length and width.
Fourth Row – represents a three-dimensional square array,
defined by four points; length, width and depth – a tetrahedron.

The Tetractys is an equilateral triangle formed from the sequence of the first ten numbers aligned in four rows. It is both a mathematical idea and a metaphysical symbol that embraces within itself — in seed-like form — the principles of the natural world, the harmony of the cosmos, the ascent to the divine, and the mysteries of the divine realm. So revered was this ancient symbol that it inspired ancient philosophers to swear by the name of the one who brought this gift to humanity — Pythagoras.”

Of the many aspects of this symbol, its divine [spiritual], cosmic [space/time], and astral [physical body] processes can be said to present a matrix of design concepts that include a vast range of vital and implied studies that are considered foundational to metaphysical relationships ranging from both scientific and theological traditions. As such, this site will not seek to delve too deeply into the ancient schools traditions themselves as much as attempt to express and define the evolution of those ideals and concepts as they reflect on modern principles and perceptions of the current human condition and development. The integration of the ancient and modern worlds is in a state of change that reflects the mental and spiritual oscillation in the instability of our present time. It is attempting to revitalize and synchronize itself ‘before’ we can enter a time of greater insight and being that will move beyond our need of revolution and predisposition that currently define humanity.

Thus, all of the studies presented herein will attempt to offer insight to that end – a means to explore and consider our journey of an organic ‘oneness’ that has yet to phoenix from an aged and deteriorating world.


7 Responses to The Tetractys

  1. Hali Sos says:

    Thought provoking and inspiring work

  2. elle dunkley says:

    absolutely amazing educational

  3. shows these as an indeterminate structure supporting a toroidal energy field.

  4. Funmi says:

    I am currently wiring a novel. I began by researching the four elements, and have discovered they are connected to a universe of other subjects that I could possible incorporate. One is the connection between the tetractys, the four elements, and the bodies of man. Could you possible link me to resources or elaborate for me? I am having trouble finding information.

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