Sacred Architecture

Structures can also house sacred energy, as shrines, temples, and cathedrals clearly demonstrate. The ancient Europeans erected stone circles as places for worship and ritual, just as people today erect churches. Stonehenge, on the Salisbury Plain in England, is probably the best-known stone circle, although its true origins and purposes remain a mystery. Human beings placed those stones with great care and intent, remaining sensitive to the energies of the locale.

During the Medieval and Renaissance periods, a select guild of craftsmen known as the Freemasons built the great cathedrals in Europe and Britain. These men worked in the service of a higher power whom they referred to as The Great Architect of the Universe. Their knowledge of occult truths can be seen in the symbols woven into the architecture of these holy buildings.

“The architecture I consider sacred is that which has a common root in the life of the soul and spiritual vision, rather than merely in forms which qualify as being religious.”

— A. T. Mann, Sacred Architecture

Buildings, whether ancient or modern, that exhibit a sense of sacredness may have been created by someone who was sensitive to mystical energy. Perhaps the building site lies on a natural vortex, ley line, or power center. Buildings retain the vibrations of the people who inhabit them for a very long time; the emotions and thoughts generated in a space continue to reverberate long after the people who expressed them have gone. A sanctuary where prayers and sacred chants have been uttered is likely to feel peaceful and comforting.

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