Secrets in Plain Site: Burning Man

via Scott Onstott at SecretsInPlainSight.com

I was invited to go to Burning Man when it was at Baker Beach in San Francisco in 1989. At the time I remember wondering what would

Burning Man Black Rock City

inspire people to ritually burn an effigy of a man on the beach, and thinking it particularly chthonic (which didn’t appeal to my Apollonian nature) I didn’t go. After being hassled by the “authorities” in San Francisco, Burning Man moved to the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada in 1990 and has been hosted there ever since. 51,515 people attended burning man in 2010 and attendance was capped at 50,000 thereafter. The maximum attendance reminds me of the Great Pyramid slope angle of 51 deg 51 min but maybe that’s “just a coincidence.”

The reason I’m writing about Burning Man is because I looked at it in Google Earth and was amazed that this annual pilgrimage site in a remote desert occurs within a temporary urban design called Black Rock City (BRC) that appears to be a magical diagram. It was designed by the late Rod Garrett who was an architect.

The pentagram surrounding the complex is surrounded by a 6/5 meter high (1.2 meters that is) “trash fence” that has an exoteric purpose to collect wind-blown debris and an esoteric purpose to magically protect whatever is inside its perimeter.

I was pondering the shape of this Petri dish of human culture and chanced upon the concept of Yetzirah which has a strong correlation in terms of shape and meaning.

Yetzirah - World of Formation

Yetzirah is known as “World of Formation” in the Kabbalah. It seems to me that is what Burning Man is about: envisioning new modes of human interaction, a laboratory of culture, a world in formation. I read The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher 2006) a few years back and here is Daniel Pinchbeck’s take:

“I considered Burning Man to be a fulcrum for the evolution of consciousness on the planet, where cutting-edge scientists consorted with neo-pagan warlocks, and arcane bits of knowledge were exchanged at hyperspeed. But it was also a carnal carnival, an evanescent parade of erotic possibility. Nakedness, body painting, bizarre costumes, patterns of piercings, and every form of extreme self-modification became commonplace sights after a few hours at the gathering. As a laboratory of the contemporary freakster psyche, the gathering was not all sweetness and light.”

No photography is allowed at Burning Man unless approved by its organizers. In Nevada they seem to have an unspoken rule: whatever happens there stays there. This allows people to get into the spirit and let their guard down, let it all hang out (literally), do whatever they want, and be whoever they want to be.

BRC occupies 66.6% of a full circle within the 5-sided fence. In this sense we see another 6/5 comparison.

The magic square of the Sun’s 6 rows (or columns) add up 111 and produce a total of 666. The Sun therefore resonates with 666.

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  • alizardx

    You know of a better way to hide something?

  • alizardx

    You know of a better way to hide something?

  • energetictesla

    “The maximum attendance reminds me of the Great Pyramid slope angle of 51 deg 51 min but maybe that’s ‘just a coincidence.'”

    It’s just a coincidence. Attendance has fluctuated over Burning Man’s 26 years. The 2010 max attendance has since been surpassed; it was not capped at 50,000 thereafter. This year’s cap was 60,900.

    http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2012/06/12/burning-man-population-cap-set-60900-way-more-ever

  • energetictesla

    “The maximum attendance reminds me of the Great Pyramid slope angle of 51 deg 51 min but maybe that’s ‘just a coincidence.'”

    It’s just a coincidence. Attendance has fluctuated over Burning Man’s 26 years. The 2010 max attendance has since been surpassed; it was not capped at 50,000 thereafter. This year’s cap was 60,900.

    http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2012/06/12/burning-man-population-cap-set-60900-way-more-ever

  • Ken Eakins

    Christ, this is an appalling post. Why are you guys perpetuating this ‘see symbols in a Mc Donalds burger wrapper’ investigation, it’s lame.

    • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire

      Well, why not try to debunk some of the connections therein? Nothing conspiratorial about the post, just pointing out potential geometric and geodetic oddities. I’m going to fire up Google Earth myself and see if I can come to the same conclusions or not. Cheers

      • http://twitter.com/leastactionman Tom

        My biggest confusion about this type of thing is that these arguments tend to have to assume that some units of measurement have some particular significance.
        Here are some from the attached article:

        ‘1. The Sun is 333,000 times more massive than the Earth.
        2. It takes light 3.3 nanoseconds to travel one meter.
        3. Earth’s polar circumference is 6/5 x 33,333,333 meters (99.98%).
        4. The Dome of the Rock is 33 miles from the sea.
        5. The Dome of the Rock is 33.33 degrees distant from Stonehenge at a bearing of 111 degrees.
        33.33 x 33.33 ≈ 1111′

        1. It is obviously not exactly 333,000 times more massive; how many 3s
        should there be for it to be significant? If I count to the base 11 instead of 10
        then there are no longer a string of 3s! In fact the number then is ‘208208’, even more
        symmetry!
        2. What is so important about 1 meter and using the units of seconds?
        3. The meter was *defined* by its inventors to be one ten-millionth of the
        distance from the equator to the North Pole!!
        4. What is so special about miles? This is about 53 km from the sea, is there something special about 53 too? Were ‘miles’ even used when the Dome of the Rock was built?
        5. What’s so special about degrees? 33.33 degrees is about 0.58 radians. Is there something special about 58 too?

      • http://twitter.com/leastactionman Tom

        My biggest confusion about this type of thing is that these arguments tend to have to assume that some units of measurement have some particular significance.
        Here are some from the attached article:

        ‘1. The Sun is 333,000 times more massive than the Earth.
        2. It takes light 3.3 nanoseconds to travel one meter.
        3. Earth’s polar circumference is 6/5 x 33,333,333 meters (99.98%).
        4. The Dome of the Rock is 33 miles from the sea.
        5. The Dome of the Rock is 33.33 degrees distant from Stonehenge at a bearing of 111 degrees.
        33.33 x 33.33 ≈ 1111′

        1. It is obviously not exactly 333,000 times more massive; how many 3s
        should there be for it to be significant? If I count to the base 11 instead of 10
        then there are no longer a string of 3s! In fact the number then is ‘208208’, even more
        symmetry!
        2. What is so important about 1 meter and using the units of seconds?
        3. The meter was *defined* by its inventors to be one ten-millionth of the
        distance from the equator to the North Pole!!
        4. What is so special about miles? This is about 53 km from the sea, is there something special about 53 too? Were ‘miles’ even used when the Dome of the Rock was built?
        5. What’s so special about degrees? 33.33 degrees is about 0.58 radians. Is there something special about 58 too?

        • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire

          Excellent questions. Are you familiar with the alchemical phrase “As Above So Below”?
          The Mile is a sacred unit of measure derived from the relationship of the human foot to the pace. 1,000 paces =5,280 feet on average. If we then measure the Earth with this unit derived from the human domain we will find that it gives a cosmic yardstick by which we can understand our scalar relationship to the higher and lower orders of scale/magnitude.

          Some of the following correspondences bare out in meters as well or say megalithic yards etc. The key is the proportions.

          For example.
          86,400 seconds per day
          864,000 diameter of the Sun in miles.
          Earth’s orbital velocity = 18.5 miles/second x 60 =1,110 miles/minute x 60 =
          666,000 miles/hour (with 99.9% accuracy) 6x6x6=2,160 the diameter of the Moon.
          So 666 or the number of the beast (Let him who hath understanding count the number of the beast for it is the number of man, Six hundred Six Score and Six.)
          Carbon molecules are composed of 6 protons, 6 neutrons and 6 electrons.
          The child of the Sun and Moon relationship Hours/Jesus/Thor etc is the Earth and all of its inhabitants. A holy trinity mistakenly interpreted for too long, literalized fantasies of projection and mistaken identity. You have these same forces within you as your inner solar (man,pituatary gland) your inner lunar (feminine, pineal gland) and Earth is the cruciform of the 4 elements mixed with spirit which forms your carbon based body, enabled and enlivened by the precise relationships to our paternal bodies in space.

          If you would like to learn more please visit sacredgeometryinternational.com and let us know if you have further questions.

          Happy Questing.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LW3G8WtrOBY

      • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire

        Or as Scott would say, perhaps it’s a “conspiracy of a higher order”… Reading is fundamental, read it, point out the facts that give you grief and set about understanding them if you can is my advice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001489604409 Stein Leirvik

    Looking for a certain ratio.. ;-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bPbToMJmCI

    • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire

      Nice!! Thanks for sharing this. Great song.

    • The Well Dressed Man

      Someone must have left it underneath the carpet :)

  • Jman

    Lol this is like when people tell you all about the food they dont like yet havnt eaten yet.

  • Jman

    Lol this is like when people tell you all about the food they dont like yet havnt eaten yet.

  • kowalityjesus

    When I read about burning man in about 2004, I figured it was on its way out because I have heard of it. Interesting that it actually seems to be accumulating vigor, I thought it would have been swamped by louts and wannabes. Probably the more fodder for the dark lord, the better. Just kidding, I’m sure some of their gods are subservient to Yahweh, those crazy pagans.

  • kowalityjesus

    When I read about burning man in about 2004, I figured it was on its way out because I have heard of it. Interesting that it actually seems to be accumulating vigor, I thought it would have been swamped by louts and wannabes. Probably the more fodder for the dark lord, the better. Just kidding, I’m sure some of their gods are subservient to Yahweh, those crazy pagans.

  • turd

    well that’s cool, i guess

  • turd

    well that’s cool, i guess

  • Simiantongue

    The most fascinating aspect of burning man that I observed when I was there, was the way we were able to bring traffic congestion to an empty desert.

  • Kai

    Ancient mathematicians were always fascinated by the relationship of numbers, especially the first 9 digits. This is because the ratios are found everywhere in nature. If you round pi to a whole number, it rounds down to three. 1,2,3,5…are the first four digits that appear in the Fibonacci sequence, which when converted to an equation and reduced, gives us the golden ratio, an obsession of Leonardo DiVinci and many other mathematicians. Simply put, you’ll find math everywhere, and other than recurring eminent disasters, math is the only thing you can count on to hold true, no matter the circumstances. It is logical that these two things being found to be eternal, they are often related to one another in belief, whether there is substantial ground behind this or not. As to the relation of the Sephir Yitzerah to burning man, I doubt that it is coincidental, nor do I believe that its roots go back to ancient Celtic celebrations of the Burning man. The burning man was part of the Celtic celebration of Mayday, before Christianity. It was a pagan belief, with no roots in Jewish mysticism, but Neopagans often combine different traditions in their revivalist practices. This is evident in Gerald Gardner’s invention of Wicca in the 1960’s where he used inspiration of an ancient Celtic practice of Wicce, combined with the ceremonial structure used by Kabalistic-inspired orders, such as the Golden Dawn to generate a new religion. If you wish to point fingers at old pagan religions, you should definitely do more homework. You will find that many modern pagan practices hold little semblance to the practices predating the Holy Roman Empire.

  • ingenue777

    Can you say SATAN, Bealzebub, the beast master?

  • Keith Schiffner

    Knowing many people who go on a regular basis…the comment about photography? Utter bunk. :)

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