The Center of the World

In previous posts I have introduced the esoteric notion of a “center of the world” – without a doubt, an entirely new concept for the majority of modern readers. This notion is, however, of transcendental importance to understand the ancient thought concerning the essential nature of the universe and God; and significantly, it is basically the same notion that would impregnate the lives and minds of the intellectual segments of society all through the western Middle Ages to well into the European Modern Age.

In effect, the notion of a cosmic center around which the entire universe rotates, not quite a belief or a dogma in the religious sense but a metaphysical certainty descended from the primordial tradition, was actually already present in every auroral civilization, namely, those advanced human societies that typically started about the year 3100 BC and flourished all over the world, including the American continent. And among these, the main concern was always to imitate (or rather perform, as in a play) the cosmic behavior in order to ensure an appropriate performance of the celestial forces – regarded as divine – as this, in turn, would ensure their own success in every field.

As important as this characteristic, however, was the need for these auroral civilizations to evoke, in their own geographical areas, the Earth’s primordial center originally located in the Hyperboreas, which – as we have previously seen – was the seat of the primordial tradition that flourished in the area of the North Pole. All other traditional centers – the memory of which they were apt to more immediately treasure as the seats of their parent civilizations, such as for example Atlantis – were actually secondary to that primordial center. Yet in the course of time all remembrance of this fact was, for the most part, lost – which explains the reason why in many parts of the world, and mainly in the American continent, it was the secondary centers that would be evoked as their respective places of origin.

In this way, we can see several levels acting simultaneously in this sort of metaphysical framework in which all things exist within this universe. First and foremost, there is “a” center of the world (in the cosmic sense) somewhere in the vast cosmos, presiding all cosmic phenomena and at the same time, in the metaphysical conception, giving life to and sustaining in every respect the whole cosmos – down to the minutest particle. This absolute center we can equate to God.

Next, there are innumerable centers presiding, in the image of the one supreme center, the also innumerable “worlds” within this universe (the galaxies and, within them, the planetary systems) all of them united to each other and to the supreme cosmic center as if by a gigantic umbilical cord that sustains them all; this “cord” is called the “world axis” (oraxis mundi) and it is actually around this “axis” that the whole material universe rotates.

Then there are the planetary centers, also called “world centers”, such as the one that I have previously described as belonging to our own planet Earth. This one is, or rather was, located in the area of the North Pole, also called the Hyperboreas, and it used to be the seat of the primordial tradition at the beginning of the current Manvantara. It is called “Brahma’s paradise” by the Hindu tradition, and it can be considered the prototype of the Garden of Eden of the Hebraic and Christian traditions and of all the other paradises evoked by each and all of the other world traditions. The “world axis”, that is, the universal axis just described, of which the earth’s own axis is but a minute segment, traverses it as well in turn as it does with every other planet of the universe – thereby forming that which in all genuine esoteric circles has always been called “the chain of worlds”.

The North Pole seen as the Earth’s Navel or Center

Still next come all other centers located everywhere else on this planet Earth, not only Atlantis but also other fabulous places like Avalon, Shambhala, Aggartha, and many more that escape my mind now; these may be dated to the long period going from the time the Earth was just coming out of the Ice age to the time of the “auroral” civilizations. And next come Stonehenge, the Pyramids of Egypt, Teotihuacan and maybe Machu Picchu, as well as many other more or less mysterious citadels – actually “mystic” centers the memory of which is, at best, hazy. Finally, there are innumerable locales all over the planet that go from sacred trees to waterfalls to dolmens and from sacred mountains to caves, apart from temples like the now disappeared Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem and the Potala in Tibet, to name but a few, and even cities considered sacred to these days, all of them the object of pilgrimage over the millennia. Even now there are cities like La Mecca, the Vatican City and others that were actually built in the image of any of the secondary centers and, ultimately, in the image of the supreme center itself.

Many of these secondary centers – in fact, those that were man-made – were, in whole or in part, intended as observatories mainly aimed at determining the exact dates of the equinoxes and solstices along the year, as this would allow to establish precise agricultural calendars and thus ensure the production of enough food for the populations – even in times of scarcity. In a planet that had ceased to enjoy an eternal spring since the end of the Golden Age – according to my own calculation, back in the year 50,000 BC approximately – this had become peremptory.

As important as this function was, however, that of being stargates, as these would allow to establish communication with above.

And with this thought-provoking proposition, I will leave it at this point.
Thank you,

Luis Miguel Goitizolo