plato's universe

10•7•15 10:08

I don’t know why, but I’ve been really into making my notes and planner beautiful this week. I’m sure part of it is the stress of Midterms. I have three more essays to write this week– on top of articles for Columbia’s Daily Spectator– but this morning has been great so far, and I’m determined to keep it up. Stay strong, studyblrs!


Wenzel Jamnitzer - Platonic Solids, ‘’Perspectiva Corporum Regularium’’, 1568.


I know it’s a bit late, but here’s a little thing about Garnet. I imagine that she’d explain it to Steven like this- it’s a little bit from Plato’s ‘Symposium’, which has been used time and time again to explain the concept of soulmates. 

It took a while, because I had to use a ton of references from the show itself, for both colors, and poses.


Acosmism is a concept that denies the Reality of the Universe, seeing it as ultimately Illusory, and only the Infinite Unmanifest Absolute as Real. Acosmism has been seen in the work of a number of Western philosophers, including Parmenides, Plato, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel and Schopenhauer,

Hegel claims it is the Infinite ‘Substance’ which is Real, while the Finite World doesn’t exist. But the accusers of this concept are unable to liberate themselves from the Finite; hence they declare for Spinozism everything is God, because it is precisely the aggregate of Finitudes (the World) that has there disappeared. If one employs the expression “All is One” and therefore claims that Unity is the Truth of Multiplicity, then the “All” simply is no longer. The Multiplicity vanishes, for it has its Truth in the Unity.

W.T. Stace sees all Philosophical Acosmism as rooted in the Mystical Experience. Stace points out that most Western Philosophers tend to a form of Qualified Acosmism, where the World is less Real rather than utterly Illusory. He sees two Mystical sources of Acosmism from within the Eternal moment, firstly the Mystical moment contains all Eternity and Infinity and thus there is nothing out side it, and secondly because the Eternal moment is Experienced as the Supreme Value.


Platonic Solids - The Geometries of Three Dimensional Reality.

The Platonic Solids: the simplest Geometric Forms in 3D Space. There are only five of them. Plato associated the first four with our Elements , and the fifth, the most ineffable of all, signified the Heavens and the Luminiferous Aether.

Plato associated each of the four Classical Elements (Earth, Air, Water, and Fire) with a Regular Solid. Earth was associated with the Cube, Air with the Octahedron, Water with the Icosahedron, and Fire with the Tetrahedron. There was intuitive justification for these associations: the heat of Fire feels sharp and stabbing (like little Tetrahedra). Air is made of the Octahedron; its minuscule components are so smooth that one can barely feel it. Water, the Icosahedron, flows out of one’s hand when picked up, as if it is made of tiny little balls. By contrast, a highly Nonspherical Solid, the Hexahedron (Cube) represents “Earth”. The Cube’s being the only Regular Solid that tesselates Euclidean Space was believed to cause the Solidity of the Earth. The fifth Platonic Solid, the Dodecahedron, Plato obscurely remarks, “…the God used for arranging the Constellations on the whole Heaven”. Aristotle added a fifth element, Aithêr (Aether in Latin, “Ether” in English) and postulated that the Heavens were made of this Element.


Sanchit Sawaria - Plato’s Universe

[According to a recent theory the Universe could be a dodecahedron. It is surprising that Plato used a dodecahedron as the quintessence to describe the cosmos. Plato believed that mathematics provided the best training for thinking about science and philosophy. The five regular solids are named Platonic Solids today after Plato. Of the 5 solids, the tetrahedron has the smallest volume for its surface area and the icosahedron the largest; they therefore show the properties of dryness and wetness respectively and so correspond to Fire and Water. The cube, standing firmly on its base, corresponds to the stable Earth but the octahedron which rotates freely when held by two opposite vertices, corresponds to the mobile Air. The dodecahedron corresponds to the Universe because the zodiac has 12 signs (the constellations of stars that the sun passes through in the course of one year) corresponding to the 12 faces of the dodecahedron.]

Divining with the Five Platonic Solids.

Named after the philosopher Plato, though dating thousands of years before his time, the five Platonic solids illuminate the five elements and their clashing yet complementary chemistry. When viewed allegorically, Plato’s Solids suggest a unifying mission that ultimately unites us with the One. According to Plato, the four elements individually illuminate a singular aspect of itself to the other, while the fifth element, seen as the Cosmos, unifies and embodies the four. This elemental alliance allows the fifth element to express itself as the greater whole, or as some say, the Divine plan. Seen this way, the Solids reveal a dance that moves in unison with the Cosmos. This dance can be viewed as a guiding principle that lends itself to the Understanding of our greater mission and through Divination we can co-create the dance of the many to illuminate our Spirit’s Connection with the One.

The goal of this illustration is to let the five Platonic solids lead the way to what matters by contemplating on each element and their corresponding statement. Each statement invites reflection and bypasses the typical everyday focus. This is not about our love life, career or income. Instead it’s about promoting answers from a deeper perspective.