Description:Throughout the world -- in countries as far apart as China, Ireland, Iceland, and Madagascar -- there survive records and traditions of whole nations being divided into twelve tribes and twelve regions, each corresponding to one of the twelve signs of the zodiac and to one of the twelve months of the year. Best known are the twelve tribes of Israel under King Solomon, but there have been many others. In their classic book of 1991, republished in 2008, John Michell and Christine Rhone explore examples of these twelve-tribe societies. They explain the blueprint for this organizational structure and look at the musical, mythological, and astronomical enchantments that kept these societies in harmony with the cosmos. They also examine the astrological landscapes of classical Greece, the aligned St. Michael sanctuaries of Europe, and the true site and function of the Temple in Jerusalem. The sacred geography of these sites was part of an ancient code of knowledge that produced harmony between nature and humanity. This is as relevant to our present and future as it was to our past.
Biography: Christine Rhone is an artist and writer with a special interest in landscape symbolism. The translator of several important works, including Jacques Le Goff's Saint Francis of Assisi, Antoine Faivre's Theosophy, Imagination, Tradition, and Jean Richer's Sacred Geography of the Ancient Greeks, she lives in London.