MAY 10th THIS YEAR MARKS LE JEUDI DE L’ASCENSION: the Day of the Ascension (of Jesus as Christ going back up to the heavenly abode), celebrated as the Feast of the Ascension. In countries like France its such a big deal/meal that this day is what is known in the USA as a federal holiday. Since there is no French Fed, its known simply as a “national holiday”.
In terms of old/new Biblical cosmological architecture, Jesus ascended/rose from the Earthy atmosphere, penetrating the planetary firmament, disappearing into the eternal heavenly city. Within architecture on Earth the firmament above which separates Earth from the waters of chaos and also the “heavenly realm” is reconstructed as the domed ceilings of cathedrals, sometimes painted indigo with golden stars.
Much like the Great Pyramids of the ancient Egyptians (who were also fond of indigo/lapis and gold), domed and stained glass architectural forms of Christian cathedrals can function as a vehicle for healing and transcendence. However, in this world where “you shall know good and evil”, the power of architecture (especially under the supervising all-seeing eye of the Church) can either be a vehicle of ascension or a prison of control. Ultimately in this post-2012 era, the choice is yours.
May Ascension be with you