Tantrika Arts is now providing designer artefacts and furnishing, based on sacred art and traditional images such as the Sri Yantra. The intention is to provide wall-hangings and other furnishings appropriate for the home or temple space, to assist with ritual and meditation, and to further the Great Work of spiritual realisation.
Our Sri Yantra (see below) is presently available as a 12” x 12” metal wall-hanging, a 70 cm x 70 cm wall tapestry hanging or a full size 140 cm x 140 cm tapestry (natural, eco-friendly cotton fabrics).
Our bespoke Golden Dawn Cross and Triangle altar cover is available (see below). We also have plans for an Enochian skrying altar cloth, with the Sigillum Dei Aemeth in the centre (‘Holy Seal of Truth’).
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The Sri Yantra has an analogous counterpart in the physical body of the female, linking it with the subtle states. The interlaced triangles subdivide into smaller triangles, and this forms a complex network of paths. The yantra is both a cosmological image of the emanations or radiations from the seed (bindu) principle, which exist both inside and outside of space and time, and of the microcosm. It is most often placed within the ‘palace’ of the Shakti Lolita, a fourfold representation of the City of God or the centre of the world.
There are five major ‘female’ triangles, six if we count the centre one, enclosing the bindu, which does not have lines of its own and therefore only appears by virtue of the other triangles. There are four major ‘male’ triangles, making nine in all, ten including the centre and innermost, which therefore symbolises the unmanifest aspect—the centre can only be known by its surrounding space. Taking the geometrical triangles as a whole, a ‘star’, there are fourteen points, indicating the lunar cycle and also an entire Manvantara cycle as two septenaries, one facing forwards and one facing backwards. The first (or inner) circle has the eight petals typical of the Indian lotus, and symbolises space. The second circle has sixteen petals and therefore symbolises time. The third and outermost circle is surrounded by the fourfold walls of the City or Palace of the Shakti Lolita, and therefore represents the earth, or an entire world. This arrangement of lotus petals corresponds to the anahatha or heart chakra, and is the centre cavity or ‘cave’ where the divine purusha (spirit) makes a seal or impression upon prakriti (substance) to give form to all life and creatures. If we count the numbers the result is either 51 or 52, the number of letters in the Sanskrit sacred alphabet including the letter that is not sounded (it forms a part of AUM).
The symbol shows, by proportion and sacred geometry, the subtle interplay of Cosmic Cycles.
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Our intention is to create further wall-hangings suitable for temple use, such as the Ordo Astri Vesica Piscis, the Stele of King Narmer and others. Altar cloths with the Golden Dawn Cross and Triangle printed on will be very practical and easy to manage.
Our standard altar cloth measures 60 cm x 60 cm square and looks like the illustration to the left. It is printed deeply on to natural eco-friendly cotton, medium to heavy weight for durability, hand-finished hems. The illustration here of the standard 60 cm cloth would cover a full size cubical altar on the top surface.
This beautiful altar covering is perfect for rituals based on those of the Order of the Golden Dawn or of Thelemic Orders such as the O∴ A∴ (Ordo Astri). From our book, The Phoenix and other Stellar Rites of Initiation:
The form of the altar is that of a double cube, symbolically ten-sided. The top is therefore Kether (white) and the hidden base Malkuth (black). The sides may be coloured as Malkuth in the Queen Scale: citrine, olive, russet and black. The altar is placed in the centre of the basal triangle of the tetrahedron or otherwise somewhat between the centre and the two pillars in the North. Upon the altar is placed the Red Cross and White Triangle of the Golden Dawn in the Outer. The cup (for wine) is placed between the Cross and Triangle, the incense (for perfume or air) and lamp (light or fire) to either side of the arms of the Red Cross. These are the forces for the manifestation of the Light of Adonai or Holy Guardian Angel.
Please note that a ritual altar does not have to be made exactly as in the symbolic description above from the Neophyte initiation. It can be simply black, or white, or with the four elemental colours on the sides, for example. Any conveniently sized square table can be utilised for an impromptu or improvised home ritual space.
As this item does not match Contrado products (we don’t want it on t-shirts or shopping bags!) we have designed and produced the altar cloth but cannot place it in the Contrado store. Please contact us directly for a price estimate.