Tuesday, 12 April 2011

It's About Time

This "one-of-a-kind" sundial on the wall of the local Richardson Lodge Masonic Hall was unveiled and dedicated in June 2010, and commemorated 150 years as a Masonic Lodge.

It consists of a 6' x 4' granite slab supported by a column facing due south, and shows the time and the season.
I'm wondering about the significance of the quote "As Above, So Below".
Can you tell the time I was there with my camera?

19 comments:

JohnD said...

At a guess, i'd say about 11.15?

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

It looks like you were there a little before 1pm....If I am reading it right.
Such an interesting piece....I don't think I've ever seen anything like it ever before...! NEAT!!! (As we used to say in the old days...lol)

LivingInAurora.ca said...

Probably just before lunch, the sun is high and its bright, I go with JohnD 11:15 am. Anna :)

Spencer Park said...

It was 11.20 and 23 seconds!

Ginnie said...

"As above so below" is an astrological phrase I have read often, Sham, while reading my books on the subject. It's about the grand play between the heavens and earth sharing one common space and being connected.

Anyway, I love sundials! :)

Charles Bjørnsen Ravndal said...

Hello Shammy! What a unique looking clock! Anyway, I'm back from my blog hiatus! :)

Is it 11:10?

Vagabonde said...

I don’t know about reading this clock from a photograph - and not sure if I could read it anyway. I would say close to 1, but that is just a guess.

Peter said...

I believe the expression dates from the Greeks and from the Egyptians, well before christianism, but possibly used also in present religions?

Craver Vii said...

I found Ginnie's explanation to be very interesting. Isn't it great, how blogging brings little bits of knowledge from your online friends?

I would have assumed that it was a paraphrase of a line from the Our Father, where Jesus taught his disciples to pray, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

Brian said...

Ill go with either 11:10 or 12:55 ish.

Almost time for the answer eh?

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EG Wow said...

Hehe! My simple brain prefers digital. :)

Shammickite said...

The Answer: just look at the shadow, it's a little before 11:15 a.m. And it's a sunny day.

Xtreme English said...

the quotation is from Hermeticism. If you google this, you'll be fascinated. or at least interested.
it's an ancient philosophy/religion that enjoyed a resurgence during the Renaissance.

You find the most interesting things to take pictures of!!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I hope you are alright, my dear...It has been quite a while since you posted and I get worried when someone doesn't post as often as they usually do....! I hope it is because you are very busy and having a WONDERFUL time....!

Wendy said...

As above so below comes from the pagans (or perhaps earlier), referring to being one with Heaven and Earth.

travelsofstacey said...

Could this sundial be a relative of the one on the Anglican church you showed us before? I saw the one on our church in Victoria yesterday, it is quite nice.
About everything.. yes you're right! At home, and a nice job playing for high tea at a certain landmark hotel :)

Ilikesundials said...

Yes Wendy, the consultant for this sundial was Dr. Donald Petrie. Dr. Petrie was the designer of the Christ Church sundial. I'd like to add a little info to the blog. The dial is not on the wall, it stands on a 5' tall "T" post. A photo of the dial with a new plaque can be seen at richardsonlodge.ca. There is a small marker rowel about 10" from the top of the 'gnomon' which marks the time of year. The granite block weighs 3,300 lbs. There is a time capsule hidden below the sundial. It is designed for daylight savings time ET zone. The saying also has Masonic meaning.

Ilikesundials said...

Darn fat fingers on an iPad, Not 'rowel' - Dowel!