I am of course starting with the Monad, the Circle, which represents the unity and wholeness of creation: "The goal of many religions and mythic ordeals is to return to a los state of Divine Oneness. But we have no need to return to a state of oneness because unity is axiomatic and we already are integrated in it. Barely recognizing our situation, here and now we live in a whole and beautifully harmonious wonder world. Only a self-imposed illusion of separateness keeps us from recognizing our own center of awareness and identity with the One" (Schneider, p. 20).
There are three additional principles that can be deduced from the Monad/Circle:
1. Point, the center = Stillness, the beginning, and then equal expansion (rings, waves). Nothingness: zero-dimensional point.
2. Circumference.= Cycles of movement, time, etc., always with both increase and decrease, rising and falling, but also Everythingness, without end.
3. Radius = Most efficient geometric space; maximized efficiency, the most enclosure (space) with the least exposure (smallest perimeter). Everything is contained between Nothing (the point/center) and Everything (the circumference).
At sunset, after studies, I took a walk around the neighborhood, to observe changes in the signs of the season (phenology) as well as look for examples of the monad, in the tree trunks, flowers, and more. The evening was clear, but humid (for here) and the day had been very warm (it got to about 87 F today).
The apple and crabapple blossoms that were blooming so luxuriantly last week, fragrant in the breeze, have dropped all their petals, so the calyx (blossom as a whole) is not longer as evident. Yet the inner parts of the flowers are still attached to the branches, where the ovaries will swell and the fruits will develop.
As the apple blossoms declined, the lilacs have gone into full flowering, and their scent fills the evening air. Bumblebees wobbled among the lilacs. Chokecherries too are still in bloom, as are the mountain-ash (relatives of the rowan). American linden (or basswood) flowers are not as showy, but they are evident for those who take the time to look.
All the trees are finally in full leaf, the elms the last ones, especially the old Siberian elm. The mushrooms at its base have disappeared now, a week and a half after their one-day rush to the surface. There should be another fruiting cycle sometime this season. The evening's impression was one of fruitfulness and sultriness.