God is an infinite sphere, the centre of which is everywhere, the circumference nowhere. ~ Hermes Trismegistus
God is an intelligible sphere, whose centre is everywhere, and whose circumference is nowhere. ~ Alain de Lille
The whole visible world is only an imperceptible atom in the ample bosom of nature. No idea approaches it. We may enlarge our conceptions beyond all imaginable space; we only produce atoms in comparison with the reality of things. It is an infinite sphere, the center of which is everywhere, the circumference nowhere. In short, it is the greatest sensible mark of the almighty power of God that imagination loses itself in that thought. ~ Blaise Pascal
A presumptuous truism of modernity is that science has disproved the geocentric theory of the universe. This allegedly makes man aware of his cosmic insignificance, because of which he is always in a state of angst and feels the urge to act like a character in a Woody Allen film.
Actually, the opposite is the case. From our diagram of the Empyrean, properly understood, shows that the earth is the farthest point from God, which makes it insignificant and godforsaken. Only the subterrestrial hell realms are worse and man’s continual descent leads him in that direction. This is the thought brought the Traditional Man to anxiety; hence, his concern with salvation and ultimate deliverance.
Man, in his descent from his true Self, is thrown into the historico-material process in which he forgets his own being. Modern man can only see the material or historical process, or sometimes both together, which he calls the problem of “nature vs nurture”. He conceives man as a tabula rasa, that is, lacking a nature, karma, dharma. Hence, his thrownness is an injustice, his defects and strengths are not his, but cosmic accidents. He cannot claim credit for his intelligence, wisdom, courage, fortitude or other qualities. His defects need to be corrected through the intervention of others.
Words, to the modern mind, are sophisticated animal grunts and have no relation to anything transcendental. Hence, the intellect leads to no ultimate understanding, but rather is a tool of the will to power. To assuage his guilt over his undeserved advantages, he needs to be committed to or engaged in a cause. The absurdity of the cause means nothing, because the world itself is absurd. That is why it is futile to debate such a person; there is no common ground.
Traditional man never understood the Earth as the center of the Universe, to believe otherwise is risible. Modern men, and those who think like them, understand things in material terms. Hence, they are forced to interpret the diagrams of sacred science in material terms, i.e., as primitive forms of astronomy. No, the Empyrean represents a spiritual journey through states of consciousness, not a physical journey like Star Trek. Man descends through denser states to the sublunar region when he ultimately reaches the subtle and gross states represented by water and earth. Here, his dharma intersects with Fate and Fortuna at his conception and birth.
The subtle state, or water element, of the world is chaotic, consciousness is perturbed with pointless desires, confusions, absurdities that the child absorbs. Most men find it impossible to maintain a steady mind, but that is the only way to allow higher influences to come into consciousness.
The gross state, or earth element, is dominated by blind, deterministic forces. Instead of being the field where a man can work out his karmic influences, it instead proves to be a privation, where his undeveloped will is weak and unable to manipulate and control those forces. Only by intense work on developing his True Will can he hope to progress.
It is clear, then, that the Earth is not our true center. The attempts of the neo-pagans to relocate Tradition in nature are thus misguided. Likewise, are the attempts to support tradition on neo-Nietzscheanism. That is merely another form of modernism; the only result is a battle for the control of the Mythos, but as the will to power, not as the fruit of intellectual understanding.
As Rene Guenon points out, the “Heart of the Incarnate Word” is the “spiritual Sun and Center of the World”. It is our task to find our way back home to our center, and “know the place for the first time.” By finding the center of the World, we will find the God whose center is everywhere.