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Lawlor, Anthony
The Temple in the House: Finding the Sacred in Everyday Architecture
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1994
ISBN 0-87477-777-1

Keywords:
natural proportion, patterns, ratio, golden section, spirals, polygons, polyhedra, Pythagoras, Fibonacci, geometry in art-music-architecture, megaliths, mounds, petroglyphs, houses of worship, funerary-cemetery-burial sites, vernacular architecture, archaeoastronomical observatories, astro-calendrical devices, labyrinths, symbolic landscaping, ley lines, feng shui, religion, myth, folklore, cosmology, religious iconography, freemasonic symbolism, number symbolism, prehistoric, ancient, medieval, renaissance, modern, Africa, Asia, Australia, Crete, Egypt, Europe, Greece, Meso-America, Middle East, North America, Pacific Islands, Rome, South America, world survey

Comment:
Perhaps the best recent book on the subject of vernacular sacred architecture; written by an architect. Highly recommended. CY


Lawlor, Robert
Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice
Thames and Hudson Ltd., 1982, 1990
LC 88-51328
ISBN 0-500-81030-3

Keywords:
natural proportion, patterns, ratio, golden section, spirals, polygons, polyhedra, Pythagoras, Fibonacci, geometry in art-music-architecture, religion, myth, folklore, cosmology, religious iconography, ancient, medieval, renaissance, Asia, Egypt, Europe, Greece, Rome

Comment:
A workbook of sacred geometry; illustrates traditional geometry problems with examples from ancient sources. CY


Leslie, John
Geometrical Analysis and Geometry of Curved Lines
[-], 1821

Keywords:
natural proportion, ratio, golden section, spirals

Comment:
According to Professor R. C. Archibald, this book contains "the first definite suggestion connecting the logarithmic spiral with organic spirals;" making Leslie the first mathematician to describe what is now called “natural proportion" or "latent geometry." CY


Lethaby, William
Architecture, Mysticism, and Myth
[ - ], 1891; facsimile reprint: Solos Press 1994
ISBN 1-873616-05-8

Keywords:
houses of worship, funerary-cemetery-burial sites, vernacular architecture, archaeoastronomical observatories, astro-calendrical devices, labyrinths, religion, myth, folklore, cosmology, religious iconography, prehistoric, ancient, medieval, renaissance, Asia, Crete, Egypt, Europe, Greece, Middle East, Rome

Comment:
A great, classic overview of sacred architecture and the interior decoration of shrines and churches. Essential reading. CY


Lincoln, Henry
The Holy Place
Arcade, Little Brown & Co., 1991
ISBN 1-55970-123-4

Keywords:
natural proportion, patterns, ratio, golden section,polygons, geometry in art-music-architecture, natural sacred sites, houses of worship, funerary-cemetery-burial sites, vernacular architecture, symbolic landscaping, ley lines, metrology, religion, myth, folklore, religious iconography, number symbolism, occultism, UFOs, Atlantis, sacred site tourism, medieval, renaissance, modern, Europe

Comment:
A "freak of nature" by which five hilltops near Rennes-le-Chateau, France, form a perfect pentagon leads the author to concoct a grand stew of megaliths, Visigoths, Knights Templar, Cathars, and Albigensians (see David Wood); sacred metrology and numerology (see Michell); the geometry of Poussin's "Shepherds of Arcadia" (see Bouleau and Schama); an eccentric and ultimately wealthy 19th century priest; and a cabal of dotty old neo-fascists with monarchist pretensions and a gift for ciphering. To be fair, Lincoln only mentions UFOs and Atlantis to disavow them, but on the other hand, he earlier coauthored a book that claimed Rennes-le-Chateau was the home of the offspring of Mary Magdelene and Jesus Christ. CY

Comment:
The natural geometry of the place is fascinating and it may have been known and enhanced by builders in the past, but Lincoln engages in a lot of fingerpainting. I also question his contention that such natural alignments are all that rare. BC


Linn, Charles F.
The Golden Mean: Mathematics and the Fine Arts
Doubleday, 1974
ISBN 0-385-09257-1

Keywords:
natural proportion, patterns, ratio, golden section, spirals, links between geometry-music-architecture

Comment:
This book devotes only one chapter to the golden ratio, focusing throughout on mathematical and geometric beauty in music and art. MZ


Lip, Evelyn
Feng Shui: A Layman’s Guide to Chinese Geomancy
Times Books International, 1987

Keywords:
feng shui, Asia


Lip, Evelyn
Feng Shui for the Home
[-], 1985

Keywords:
feng shui, Asia


London, Wayne
The Quest for Phi: A Biology of Harmony and Balance, A Work in Progress
London Research, Inc., 1994

Keywords:
natural proportion, ratio, golden section, Pythagoras, Fibonacci, labyrinths

Comment:
New Age to the max. Self published with nice large clear print. TL


London, Wayne
A Spiritual Calculus, A Work in Progress
American Society of Dowsers Bookstore, 1993

Keywords:
natural proportion, ratio, golden section, Pythagoras, Fibonacci, labyrinths

Comment:
New Age to the max. Self published with nice large clear print. TL


Lonegren, Sig
Labyrinths: Ancient Myths and Modern Use
Gothic Image Publications, 1991
ISBN 0-906362-16-4

Keywords:
natural proportion, labyrinths, religion, myth, folklore, cosmology

Comment:
Relates labyrinths to the path of Mercury; gives methods for meditational use. TL

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