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Jul 22

Pi Approximation Day

Magdalene
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"22/7 ... 3.14159 .... oh, close enough - have some pi(e)"

Mysticism, Mary Magdalene, pi, the Holy Grail, do they all connect? The designer of this tartan thinks so. One of the most widely recognized mathematical constants, π, is an irrational number, the digits of which repeat in a random fashion and are never ending. Denoting the relationship between a circle’s circumference and its diameter, an approximation for pi is the fraction 22/7 . Countries that write their dates in the day/ month format can celebrate Pi Approximation or Casual Pi Day on 22 July or 22/7. Those who write their date in month/ date format celebrate Pi Day on March 14 or 3/14 since the first three digits of the date correspond to the first three decimal digits of pi are 3.14. Whatever the case, marvel at the irrationality of it all and learn how the Feast of Mary Magdalene and sacred geometries figure into this tartan's design!

July 22nd,  also known as Pi Approximation Day, is a fun mathematically themed day and rival day to Pi Day (March 14th) based on different representations of an approximation to the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.

Many mathematical patterns have been recognized and studied by humans from ancient times and given mystical or religious significance.  One such area of study, Mary Magdalene and the Sacred Geometry of Circles gives rise to this particular embodiment in  tartan. 

 

From the Scottish register:

The Magdalene Tartan registration coincides with the total eclipse of the sun on 22nd July 2009, its duration being the longest such event until the year 2132. This date ushers in the new moon of Leo within the zodiac and the eclipse takes place across India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Japan and Indonesia and ends at the Phoenix islands.

 

The 22nd of July is the feast day of Mary Magdalene, a much maligned figure from the past, but more recently venerated as the Bride of Christ who represents a sacred female line which was rejected long ago. Jesus called her the 'Apostle to the apostles... the All'.

 

There is a mathematical significance to the number 22: when divided by 7 it gives the value of pi. The Magdalene tartan colours are based on the 22/7 pi confluence, black being the most prominent. This represents Magdalene's absence from view within the Piscean era. Contrary to black there is white and the light, knowledge that Jesus brought with his arrival. Red symbolises the Passion, love and blood. The three gold lines represent the pi bee energy lines that have lain dormant and reactivate post eclipse. The final colour is gray, the colour of the stones which hold the truth, past and present, and turn the key towards solving the Grail chapter. Together the colours radiate, the imitative embodiment of the rising Phoenix that Revelations proclaimed and promised in 22/7.

 

For more on the patterns deemed significant by those who study these, click the pi.