For it is a Human Number

“Pythagoras and his followers wrote the precepts of their doctrines in cubical arrangement,” we read in Vitruvius’ De Architectura (Book V, Preface), “the cube containing two hundred and sixteen verses, of which they thought that not more than three should be allotted to any one precept.”

Notably, 216 is the result of 6 raised to the third power. Ever since the ancient Chaldeans, the number 6 represented the act of creation, so it was considered to be the perfect number. Again, among the Platonic Solids described in Timaeus is the Cube, a congruent and regular six-square-face polygon, is representative of “Earth” though with a deeper significance. Continue reading “For it is a Human Number”

Angel Millar’s Crescent And The Compass Book Now Available

For readers interested in following my writing outside of Phalanx, I have just released a revised and updated (and I think considerably improved) edition of my Crescent and The Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism and Revolution in the Modern Age. It’s available through the usual channels, including here (for the USA) and here (for those in Britain). There is also a forthcoming French edition. Continue reading “Angel Millar’s Crescent And The Compass Book Now Available”

Fauda: An Incomplete Narrative

Sincerity is a universal virtue and it is a necessity in warrior culture. One must be sincere about one’s strengths, one’s weaknesses, an enemy’s strengths and weaknesses and the reasons for the enmity. When a story is told in which characters are portrayed from both sides but the reasons for the antagonists’ actions are so clearly downplayed and even obscured, then we have an incomplete and insincere narrative.

I finished watching the second season of the hit Israeli Action Drama series, Fauda, this weekend. While I enjoyed the plot twists and character development, as well as the acting and the action sequences, something was clearly missing. The protagonists in the series are a team of Israeli operatives hunting down Palestinian terrorists. In the first season, the main antagonist is a leading Hamas operative who is thought to be dead but turns out to be alive, having faked his death. In the second season, the main antagonist is the son of a fallen Hamas leader who decides to take things to a more extreme level and raises the flag of ISIS in Palestine. Continue reading “Fauda: An Incomplete Narrative”