My house comes with its own solar calendar, sort of. I discovered when M. and I moved here in the 1990s that the equinoctial sunset occurs in a notch formed by the ridge to the west, as viewed from the front porch.
Surely the ancient builders planned this!
Actually, the “ancient builder” was Alan Cook, a minister in the “New Church (General Convention),” one of the Swedenborgian denominations, who lived from 1893–1984. He was active as a minister in the 1920s, then came to Colorado to manage a summer resort in Green Mountain Falls, west of Colorado Springs. No longer a minister with a congregation, he still held some Sunday services for the tourists and wrote in a typically Swedenborgian style, which is big on correspondences between the visible world and the Unseen World.
Mountains, as we know, signify exalted states of affection. And God’s love is the most high and exalted of which we know.
Pagan me says no, the natural world was not put here only to provide a moral lesson to us humans, although I can still feel some affinity with a man who wrote,
But the man of spiritual mind should discern the far greater wealth which lies beyond mere nature [sic] and the commercial worth of rock — he may know their soul, and, in a measure at least, he will be able to share that wealth.Alan Cook, “A Letter from Colorado,” Ohio New-Church Bulletin, September 1928, n.p.
I found a photo of Alan Cook with some other books and materials stored in a crawlspace, and it hangs on the Wall of Ancestors in my study — which was his study too. We do not share theologies, but I like to think he approves the room being filled with a desk and bookcases once again.
|↑1||Alan Cook, “A Letter from Colorado,” Ohio New-Church Bulletin, September 1928, n.p.|