Photo: Jim Tomsich
My brother-in-law, Jim Tomsich, took this spectacular picture of the huge halo around the sun. This phenomenon occurs when there are a multitude of miniature ice crystals in high, thin clouds covering much of the sky. The ice crystals serve as tiny lenses. Most of the ice crystals have long, hexagonal shapes. Light enters one face of the crystal and exits through the opposite face refracting 22 degrees. The exact radius of the Sun Halo. At night, a Moon Halo may be observed.
The simplest of things like ice, clouds and light are the ingredients of Earth's most astounding recipes. And when each crystal refracts 22 degrees and the Sun Halo's radius is 22 degrees, it makes me wonder if further out in the universe, there is another larger event holding that same 22 degree arc. I would be willing to bet that it is very likely. Mother Nature is fond of mimicking successful patterns.
In numerology, numbers are believed to link the human world to the conformation of the universe. The number 22 is called the Spiritual Master in Form or the Master Builder. People who are 22s often feel as if they exist in two very distant worlds. One world is ruled by the mundane, the other, by the fantastic. 22 contains the key to many esoteric questions as the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet suggest. In Tarot, there are 22 major arcanas and in many versions of the Kabbalah, there are 22 pathways. In the Revelation of John Bible, there are 22 chapters.
The maximum number of pieces that can be created by cutting a circle with six line segments is 22. When 22 is divided by 7, it is close to 1/4, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. In mathematics and religion and spirituality, the importance of the number 22 is seen again and again. The Master Builder of life. The Master Builder of the universe.
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