Adinkrahene represents the vortex of energies which have created, sustain and transform the cosmos. A concatenation of forces. A shuttle on which is spun the beginning, the transformation and the perpetuation ofexistence. A weaver-bird alive with actual and potential forms and designs. Its symphony of black and white circles gives it a sense of motion that suggests the actualisation of latent forms, the release of hidden energies. Its two dimensionality extends into a background which the mind enters into to enact its own designs through the stimulating agency of Adinkrahene, realizing the nature of Adinkrahene as a shrine formed by the intersection of shape and mind, where creative energies ferment, a kernel, a phallus of creative mysteries, available when the doors are opened by the questing mind.
We are sitting with Martin Rees in the Master’s Lodge at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he is Master of the College. In the elegant walls of this structure, within the grounds where Isaac Newton walked as he pondered those ideas that have been fundamental in unravelling the forces that shape the character of the universe, we talk about the structure and dynamics of the cosmos. He describes the symphony of numbers through which the universe makes meaning. He presents this knowledge to us in the language of an astronomer. We interpret it in terms of our enthusiasm for Adinkra, in terms of our effort to perceive the universe through Adinkra, the mountain top, the unifying depth, from which we see the universe, a shape that constitutes an intersection of mind and matter in which the cosmos is subsumed.
We share with Rees his wonder and delight in uncommon but delicious knowledge gleaned from a lifetime of adventures on the space that embraces the vastness of the cosmic ocean and the depths of the subatomic world, at whose edges we stand with him, surveying the magnificent panorama of worlds seen and unseen. He marvels at the fact that the human race has evolved from a concourse of matter strewn from the stars to become beings complex enough to contemplate existence. We participate in both the knowledge of the magus and the wonder of the child. We share his gasping with delight at the fact that, to adapt the words of astronomer Alan Dressler, we possess the marvellous ability to comprehend aspects of this magnificent symphony.