The Gnostic Circle

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In ancient times the zodiac - astrology’s basic alphabet - conveyed a body of higher knowledge, hence it formed part of the sacred sciences, not only in India but in all the Mystery Schools of the ancient world... (Patrizia Norelli Bachelet, 2014)

For millennia wisemen of all traditions have searched for a key of knowledge which would unlock the mysteries of the universe. The Alchemists called this universal key, ‘the Philosopher’s Stone’ and revealed that it was based upon the structure and harmonies of the Cosmos. This legendary ‘stone’ or Lapis Philosophorum was believed to be a magical object having the power to change base metals into gold, but, in a deeper sense, it symbolized the final goal of the initiation process which was the attainment of the highest wisdom. Possession of the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ was the coveted condition resulting from the realization of ‘Gnosis’, an enlightened state in which one knows with a certainty that one knows and sees with an understanding which can be infinitely extended to all situations.

Over the centuries, the system of knowledge which emerged from the alchemical tradition represented the pinnacle of enlightened thought. It was based upon the known universe which then consisted of six planets and the central Sun. But it was not until the 20th century, following the discovery of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, that the complete key of knowledge could be revealed and man’s integral transformation fully understood. The Gnostic Circle is that key and contains the highest wisdom of our age.

About the Author: ‘Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea) was drawn to India in 1971 by the Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. During her sadhana she received many keys of knowledge which led to profound realisations regarding the continuation and fulfillment of Sri Aurobindo’s work in India and the world. The greatest key proved to be the Mother’s original vision and measurement of the Inner Chamber of her Temple, the Matrimandir and its luminous core, which she describes as ‘the symbol of the future realisation’. Another key was The Gnostic Circle, a term she used to describe the configuration of the Vedic year with its synthesis in one circle of the 12 signs of the zodiac and the 9 planets of our solar system. The Tenth Day of Victory, in two volumes, is an autobiographical account of her initiation into the Supramental Yoga and the realisations thereafter. Shortly before her passing in 2016, Thea wrote Ganga, Soul of Indian Culture - Her Descent to Earth, a short monograph which she believed captured most perfectly the essence of her applied Indo-centric cosmology.

In 1986 Thea established two limbs of her work: Aeon Group/USA and Aeon Centre of Cosmology, also known as Skambha, in the Palani Hills of Tamil Nadu India. Information about Thea's yoga and her books is available at and’


  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: White Falcon Publishing; 4 edition (2020)
  • Author: Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
  • ISBN-13: 9789389530858
  • Product Dimensions:  22.8 x 1 x 15.2 cm

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