Following in yesterday’s track, here is Decad, the nature of numbers.

©Kathleen O’Brien, The Mystery of Numbers, Decad, 12 x 7.5″

Decad is a Golden Rectangle.

©Kathleen O’Brien, The Mystery of Numbers, Decad, detail, square

“Based upon the appearance of the first 4 numbers all other numbers emerge. Step by step they approach the decad, or number 10. Step by step we move beyond the ordinary numerical interactions and geometric relationships and find a new beginning with the decad, the beginning of a journey into limitlessness.”* Taking this square away, the next Golden Rectangle remains;

©Kathleen O’Brien, The Mystery of Numbers, Decad, detail, Golden Rectangle
©Kathleen O’Brien, The Mystery of Numbers, Decad, detail, square

The Tetraktys, an equilateral triangle made up of 10 dots,

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displays that the power of 10 lies in the number 4. (1+2+3+4=10) Taking this square away, the next Golden Rectangle remains;
©Kathleen O’Brien, The Mystery of Numbers, Decad, detail, Golden Rectangle

The ephemera is of Pomegranate, and the ten botanicals are little white flowers. What are your associations about ten?

*Words in Quotes are from Divine Proportion by Priya Hemenway

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