May 25, 2009

Gates of Berkeley, part 3

Some of the gems discovered on the Hidden Gems of Berkeley walking tour last weekend were...gates!

The gate is an "archetypal element" in the creation of sacred space (Elizabeth Murray, Cultivating Sacred Space, 1997). The gate, according to Murray,

signifies transcendence, departure from one world to the next--wild to cultivated; public to private. An invitation to go deeper, into an inner sanctum--symbolic death of the familiar to rebirth of a more intimate inner knowledge of self.

Gate, Morning Glory Cottage (also known as the Joseph Clapp Cottage, landmarked house on Berkeley Way

2 comments:

  1. wonderful gates. I have really been noticing gates on my walks around town since reading your posts on gates. You have found some really wonderful ones.

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  2. Thank you Barbara. Have photos of gates in Malaysia and Singapore...

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