"And when, after having divested yourself of your mortal body, you arrive at the most pure ether, you shall be a God. " - Pythagoras
The Phoenician Pythagoras was the world's first true mathematician. Not only did he give us the magic of numbers, he was also said to be the father of Philosophy in which the hundreds of worthy lovers of wisdom who came after him, carry his torch of illumination. It is the old Aristotelian precedent, "From Pythagorean mathematika to Platonic Forms."
From the Gnostic Pythagorean Brotherhood, the fire of wisdom has been passed to the Gnostic Platonic Brotherhood all the way to the modern-day with the Freemasons and Rosicrucians.
The Pythagorean philosophy of the world in which we live was based on the as above heavens and so below earth. An organic cosmic morphology based on physics, chemistry, and astrology. The astronomical and chemical connections concerning the illumination and perfection of man.
Here is an image showing these concepts in what is known as the "Pythagorean Cosmic Morphology." Morphology is a branch of biology dealing with the study of the form and structure of organisms and their specific structural features.
The Pythagorean Cosmic Morphology symbol shows the four elements: earth, air, water, fire and the formed matter being that of a cube, AKA matter, and earth or mother gaia and us humans.