Sacred Geometry Art, Symbols & Meaning
Sacred Geometry is often referred to as the “architecture of the universe”, it is found throughout the natural world. It is all around us and is one of the very few subjects that satisfy both the left brain and right brain hemispheres simultaneously. It satisfies the left brains desire for logical, sequential and objective data. It also satisfies the right brains desire for random, intuitive and subjective data.
It is simply not possible to cover all aspects of sacred geometry, although I will try to include as much as possible in this article. People have spent entire lifetimes studying a single aspect of sacred geometry; such as a rabbi studying the Kabbalistic tree of life. The following content provides an overview on all Sacred Geometry symbols.
Sacred Geometry Shapes
Vesica Piscis is a mathematical shape formed by intersecting two identical circles so that the center of each circle intersects the perimeter of the other. The vesica piscis is commonly used for Venn Diagrams and in various art and in seals organizations.
Various other symbols can be derived from the vesica piscis including the Ichthys, also known as the “Jesus Fish”, the triquetra symbol, and the Reuleaux triangle. It has also been a symbol used by Freemasons for many years. Historically, the vesica piscis has been used as a system of proportions for architecture, illustrated in the works of Vitruvius.
SEED OF LIFE
The Seed of Life is a universal symbol that also represents the seven days of creation. It is found in all of the major religions and can be seen in many sites around the world, such as churches, mosques, prayer books and ancient temples. The two dimensional projection of the seed of life contains seven overlapping circles. It has been used for centuries as a symbol of blessing and protection.
EGG OF LIFE
A symbol that has been used to represent new life, rebirth and fertility. The Egg of Life is the second iteration of a process that constructs the Flower of Life. Adding six additional circles to the seed of life you are able to produce the Egg of Life. This can also be formed by the eight spheres contained within the three dimensional Metatron’s Cube.
FLOWER OF LIFE
The Flower of Life was known around the world in ancient times and has been found in Ireland, Turkey, Egypt, Greece, China, Israel, Germany, England, Tibet, Japan and Sweden.
The typical depiction Flower of Life always stops after 19 circles, the remaining circles are hidden outside the bounds of the outer circle. In the past this image and knowledge related to the Flower of Life was so sacred that they couldn’t allow it to become common knowledge. Out of the complete Flower of Life pattern a new shape emerges; the The Fruit of Life.
The Flower of Life is said to be the actual blueprint of the universe continuing the basic design of every atomic and molecular structure, life form, etc; essentially everything in existence. Modern science and quantum physics are confirming the cosmic significance of these ancient sacred geometric forms which represent the building blocks of our physical universe. The ancients knew about the energetic nature of our existence. Other sacred patterns such as the Egg of Life, Seed of Life and the Tree of Life also exists within the Flower of Life pattern.
TREE OF LIFE
The Tree of Life is another popular universal symbol it represents numerous systems across varying cultures and religions. Like all the other symbols in this list it is not identified by a single culture and it has been used around the world for centuries.
So what does the Tree of Life represent? A connection to everything including the things we cannot see or the void beyond. It reminds you that you are not alone in the Universe but rather part of a vast interconnected network.
The Tree of Life provides a hierarchical structure for all of the forces in the Universe. It can also be used as a road map of one’s soul. The 10 spheres are called the “Sephiroth” translating to eminiation. These are connected by different paths. The first Sephira on the Tree of Life is at the top. It represents cosmic consciousness. The Sephira at the base represents the material world. The rest of these Sephiroth represent different qualities of the Soul. These can be divided into three pillars; the Pillar of Severity, The pillar of Mildness and the Pillar of Mercy.
FRUIT OF LIFE
The 13 spheres represent an extremely powerful sacred geometric pattern known as the Fruit of Life, considered the Holy of Holies of Sacred Geometry because it's hidden within the ancient and well-known Flower of Life pattern.
The fruit of life is composed of 13 spheres; this is actually the 2d representation of a 3d structure Thirteen represents unity and transition between worlds / dimensions.
Those of you who play an instrument know the chromatic scale of 12 notes the thirteenth note is actually repeating the first note but on a higher frequency; when you attain a higher octave you enter a higher dimension. If we connect all the Centers of the 13 circles the result is 78 lines which create a structure known as Metatron's Cube. This structure contains all five platonic solids, these three-dimensional figures and their different combinations reveal every possible geometric law forming the physical reality we are experiencing.
The spheres of the Fruit of Life represents the female movements or elements of creation and provide the field for the 78 ray like male movements of creation. The geometry of Metatron's Cube is set to underlie what modern physics calls the quantum vacuum or void and is fundamental to the creation process at the quantum level. What we're talking about here is what's been called zero-point, life force or bio force energy.
One of the most fascinating aspects of sacred geometry is the symbol known as Metatron’s Cube. So who is Metatron? If you investigate, Metatron was an archangel who was mentioned in Islamic, Judaic and Christian medieval mythologies. He was considered to be the scribe of God, this would make him the equivalent of the ancient Egyptian scribes of the gods known as Thoth. According to legend a scribe of God would understand the basic principles of creation which are almost always associated with sacred geometry. Many times the Archangel Metatron is pictured with or holding a cube.
Metatron's Cube 3D Model (Interactive):
The graphic known as Metatron’s Cube didn’t show up until later when a Medieval Italian Mathematician Leonardo Pisano, discovered Metatron’s Cube. He read the history and legends of Metatron and was also familiar with sacred geometry and was probably an initiate in one of the schools that held those secrets.
Metatron’s Cube traces back to nature's first pattern, and the 13 circles that are found inside the fourth circle in Nature’s first pattern. When you connect the centers of all the 13 circles, you get the shape known as Metatron’s Cube. Leonardo Pisano also discovered that you could create all 5 of the platonic solids within Metatron’s Cube. Metatron’s Cube is a transcendental form and beautifully illustrates the mental universe through the unfolding of 2-dimensional realities into 3 dimensional realities
The Hermetic axiom reads “all is mind, the universe is mental” and Metatron’s Cube is teaching us about this conceptual mental nature of the universe and the current experiments in quantum physics are also teaching us this exact same thing. Without first being a conceptual equivalent in consciousness nothing could exist. Sacred geometry is the creator’s conceptual architecture on which all things precipitate.
GRID OF LIFE
The star tetrahedron is the basis of the 64 grid tetrahedron also known as the Grid of Life. This is the masculine equivalent to the Flower of Life pattern. As the name suggests, this shape is made up of 64 tetrahedrons. Which as you know is one of the platonic solids.
64 Tetrahedron 3D Model (Interactive)
When the 64-tetrahedron is overlaid on the flower of life this represents a powerful concept; the spheres represent space and the lines lines represent where space and time come together.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the 64 tetrahedron is the number 64 itself and how it appears throughout the natural world.
Here are a few examples:
- There are 64 codons in human DNA
- 64 is the number of cells we have before the cells start to bifurcate (differentiate) after conception.
- 64 is the fundamental number in computer memory and bits of code
- 64 is encoded in the Tetragrammaton within the Hebrew Bible, which is the four letter theonym YHWH that means God in Hebrew.
- 64 is the number of generations from Adam until Jesus
- 64 manifestations of Lord Shiva in Hinduism
- 64 squares in chess and checker boards
- 64 hexagrams in the I Ching
- 64 tantras which is a form of Hinduism
- 64 is the maximum number of strokes in any Chinese character
Sacred Geometry is embedded in your DNA
The shape known as a 'Torus' is a type of vortex. So what is a torus? The word “torus” comes from the Latin word meaning swelling. In sacred geometry it is the first shape to emerge from the Genesis Pattern. The torus is found in everything from atoms, to life forms and even in all cosmic bodies such as stars and galaxies. It is a primary shape in existence.
For many years ‘seers’ have taught that the human aura appears as a series of nested torus formations around the body. Energy flows through the center of the body and loops around to connect the feet and head. The flow from the feet to the head is bi-directional. The energy is flowing through the surface of the torus and inside an in a spiraling pattern, this is why the sacred geometry shape is shown with curves lines throughout the middle, while also adding the illusion of a 3d perspective to the 2d depiction.
The Torus is a 2d depiction of a 3 dimensional shape, like many other sacred geometry forms. The 3d shape is known as a horn torus. This can be mathematically described here.
The Merkaba symbol (also spelled Merkabah) translates to light, spirit, body. The symbol consists of 2 intersecting tetrahedrons that rotate in opposite directions, this creates an energy field that is commonly referred to as a light body.
Merkavah mysticism is an early school of Judaism, practiced between 100 BCE - 1000 CE. The teachings were based on visions found in the Book of Ezekiel and hekhalot literature. These stories speak of ascents into the heavens and to the Throne of God.
Everyone has access to their own personal Merkaba or vehicle of light with practice in meditation. It is said that once one has access to their Merkaba it can provide a powerful protection and transport your consciousness to higher dimensions. The Merkavah symbol can remind us of the potential power we hold when we unite our bodies energy to Source.
This symbol combines opposing energies in perfect harmony and has allegedly been used by ascended masters to connect to higher realms. In modern esoteric teachings, the Merkabah is considered an interdimensional vehicle. It is also known as a star tetrahedron and can be imagined as a 3-dimensional Star of David. Discover the transformative power of the Merkaba and unlock your full potential by exploring our in-depth blog post on Merkaba meditation.
How is Sacred Geometry Created?
The story of creation in terms of sacred geometry starts with the idea of a single point, also known as the "Monad" or "Dot." This single point is seen as representing the beginning of creation, the first spark of divine energy that gave rise to the universe. From this single point, all other shapes and forms in sacred geometry are said to have emerged.
One of the first shapes to emerge from the single point is the Vesica Piscis. This shape is formed by the intersection of two circles, with the center of each circle being located at the circumference of the other. The Vesica Piscis is often seen as a symbol of the union of spirit and matter, the merging of the physical and the spiritual, and the creation of the manifested world. It is also said to represent the beginning of duality, and the emergence of the masculine and feminine principles.
The next shape to emerge from the single point is the Seed of Life. This shape is formed by seven circles arranged in a specific pattern, creating a flower-like shape that is often used to represent the creation of the universe and the process of life. The Seed of Life is believed to contain the blueprint of the universe and the secrets of the creation of life itself. It is seen as a symbol of the seven days of creation in the Book of Genesis, as well as the seven chakras in the human body.
The story of creation in terms of sacred geometry is a symbolic representation of the process of creation, from the initial spark of divine energy to the emergence of the physical world and the manifestation of life. The Vesica Piscis and the Seed of Life are just two examples of the many shapes and forms that are said to have emerged from the single point, each with their own unique meanings and symbolism.
The torus is said to emerge from the genesis pattern through a process called "unfolding" or "unwrapping." This process involves taking the genesis pattern and pulling or stretching it out into a three-dimensional shape, creating a torus.
The torus is considered by some to be the next step in the evolution of the genesis pattern, representing the transition from the two-dimensional pattern to the three-dimensional shape. It is also believed to symbolize the transition from the spiritual realm to the physical realm, as well as the connection between the inner and outer worlds.
In summary, the torus is said to emerge from the genesis pattern through the process of "unfolding" or "unwrapping". The genesis pattern, also known as the "Seed of Life," is a geometric pattern that is said to represent the beginning of creation and the formation of all things, the torus is considered by some to be the next step in the evolution of the genesis pattern, representing the transition from the two-dimensional pattern to the three-dimensional shape and symbolizing the connection between the inner and outer worlds.
THE PLATONIC SOLIDS
In the original model Plato came up with, each of the Platonic solids represents an element. The Cube represents Earth, the Tetrahedron represents Fire, the Octahedron represents Air, the Icosahedron represents Water and the Dodecahedron represents Aether.
Connecting the edges of four equilateral triangles creates the tetrahedron. Connecting the edges of size squares creates the hexahedron. Connecting the edges of eight equilateral triangles creates the octahedron. Connecting the edges of 12 pentagons creates the dodecahedron. Connecting the edges of 20 equilateral triangles creates the icosahedron. He wrote about this in their philosophical texts.
There are five platonic solids: the tetrahedron, octahedron, hexahedron, the icosahedron and the dodecahedron. What makes these shapes so special is that the faces, angles and edges are all congruent and that each one can fit perfectly inside a sphere with all the corners touching. There are no other shapes in existence that can satisfy these parameters.
The five platonic solids also form pairs, known as jewels; the hexahedron and octahedron make up pair and the icosahedron and dodecahedron make up the other. The tetrahedron is the odd one out, as it is a jewel with itself by connecting the midpoints of each face. Each platonic solid is also associated with an element.
It is interesting to note that all the parameters for a hypercube, also known as a tesseract can be easily extracted from Metatron’s Cube. It should also be noted that Metatron’s Cube is also deeply connected to the platonic solids. Below is a 2D projection of a tesseract:
Many of the ancient traditions were fascinated by a science of simple 3 dimensional geometric shapes, that were originally discovered by Plato (who invented school). The Platonic Solids have more symmetry than any other shape you could possibly make.
The most advanced hyper dimensional models, that scientists are trying to build multidimensional in the Universe you can see the Platonic Solids show up frequently, because they know that in order to build higher dimensions you need a lot of symmetry.
The following is detailed drawings of 4D shapes. There are six regular convex polytopes in 4 dimensions. Since these are projected images, much of the geometry is distorted, however these perspective projections reveal incredible symmetries of higher dimensions.
THE GOLDEN SPIRAL
Closely related to the golden ratio is the Fibonacci Sequence. It was first described by mathematicians in India in about 700 CE and introduced to the west by Leonardo of Pisa, also known as Fibonacci. In his book, Liber Abaci. The easiest place to find this sequence in nature is in plants. No matter what type of flower you look at you will see the number of pedals equals one of the numbers in the Fibonacci series. Rows of seeds in sunflowers and pinecones always add up to Fibonacci numbers. Learn more about the Fibonacci sequence and its relationship to Phi here.
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