So what is sacred geometry?
Sacred geometry involves universal patterns that are used in the design of everything in our reality. We find patterns, designs and structures throughout our world from the most minuscule particles to expressions of life and the greater galaxies and cosmos. Everything follows geometrical archetypes which reveal to us the nature of each form and its vibrational resonances. This principle of interconnectedness, inseparability and union provides us with a reminder of our relationship to the whole and a blueprint for the mind to the sacred foundation of all things created.
Sacred geometry suggests that sacred meaning can be given to certain geometric shapes and proportions. They are most often seen in sacred architecture and art. The basic belief is that geometry and mathematical ratios, harmonics
and proportion are also found in music, light and cosmology. This may appear somewhat esoteric but a basic understanding of sacred geometry can provide a helpful way of viewing our world that you can use in your own life.
It can be thought that God is the geometer of the world. The geometry used in the design and construction of temples, mosques, monuments and seen throughout nature has been considered sacred. The beauty and order seen within nature has been used to add to the belief that a God could be the creator. This belief that a God created the universe according to a geometric plan is not new and it has ancient origins. The great philosopher Plato wrote that god geometrizes continually and in more modern times the mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss adapted this quote by saying God arithmetizes.
Sacred geometry may be understood as a worldview of pattern recognition, a complex system of religious symbols and structures involving space, time and form. It is through connecting with these patterns that we can all contemplate the great mysteries and design. It is through studying and contemplating the nature of these patterns, forms and relationships we may gain insight into the mysteries and laws of the universe.
Stephen Skinner believes that the study of geometry has its origin in the study of nature and the mathematical principles at work.
There are many forms observed in nature that can be related to geometry. One you may not have heard of is the chambered nautilus which grows at a constant rate so that its shell forms a logarithmic spiral to accommodate growth without changing shape. One you may be more familiar with is related to honeybees. Honeybees construct hexagonal cells to hold their honey, this among many other natural forms are interpreted in terms of sacred geometry and considered proof of the natural significance of geometric forms.
Art and architecture
Geometric rations are seen within the architecture designs of ancient Egyptian, indian, greek, and roman. The medieval European cathedrals are seen to incorporate symbolic geometry. It is considered foundational to building sacred spaces such as altars and tabernacles. Indian and Himalayan spiritual communities often construct temples and fortifications on design plans of yantra and mandala. Sacred geometry can still be seen in the planning and construction of churches, temples, mosques, religious monuments, altars, tabernacles, sacred spaces and religious art.
You may be thinking can we not just place a geometric diagram over any image of a natural object or structure and just find some lines intersecting the image and declare it based on sacred geometry. Well we cannot this act is what Stephen Skinner calls an “unanchored geometry”. The geometric diagram must intersect major physical points in the image.
So what now
This is by no means all there is to learn about sacred geometry. Carry on exploring and be inspired. You can dive right into to learn about the specific geometric shapes or how understanding geometry can help improve your daily life.
Let me know how you get on and how you all feel about this idea.
Namaste and always stay Zen 😊