Sacred Geometry describes the concept that there are certain geometric patterns found in nature that give shape and form to everything in the Universe.
Sacred Geometry is an extremely complicated, detailed subject that’s hard to deal with in an article of any kind of reasonable length. Hopefully, the information below will explain enough about shapes and their symbolism to help you put sacred geometry to use in your everyday life: for meditation, making crystal grids, sacred art, etc. If you really want to get into detail about the theory behind this, you might want to check out The Sacred Geometry Movie from Spirit Science.
Just as mathematics is the foundation of all science, a special kind of math is the foundation of all metaphysics. Sacred geometry springs from the examination of patterns and relationships found in nature. On the surface that may sound a little dry. However, when we look at how basic lines and curves come together to form the universe, it’s like taking a wonderful look into the mind of creation. Because while all matter is made from elements, it’s the patterns that give matter form, purpose, and astounding diversity.
For example, Calcite, aragonite and seashells are all made of the same thing: calcium carbonate (CaCO3) The earth forms this material into calcite, usually in squarish blocks, directly through geological processes. Sea creatures also take up CaCO3 and, with the help of patterns recorded in their DNA, they reform it into shells. Eventually, these shells decompose, returning their CaCO3 to earth as aragonite, a mineral with its own distinctive shapes. So aragonite and calcite are the exact same material, but each has its own unique structure. In other words, they are all the same substance; only the pattern is different.
Flower of Life
The Fibonacci spiral and many other forms and patterns we talk about in sacred geometry arise from the Flower of Life, which is seen as the basis for all other patterns in the universe. This shape, along with many others derived from it, play a key role in Kabbalah (a mystical tradition within Judaism), though many of the shapes also have significance in other cultures across the globe. The study of sacred geometry begins by drawing circles:
Two intersecting circles form the vesica piscis (meaning fish bladder or vessel of the fish), seen also in the chalice well symbol. Some see this symbol as feminine or as a symbol of the Mother Goddess as its center is similar to the shape of a vulva.
Where three circles intersect, we see the triquetra, a symbol of sacred trinities (like the three realms of land, sea, and sky; or as a representation of body, mind, and spirit).
The seed of life is also called the genesis pattern, where six intersecting circles signify the six stages of creation.
The egg of life takes the Seed of Life into three dimensions, with eight non-intersecting spheres, and can represent the cell division of an embryo.
The flower of life is made of 19 intersecting circles within the boundary of a larger circle. It’s said that all other sacred patterns can be found within it.
In Metatron’s cube, lines connect the centers of the circles in the fruit of life. The lines are said to represent masculine energy while the circles represent feminine energy, so this pattern combines polarities into a unified creation.
Obviously, these patterns are closely related, becoming more complex as we draw new connections. We start with two circles, then three, and so on, watching how these circles intersect and relate. New combinations of circles, lines, and three-dimensional images continue to evolve, and with each evolution, we may gain new insights.
Three-Dimensional Shapes: The Platonic Solids
Continuing the process, eventually, a significant set of three-dimensional shapes arises: the platonic solids (named for the ancient Greek philosopher, Plato).
The Platonic solids are 3-dimensional shapes in which:
- all faces are the same
- all edges are the same length
- all angles are the same
- if the figure were put inside a sphere, all vertices would touch the sphere.
Another way of looking at these shapes is that they all arise from the cube, when it is truncated in various ways. The cube is considered the Father of all forms, while the sphere is said to be the Mother of all forms. These shapes are the building blocks of everything from crystal formation, to music, to organic life.
The vector equilibrium is a three-dimensional shape constructed with triangles and cubes. It’s sometimes called the “perfect shape” because every corner is exactly the same distance from all the other corners. This very stable shape is the basis of a three-dimensional rendering of the flower of life.
Pyramids have amazing preserving and energizing properties (likely because the pyramid is such an efficient amplifier.) By focusing universal energy, it is said to increase the vibrational field of whatever is placed inside it with intention. Even intangible things like hopes. This effect can be enhanced by the pyramid’s material, color, and other properties. This is one reason why pyramids are often constructed of Copper tubing or wire for use in charging crystals and other objects.
The merkabah, also known as the star tetrahedron, is the intersection of two opposite tetrahedrons. The one pointing downward is said to bring up earth energy, while the one pointing upward is said to channel universal energy into the human plane. A person within the energy field of a merkabah shape may experience the confluence of both types of universal energy.
The name is often said to combine three Egyptian words: mer = rotating fields of light; ka = spirit (the intangible part of human life); ba = soul (the sum of all it means to be human)… though I once asked an etymologist about this and they assured me it was incorrect as the word is Hebrew in origin and points to a chariot or vehicle. Thus, it’s likely to refer to a sort of spiritual vehicle or tool for taking us on a spiritual journey.
So next time you’re creating a crystal grid or making a new piece of art, consider the shapes you’re incorporating into your work and what type of energy they bring. You may also like to think about where else you see this shape in nature and what is symbolizes or means to you.