Sacred Geometry: Meaning and Origins – Sacred Geometry Symbols Explained

If you are interested in symbolism, you most certainly heard about sacred geometry. But what is sacred geometry? What is this whole belief based on? Here is the article answering all these questions for you as well as examining all the sacred geometry symbols and their meanings in detail. 

What is Sacred Geometry?

Sacred geometry is a discipline or field of knowledge that ascribes symbolic and sacred meanings to certain geometrical shapes. It has been around since ancient times. Throughout history, spiritual teachers, mystics, and sages have applied meanings to the shapes and patterns present in nature.

Galileo Galilei said, “Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the universe.”

The proponents of this school of thought believe that everything in the universe is created according to geometrical laws. From the smallest particles, such as the atom, to the greater cosmos; each nature’s creation follows a specific geometric plan, which is revealed through their forms, patterns, ratios, and frequencies. 

Sacred Geometry: Meaning and Origins - Sacred Geometry Symbols Explained
Sacred Geometry Symbols, Metaton’s Cube, © Anne Mathiasz at ShutterStock

Sacred geometry is about figuring out the hidden meanings behind these geometric shapes in order to understand the universe. It is believed that within these shapes lies the secret of every aspect and facet of this universe and uncovering these secrets can help us humans understand the Great Mysteries and the Great Design that form the basis of this universe.

Another interesting aspect of sacred geometry is that it is believed that sacred shapes and patterns are not only found in nature, but they also form the basis of all disciplines, from science to art and architecture to even music. 

Sacred Geometry Symbols 

Since the proponents of sacred geometry believe that the entire universe was created on the basis of geometric laws, there are a large number of shapes and patterns that are believed to have hidden meanings. Here, we are discussing the sacred geometry symbols that are believed to be most prevalent in the universe:

 

  • Flower of Life

 

Flower of life is the name given to a geometric flower-like pattern that consists of multiple evenly-spaced and overlapping circles around a central point. It is called the flower of life because it is believed to contain the patterns of time, space, and all creations.

It also contains the five perfect solids (Platonic solids) that represent the two-dimensional views of all the forms that the matter and molecules of the universe can take. In other words, the pattern contains models of all realities and possible creations of both natural and man-made elements. Some of the natural elements whose geometry can be found in the flower of life are the snowflakes, sunflower, and Nautilus shell.

In addition to being considered the primal language of the universe, the flower of life is believed to have the power of unlocking memories, which are present deep within us. It is also considered a powerful symbol because it activates energy coding in the brain that helps a person connect with their light body.

This symbol can be found in literature, arts and architecture in every part of the world, from ancient times to the modern-day world. The Forbidden City in China, the Temple of Osiris in Egypt, and the Golden Temple in India are some of the many sacred places where this symbol has been found.

The interlocking circles that form the flower of life are considered the Blueprint of the Universe.

 

  • The Platonic Solids

 

Platonic solids are the five sacred shapes that are believed to be the basis or origin of everything in the world. Simply put, these are the building blocks over which both life and material things are constructed.

From trees and flowers to the structure of the human cell and DNA to languages, arts, music, and architecture – everything can be traced back to one of the five platonic solids.

They are called Platonic solids because the Greek philosopher put forward the idea or viewpoint that these shapes correspond with the five basic elements of the universe – earth, air, water, fire, and ether (spirit).

Here are the five geometric shapes that are called the Platonic solids:

  1. Tetrahedron – Representing the element of fire, this triangular shape is considered a symbol of stability and balance. 
  2. Hexahedron or Cube – Associated with the element of earth, the cube is a symbol of focus and grounding energies and helps you connect with the energies of nature and earth. 
  3. Octahedron – Linked with the element of air, this shape symbolizes compassion, healing, and self-reflection. It is believed that it helps us attune to our spiritual nature.
  4. Icosahedron – Associated with the element of water, the icosahedron is considered a symbol of creativity and expression. It also symbolizes freedom, removing blockages, and going with the flow.
  5. Dodecahedron – Representing the element of ether or spirit, this Platonic solid symbolizes connection with our inner-self or true nature.

 

  • The Vesica Piscis

 

Consisting of two intersecting circles whose centers exactly touch, Vesica Piscis is considered the symbolic representation of shared vision, understanding, or common ground between two equal individuals. 

The shape in the center, which is formed by the intersection of the circles, represents the human eye and highlights the spiritual concepts of ‘seeing eye to eye’ and that ‘eyes are the mirror to the soul’. It is in these meanings that the geometric shape was used by the Renaissance artists.

Another viewpoint with regards to Vesica Piscis is that the overlapping circles signify the connection between the physical and the spiritual world and the shape in the center represents fish or fish bladder, which was considered sacred by early Christians. This is why the symbol is found in many churches all over the world.

 

  • Hexagram

 

Commonly known as the Star of David, the six-pointed star has been associated with different things during different times, cultures, and religions.

For example, in Judaism, it is considered a symbol of God’s rule over the universe and God reaching towards humans and vice versa, whereas it symbolizes the ideal meditative state in Hinduism. 

The interlocking triangles are also believed to represent perfect harmony between the earth and sky, masculine and feminine. Some also state that the shape symbolizes the position of humans between the earth and the cosmos.

  • Metatron’s Cube

Metatron’s cube is another sacred geometry symbol that will fascinate you with both its visual appearance and background story. According to the belief, the angel Metatron created Metatron’s cube out of his own soul. 

Metatron’s cube is comprised of all the shapes created by God which are called the Platonic solids since Plato considered them to be the base material of all things in the universe.  

Some experts suggest that the cube in Metatron’s cube is actually the representation of our bodies in the three-dimensional world and while the sphere inside of that cube represents our souls. 

According to one of the theories regarding Metatron’s cube, the symbol was actually a way for God (or YHVH) to convey knowledge to human beings. This theory suggests that Metatron’s cube was actually derived from the tree of life. 

Humans beings had not been created when the tree of life mentioned in ancient religious texts existed, therefore, it is believed that Metatron’s cube was used as a means by God to convey knowledge, specifically about the tree of life. However, it was necessary to study the symbol if one wants to achieve that knowledge. 

Metatron’s cube was used also as a protection symbol against evil spirits and demons. 

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