In school, must of us are taught Euclidean geometry, a mathematical system attributed to the Alexandrian Greek mathematician Euclid, which he described in his textbook on geometry: the Elements. Euclid’s method consists in assuming a small set of intuitively appealing axioms, and deducing many other propositions (theorems) from these.
For more than two thousand years, the adjective “Euclidean” was unnecessary because no other sort of geometry had been conceived. Euclid’s axioms seemed so intuitively obvious that any theorem proved from them was deemed true in an absolute, often metaphysical, sense.
Euclidean geometry is two-dimensional. And while the logic has been accepted as “mathematical truth” is does have it’s limits. That is, unless you think the earth is flat.
If you are an observer, or curious you might have noticed recurring patterns in nature, music, art, architecture, graphic design, astrology, etc. These displays of mathematical and geometric constants are confirmation that certain proportions are woven into the very fabric of nature.
Recognizing the significance of this simple fact offers us the means to understand how and why such matters were considered sacred. They and everything around us, are the product of the delicate balance between chaos and order.
The term ‘sacred geometry’ refers to various shapes and forms that have been used traditionally in art, architecture and meditation for thousands of years. These same shapes and forms are also found in natural organisms.
Sacred geometry can appear somewhat esoteric, but a basic understanding can provide a helpful way of viewing our world that you can use in your own life.
Ancient cultures, including Christians, Hindus, Greeks and Egyptians, recognized that certain patterns or geometric shapes are repeated throughout nature. For instance, the cells of a honeycomb are hexagons, and a snail’s shell is a spiral.
These common patterns and shapes came to be known as sacred geometry. They were further broken down into various numbers, mathematical formulas and specific symbols that the ancients believed were the building blocks for everything in the universe.
Modern science supports this theory. It’s been found that the molecular shapes that form the basis of life are in fact many of the same patterns identified by ancient cultures.
Sacred geometry refers to the ways that shapes and patterns are repeated throughout nature, including the mental and spiritual worlds. Full study of these patterns reveals the myriad ways that we are connected at (and to) all levels of life. Every discipline, every way of knowing (such as chemistry, physics, architecture, music, even one’s emotional states), can be shown to have a correlation in sacred geometry. Even mathematics would not be possible without sacred geometry, for numbers and their laws arise out of (and could not exist without) shape, form, proportion, and the relationships these reveal.
Knowledge of these sacred symbols and mathematical formulas allowed the construction of many historical buildings, such as the great pyramids of Egypt, the Greek Parthenon and the intricate temples found throughout South and Central America.
There is a lot of information about this subject and to try and condense all of its principles into one article would be inconceivable.
Instead, lets focus on a few basic principle as a way to ease us into some of these higher concepts; the Flower of Life and Metatron’s Cube.
The Flower of Life
The flower of life is a geometrical shape composed of multiple evenly-spaced, overlapping circles arranged in a flower like pattern with six fold symmetry like a hexagon. The perfect form, proportion and harmony of the FOL has been known to philosophers, architects and artist around the world. Pagans consider it to be sacred geometry containing ancient religious value depicting the fundamental forms of space and time. In the pagan sense, it is believed to contain a type of Akashic Record of basic information of all living things and is the visual expression of the connections of life that run through all sentient beings.In New Age thought, the Flower of Life has provided what is considered to be deep spiritual meaning and forms of enlightenment to those who have studied it as sacred geometry. There are groups of people all over the world who derive particular beliefs and forms of meditation based (at least in part) on the Flower of Life.
The flower of life symbol represents important meaning to many throughout history. The symbol can be found in manuscripts, temples and art throughout cultures around the world.
The most common form of the ‘Flower of Life’ is hexagonal pattern (where the center of each circle is on the circumference of six surrounding circles of the same diameter), made up of 19 complete circles and 36 partial circular arcs, enclosed by a large circle.
One of the most amazing, and yet least understood ancient structures in Egypt is the Osirion which was rediscovered in 1902. There is a debate whether the Egyptians built the temple. However, due to the fact that it was built lower than any other structure, and uses different architectural features, it has been suggested that it may have even been created by an earlier more advanced civilization that predates the Egyptians. Despite it’s origin, one detail that remains today cannot be explained. Deep within the structure, etched 3 centimeters into a granite wall, are two flowers of life.
How did these symbols end up here? When? By whom? Is it all an unexplained mystery?
Metatron’s Cube is a two-dimensional geometric figure created from 13 equal circles with lines from the center of each circle extending out to the centers of the other 12 circles. Six circles are placed in a hexagonal pattern around a central circle, with six more extending out along the same radial lines.
Metatron’s Cube shares 2-D resonance with the Flower of Life. It is a sacred geometry figure. Its name makes reference to Metatron, an angel mentioned in apocryphal texts including the Second Book of Enoch and the Book of the Palaces.
There are actually six circles on the interior part placed in the pattern of a hexagon – all around a single circle placed in the center. There are also six more circles extending out along those same radial lines. Since there are 13 circles in Metatron’s cube, each of which have nodes or lines connecting to the other 12 circles, the symbol contains a total of 78 lines inside it.
The Flower of life is also composed of 13 circles.
This Cube can later be seen in Christian art, where it appears on his chest or floating behind him. Metatron’s cube is also considered a holy glyph, and was often drawn around an object or person to ward off demons and satanic powers.
According to the myth, Metatron created a cube out of his soul which came to be known as the symbol named Metatron’s cube. The meaning of Metatron’s cube symbol has been a matter of debate for quite some time.
Some scholars have debated about the original purpose and the meaning of this cube, but there are some pretty good theories. One of these theories is that Metatron’s cube is a way for God to pass on knowledge to human beings. The reasoning beyond this theory relates to the tree of life. Metatron’s cube is believed to be originally derived from the tree of life. However, according to the early holy scriptures, humans were not around when there was the original tree of life.
Therefore, in order for God to pass on knowledge to humans, specifically about the tree of life, it would be necessary for humans to study Metatron’s cube. It is a channel of knowledge, in a sense.
Metatron’s cube is also a holy glyph. In the olden days it was used as a drawing to ward off demons, unholy spirits, and other unwanted guests.
Some scholars have theorized that the 13 circles actually represent the 13 archangels. It is said that these archangels each hold a specific element of creation, and therefore, with God’s love, expand these elements to give life to all. They are said to be able to bring balance to the earth.
It is also said that the 13 circles in Metatron’s cube also represent the 13 centers of energy in our human bodies. It is said that there are 13 energy centers of experience. These are believed to be manifested through Metatron’s cube.
Number 13 is also sacred because it represents the 13 sacred keys of creation. Each of the circles is representative of one of the divine laws of creation. According to one interpretation, these 13 keys hold the secrets to both evolution and divine spiritual enlightenment.
Does this really matter?
Most of our culture think of geometric shapes as interesting but not particularly useful unless one is, say, a mathematician, architect, or engineer. But the evidence is otherwise, and this evidence has been known for thousands of years and in nearly every religious and cultural tradition.
Even in our culture, where sacred geometry is ignored or devalued, these geometrical structures are fundamental to our understanding of ourselves and all aspects of manifestation—physical, mental, and spiritual.
Their significance lies in their immense creative power. These structures describe—in the abstract symbolism of geometry—the places where the “universes” of the left and right brain hemispheres meet. The process of transforming the linear into the holistic, even on the physical level, is an immensely creative one, producing transformative spiritual consequences.
If we are to understand who we are, we need to understand the cosmic patterns that make up our world. Our perception of patterns largely determines our understanding of people and things, and our understanding of people and things affects the way we treat people and things. How we treat others then affects the way they feel. When we stir people’s feelings, we stir energies that can influence the way we are treated and the way we subsequently feel. When we understand this cycle, we empower ourselves to more intelligently manage the energies swirling about us in our environment, which if understood could create conflict. Once there energies are understood, they can be harnessed to achieve a desired result.
The path to peace is one of conflict resolution, and conflict resolution is best achieved in an environment of freedom where people understand life systems and work out their solutions rather than impose them on others or have them imposed on themselves.
It’s an environment where both sides of the brain contribute to our understanding of life and to the solving of our problems. It’s a world of whole-brain thinking. But most of us are either left-brain dominant or right-brain dominant, and for us whole-brain thinking is a choice, a goal to be achieved.