Many mystics, philosophers, and mathematicians, and scientists believe that geometry is fundamental to our reality. The idea of sacred geometry was known to many ancient cultures from Egypt to India. Evidence of this can be found in many structures such as temples, churches, pyramids, and monuments such as Stonehenge. However, you don't have to travel to exotic lands to find sacred geometry. If you know where to look, it's all around you. Looking a little more closely at your environment will reveal the wonders of the world around you. Here are 5 of the best ways to find evidence of sacred geometry in your everyday life.
Those who discovered the principles of sacred geometry did so by observing nature. When you know what to look for, you can see examples of this in the plants that grow in your own area. The Fibonacci sequence (or series), also known as the Golden Ratio, is one of the most common examples of sacred geometry. First noted by Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci, this is a series in which each number is the sum of the previous numbers. In nature, the Fibonacci sequence is seen as spirals. You can find spiraling patterns in leaves, pine cones, flower petals, the rings of trees, and in many other places.
Since sacred geometry is found throughout nature, it should be no surprise that it manifests in animals as well as plants. A good clue to look for is the spiral. The human ear, for example, is a good example of an organic structure that exhibits the golden ratio. One of the most perfect examples of a sacred spiral in nature is the nautilus shell, found in Pacific reefs. Sea creatures and plants are an especially rich source of sacred geometry so visiting an aquarium is a good way to educate yourself in this area.
While you can find evidence of sacred geometry in ancient temples and monuments, it's also present in many more recent structures. For one thing, many modern architects are inspired by the styles of the Greeks and Romans, who extensively applied sacred geometry principles to many buildings. Aside from the Golden Ratio, many architects apply geometric principles to the buildings they design. The Freedom Tower in New York, for example, contains 8 isosceles triangles as well as an octagon in the center.
Religious buildings such as churches, temples, and mosques are very likely to display sacred geometry. Churches in Medieval Europe, for example, are full of geometric patterns. Churches in the New World, such as the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, continued this tradition. Many modern religious structures are patterned after much older ones, so you could very well find evidence of this in your own neighborhood.
One of the best ways to study sacred geometry is through art. Today it's easy to gain access to art of all ages through books, websites, museums, and galleries. Many of the classic masterpieces of artists such as Leonardo da Vinci. You can practically devote a lifetime to studying a single painting such as The Last Supper and uncover the intricate symbols and geometrical techniques used. Renaissance artists such as da Vinci were greatly inspired by sacred geometry.
Many modern artists consciously (or unconsciously) incorporate sacred geometry into their work. There's an emerging field of visionary art that draws upon ancient traditions such as shamanism, alchemy, and various religions. Visionary artists often include the Golden Ratio, spirals, the Flower of Life, and Qabalistic symbolism such as the Tree of Life in their work (the Tree of Life is also commonly found on Oriental carpets). Aside from classical and visionary artists, you can find abstract artists who specialize in geometric designs. Many modern artists were influenced by the occult. Wassily Kandinsky, for example, was part of the theosophy movement and painted geometric shapes with spiritual meanings. You can see this clearly by studying his Composition series of geometric paintings.
While we normally think of geometry as something you can see in nature or art, it's also present in music. Music, of course, has strong ties to mathematics and vibration. Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician known for creating the Pythagorean Theorem, was also very interested in music and developed the Pythagorean scale, a system based on ratios that is still used to tune instruments today.
Some people believe that music can produce healing and states of mind such as relaxation and spiritual understanding. Certain types of music, as well as binaural beats (different frequencies that are fed to the left and right ear), are based on the theory that frequencies affect consciousness. This is closely related to sacred geometry. There is one theory on the Solfeggio Scale where certain frequencies are supposed to have specific applications. While there is quite a bit of disagreement about the origin and application of musical frequencies, there's little doubt that music can have a profound influence on the listener.
5. Observing Symbols and Synchronicities
Once you start to be aware of it, you'll notice that sacred geometry is everywhere. You don't have to travel to distant locations or even visit a museum to find it. Symbols are everywhere in our environment. Sometimes they are consciously placed there while other times it's accidental. If you believe in the principle of synchronicity, you can derive personal meaning from the symbols you see. The idea of synchronicity is experiencing multiple events with similar meanings for no apparent reason. This includes symbols you encounter during your everyday life or even in your dreams.
For example, you may start noticing a symbol such as the flower of life, spirals, or pyramids in different forms. The exciting thing about this is that the meaning is unique to you. You can research the traditional meaning of symbols but you also have to relate them to your own particular circumstances. If you feel that a particular geometrical structure or symbol has special meaning for you it may be helpful to consciously use it, wear it, or even draw it yourself.
Sacred Geometry is Everywhere
While sacred geometry may sound complicated and esoteric (and can be, if you study it in depth), it's also something natural and present wherever you go. You can appreciate geometric shapes and symbols in nature and art all around you. The more aware you become of these symbols, the more you'll notice them and the more meaning they'll have for you.