Have you ever wondered about the meaning of shapes we find so often in nature, architecture and designs?
Sacred geometry is the belief that everything in nature is made up of geometrical patterns and designs. The sacred spiral, for instance, is in everything from a simple pine cone and a snail shell to the Egyptian pyramids.
And each geometric design has a symbolic meaning, which corresponds to a distinct energetic vibration. So, when we work with these shapes, our minds, bodies and spirits tune in to those same energetic vibes.
Here are the top 8 most common shapes and their meanings
When we think of circles, cosmic images of the planets, Sun and Moon come to mind. Naturally, the circle is a sacred symbol for all that is universal and divine. It also represents the inclusivity of the cosmos. No matter how personal or isolated our lives may feel, the circle reminds us that we are all connected to one another.
With its three sides, the triangle represents fertility, new life, and vitality. From maiden to mother and crone, the number three symbolises the natural cycles of life. Three is sensual, creative and nurturing, corresponding with Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Venus uses her voluptuous body and loving aura to create beauty in the world.
With its four grounding sides, the square symbolizes a rock solid foundation, stability, and perseverance. Four energy is in the drivers seat, leading the pack with courage, determination and a dose of healthy boundaries to stay the course.
The five pointed star is all about expansion, growth and evolution. Linked to the Hierophant in the Major Arcana cards, it represents the endless search for spiritual knowledge and truth.
This five pointed star encased in a circle symbolizes the five elements–air, earth, fire, water and ether. According to the ancient Indian Vedic texts, our body and the universe is a complex melange of the five elements. When you add a powerful intention and knowledge, the elements combine to create the myriad of objects in the universe.
In Judaism, the hexagram, known as the Star of David, symbolises the divine connection between God and humans.
The overlay of the up-pointing and down-pointing triangles can also symbolise the union of opposites – the divine masculine meets the divine feminine. It reflects the experience of oneness with another. So that two opposites can beautifully come together in true partnership.
The infinity symbol represents the eternal flow of energy. Shaped like the number eight, it embodies the number’s properties of prosperity, infinite possibility and abundance. Eight is raw sexuality, strength and creativity melted together with romantic love and acceptance.
The Vesica Piscis, or the petal shape formed by the overlap of two perfect circles, reflects the union of opposites to create new life. We see this shape in our eyes, mouth, pineal gland and yoni, symbolising that sacred portal where new life is birthed.
The history of the spiral goes way back. It represents the cosmic pattern of growth and transformation. Found in human physiology, plants, minerals, animals, and weather patterns, the spiral reminds us that our journey is constantly evolving.
Knowing the significance of common shapes brings another level of meaning and magic into our lives. However, some shapes resonate with us more than others.
For me, for instance, I’ve always felt a special connection to the infinity symbol. With three 8s in my birthday (August 1988), it became my lucky number and favorite doodle. I also find that its energetic properties ring true in my life.
So, how do we tune in to these energetic vibrations?
Here are 5 ways to harness the power of shapes:
- Draw doodles of the shape and color them in for a meditative coloring practice
- Every shape corresponds to a sound mathematically. Harness the energy of the sacred shape by playing the corresponding sound. The Geometry Code is a great resource.
- Inspired by the belly dance tradition, draw the shape with your hips, chest or hands
- Wear jewellery, clothing and accessories with illustrations of the shape
- Integrate the sacred shape into your very own crystal mandala
What sacred shape do you most resonate with? Share in the comments!
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