Sacred Geometry Symbols, Patterns, and Meanings For Beginners

Sacred Geometry is used in many spiritual practices throughout the world. Nature’s geometry has been considered sacred for many years, and the study of the energy patterns and symbols reveals earth, creation, and life itself.

Sacred Geometry symbols, patterns, and meanings have been integrated into many religions, sacred locations, including the pyramids, monuments, temples, churches, and megaliths worldwide. It’s been used by creative individuals in architecture, music, story-telling, and artists of all kinds! Sacred Geometry patterns occur within the Natural world and can even be found in our DNA.

Historically, Sacred Geometry has been incorporated into alchemy, astrology, and swordsman Gerard Thibault (1574-1629) incorporated it into his fencing techniques.

In this article, we’ll be discussing some of the most commonly talked about symbols from around the world and throughout human history.

Please note that I make every effort to ensure this information is correct and accurate through my own experiences and referencing sources throughout AND at the bottom of this article.

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What is Sacred Geometry?

Sacred Geometry is the ancient scientific belief that the entirety of the universe is connected. Therefore, every natural pattern or symbol allows us to discover a bit more behind the chaos of creation.

Both scientific and spiritual minds can observe the patterns created mathematically, musically, theoretically, in Nature and the Universe. Sacred Geometry reveals the source creation of the universe, and the evidence can be seen in the natural world around us.

Observing patterns and understanding Sacred Geometry in its natural and basic form can help guide us to more profound knowledge and deep spiritual meaning. This is because synchronicities are simple expressions of harmony in Nature.

This understanding will align your soul and spirit with the universe and help you develop a greater sense of awareness in your Self or spiritual practice. This creates abundance, generosity, kindness, and is essential to the development of consciousness.

Sacred Geometry Symbols, Patterns, and Shapes

Sacred Geometry symbols and patterns represent the divine nature of creation. When you incorporate these shapes and patterns into your life, you open yourself up to a deeper level of understanding and connection with the universe.

Vesica Piscis

The Vesica Piscis symbol consists of two overlapping circles. This simple shape is incredibly profound and originally represented the female vulva or womb. Over time the Vesica Piscis was adopted into other spiritual practice symbols like the Mother Goddess or the Triple Moon (symbolizing past, present, future or waxing, full and waning, or maiden, mother, crone).

The Vesica Piscis symbolizes new beginnings, creation, birth, or a soul’s journey, which is understandable considering its original representation. Wonderful to incorporate into your spiritual practice when starting a new business, to travel, meditate, manifest, or for spiritual development.

In Latin, Vesica Piscis means the bladder of the fish. Interestingly, Christians embraced this symbol and used it for protection as a way to meet in secret. Using this symbol and adding a tail to represent a fish, Christians created Ichthys (which means fish in Greek). It’s believed that Christians chose this symbol because they referred to Jesus as the fisher of men and credited him with feeding people fish and bread.

You can also see Vesica Piscis used in spiritual locations (Egyptian Sphinx and pyramid of Giza), ancient sculptures (Celtic Sheela Na Gig), logos (Gucci and Chanel), architecture, crop circles, artwork (Vesica Piscis artist Joe Goodwin), and embedded into many of the Sacred Geometry symbols we’ll be discussing in this article.

Platonic Solids

Greek Mathematician Euclid (325 – 265 BC) was the first to outline Geometry in his writing Elements (although the fundamentals were likely sourced from Ancient Egypt). In Elements, Euclid proved the Pythagorean theorem and detailed the development of the five regular solids, called the Platonic Solids.

The Platonic Solids are tetrahedron, hexahedron, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron.

The Platonic Solids are sacred because they’re made up of regular polygons (all sides and angles are equal) instead of irregular polygons whose sides and angles are not equal.

Plato used Elements in his teachings at the Old Academy. Since there are only five regular polygon shapes, they’re considered perfect. Plato determined they represented the five building blocks of matter and paired them with the elements (fire, air, earth, water, and aether).

Note: Hedron means surface (sides)

Tetrahedron

  • Represents the element Fire
  • Consists of 4 equal triangles with three triangles meeting at each vertex
  • Symbolizes – strength, purification, balance, and security

Hexahedron

  • Represents the element Earth
  • 6 sided Hexahedron structure can be found in natural rocks and crystals like Pyrite (see further suggested reading at the bottom of this article)
  • Plato used Earth to represent this cube due to its stable square base
  • Symbolizes – being grounded, safety, self-reflection, and physical abundance

Octahedron

  • Represents the element Air
  • Octahedron structure can be found in natural rocks and crystals like Flourite and mineral diamonds
  • Consists of 8 equal triangles with four triangles meeting at each vertex
  • Symbolizes – communication, knowledge, humanity, and kindness

Dodecahedron

  • Represents the element Aether
  • Consists of 12 equal pentagons with three pentagons meeting at each vertex
  • Symbolizes – Spirit, wholeness, secrets, and the universe

Icosahedron

  • Represents the element Water
  • Consists of 20 equal triangles with five triangles meeting at each vertex
  • Symbolizes – healing, trust, flexibility, and emotional energy

Tree of Life Sacred Geometry

The Tree of Life geometric pattern symbolizes creation and humanity’s harmony with the universe and the divine. It finds its origins in many different spiritual practices, cultures, and ages throughout the world, including esoteric Jewish mysticism (Kabbala), Ancient Egypt, and Celtic practices, to name a few.

The Tree of Life represents the philosophy of human existence and contains ten circles called the Sefirot (or Sephiroth). Each circle symbolizes our life’s journey and defines a path to spiritual enlightenment or god while being guided by the universe or angels.

Each Sefirot represents an Archangel and the spiritual intention they represent within the Tree of Life including –

  • Archangel Metatron – Kether (the Crown)
  • Archangel Raziel – Chokmah (wisdom)
  • Archangel Tzaphkiel – Binah (understanding) 
  • Archangel Zadkiel – Chesed (mercy)
  • Archangel Chamuel – Geburah (strength)
  • Archangels Michael and Raphael – Tiphareth (beauty)
  • Archangel Haniel – Netzach (eternity)
  • Archangels Michael and Raphael  – Hod (glory)
  • Archangel Gabriel – Yesod (the foundation)
  • Archangel Sandalphon – Malkuth (the kingdom)

Sacred Geometry Flower of Life

The Flower of Life symbol comprises 19 overlapping symbols and represents that all existence, creation, and knowledge originate from the same source. You can see this visually, beginning with the center circle and moving outward with each loop.

The sacred geometry meaning represents harmony, connection with Nature and the universe, a visual depiction of life, and growth (relationships, business, spiritually). Symbolizing a natural and continuous pattern within a beautiful single flower.

The Flower of Life symbol can be found in many ancient religions and places throughout the world, including esoteric Jewish mysticism (Kabbala), Greece, China, Ancient Egypt, and Turkey, to name a few.

Another reason the Flower of Life is considered so revered is that many other Sacred Geometry symbols can be found within this pattern (like the Tree of Life or simplified versions of the Platonic Solids).

Other patterns use the Flower of Life as a prototype and then expand on the original design (like Metatron’s Cube, Vesica Piscis, or Merkaba). The example below – The Tree of Life within The Flower of Life

Metatron’s Cube

Named after the Archangel Metatron, who guards the Tree of Life (referenced above) and has been spoken of (or an equivalent of him) in Jewish mysticism (Kabbala), Islamic, Egyptian, and Christian Middle Age writings. Metatron was often referred to as The King of Angels or the Angel of Death and is said to rule over the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.”

Metatron’s Cube includes all the Platonic solids discussed above – tetrahedron, hexahedron, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron.

Metatron’s Cube was frequently drawn on a person or an item to repel demons or negative energy. This concept was also applied in alchemy and sigil magick to contain energy.

Metatron’s Cube Sacred Geometry meaning symbolizes balance, spiritual awakening, flowing positive energy, harmony within the universe, and guidance (angelic, a higher power, or from the universe).

Using Metatron’s Cube in your practice is believed to have intense healing energies, remove negative thoughts, and inspire positive outlooks and beliefs. Incorporate into your practice with the understanding that we are all connected.

Check out Metatron’s Cube’s Remarkably Powerful Spiritual Meaning if you’d like a more in-depth explanation of Metatron’s Cube.

Fibonacci Sequence Spiral

Spiral patterns manifest in Nature through many forms like ammonite, horns, shells, pineapple, tornados, spider webs, galaxies, and our DNA, to name a few.

In many different cultures, spirals symbolize spiritual growth, enlightenment, movement of energy, expansion, the development of the soul, and cyclical patterns (seasons, lunar cycles, etc.). Additionally, they are sometimes used to symbolize Spirit or Aether.

When it comes to spirals in Sacred Geometry, you’ll often hear the terms Golden Ratio (aka Golden Section) and the Fibonacci sequence referenced.

These can get really detailed and in-depth, and I’m in no way a mathematician, but let me attempt to give you the basics!

The Fibonacci sequence is a progression of numbers whose sequence is the sum of the two numbers that precede it. 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21 and so it will continue for infinity. See how 1 + 1 = 2, 1 + 2 = 3, 3 + 5 = 8 and so on?

The Golden Ratio came from the Fibonacci sequence and was created to clarify the difference between any two numbers in the series. You can find the Golden Ratio by dividing a line into two different lengths so the longer part, divided by the smaller part, equals the entire length divided by the longer part, which both equal 1.618.

Whew, you read that a few times, didn’t you? If you’re more of a visual person like me, let’s look at an example. You’ll see how this applies to spirals, I promise!

By using the Fibonacci sequence and Golden Ratio, you’ll create the spiral shown below. Starting in one corner of the individual square, and ending in the opposite corner will make the first curve. You’ll notice each square corresponds with the Golden Ratio formula above.

Continue this sequence, and you’ll create a spiral. You’ll see this concept often in art and design because it’s pleasing to the human eye.

Sacred Geometry in Nature

Sacred Geometry occurs in Nature from pine cones, crystals, beehives, flowers, ammonites, snowflakes, nautilus shells, and even our own DNA! While these patterns and symbols are beautiful, they reflect the deep connection we have with Nature and each other.

The theories, mathematics, and philosophies of Euclid, Pythagoras, Plato, and the deep spiritual meanings emerging from many different cultures and religions throughout the world all originate from one place: Sacred Geometry in Nature.

Humans cannot help but marvel at the world of Nature around us, and we will continue to be fascinated by it.

There’s no doubt that nature’s geometry is sacred, and I encourage you to slow down and observe it each day. You won’t have to go far because you can find Sacred Geometry in the ice on your car windshield, the broccoli on your plate, or the cornea of a loved one’s eye.

How Can I Use Sacred Geometry Spiritual Meanings in My Practice?

Integrating corresponding Sacred Geometry symbols and patterns into your spiritual practice, manifestations, or meditations will unite your intentions with the universe.

  • Use them with crystal grids
  • Visualizing certain shapes while meditating
  • Incorporate them into your sigils
  • Drawing or coloring mandalas for manifestation, healing, or any intention you choose
  • Place on the bottom of shoes
  • Place on an altar, sacred spaces, or anywhere in your home (artwork, tapestries, or paint your walls)
  • Create sacred geometry talismans
  • Stich or embroider into clothing
  • Tattoo onto your body
  • Place in your car
  • Add to spell jars or candles
  • Place in your grimoire or spiritual journal
  • Incorporate them into your divination practice
  • Burn into your Yule Log

I hope you enjoyed this article on Sacred Geometry Symbols, Patterns, and Meanings! Lots of love to you, and remember as always…

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