The Meaning of Sacred Geometry

Man of Vitruve- Leonardo da Vinci
“Behind the wall, the gods play, they play with numbers, of which the universe is made up.” 
Le Corbusier,  famous French early 20th century architect

What is the Sacred Geometry ?

Each geometric body has its own vibratory energy, which depends on its shape. This is ‘wave form’.
Already in ancient Egypt, as well as in other ancient cultures, they knew that certain forms were more adequate than others to capture cosmic energies and manifest them. Certain geometric figures and proportions had the capacity to reproduce the harmonious order of the cosmos on the earth. Thus, to make sure that the Micro-Cosmos of here (a temple or a pyramid) was the exact representation of the Macro -Cosmos from above. This knowledge is the Sacred Geometry. It is the foundation of all the sacred buildings (cathedrals, temples, pyramids, …) of the whole world.
At the very earliest appearance of human civilization we observe the presence and importance of geometry. The ancient Master Builders comprehended and utilized that geometry. Millennia ago, they bestowed upon the world such masterworks as the megalithic structures of ancient Europe, the Pyramids and temples of Pharaonic Egypt. The constructors continued to employ that geometry throughout the centuries from those earliest times until times historically recent.

Freemasons and initiates of mysteries considered for centuries the conception of the Universe as the material expression of a hidden reality.  
In conclusion, God, as the Great Architect of the Universe, was able to frame the template of Creation. 

Woman in sacred geometry
  • Geometry as a contemplative practice is symbolized by an elegant and refined woman, for geometry as an intuitive, synthesizing, creative yet accurate activity of mind associated with the feminine principle.

Relationship between sacred geometry, tellurism and astronomy

The use of telluric networks is systematic throughout the history of humanity, from the first constructions. The first operation is to trace the main axes of the building on the ground. They chose a point, usually an important crossroads of telluric networks.
That is why, the person who had the skill to do it was not the architect, but often a shaman or a druid, an initiator to telluric energies. They also transmitted this knowledge by the oral, it has existed in all cultures, in all eras for 6000 years.
The ancient Egyptian civilization is the only one to have reached the highest level of mastery in the art of sacred geometry and divine proportion.

The pyramid acts as an energy concentrator, thus functioning as a magnifying glass under the sun. It attracts and concentrates, by its shape, in its interior part, radiations coming from the earth or the sky or both.

Sacred Geometry and the Golden ratio

This is the key to our Mother Nature. And, everything around us relates to it. The ancients quickly perceived it, assimilating this irrational number to the trace of the divine. The Romans, Greeks, Jews and Egyptians were all very sensitized on the same notion. Indeed, they considered the golden ratio as the symbol of universal harmony, the number of creation. The Greeks and the secret sect of the Pythagoreans had made it a symbol of universal harmony, of life, love and beauty.
The golden number is a ratio between two dimensions of different sizes. It has a value equal to 1.618 …

Architecture is a particularly prolific field for the development of the Golden Number. The goal is often twofold:

  • to give the building a harmony in volumes and aesthetics,
  • and to associate with the monument a sacred language reserved for the initiates.

In the case of religious monuments, the spiritual dimension is obvious. The laws of the Golden Number not only make it possible to be in perfect harmony with the terrestrial world, but also to converse with the divine.

In Provence, the finest example of architecture using sacred geometry and the golden ratio is the Cistercian Abbey of Thoronet, which we will study in a future article.

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