8. Circle – Container of Life – Root Chakra – Sacred Geometry
To see a circle as a container of life we become witness to creation itself. By observing nature, humans were able to record the circular order of the cosmos. A solar year (approx. 365 days) inspired the definition of a circle; 360 equidistant points of light equally spaced around a center point. Circles transcend the linear world they contain, creating unity and infinity. The actual word circle originated in Homeric Greek meaning “hoop” or “ring.” In Pythagorean terms, a single circle can be seen as one unit (1) called a monad. A monad is both the creator of many and the sum of all, as one and whole. Circles are primordial symbols in the sense that they represent the organizing principle of everything. They have inspired ancient minds as well as philosophers, mathematicians, astronomers and artists.
The Rhind Papyrus of Egypt – 1650 BCE, is the first written text to define the area of a circle. Around 300 BCE, Euclid, a Greek mathematician, began to assign properties to circles. Archimedes (287-212 BCE, Greece) was the first to identify the exact calculation of Pi (π) as the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, or 3.14159. This still holds true today as Pi has been calculated over two quadrillion decimal points without a repeating pattern.
Plato explained in his “Seventh Letter” that the circle is a form that goes beyond definition or explanation. It is this unique relationship between humans and circles that intrigues the mind and transcends thought. Its mere simplicity grounds us to the earth through our root chakra, while its infinite nature inspires us to cultivate and create something new.
Message: You are in a period of manifestation. Release your attachment to outcome and trust in your potential and its infinite possibilities. Remember you are the container and the creator of your reality.
“The nature of god is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere” – Empedocles
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is connected to the muscular skeletal/elimination system. This is a place of groundedness, safety and trust within the physical world. It represents the archetype of the serpent or ouroboros that sheds it skin in an ongoing process of releasing knowledge to receive wisdom. This cycle forms the sacred circle or container of life. Its element is earth and its belief is rooted in the indigenous traditions of the world. This is the place where the soul sets its intention to become human. By embracing our humanness, we can begin the journey of reconnection to see the self and the soul as one.