The word “sacred” is synonymous with the concept of “divine/sky.” The word “geometry” comes from the Greek words “geos/earth” and “metron/ measure.” Together this translates as the “divine measuring of the earth” or “sky and earthly measurements.” Through the power of observation, humans used art and science as a way to create order. Sacred geometry is actually a set of mathematical formulas expressed as symbols. According to Joseph Campbell in his book The Way of the Power Animals, “When mankind began measuring the movements of the planets and the stars, this led to the realization that the cosmos was mathematically ordered. This shifted the focus from animal and plant messengers to the night sky and the ever dying and self-resurrecting moon and the sun.” The moon and sun traveled in circular patterns that inspired humans to connect these great cycles with life itself. Their desire to understand this connection led to profound insights that formed the foundation and creation of time, calendar systems, astrology, astronomy, math and religious belief throughout the world. The ancient astronomers of Mesopotamia and Egypt followed by Greek philosophers and Judeo-Christian mythology laid the foundation for the development of the Western Mind, which influences our world today. Sacred geometry reminds us that humans created harmonic order by observing nature. They created a succession of visual symbols that are in fact a mathematical formula for life.
“Geometry will draw the soul toward truth and create the spirit of philosophy” – Plato
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Was this studied by ancient Masonic traditions?
I don’t know that for sure, but from what I know they did have a deep understanding of astronomy and how that was aligned with geometry and life. I do think they were inspired by the secret teachings of the Kabbalah in one form or another. I don’t think they aligned sacred geometry with the chakras but if they did it would make sense. I think they were more focused on the interrelationship and mystery teachings of how the sun, moon and stars impacted the creation of time, science, and math etc….and how to create architecture that captured and memorialized the laws of nature and nature’s god etc. So much was made secret for fear of being punished, exiled, or even death.
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Dear Laural, I love all of your chalk pastel work. The mandalas, Sacred geometries and other graphics are aah-mazing. Blessings, *madonna*