16. Icosahedron – Water – Sacral Chakra – Platonic Solids
An Icosahedron has 20 equal triangular faces. It is symbolic of water and our sacral chakra. The dual or partner of the icosahedron is the dodecahedron, the element of ether. Combined, they represent carbon. As carbon beings, we are made primarily of water and ether or energy. Water is the element within our body that provides our cells with the necessary nutrients for life. Our body consists of roughly 75% water. Our earth is over 70% water. Water is symbolic of the creative force of nature. We see it in rain, lakes, oceans, rivers and springs. It is life giving and often associated with creation.
Water is both replenishing and destructive, creating a sense of duality within the whole. This is the essence of chaos, which in turn leads to order and the creation of something new. The sacral chakra represents our sexual and creative energy, a primal source of chaos. In the ancient world, water was seen as the creative source of all life.
In the practice of Feng Shui, the elements of wind and water are in constant opposition to each other yet they come together to form Chi, or life force energy. Water represents the essence of creative desire.
Message: Water is reminding you that the power of chaos is a creative and necessary force that will ultimately bring balance to all areas of your life. Connect with the power of water to help you cleanse, replenish and heal. Flow with the changes that are flowing within you. Be open to creating a new way of living that truly rejuvenates you.
“In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.” – Lao Tzu
The sacral chakra is located in the lower abdomen that is connected to the reproductive system. This is the sacred place of creation, pleasure, relaxation, fearlessness and peace. It represents our emotional world and the archetype of the jaguar as the peaceful warrior. In sacred geometry, this is the vesica piscis or portal of life. Its element is water and its belief system embodies the Taoist tradition of inner harmony between yin (female/earth) and yang (male/sky). Here one becomes aware of them self as a human. This chakra balances the sacred feminine with the sacred masculine to make peace within.
19. Octahedron – Air – Throat Chakra – Platonic Solid
An octahedron has eight equal triangular faces. It is made up of two four-sided triangles (pyramids) of equal proportion that meet at the base. The dual pyramids represent cosmic balance. The octahedron is symbolic of air. Greek philosophers saw two levels of air. “Aer” is the atmosphere that we breathe, which surrounds our earth. “Aether” is the air above the clouds associated with the divine or sky. Air is the creative essence of life; breath creates life through vibration. In Chinese philosophy air is chi or breath, the eternal source of life force energy.
In Hindu tradition, Prana is the act of breathing in life. In Christianity, breath in the form of a word was the creation essence of God. The air we breathe is in fact made up of nitrogen, oxygen, argon and carbon dioxide. Trees are often called the lungs of earth because they breathe in carbon dioxide and release life giving oxygen. Air and breathing is a reciprocal process as we inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. To become mindful of breathing is to be present.
Message: You are being asked to become more conscious of the air you breathe and how you breathe. Use your breath to exhale any heavy energy and inhale life-giving energy. As you find your inner balance, allow yourself to rest and recharge. You are entering a period of renewed creativity in your life. Be conscious how your words and your voice create your reality.
“Breath is the bridge, which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
The throat chakra is located in the throat and is connected to the vocal system. This is the place of communication, resonance and truth. It represents the lower world and the storied roots deep within the psyche of mankind. In sacred geometry, it is the fruit of life that reveals the story of time itself. Its element is air and its belief is based in Judaism where the roots of monotheism, the belief in one God, were born. The sound of wind in the trees became associated with the sound of God. These stories were passed on in the oral tradition of storytelling. They gave the story of one God a voice. The throat chakra carries these stories as archetypes held within the collective unconscious. The throat chakra reminds us to use our words and our silence wisely.
20. Dodecahedron – Ether – Third Eye – Platonic Solid
A dodecahedron has 12 equal pentagonal faces. It is symbolic of ether, which is unknown and unseen. Plato saw it as a model for the twelvefold division of the zodiac. Aristotle felt it was the element of the heavens or ether that represented divine thought or will, represented as the invisible energy of space. Combining a dodecahedron (ether) with an icosahedron (water) creates a truncated icosahedron representing the vaporized structure of carbon. This is known as a fullerene or Bucky Ball named after Buckminster Fuller. As carbon beings, we are made up of water and energy. It is remarkable that Aristotle understood this over 2000 years ago. Fullerenes are now considered the galactic seeds of life.
The dodecahedron is aligned within the third eye chakra reminding us of the power of intuitive thought. The paradox is that without imagination, we would have no knowledge. Without knowledge, imagination cannot be developed. The truth is we need both. The third eye encourages both knowledge and imagination as we dance between the worlds of divine thought and earthly will.
Message: Trust your knowledge and your imagination. This will help you see that nothing is impossible. Use your wisdom and your intuition to see all of the options available to you and to choose which is right for your soul. It is important that you trust and believe in yourself. You do possess the ability to make your vision a reality.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein
The third eye chakra is located in the middle of the forehead connecting us to our sensory system. This is the place of intuition, inner knowing and conscious dreaming. It represents the middle world of the tree trunk standing fully present in the moment. In sacred geometry, it is Metatron’s Cube that reveals the elemental structure of nature as the building blocks of life. Its element is ether which represents the invisible energy of space. Its belief is based in the wisdom teachings of Jesus. The third eye chakra has the ability to awaken the collective unconscious to become conscious. By bringing the logical and intuitive self together we can see our world through the singular eye of the soul.