15. Circle

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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.

 

22. Hexahedron

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15. Hexahedron – Earth – Root Chakra – Platonic solids

The hexahedron or cube has six equal square faces. It is symbolic of Earth and is related to the root chakra that grounds us into the physical body. Earth is the archetype of being nurturing and receptive, strong and resourceful. Earth provides us with everything we need including air, food, water, shelter and clothing, as well as beauty and awe. When ancient asteroids and space particles collided with Earth, they planted seeds that carried all the elements necessary to create a vast variety of life forms. Each of these life forms is interconnected and interdependent with earth.

Earth is the third planet from the Sun and is the only known object in the universe known to sustain life. It was formed over 4 billion years ago. 71% of the earth’s surface is water making it appear blue from outer space. Earth’s atmosphere was a mixture of gases and carbon dioxide. As plant forms grew they absorbed the carbon dioxide and converted it to oxygen. Trees being the largest plant forms on earth were able to create an atmosphere that could support human life. Humans first appeared around 200,000 years ago. Over 7.4 billion people live on Earth and share in its resources. It is critical that we learn to live in harmony with earth and with each other. Earth provides everything we need to sustain us if we live in balance. By connecting with nature, we can sense the footsteps and lessons of our ancestors and prepare the earth for generations to come

Message: Get outside in nature and connect with the mothering intelligence of Earth. Become more conscious of all she gives you as you eat, breathe, sleep and walk through life. It is imperative that you honor the beauty and diversity around you as you reconnect to your roots and feel safe.

“The earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry 

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.

24. Tetrahedron

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17. Tetrahedron – Fire – Solar Plexus Chakra 

A tetrahedron has four equal triangular faces. It is symbolic of the element of fire. Fire releases heat and light through a process known as combustion. The sun is our source of this energy. The solar plexus chakra works within us like a finely tuned furnace, maintaining a temperature of 98.6° Fahrenheit. Sol is the Latin word for sun.  Our sun is a star that formed 4.6 billion years ago. The temperature of the sun’s surface is approx. 10,000° Fahrenheit. The Sun was central to many cultures throughout the world for its life-giving properties. They recorded the sun by charting the equinoxes and solstices.

These ancient astronomers discovered that the sun was in fact the center of our solar system over 2000 years ago. They created solar calendars to track the seasons of the year as they shifted from being hunter gatherers to agricultural societies. This shift marked the beginning of more linear thinking that ushered in the Arian (Aries) Age between 2100 BCE. The Arian Age is known as an age of fire and war.  It is also when the Egyptian Pharaoh, Akhenaten decreed the Sun God “Aten” as the one supreme deity, marking the beginning of monotheistic thought.

Message: Fire and sunlight hold life-giving properties that feed your soul. It is important for you to become more conscious of the foods you eat as well as the thoughts and intentions you take in. Create a sacred fire ceremony to cleanse your emotional and energetic body. Meditate with fire as you balance the power growing within. Honor the sun for the joy and life that it brings. Become conscious of how to manifest this energy within you.

“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.” – George Washington 

The solar plexus chakra is located in the stomach area and is connected to the digestive system. This is a place of vitality, confidence, courage, integrity, joy and sweetness. It represents the world of the mythic and the archetype of the hummingbird. Hummingbirds and dragonflies remind us that nothing is impossible when we see our life as sacred fairytales that we get to rewrite.  In sacred geometry, this is the seed of life that holds our hidden potential.  Its element is fire and its belief is forged in the Hindu tradition of tending the eternal Agni fire. The light of the solar plexus casts shadows within the self. The greatest gifts can be found hiding behind our fear. This chakra goes into the darkness of the self to retrieve the wisdom born of fire. By making peace within the darkness one can more fully stand in their light.

26. Octahedron

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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.

28. Sphere

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21. Sphere – Light – Crown Chakra

Spheres are three-dimensional circles. Our sun is a sphere, and a star, and our source of light. The electromagnetic spectrum of light makes up less than 5% of all ordinary matter. Light that is actually visible to the human eye represents less than 2.3% of this spectrum and is created by narrow wavelengths of pure spectral colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. Infrared light (below red) and ultra violet (above violet) are made up of frequencies that are invisible to the human eye. This full spectrum of light includes UVA, radio waves, microwaves, X-rays & gamma rays.

The remaining 95% of our universe contains dark energy and dark matter. We tend to be drawn to the light but we live in a universe filled with unmanifested darkness.  This can be seen as pure potential waiting to become manifest.

Message: Balancing darkness and light is an important dynamic in all aspects of your life. Both are necessary to maintain optimum health physically and spiritually. If you fear the dark it is time to make peace with it.  Think of darkness as the unmanifested potential that lies within you. If the dark represents fear, remember that you are the one projecting this fear. When you own your projections, you realize that you are the only one who can change it.  If sleep is an issue create a darker environment in your bedroom and establish a nourishing nighttime ritual that calms your senses. If you avoid light go outside and make peace with the sun and the moon in moderation. Create a daily routine that balances the light and dark that are playing out in your life right now.

“We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.” – Evelyn Dunbar 

The crown chakra is located at the top of the head and is connected to our belief system. This is the place of spiritual connection beyond the self. It represents the upper world and the archetype of branches.  In sacred geometry, it is the Merkaba or star tetrahedron reminding us that we come from the stars and will return to the stars. Its element is light and its belief is represented by our dreams or night visions. The crown chakra serves as a connection to source that sees beyond the self to the infinite soul.