## 1. Sacred Geometry: Why Study it?

This is the first in a series of articles on Sacred Geometry. In this article we will discuss the reasons why the study of Sacred Geometry is so valuable.

Geometry means

Use of simple instruments does not mean the geometry derived from using these simple instruments can’t get complex. The elaborate geometry of the ancients allowed them to measure the exact size of land parcels, set down survey markers, and erect vast structures like the pyramids and the Parthenon, without venturing into the realms of complex mathematics and its use of

In fact, the interpretation of geometry in terms of numerical relationships is a much later intellectual rationalization of a natural system for the division of space. When rationalizing happened geometry was severed from its magical and metaphysical roots. In the rationalizing process the elegance of seeing the square root and its generative role in forming the side of the square the naturally allows the original square whose unit is 1 to grow is lost.

Example 1 -- the diagonal of any square becomes the root or

side of the square that has exactly twice the area of the first or

prime square, hence the term:

Geometry means

*measure of the earth*. It is the study of*spatial order*. Globally, ancient and modern, there is evidence of sacred geometry being employed. The Greeks, having gotten it from the ancient Egyptians, used it in the construction of sacred temple such as the Parthenon. It was a practical tool for the Egyptians. The annual flooding of the Nile mandated a system whereby the property boundaries could be redefined and re-established--i.e. measuring the earth. The means for doing this geometry used the basic forms of circle, square and triangle, all of which can be formed using simple instruments--a compass and a straight measuring stick of string.Use of simple instruments does not mean the geometry derived from using these simple instruments can’t get complex. The elaborate geometry of the ancients allowed them to measure the exact size of land parcels, set down survey markers, and erect vast structures like the pyramids and the Parthenon, without venturing into the realms of complex mathematics and its use of

*irrational numbers*.In fact, the interpretation of geometry in terms of numerical relationships is a much later intellectual rationalization of a natural system for the division of space. When rationalizing happened geometry was severed from its magical and metaphysical roots. In the rationalizing process the elegance of seeing the square root and its generative role in forming the side of the square the naturally allows the original square whose unit is 1 to grow is lost.

Example 1 -- the diagonal of any square becomes the root or

side of the square that has exactly twice the area of the first or

prime square, hence the term:

*square root*

Why

*sacred*? Because geometry is an image of the structure of the cosmos, it can be used as a symbolic system for understanding the various features of the universe. Each geometric form is invested with psychological and symbolic meaning. The assignment of meaning, as we shall see in the articles which follow, is not haphazard. When sacred geometry is employed what is created becomes a vehicle or vessel for the ideas and concepts imbued by the sacred geometry.

Example 2 -- the

*hexagram*is a powerful symbol of Judaism that

makes use of the Square Root of 3, which moves things from the

2-Dimentional World into the 3-Dimentional World of physical

existence--the key to manifesting.

Example 3 -- the

Chalice Well at Glastonbury, England.

*vesica piscis*on the lid of the Chalice Well at Glastonbury, England.

The use of geometric forms is well known in ritual magic both for the evocation of spirits and powers and for protection from malevolent forces. Each spirit traditionally has a

Example 4 -- the

magic square of the Sun, in Hebrew:

Yod (10) Shin (300) Resh (200) Aleph (1) Lamed (30)[1]

*sigil*or geometric pattern associated with its name.Example 4 -- the

*sigil*for the name Israel plotted on themagic square of the Sun, in Hebrew:

Yod (10) Shin (300) Resh (200) Aleph (1) Lamed (30)[1]

Two things are important and such geometric arrangements--be it in the form of

*sigils*or that found in gothic cathedrals of the middle ages or the pyramids of ancient Egypt:- Wherever geometry has been used, whether consciously or unconsciously, its symbolism still functions.
- The language of the unconscious is symbolism.

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[1] In the Greek and Hebrew alphabets, each character stands not only for a sound but also for a numerical equivalent. The letters in the English alphabet can be translated into numerical values using a

*gematria*system where

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z So, A=1 and Z=8

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8