Sacred Symbols Guide
Sacred Geometry is thought to reveal the harmonic energy patterns by which nature creates and designs. It is an intricate and fascinating science! We recommend reading 'The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life' by Drunvalo Melchidezek if you are interested in learning more.
Seed of Life
The Seed of Life is an ancient sacred geometry symbol used to express creation and believed to be full of wisdom. It has been found around the world across a variety of cultures.
The symbol consists of seven circles, six encompassing the first. Each circle intersects the center point of the one which has gone before.
The fact that the symbol is derived from seven circles resonates with many belief systems, and the power of the number seven. Seven musical notes, seven colours of the rainbow, seven chakras, seven days in the week.
In its 2D form, the seed of life is a precursor to the flower of life, the blueprint for the universe.
The power of the geometry of the seed is that from its shape, all things existing can be built. From the microcosmic reality of atoms and embryos, all the way up to the macrocosmic universe/multiverse, and all that it holds.
In a 3D formulation, metatrons cube and the star tetrahedron are also present within the seed of life.
Today, the Seed of Life is worn and seen as symbol for protection, blessing and fertility.
Flower of Life
From the seed comes the flower, and within sacred geometry it is no different!
The Flower of Life spans many religions, cultures and times. This intricate sacred geometry symbol consists of 19 intersecting circles.
Leonardo Da Vinci used this and it's mathematical derivative, the golden ratio, to explore the world around him. It also corresponds with musical note structure. The distances between the spheres is identical to that between tones and half tones. Something to think about when you're singing in the shower!
As with the seed of life, it correlates with the structure of of the cells during embryonic division, perhaps explaining our innate draw to this symbol, because let's face it, who can resist?!
The Flower of Life is considered to be a feminine shape, as all the lines are curved.
It's angular brother, Metatrons Cube, is considered to be the masculine equivalent. The theme of creation flows strongly through this geometric symbol. It is used as a tool for meditation and visualisation, and is believed to allow the practitioner to connect with the origin of all life.
Metatrons Cube contains geometric symbols representing the unity of the finite within the infinite. This sacred pattern is created from thirteen equal circles. A hexagonal pattern is formed around the circle in the centre, with six circles inside the hexagon and six more extending out along the radial lines.
Metatrons cube is a 3D figure derived from the 2D flower of life. Within the cube, we find the five platonic solids, or the five perfect solids, which coincide with the five elements. These consist of a tetrahedron (4 faces – fire), a cube (6 faces - earth), an octahedron (8 faces – air), a dodecahedron (12 faces – cosmos) and an icosahedron (20 faces – water).
Metatron is an archangel in sacred geometry, and some spiritual cultures around the world. He is known as the angel of life, and it is believed that he is the overseer of all life flowing through this symbol. He records the deeds and history of humankind.
Metatrons Cube and its 2D counterpart are used today both as a symbol of protection and to keep away unwanted influences. Many use the symbol in meditation practice, and as such, it is thought to aid in gaining inner knowledge of the Divine. This is a tool for deep personal transformation.
Star Tetrahedron / Merkaba
The Star Tetrahedron or Merkaba is a powerful symbol in sacred geometry also known as the vehicle of light.
This important symbol, is constructed of two tetrahedrons, interconnected through their planes.
Historically, it is understood to permeate all dimensions and multiverse. These two tetrahedrons can be said to represent the complete equilibrium and unity of the two poles of nature - spirit and matter, masculine and feminine, heaven and earth. It is a geometric and energetic representation of the human body.
It is believed that all life and all of creation is based on this equilibrium. Hidden within these combined tetrahedrons, is the whole divine self and divine knowledge.
The star tetrahedron is a 3D representation of the Star of David. This shape is believed to be a tool to aid us to merge with the Source, helping us to connect our ethereal and physical bodies.
64 Point Star Tetrahedron
The 64 point Star Tetrahedron holds the geometry of the vacuum of all matter.
64 is the smallest number with exactly seven divisors. There are 64 codons in human DNA. There are 64 manifestations of Shiva in Hinduism. 64 is encoded into YHWM, meaning God in Hebrew.
The 64 point tetrahedron is made up by joining eight star tetrahedrons at a central point. The shape contains within it the cube, the octahedron, the star tetrahedron and the cubeoctahedron.
The systems theorist Buckminster Fuller devised it to be an accurate way to conceptualize space. He called this form the Isotropic Vector Matrix. Isotropic meaning the same in all directions.
And the flower of life? Well, if you put spheres around each tetrahedron of the 64 tetrahedron grid, what you get in 2D is the Flower of Life.
The physicist Nassim Haramein shows us that this shape represents the complete integration of the expansive and contractive forces of existence. When he built one of these tetrahedron based structures himself, what he discovered through the geometry was tetrahedrons radiating outwardly into the infinitely large and tetrahedrons contracting inwardly into the infinitely small.
Out of the mud, blooms the exquisite lotus flower.
It symbolizes achieving spiritual enlightenment and achieving freedom from base impulses. A flower full of analogy!
The lotus flower is associated with quite a few cultures on our human time line. The Egyptians saw it as a symbol of rebirth and the Sun. This is due to the nature of the plant, in that it submerges into the murky depths by night and resurfaces with the light of the sun. It was also associated with the dead gaining access to the underworld, in order to be reborn. There is an Egyptian creation myth which tells how the lotus flower rose out of the endless ocean, and when it bloomed, it birthed the Sun God Ra.
In Buddhism, strength, perseverance, fortune and promise in adverse conditions as well as reincarnation are the domain of the lotus flower. It is worth reflection that the mud is just as important as the pristine flower in the Buddhist understanding. In much Buddhist iconography, there are representations of different coloured lotus flowers. Each one correlates with a slightly different meaning. For example, the eight petals of the purple lotus are symbolic of the noble eightfold path. In Chinese Buddhism, it is seen as the seat of Buddha, representing purity and perfection beyond all else.
In Hinduism, we see the lotus all the time. Sometimes a beautiful image of Lakshmi (the Goddess of Abundance) is reclining at its centre, other times Ganesh is holding one by the stem while appearing to meditate on the flower, and all that it has to teach us.
Within Hinduism, the unfolding flower speaks of the observer reaching a deeper consciousness, as the soul expands. The unopened bud is a representation of the folded or closed soul which has the capacity to unfold and open itself to divine truth.
It is believed that the spirit of the flower, Padma, is a part of each humans soul. It is a symbol of life, beauty, prosperity, fertility and divinity.
Aum / Om
Aum or Om is the primordial sound, the first sound, the tone from which all creation spun, the source of all manifest existence.
As important as the sound and vibration itself, is the silence left in its wake.
It is believed that all other sounds are held within it, hence it is also known to represent universal consciousness, the manifest and unmanifest aspects of God.
The practice of chanting AUM as a mantra and prayer is a very old one indeed, and has its origins in the ancient Vedic scriptures of India.
OM has four parts:
The A – representing the creation of the universe and all the gross objects within creation. This sound alone starts bringing us back to unity and the truth of our existence. (The waking state)
The U – the maintaining energies of the universe and the subtle impressions of the mind. This sound lets in light, clarity and goodness. It illuminates pure wisdom. (The dreaming state)
The M – the transformative energy of the universe and the thoughts and beliefs of your being. It unites us in the awareness of oneness. (The deep sleep state)
The fourth part is the silence that follows the sound.
When Aum is chanted as mantra, one can enter a state of trance through the intonation and the silences between. The mind is said to transcend the intellect and the individual is able to merge with the Infinite Self...an experience of the universal.
Hamsa / Hand of Fatima
This is a symbol common to many faiths and cultures, but has its roots in the Middle East, and dates back to nearly 2,000 years. In its Mesopotamian roots, it was linked to a Goddess who wore the symbol around her neck.
It is predominantly worn as a symbol of protection, a ward against the evil eye (the sum of destructive energies that comes from negative emotions in the world) and a token of good luck.
In Jewish culture, it symbolizes the hand of god. Also known as Hamesh, which translates as five, and is the fifth letter in the Hebrew alphabet. The number five is a holy number here, and correlates to one of the names of God.
The Shi'ites know it as the Five People of the Cloak, meaning to Muhammad, his daughter, two grandsons, cousin and godson.
To Sunnis, it represents the five Pillars of Islam (belief, worship, almsgiving, pilgrimage and fasting).
In the Buddhist and Hindu traditions, each finger correlates with a chakra, the five senses and the mudras (symbolic hand and finger positions to direct energy flow or pay homage to a particular deity).
The thumb: Solar Plexus & fire element.
The forefinger: Heart chakra & air element.
The middle finger: Throat chakra & ethereal elements.
The ring finger: Root chakra & earth element.
The little finger: Sacral chakra & water element.
The Hamsa hand, in our modern times, is worn by many peace activists to represent peace and happiness between Jews and Muslims.
In the center of the Sri Yantra, there are four triangles with the axes facing up. These represent the feminine, the goddess Shakti. These are overlaid with five triangles whose axes are downward facing, and represent the masculine, Shiva. The nine triangles create forty three smaller triangles, all of which represent a deity.
It will come as no surprise to hear that this mathematical design is based upon the golden proportions of the Golden Ratio, pHi, the fibonacci sequence.
Historically, this beautiful piece of sacred geometry was in the remit of the Tantric tradition, specifically that of the Sri Vidya lineage, Shaktism, where the goddess Devi is the supreme Being. She is the original creator, observer and destroyer of the universe. She is the source of all other goddesses, and is the Absolute Truth.
The Sri Yantra is a 12,000 year old symbol and is considered to be the mother of all yantras (geometrical designs based on sacred geometry and utilised as meditation tools).
In more modern times, the geometry has been linked with the school of Siddah yoga.The Sri Yantra is used in 2D and 3D forms. In its 3D form, it represents the cosmic mountain at the center of the universe. In its 2D form it is the microcosmic representation of the human body (each circuit corresponds to a chakra). At a macrocosmic level it represents the cosmos. It is a beautiful visual representation of the sound Aum.
Modern science seems to have caught up with Eastern philosophy of late! The development of the field of cymatics has shown that the sound Aum creates a Sri Yantra geometric shape. This symbol is revered as a map of a humans spiritual journey, from material existence to ultimate enlightenment. As such, it has long been used as a tool for meditation and visualisation, by stimulating left and right brain synchronization.
The flower of life also directly correlates to this yantra. Interestingly when you meditate for long periods of time on the Sri Yantra, you focus your attention on the third eye, which stimulates the pineal gland. The pineal gland receives more blood flow per cubic area than any other gland in the body.
The Seven Chakras
The Chakras are wheels of spinning energy situated at fixed points in the body, where human beings tend to experience emotional and/or spiritual energy. There are seven major chakras.
It was in the Vedic texts of India that the chakra system first came to light. The Vedic texts are dated to between 1500 and 500 BC. In their true sense, they were seen as points of installation of mantras and deity-energies at the specified points of the subtle body. It was understood that the sacred sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet would be distributed across the petals of all the chakras, and that each chakra had a corresponding Hindu deity. The practice was achieved by the person visualising the specific mantra syllable that was linked to that chakra while silently intoning the sound. Good vibrations to bring about spiritual liberation in essence!
The most common interpretation used today is a blend of Western Jungian psychology and the long practiced tradition of Tantric yogis. It is interesting to note that the main difference between the old school and the new is as follows: Originally the chakra centres were thought of as sites in the body where these functions could be intoned. Simply put, it was their potential to hold the mantra, the deity and the subsequent function that came with that. In todays teachings of the chakra system, it is widely thought that the chakra centres are the seats of these functions, that they intrinsically originate from there. There are a myriad of understandings, interpretations and explanations.
The correlations to these energy wheels is almost endless - everything from gland and organ associations, to sacred sites all over the earths surface. However macro or micro that you choose to look at it, or however ancient or modern, there is no denying that they are there, and a lot of interesting things may occur when you begin to take notice of them.
Today, many yoga practitioners use specific asanas or postures to enliven these point with the flow of life energy, and many meditation practitioners use the sound or seed mantras to achieve the same. Ultimately, to bring us a step closer to enlightenment.
Tree of Life
The Tree of Life is an ancient symbol dating back into the depths of our combined history. So many cultures and traditions hold the tree as sacred, and see it is a symbol of life. Whether it is the everliving Yggdrasil, whose abode is in the Otherworld of the Norse, or the Mayan who believed heaven to be a place on earth and connected to the world Tree, or Tintirki, the oldest known name of Babylon meaning 'the place of the Tree of Life'.
To the Egyptians, the tree of Lusaaset sent forth Isis & Osiris, the first ones. The Taoist story of the Chinese tree of life harbors a dragon at its roots and a phoenix in its crown.
The Kabbalah has the Tree of Life at the centre of it's belief. It is seen as the formula of all existence (found in the centre of the flower of life).
In pre-Christian Ireland there was the Crann Bethadh (the Gaelic Tree of Life), where chieftains would commune with ancestors and gods to aid and protect their people.
It is little wonder that as human peoples the world over, we all share the iconography of the tree. We utilise them for fuel, food, shelter, beauty and a host more besides.
The mirror image of roots and branches, speaks still to us of the beautiful symbiosis of nature. It reminds us that all things are connected, that we are not alone or untouched by all life, everywhere.
Through its ancient and worldwide significance, the tree of life can remind us that we too are connected to our ancestors, wherever they may have stemmed from. It reminds us that just as in nature, branches drop to make way for new growth. This can be seen as a falling away of old, negative beliefs, patterns or habits. It is also worth remembering that such an occurrence doesn't kill the tree, it makes it stronger.
The tree of life speaks of rebirth, hope and connection across all realms.