No one can deny the breathtaking beauty of Mother Nature – a symphony of patterns and colours that she organically births without ruler or swatches. Consider the shell of a nautilus, the pattern of flower petals, a honeycomb or a snowflake. Her intricate geometric patterns and designs have provided inspiration to artists, astrologers, architects and philosophers in untold ways, and it is fascinating to learn that the study of nature’s exquisite form has roots in the world of mathematics. The merging worlds of art, philosophy and mathematics have shaped the development of a system that is now called sacred geometry.
Many cultures during the course of human history have attributed cultural or religious significance to sacred geometry as fundamentally divine forms of space and time. Galileo, the Father of Modern Science and Observational Astronomy, wrote, “[The universe] is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles and other geometric figures.” With an abundance of sacred geometry in nature, it is not so difficult to believe that these geometric patterns and equations can help us to unravel the mysteries of the universe.
All life forms as we know them have emerged out of timeless geometric codes, and during the course of human history it’s evident that civilisations have observed and designed what nature has inspired. Our predecessors have laboured to bestow upon us some of the world’s most revered structures: Neolithic monuments at Stonehenge; the Great Pyramid at Giza and many of the world’s greatest temples, cathedrals, mosques and shrines – all inspired by nature’s sacred signatures.
The work of artist and Renaissance Man Leonardo da Vinci, philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras, and astrologer and mathematician Kepler can be better appreciated if we consider the symbolic and philosophical fundamentals of these patterns and codes, for they are symbolic of our own inner realm and the subtle structure of awareness. To these luminaries, nature’s sacred codes related spirit to geometry, and the profound mystery of awareness.
As far back as 2,500 years ago, the Greek Mystery schools taught that there are five perfect 3-D forms that are the core patterns of physical creation. Named after the Greek philosopher Plato, these five regular polyhedra are collectively called the Platonic Solids: the tetrahedron (four faces), hexahedron or cube (six faces), octahedron (eight faces), dodecahedron (12 faces) and icosahedron (20 faces).