Sacred jewelry has become a new social trend that many enjoy due to the meaning behind each unique piece. While the rigid rules and parameters of geometry seem to contradict the free-flowing creativity we tend to associate with jewelry, the geometric shapes and hard angles of sacred geometry jewelry has long been a source of inspiration for jewelry designers and wearers alike. Valued for its spiritual, therapeutic and aesthetic purposes, sacred jewelry is used and worn with intention, making it one of the most meaningful jewelry items.
In this Complete Guide to Sacred Geometry Jewelry, you will discover:
- What is sacred geometry
- Different sacred geometry symbols and meanings
- Sacred geometry shapes
- Sacred geometry art
- Sacred geometry in nature
What is Sacred Geometry?
Sacred geometry ascribes symbolic or spiritual meanings to specific geometric proportions and geometric shapes. The term, sacred geometry, is used by archaeologists, mathematicians and anthropologists to explain the spiritual, philosophical and religious beliefs regarding geometric shapes and patterns. Various cultures throughout the course of human history have believed that certain geometric designs are inherently sacred and relate to the divine creator of the world.
Along with this belief is the belief that God designed the universe according to a geometric plan. For instance, various religious structures, sacred spaces and religious art utilize these sacred geometric patterns, leading people to the belief that specific designs connect us to the transcendental. Exactly how they connect us to the transcendental is dependent on the specific shape and its use. (Read the section on Sacred Geometry Symbols and Meanings for more.)
Sacred geometry is…
- A holistic blueprint of nature.
- A way for energy to manifest in the universe.
- The belief that God designed the universe according to a geometric plan.
- The belief that there is oneness or wholeness at the foundation of all creation and all things come from the same source.
- Used in the design of everything in our reality (such as architecture, nature, music, light, cosmology or art).
- A complex system of patterns and symbols that involve space, time and form. According to this view, the basic patterns of existence are believed to be sacred.
- The basic belief that geometry, mathematical ratios, harmonics and proportions is a universal feature of the human condition.
- The laws of the universe. By studying these forms, patterns and relationships, a believer can gain insight into the nature of the universe.
This video helps to explain sacred geometry in more detail:
The simple act of adorning the body is an ancient practice that related to the social role of the individual within a culture or society. Jewelry’s primary historical purpose was to act as an adornment or brand to express the individual’s place in a community, separating him or her from others.
Today, the use of sacred jewelry is a popular activity inspired by sacred traditions in which myths, symbols and healing practices of ancient civilizations were used in ritualistic or ceremonial practices. One way to be in direct contact with the harmonizing effects associated with sacred geometry symbols and shapes is by wearing sacred symbols body jewelry, such as rings, pendants, necklaces and earrings. Sacred art jewelry items are believed to facilitate healing, balance and self-discovery while the individual is wearing it. Each sacred jewel inspires the wearer’s journey towards the unity of their whole self. Specific symbolic meanings, healing properties and energy qualities exist within each sacred jewelry design that reflects the beauty and harmony of nature.
Why do people wear sacred jewelry?
- They express myths, symbols and healing properties of ancient civilizations.
- They represent cultural and religious traditions that had channeled spiritual and healing properties.
- Sacred art jewelry facilitates healing, balance and self-discovery within the wearer.
- Sacred geometry patterns encourages the wearer’s journey towards the unification of their self.
- The symbols of sacred jewelry reveal the truth about our identity and the true nature of reality, which is that there is universal life or intelligence within all things.
- Sacred geometric symbols provide protection.
- Sacred geometric patterns provide us with the knowledge to take control of our lives and abolish chaos, fear and hatred in our lives.
- Sacred jewelry and its designs are created with the intention to represent the principles of sacred geometry.
Sacred Geometry Shapes
Sacred Geometry Symbols and Meanings
Each sacred geometry symbol has its own unique meaning. When worn as sacred jewelry, these symbols are used for specific purposes and each have their own unique properties.
#1 Vesica Piscis
The vesica piscis is a mathematical shape formed by the intersection of two discs with the same radius. The two circles intersect in such a way that the center of each disc lies on the perimeter of the other. In Latin, “vesica piscis,” translates to “bladder of a fish,” reflecting the shape’s resemblance to conjoined dual air bladders, or “swim bladder,” found in most fish. The intersection of the two circles symbolizes the mystical intersection of the spiritual realm with the realm of matter: this intersection marks the beginning of creation. The vesica piscis is also known as the symbol of light.
#2 Golden Spiral/Nautilus Shell/Phi
The nautilus shell was mentioned in a Hindu myth as a symbol of creation and the inner beauty of nature. The nautilus shell is one of the most commonly recognized shapes that represents the golden mean/ratio number, or Phi: 1.61803398875. Phi is without an arithmetic solution and the digits continue indefinitely without repeating themselves. The uniqueness of the golden mean is that it can be found in all living forms: the human skeleton, a snail’s shell and a sunflower’s seed order. The golden mean number is also widely used in art, architecture and religious symbols. Planned by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim Museum is shaped like the nautilus shell.
#3 Tree of Life/Kabbalah/Sefirot
The tree of life is one of the most recognized symbols of sacred geometry. Tree of life sacred geometry or, the sefirot, is the 10 attributes or emanations in Kabbalah, through which Ein Sof (or God) reveals Itself and continuously creates the physical realm and the higher metaphysical realms simultaneously. Kabbalah’s definition varies according to tradition and those who follow it, but, in general, it is a set of esoteric teachings meant to explain the relationship between an eternal Ein Sof/God (or, infinity), and the mortal and finite universe (or Ein Sof’s creation).
#4 Flower of Life
The sacred geometry flower of life symbol is a powerful symbol dating back over 10,000 years ago and is found all over the world. In appearance, it resembles a flower, and is composed of evenly-spaced, overlapping circles with a 6-fold symmetry like a hexagon. It can be found in various locales across the world: in Egypt at the Temple of Osiris; the Forbidden City of China; synagogues in Galilee, Israel; in temples across India; in la Mezquita, Spain; in Turkey; and in Japan. In his art, Leonardo da Vinci spent much of his time contemplating the mathematical properties of the flower of life.
#5 Seed of Life
The seed of life is a symbol that is found within the flower of life: when straight lines are drawn to connect the center of circles within the flower of life, the seed of life is formed. The seed of life is the symbol that represents the seven days of creation and fertility. The “seed of life” is the stage before the “flower of life,” which produces the “fruit of life,” or the blueprint of the universe. This blueprint contains every atom, molecular structure, life form and everything in existence, which can all be built with the shape of the seed of life. As a pendant, the seed of life is symbol of blessing and protection; since it contains the secret of the seven days of creation, it is worn as a symbol of fertility.
#6 Shri/Sri Yantra
The Sri Yantra symbol provides abundance, beauty and balance between masculine and feminine forces, as well as between the spiritual and material. Yantra is a mystical Hindu concept that describes a structure or diagram that is used to focus the consciousness to achieve spiritual comprehension. The Sri Yantra symbol is a structure made of nine triangles surrounding a central point, called a “bindu.” This point represents the beginning of creation out of the “Great Void.” The four triangles pointing upward represent Shiva, the male force of the universe, while the five triangles pointing downwards represent Shakti, the female force of the universe. Wearing the Yantra as a pendant or observing it as an image is said to endow one with mystical or spiritual abilities.
The merkaba pendant symbolizes the flow of Prana energy (or life force energy) in our body. By utilizing an ancient Prana breathing technique and meditating on the symbol of the merkaba, it is believed that we are able to restore the Prana flow through the pineal gland in our brain. The merkaba shape with the prana sphere surrounding it is a more accurate representation of this symbol since the Prana sphere represents the energetic field that surrounds the human body. The Prana sphere represents femininity, while the straight lines of the merkaba represent the masculine. When combined together, the two elements represent perfect balance and harmony. The merkaba pendant is believed to assist in our spiritual growth and connection to our higher self; it enables us to feel unconditional love (and, thus, helps to heal ourselves and others); and it helps to create the harmonious reality we desire. All in all, the merkaba symbol has healing and protective qualities.
#8 Metatron Cube
The metatron cube can be made with the flower of life as a starting point, but the emphasis for this symbol is on the angles, rather than on the circles. The metatron cube contains all five of the platonic solids and represents the Archangel Metatron.
#9 The Torus Knot
The torus knot is formed when a circle is made to travel another circular path on a three dimensional plane.
#10 The Trefoil Knot/The Gordian Knot
The gordian knot looks like a donut or sphere that turns in on one side and comes out the other in a perpetual motion. There is no end or beginning to the gordian knot. When wearing the gordian knot pendant, people have claimed that they could solve difficult “karmatic” personal relations or situations. It is believed that the reason for this is that the pendant symbolizes the idea of unity, which binds everything into one.
Sacred Geometry Art
From sacred heart jewelry to a sacred geometry tattoo to geometric patterns in architecture, sacred geometry art is seen in various forms all across the world. In ancient civilizations, the golden ratio was often employed in architecture and the building of various structures, from the simple spiral to more complex designs. These sacred geometric patterns, shapes and visual compositions have the ability to capture our attention and captivate our imagination. Many artists have employed the mathematical principles of sacred geometry in their artwork, from Leonardo da Vinci to M.C. Escher.
Sacred Geometry in Nature
Sacred geometry shapes are found everywhere in nature and are believed to connect us to the oneness and unity of existence. According to Stephen Skinner, the study of sacred geometry began with the study of nature and its mathematical features. Patterns recur in different contexts and can be modeled mathematically: these various forms observed in nature can be related to geometry.
Examples of sacred geometry in nature:
- Marine organisms
- Chambered nautilus
- Honeybees’ construction of hexagonal cells
- A snail’s shell
- A spider’s web
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