Sacred Geometry


Sacred Geometry ascribes symbolic and sacred meanings to certain geometric shapes and certain geometric proportions.  It is associated with the belief that a God is “the geometer of the world.”  The geometry used in the design and construction of religious structures such as churches, temples, mosques, religious monuments, altars, and tabernacles has sometimes been considered sacred.  The concept applies also to sacred spaces such as sacred groves, village greens and holy wells, and the creation of religious art. The belief that a God created the universe according to a geometric plan has ancient origins. Plutarch attributed the belief to Plato, writing that “Plato said God geometrizes continually.”

According to some, the study of sacred geometry has its roots in the study of nature, and the mathematical principles at work therein.  Many forms observed in nature can be related to geometry; for example, the chambered nautilus (pictured) grows at a constant rate and so its shell forms a logarithmic spiral to accommodate that growth without changing shape. Also, honeybees construct hexagonal cells to hold their honey.

These and other correspondences are sometimes interpreted in terms of sacred geometry and considered to be further proof of the natural significance of geometric forms.

(Adapted from Wikipedia)