In reality, all geometries are sacred just as all things are sacred, but in common parlance certain things come to be called sacred and others do not. This page is a visual guide to the basic shapes and patterns you may find referenced in regard to Sacred Geometry symbols.
In an attempt to be fairly thorough in our cataloging of the basic symbols and forms that are associated with Sacred Geometry we will break them down into general categories.
Circles, Spheres, Vessica Pisces, Flower of Life, Metatrons Cube, Tree of Life
Golden Mean, Golden Spiral, Golden Rectangle, Golden Ratio
Circles, Spheres, Flower of Life, Metatron’s Cube, Tree of Life
It is obvious that a sphere is the same basic concept in 3 dimensions as a circle is in 2 dimensions. The patterns that are made by packing these forms together are among the most basic and well known Sacred Geometry symbols. From the left below we have the core concepts of the Circle, Sphere, Vessica, The Flower, Metatron’s Cube and the Tree of Life. A book could easily be written about each of these, and yet they are all merely circles in whole number relation to each other.
The 5 Platonic Solids are the only 3 dimensional shapes having all their edges, faces, and angles identical. Thus they reveal something profound about the nature of possible symmetries in 3 dimensional space. Proving to yourself that there are only five possible shapes like this in 3 dimensions is fairly simple… (Hint: work out the possible combinations of shapes meeting at each vertex and how they can fit into less than 360 degrees of the circle.)
The platonic solids are of three kinds. The Cube and Octahedron are ‘duals’, and the Icosa and Dodecahedrons are likewise duals. Duals are exact opposites of each other in the sense that their vertexes can touch each others faces and they can be transformed into each other through truncation. The tetrahedron forms the third group and is its own dual, or you could say the upward pointing tetrahedron is the dual of the downward pointing tetrahedron.
The star tetrahedron is formed from two oppositely orientated tetrahedrons interlocking. It is not immediately obvious that the points also form a cube. The startetrahedron is used in some popular Sacred Geometry Meditation practices to represent the Light Body or Merkabah – also described as the vehicle for ascension and for the souls journey beyond the physical realms. It is said to spin and form two light cones rotating in opposite directions. Regardless of these esoteric attributions the shape itself is one of the simplest 3 dimensional forms where the yin and yang of opposites combine to form a dynamic symmetry.
The Archimedean Solids
The 13 Archimedean solids represent the next most symmetrical solids beyond the 5 Platonics. They show what happens when you combine the basic possible symmetries of 3 dimensional space to reach to the next level of complexity.
The CubeOctahedron is one of the 13 Archimedean solids. It is a unique 3 dimensional form as its edges are the same length as the distance from points to center. Buckminster Fuller (dreamer of geodesic domes and other architechtural innovations) called it the Vector Equilibrium. It combines the Cubic and Octahedral symmetries and yet it can be conceptualised as 8 Tetrahedrons meeting at a central point.
The work of Nassim Haramein has expanded on this to show the remarkable properties of what he calls the 64 tetrahedron grin made for 8 star tetrahedrons meeting at a central point, and forming the shape of one cubeoctahedron inside another.