Not only can Sacred Geometry enable an understanding of cosmology through mathematical harmony, it has also influenced the building design of ancient temples, religious art and holy Scriptures of Pagans, Christians, Muslidms, and of other religions. Or so some mathemagicians believe.
The triquetra and the Jesus Fish symbol are two simple examples of Sacred Geometry.
The nature of the symmetry helps to help gain insight into mystical laws of the universe and its origin. There is nothing sacred about such shapes in themselves, but if such a pattern is employed to help provide insight into the basic pattern of existence, then the shape is recognised as sacred. Life itself is a continuous pattern of circles and spirals; there is nothing random about it. If the universe had been created as a random chaotic mess, then it could be put down to accidental evolution. But it isn't, so it can't.
Evolution is a theory (for that's all it is) which we're not delving into very much on this website. At least, not just yet. Suffice to ask: Is it just a coincidence that we live in one of the billions of solar systems, which has a planet with just the right chemical composition and atmosphere to sustain life? Is it just an accident that this planet has a magnetic field and ozone layer just strong enough to protect us from cosmic radiation? And beyond that screen, the whopping big Jupiter and Saturn that deflect asteroids and comets from coming too close. And then there's the sun, which is positioned just the right number of miles away to prevent us from freezing to death but doesn't boil us to death either. And the moon, whose distance and mass are just right to prevent the world from wobbling too much on its axis.
And as far as we know, we have been singled out from the limitlessness of space and time to be here. An accident? Hardly likely, is it?
A common counter argument, especially by UFOlogists, is that since the universe is so large, it can contain billions of other galaxies and their solar systems. Then the probability of life-friendly planets forming is actually quite high. And with that logic you can explain away absolutely anything and never have to bother thinking anymore deeply.
We can see the mysteries of life in two ways:
- We can 'see' things through geometric patterns (or numerology, or the lucky number seven, or other superstitions) and attach a 'sacred' label to it in support of what we think we 'see'.
- Alternatively, we can confine ourselves to what we know to be real and what we can really see. And what we see is that the universe is certainly not a random mess. When living organisms grow in precise and replicating patterns, as they often do, time after time, then it's hard not to conclude there must be an intelligent force driving all this.
In either case, we end up with something supernatural; something divine, perhaps, and certainly something infinitely more powerful than we are. Something awesome. Something we should either fear, or revere, so we refer to it as being sacred.
The extent of our scientific understanding of the universe is pretty feeble1 and superficially, Sacred Geometry seems to make a lot of sense. Our attempts to explain things to ourselves are, of course, limited by our current knowledge. (We assign a base-10 number system to numerology, for example, for no other reason than we're most familiar with that counting system.) However, we soon reach a limit with Sacred Geometry when attempting to supply an answer to the question: 'Why?'
Sacred Geometry is not in the same league as religions which explain reason, hope and love; and other things beyond the rational, such as emotions, insights, desires, forgivness and internal peace. Sacred Geometry, which conjures up different ideas for different people, might be interesting but it falls far short of providing anything useful beyond the aesthetic. The triquetra, Möbius crosses and crop-circles are beautiful and curious, but do not offer salvation.
Fortunately, we simply have to turn to a monotheistic religion, such as Christianity, to address such issues.