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A Religious-Based Study of Ancient Mathematics: Sacred Geometry
Connecting with something bigger than ourselves
Geometric shapes are believed to have been used by many ancient civilizations to symbolize concepts such as life, death, war, the sun, and the moon.
Sacred geometry is rooted in ancient Greek philosophy and was later studied by medieval Islamic scientists. The Greeks believed Euclid invented geometry from Thales. Islamic scientists, such as Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen) and Abū Rayhān al-Bīrūnī, were some of the first to study sacred geometry in detail.
Geometry has been around since forever, and it will still exist for a very long time coming.
Sacred geometry is the general name given to any construction that transcends both space and time; it is an art that has been practiced for thousands of years. The most prevalent form of sacred geometry that we see today is the shapes of nature, such as animals and plants; this can be seen when we look at things like honeycombs or pine cones.
The most fundamental shapes in sacred geometry are the Platonic solids. There are only five of these shapes, and they are named after Plato because he was the first to write about them. Tetrahedron, hexahedron or cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron.
Each of these shapes has a unique set of mathematical properties that have been studied for centuries. For example, the tetrahedron comprises four equilateral triangles. It can be constructed by folding a piece of paper in half twelve times. The cube consists of six squares and can be made by folding a piece of paper in half eighteen times.
Science has long attempted to understand the meaning behind the sacred geometry of the universe. Sacred geometry is a field of study that explores the shapes and patterns that occur in nature and art, architecture, and other structures.
The Golden Ratio
The Golden Ratio is one of the most important sacred geometric ideas studied in ancient times. You can find this ratio in nature and many other places throughout history. Some people say it is the most aesthetically pleasing proportion in 3D space.
The Golden Ratio was first discovered when Egyptians carved pharaohs’ tombs out of rock. The ratio can be found by dividing a line into two segments. The shorter segment equals one-half the length of the more extended part on each side attached.
A few examples of where the Golden Ratio can be found in nature are the nautilus shell, sunflowers, and human faces. The ratio is also often used in art and architecture. Some famous structures built using the Golden Ratio are the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, and Henry VIII’s Chapel at Westminster Abbey in London, England.
The Fibonacci Sequence
The Fibonacci Sequence is a series of numbers where each number is the sum of the previous two. Fibonacci sequences are ubiquitous, from flower petals to spiral galaxies to pine cones.
Leonardo Fibonacci first described the sequence in 1202 and published it as “Liber Abaci” (Book of Calculation). He discovered it while studying how animal populations grow — a question that has been studied for centuries. The sequence has been applied to art and design, mathematics, biology, music composition, and many other fields.
The Flower of Life
The most recognizable shape in Sacred Geometry is the Flower of Life.
Leonardo da Vinci first discovered the Flower of Life in the 16th century. It was often used in ancient Egyptian art, but they didn’t call it the “Flower of Life.”
The Flower of Life is not just a symbol or shape- it’s an ancient teaching system with the sacred meaning behind its geometry.
Da Vinci found this pattern when he drew all his observations together on paper- ranging from nature to humans and animals. He noticed that each time he drew out a circle, he would create what we now call “the flower” within the process.
The Flower of Life is said to contain the secret to understanding the nature of the universe and our place in it. It is a symbol that unites all religions and points to a common origin for all life.
The Pythagorean Theorem
The famous mathematician Pythagoras discovered that specific rules in geometry govern everything that we see. For example, the square of the hypotenuse (the longest side) is equal to the sum of the squares on both sides. This can be seen when looking at a right triangle, drawing three points along an arc, and defining its line as perpendicular.
This theorem is one of the most famous and essential in mathematics. It has been used to solve physics, engineering, and many other fields. The Pythagorean theorem can be found in nature all around us- from how leaves grow on a tree to the placement of planets in our solar system.
A few examples of this theorem include DNA structure, crystals, plants’ leaves branching systems, electrical resistance networks like those used for current surges protection during lightning strikes… etc.
There are many traditional ways to symbolize these shapes, but they all have one thing in common- their sacred meaning. Sacred geometry is not about mathematics or art- it’s about connecting with something much bigger than ourselves. We can find this connection by studying the patterns throughout nature and other aspects of our world. When we take the time to appreciate these patterns, we begin to see the beauty and mystery that surrounds us everywhere we look.
What do you think of sacred geometry? Do you feel a connection when looking at natural patterns and images? Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on sacred geometry!