In earlier cultures, the science of geometry was considered to be so important in spiritual philosophy that it was held to be the closest to the divine Mind. Not without good reason therefore that over the door of Plato’s Academy in Athens was the inscription: “Let no one who is not a geometer enter.” These convictions were predicated on the belief that God created the universe according to a geometric plan; that its study and understanding would lead to a deepened awareness of the divine; and, that earthly representations of the measurements of ratios and proportions in architecture were deemed to be in tune with the harmony of the heavens. The Hermetic aphorism “As above, so below” is fundamental to an understanding and appreciation of sacred geometry.
The concept of sacred geometry is woven into many of the world’s spiritual traditions. The fusion of Hebrew and Greek cultures in early Christianity led to the philosophy of Christian Platonism. Four themes, relating to numbers, formed a significant part of this new wave of thought: arithmetic as pure number; music, or harmonics, as number in time; geometry as number in space; and astronomy-astrology as number in space-time. In Islam, and in particular during the golden period of Islamic life in Moorish Spain, the science of sacred geometry, and for that matter, the sciences of philosophy, architecture, astronomy and astrology were studied assiduously.
Nonetheless, the concept of God as a geometrician antedates Greek, Judeo-Christian and Islamic cultures and leads us into a far distant period of human history that is not readily documented, except possibly only by the Ageless Wisdom teachings. In Masonic traditions, for example, God as a Trinity is known as the ‘Most High’, the ‘Grand Geometrician’ and the ‘Great Architect of the Universe’. Furthermore, Masonry posits that the ‘Temple in the Heavens’ – ‘eternal, not made with hands’, under the majesty of the Triune God provides the archetypal pattern for that which will eventually exist on earth.
Even though we may not realise it, sacred geometry is intrinsically related to Triangles. Through the work we are changing the geometric pattern of the planetary etheric vehicle from one of squares to triangles. Squares represent the quaternary, the lower self, or the personality. Countless millennia have passed in which the pattern of the planetary etheric has attracted, absorbed and distributed those specific energies that have helped to shape the human personality and to develop the lower mind.We are now moving into an era in which a culture of the soul is to be nurtured in the life of humanity and consequently the etheric pattern is slowly changing to a network of interconnected triangles. The symbol of the triangle has long been held to represent the nature of Deity. It is humanity’s noble and profound destiny to become a centre of divine consciousness upon the planet.
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