11 Things You Never Knew About Sacred Geometry

Yes, it’s a thing!

1. Sacred Geometry: It’s all about math!

It’s about ratios that are whole numbers or “special,” like the Golden Mean. It’s all about making things look symmetrically pretty.

2. Sacred Geometry is all about giving shapes symbolic meaning.

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Numbers have long been given symbolic meanings (13 is an unlucky number and 4 in Japanese means death), but geometric shapes may even have more emotional value because they are visual.

3. Sacred geometry is used in creating religious structures like churches and temples and in religious art.

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4. And even in photography.

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Golden ratio at work!

5. The ancient Greeks taught about the 5 perfect 3-dimentional forms and called them the Platonic solids.

They are the tetrahedron, hexahedron, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron. They are said to form the foundation of everything in the physical world.

6. Most people thought that idea was ridiculous until in the 1980s, Professor Robert Moon at the University Of Chicago suggested that the entire Periodic Table of Elements is based off the Platonic Solids.

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7. The dodecahedron is a kind of special 3D shape in history.

Plato suggested that God used the dodecahedron as a model for the twelvefold division of the Zodiac. Some people say the shape of our universe is in the shape of a dodecahedron!

8. Role-playing games often use the 12-sided dice.

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9. It’s often used in art, like M.C. Escher’s “Reptiles.”

10. Mysterious Roman dodecahedra have been found in various Roman ruins in Europe. Nobody really knows their purpose.

11. So then people make conspiracy theories about the dodecahedron!

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Some theories are that they are candlesticks, weapons of war, toys, weather gauges, astronomical instruments, or maybe religious artifacts.

Curious about the mysteries of the dodecahedron?

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