Five years ago I started some religious studies, wanting to better understand each of the world’s religions. It seems we tend to focus on the differences between them, but I was more interested in how connected they all stood out to be, leading me to believe that we are all one—over time we’ve just reduced religion to ‘moralism’ and a question of faith, and we go about explaining our morals and faith in different ways. One strong link between all religions is hidden esoteric knowledge (doctrines or practices the public is unaware of—or even to which they may be denied access—but are understood by a small group of people). And when you dig deeper, you find that all of that esoteric knowledge can be traced back to… Math. More specifically, Geometry.
We learn Geometry in school, but the hidden knowledge within, Sacred Geometry, is not something we're taught about. Sacred Geometry can be described as core spiritual, energetic, and physical blueprint patterns, and the same Scared Geometry can be found in patterns, tiles and mosaics across cultures throughout history. More than that, the strands of our DNA, the cornea of our eye, snow flakes, pinecones, flower petals, diamonds, the branching of trees, a nautilus shell, stars, galaxies, and all life forms as we know them emerge out of timeless geometric codes. Scared Geometry is all around us.
You might say, it all started with Pythagoras.
Pythagoras was an Ionian Greek philosopher who lived during the time of the Buddha, around 570-495 BC. Throughout his life, Pythagoras made influential contributions to philosophy and religious teaching, and is often revered as a great mathematician, mystic and scientist. The discovery of the Golden Ratio is attributed to Pythagoras, but his esoteric teachings were kept a profound secret.
Pythagoreanism was the system of esoteric and metaphysical beliefs held by Pythagoras and his followers, the Pythagoreans, who were influenced by mathematics, music and astronomy. One Pythagorean theme, transmigration of the soul (reincarnation), interested me most—this theme can be seen in all religions, though Western religions mostly keep it within hidden esoteric knowledge. In addition to transmigration of the soul, the Pythagoreans believed some interesting things when it comes to the secrets of the Universe.
In Geometry, we learn that there are five geometric shapes that have faces, edges and angles that are congruent. These are Platonic solids, named after the famous Pythagorean, Plato. The five Platonic solids include the tetrahedron, hexahedron, octahedron and icosahedron. The Pythagoreans understood that the Universe is composed of four elements: fire (radiation), earth (solid), air (gas) and water (liquid). And they believed that the particles of each of these elements are in the shapes of these four Platonic solids.
They also believed that the Earth is surrounded by one solid, which is then surrounded by another solid, and so on. In other words, they believed that the Earth grid of electro-magnetic lines and vortexes is comprised of smaller grids, each of which is in the shape of a different Platonic solid.
But there is a fifth solid, called the dodecahedron. This solid has a pentagon on each of its 12 sides. The dodecahedron is by far the most difficult of the solids to construct because drawing the pentagon requires an elaborate application of the Pythagorean theorem.
What is most interesting? The Pythagoreans believed the element that is in the shape of the dodecahedron is ether—God’s Spirit—the source of all things that arise in Space and Time. This is the shape that they believed surrounds Earth and the other four solids combined.
Pythagoras was a rebel, so I've read, and kept the Dodecahedron a secret. It would seem that his reason was to keep the secrets of the Universe from the common folks, or maybe the religious leaders, because they yielded consciousness secrets that if discovered, would change the histories and the way we viewed our own mortality.
Enter Metatron’s Cube.
Metatron was an Archangel mentioned in Islamic, Judaic and Christian mythologies, who was considered to be the scribe of God—the equivalent of the Egyptian diety, Thoth. Metatron was often depicted holding a cube.
But it was Italian mathematecian, Fibonacci, who discovered Metatron’s Cube:
The graphic traces back to nature’s supposed first pattern, and the 13 circles that are found inside the fourth consecutive circle of it. When you connect the centers of those 13 circles, you get Metatron’s Cube. And? You can create all five of the Platonic solids within Metatron’s Cube.
But the coolest thing is that it’s not just a flat graphic. Metatron’s Cube brings 2-dimentional reality into 3-dimentional reality.
So why am I writing about all of this?
Because not only did it start to change the way I thought about religion and spirituality, and the way I thought about life… It changed the way I thought about design.
If the Universe is supposedly made up of these geometric shapes, then it only makes sense to start exploring the use of them in design. I’m still exploring... I started by playing with cut paper, building the Platonic solids, then vellum to create a full model of Metatron’s Cube. The plan is to eventually (when I get around to it) finish and photograph these models, and juxtapose the photographs with drawings of them before further exploring what's possible when it comes to designing with them.