Welcome to the last episode of March and I hope you’re well. I wanted to start today with just a couple items of general housekeeping before we get into the deep, mysterious, and very tasty topic of Sacred Geometry. First I wanted to acknowledge and apologize that I just haven’t been as present this past week on the Facebook group or on the Discord server as I usually am.
We had a death in the family and our truck was stolen again, so I just haven’t had the time to do the really fun things that I love and that bring me joy and connecting with other witches in these online spaces is very high among those things. And my family will be traveling out of state tomorrow for the funeral and we won’t be back until Tuesday, so I will hop online here and there as I’m able to, but for the most part, I’m going to be tied up.
My husband’s grandfather passed last week at the age of 91. He lived a long and storied life, served in the military and then went on to work at NORAD as a civilian until his retirement. Had three children, taught his grandkids to ride motorcycles and was cool as hell. We will be taking him home to Utah, where he will be laid to rest next to Audrey, his wife of like, 60 years. So, we’ll catch you on the other side, gramps. You had a hell of a run.
And another little bit of info I wanted to pass along today, I was given the opportunity to watch a short independent film this past weekend and it made me feel so much. It was written and directed by a witch and friend of the podcast called Tamara Cook and her film is called Maenad Fever. It’s only about 20 minutes long and so there is a lot of story that she packs into a very short amount of time.
There are also elements in this film of a pretty significant child abuse scandal in Australia. Following WW2, about 150,000 children were shipped out of England and off to other places to ease the burden of the overcrowded British orphanages. Many thousands ended up in Australia dispersed among a few different institutions, including a few rural religious schools. These institutions promised an education, plenty to eat, and a promising future for the children who were sent there but of course, this isn’t necessarily what they received.
And this is just the very loose premise for the film’s setting, but everything else is a journey of self-discovery and reclaiming personal power and rebellion and tearing down standards of behavior and rebuilding in the image of the feminine divine. There are very strong themes of witchcraft and deity work and ritual and this film is very artistic and it’s haunting and it’s also fucking bonkers and I loved every minute of it. This film won about a thousand independent film awards and it deserved every one of them. And I’m really excited to see what this filmmaker does next because she is bold.
So I will leave information about this film in the episode description, along with links to the Facebook group and the Discord server. And with that, we will move on to our subject today, Sacred Geometry. This topic was a suggestion from a witch called Jess and incidentally if you have an idea for a topic you’d like us to cover I would love to hear it. Some of my favorite episodes have come from listeners so please, write in.
So, Sacred Geometry, in the driest, most academic of terms, is a concept which ascribes symbolic and sacred meanings to certain geometric shapes and certain geometric proportions. Sacred Geometry finds divinity in the salt crystal, and in the spatial dendrites of a snowflake, symmetries and fractals and of course, spirals. When we study sacred geometry, we discover spiritual meaning within different geometric shapes. It can also be applied to different patterns, numbers and number sequences, and so on.
These shapes can be used as sigils, they can be used as focus points during meditation, they can be carried with us like a talisman, and so much more. Now, it is not feasible or even possible to cover every aspect of this concept in this episode, but we can at least try to give it a proper definition and maybe create a solid foundation that we can build on if we decide this is a subject we would like to learn more about. And I have decided that the best way to get into this is to basically just talk about some of the more common shapes that we find in sacred geometry and how they can assist us in our practices.
I personally understand things best when they’re put to me in a practical sense rather than a conceptual or philosophical way, so that’s how we are going to approach it. And the first shape that I want to talk about is called the Vesica Piscis. Remember the Venn Diagram that we all learned about in the fifth grade? Two overlapping circles of equal diameter. The shape that’s created by that overlap is called the Vesica Piscis. You know the Jesus fish that Christians often have on their cars? That is a representation of the Vesica Piscis, and it’s a powerful symbol of the divine feminine.
The shape itself is reminiscent of the vulva, and in addition to bumper stickers, we can find this shape in all kinds of powerful occult symbolism, like the Right Eye of Horus which represents the sun or morning star and also power and quintessence. We also find the Vesica Piscis in the Ankh which represents the union of the feminine and the masculine and the creation of life. We even see this shape the Celtic knot, which is three overlapping Vesica Piscis intersected by a circle, and represents undying love and eternal life. And along with those bumper stickers, we also see this shape in just about every ancient depiction of Christ and of the Virgin Mary.
The vesica piscis is excellent for any kind of work that has to do with beginnings, with new creation. This is the germ of an idea, something we can cultivate and grow. If we are embarking on any kind of new endeavor, the Vesica Piscis is an excellent shape for sigil work, or to carve in a candle or as a point of focus when raising energy to support this manifestation.
Next is the Seed of Life. Feel free to google it as we speak so that you can see what I’m describing. The seed of life in sacred geometry consists of six overlapping circles connected by a seventh circle laid over the center of the design. It’s essentially a very simplified mandala shape. It’s an expansion of the Vesica Piscis and this design has been found in ancient Egypt, it is also found in the art and architecture of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, early Christianity, Qabbalah and more.
In simple terms, this shape represents the interconnectedness of nature and the universe. It represents growth and the power of creation, both in a literal physical sense and in metaphorical sense. Some use this shape to ward off bad luck, just as we might use the evil eye, and as protection from the bad intentions of others. This particular shape can also be especially powerful in creation magick, as a symbol for a particular desired manifestation.
If we continue expanding these shapes, we will eventually create the Flower of Life. This design is created with nineteen circles overlapping in such a way that the overlaps within those circles look like flowers. Again, please google these designs because it’s really difficult for me to describe complex geometric patterns. This shape is frequently used as a focus point for meditation, visualization, and prayer.
We see this pattern in nature, too. It can be found in the scales of a pineapple or the center of a sunflower. It may represent cycles of birth, life, death, and rebirth. It may represent eternity and even the universe itself. This is a powerful symbol that can be used effectively in work that’s meant to help break old patterns, or to help establish new ones. It can be used to assist in gaining understanding and wisdom.
Now, there is another shape found within the Flower of Life that’s really important, and this is called the Tree of Life. The tree of life is created by connecting 10 specific points within the Flower of Life. It’s referenced a lot in Qabalah and it can represent a pathway to god and a sort of road map of creation, depicting the creation of the universe itself. Its branches stretch upwards toward the heavens, even as its roots grow deep beneath the surface. The interconnectedness of all creation, and of both heaven and earth are represented by this design.
And another thing that’s so interesting about this particular shape is that it corresponds to the different chakras. Beginning at the base of the tree we have the root chakra, which provides stability, grounding, and security. This is the foundation. The next point on the tree just above that is the sacral chakra. This is the chakra associated with sexuality and creativity and it also regulates our emotions.
Continuing up the tree, we come to the heart chakra next and unsurprisingly, this is where we regulate love, compassion and empathy. Next up is the throat chakra which regulates how we communicate, followed by the third eye chakra. This chakra is responsible for our intuition, our instincts, our imagination, and our ability to see the unseen. Finally, at the very top of the tree is the crown chakra. This is responsible for our connection to Spirit and to the universe. This is responsible for our sense of self, our knowledge of self, our ego, and our life’s purpose.
And so the Tree of Life encompasses all of those sacred chakras and all of the information and wisdom that entails. This particular shape is really helpful for those of us who are searching for balance in these areas, who endeavor to align ourselves with our higher purpose.
The last element of Sacred Geometry that I wanted to touch on is Metatron’s Cube. I cannot even begin to attempt to describe this shape, except to say that one of the notable aspects of this particular shape is that it contains within it all of the so-called “Platonic Solids”. The Platonic Solids were made up of five different three dimensional shapes which were theorized by the philosopher Plato to be the building blocks of creation. These shapes are comprised of the tetrahedron, which has four sides, the cube, with six sides, the octahedron which has 8 sides, the 12 sided dodecahedron, and the 20 sided icosahedron. Plato believed that each shape represented one of the elements, with the tetrahedron representing fire, the cube representing earth, the icosahedron representing water, the octahedron representing air, and the dodecahedron representing the aether.
Metatron is known in the book of Enoch and in some Qabalistic texts as an archangel, perhaps THE archangel. While there are only a few verses that reference him, he was known to be the scribe of god, personally chosen by god to record his words. He therefore was privy to wisdom beyond comprehension. Lore states that Metatron created the cube from his very soul, and this cube is therefore known to be a means of transferring celestial wisdom, the knowledge of the gods, true universal understanding, to human minds.
Whether you’re an adherent of these particular scriptures or not, the fact of the matter is that there are a lot of references and iconography that speak to this particular bit of Sacred Geometry and it just can’t hurt to give it a chance. I am not a follower of the god of Abraham, but I see these recurring themes over and over again in so many different cultures and sects and across these disparate timelines and I have to consider that there may be some power in them. I can use this power to achieve my own ends. And so can you.
This is not anything approaching an exhaustive list. There is so much more to the subject that I just don’t have time to explore today, but I hope that this has been a little nudge for anyone who is ready for it. Shapes, patterns, and designs are so much more than just visually interesting distractions. We can use these shapes and the meanings within them to advance ourselves along this journey.
And this has all been really esoteric and I know that, but we witches understand the power of shapes and lines and designs. The protective circle that might be drawn around a ritual site before beginning a ceremony, or the inverted triangle to represent the divine feminine, the pentagram, perhaps the most iconic symbol of witchcraft. All of these shapes are deeply meaningful and represent so much more than the lines they’re made of. And I just feel like we can push even further forward as we look for other symbols to include in our work.
And that’s my time today. Thank you for joining me, and if you have any questions or concerns or suggestions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach me from the website, middleagedwitch.com, or you can message me on social media at @middleagedwitch. We will talk again next week. My name is Eli Ro, and this has been the Middle-Aged Witch podcast.
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