SACRED GEOMETRY

Sacred geometry sounds like an oxymoron. How can anything as dry, computer-like, and inhuman as geometry be in any way sacred? To the modern world, that may be so. But there was a time, which lasted for thousands of years, in which geometry was the principal occupation of sages, philosophers, and theologians. Much as we organize the world today with science, and scientific laws, the ancient world was organized by number, proportion, and geometrical shapes. It isn't far fetched. In fact, it's fascinating.

In our links section, toward the bottom, we have a number of geometry links.

Meanwhile, here are some books on the subject.

SACRED GEOMETRY BOOKS

A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science – A Voyage from 1 to 10 by Michael S. Schneider
This is the best introduction to the principles of sacred geometry on the market. It is fascinating and accessible. If you only get one book, get this.
Found in most bookstores in the mathematics section.
He has an extensive interactive and informative website at www.constructingtheuniverse.com

Sacred Geometry by Robert Lawlor
Rather advanced articulation of sacred geometry. There are some workbook lessons at the end. This is a hard read. It is found in the mathematics section at book stores.

Sacred Geometry by Nigel Pennick
An interesting though far from exhaustive overview of the subject. Much easier than Robert Lawlor's book.

The Geometry of Art and Life by Matila Ghyka
Includes some mathematics and algebra, but overall, pretty accessible. More geometry oriented than some books on the subject.

Order in Space by Keith Critchlow
An out-of-print introduction to the Platonic solids, three-dimensional geometry. Get it from your library. If you find a used one, grab it. It's valuable.

Sacred Geometry Design Sourcebook: Universal Dimensional Patterns by Bruce Rawles
This is an amazing collections of geometric drawings and principles from the person whose webpage has an unbelievable number of links to sources on sacred geometry, Check it out at: <www.intent.com/bruce/links.html>. (Recently I haven't been able to get through to this site. I hope it will be coming online again soon.)

The Geometry of Wholemovement: Folding the Circle for Information by Bradford Hansen-Smith
A fascinating study of geometry by folding paper plates (or any paper circle), showing that everything originates from the circle.

Universal Patterns: The Golden Relationship – Art, Math & Nature by Rochelle Newman and Martha Boles
Lots of photos and diagrams showing the geometry of nature.

The Power of Limits: Proportional Harmonies in Nature, Art, and Architecture by György Doczi
Discovering the geometry that surrounds us everywhere.

Unity in Pattern: A Study in Traditional Geometry by Paul Merchant
Paul works with Keith Critchlow at the Prince of Wale's Institute of Architecture, in London (which published this book). It is a very good beginning into the complexity of geometry, with emphasis on Islamic patterns.

Islamic Patterns: An Analytical and Cosmological Approach by Keith Critchlow (foreword by Seyyed Hossein Nasr).
Because Islam forbids the portrayal of living things, it has no pictures of saints or holy men, no statues, etc. As a result, the decoration of mosques and other buildings was restricted to geometric patterns. As a result, they became very intricate, representing the peak of the geometer's art. Anyone serious about sacred geometry eventually gets interested in Islamic architecture.

Arabesques by Jean-Marc Castera
I saved the granddaddy of geometry books for the last. This costs about $175 from Amazon.com, but it is the ultimate statement and instruction on Islamic patterns. It concentrates on Morocco, where it offers beautiful color photos, followed by a series of drawings showing step by step exactly how the geometry was accomplished. Someday I'm going to go to Morocco with this book and a drawing pad and stay for several months. That would be paradise.

Sacred Geometry: Deciphering the Code by Stephen Skinner
This is a recent book with illustrations in full color. Its approach is much like mine, giving a breadth of information without a lot of depth. It contains a lot of interesting material. A must read for the budding geometer.

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