These days, a new trend has emerged among tattoo enthusiasts, and that is sacred geometry. Such tattoos are certainly beautiful, but there is a deeper meaning to this practice.
Sacred geometry refers to patterns and designs that are found throughout nature. These patterns reveal each form’s vibrational resonances and symbolize the metaphysical idea of the part being related to the whole; you can’t have one without the other. This concept of oneness and interconnectedness reminds us of our relationship to the ‘whole’, or the natural world and cosmos that surround us.
History of Sacred Geometry Tattoos
Most of these tattoos have origins in some of the most ancient religions, where they were used to bring about certain results. To date, people still believe in the meaning of the various symbols and imagery used, and this has led to a widespread application of these tattoos.
Nature is full of geometry, and spirituality has always been fascinated by this hidden secret. Sacred geometry is used in religious architecture (and for all religions), with concepts observed in natural patterns, as well as in art. With the growth of dotwork, aka pointillism tattoos, geometric tattoos have soon moved from meaningless ornamental tattoos to masterpieces with deeper meanings. Ink lovers getting sacred geometry tattoos are following the traditions of holistic practice, when shamans and monks were the only ones tattooing. Depending on their placement and design, they believe that their tattoos could affect their health, spirituality and energy.
Popular Sacred Geometry Tattoos
Some folks choose sacred geometry tattoos for the sheer beauty, but others are drawn to the philosophy that surrounds sacred geometry. In particular, the platonic solids have gained popularity as symbolic tattoos. Each of these three-dimensional shapes features an equiangular, equilateral polygon on each side. The cube, for instance, is made of six connected squares.
The tetrahedron, with triangles on all four sides, symbolizes fire.The cube or hexahedron, made of six squares, represents earth.The octahedron, built from eight triangles, refers to air.The dodecahedron, composed of 12 pentagons, symbolizes spirit or ether.The icosahedron, made of 20 triangles, refers to water.
Other individuals choose to merge sacred geometry and tattoos, believing that positioning certain shapes over a particular part of the anatomy will enhance some aspect of their health or spirituality. While the validity of this tactic is debatable, the key element here seems to be the tattoo wearer’s belief. There may indeed be a psychological influence, similar to the placebo effect. On the other hand, some people say that an inked shape or figure can only affect the wearer if the ink has been blessed by a religious leader. If true, this would suggest that an external force can be harnessed by tattoo wearers.