Seven Sided Design
Discover more about the symbolic reasons behind the architecture of Visioning Spaces
The number 7 is known as the ‘virgin’ number in sacred geometry. It cannot be divided or multiplied by any number in the ‘decad’ to make another number from 1-10. It represents purity, and destiny.
The number 7 is significant so often in the 7 main religious or spiritual traditions: Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and Mythology.
It has many different spiritual and religious meanings. It is a metaphysical number symbolic of the student, the mystic, and the seeker of deeper truths and spiritual wisdom.
The 7 Grandfather Teachings, a gift from the First Nations people, that anyone can apply, to live a good life.
The number 7 in most religions is associated with the feminine, e.g. Pallas Athena in Greece, and Mary in Christianity has the 7 attributes of the perfected human soul. In the Old Testament it is associated with 7 Pillars of Wisdom and the Shekinah in Judaism, and is known as the ‘Divine Sophia’ in Christianity. This feminine quality symbolises nurturing and love of mankind. The 7-sided star associated with Isis, the ancient Egyptian goddess of women and fertility, the bringer of unconditional love and light, who resonates with the healing, nurturing and elevating energy of the Creator.
The 7 chakras in our bodies, and in particular the 7th chakra, representing the marriage of the male and female energies in balanced union, and the fusion of the lower self with the Higher Self, i.e. the attainment of unified consciousness and spiritual awakening.
The 7 colours of the rainbow, and when combined create white light, signify the healing and loving power of God, Allah, Higher Power, Great Spirit, Great Life force, Creator, or as you may wish to call Him / Her.
The 7 notes in an octave in music (the 8th being a repeat of the first).
Blueprint of the natural world
The basis of all form, an ancient science that explores and explains the energy patterns that create and unify all things, to reveal the precise way that the energy of the Universe organises itself. On every scale, every natural pattern of growth or movement conforms inevitably to one or more geometric shapes. This principle of interconnectedness, inseparability and union provides us with a continuous reminder of our relationship to the whole, a blueprint for the mind to the sacred foundation of all things created.
Design in sacred buildings
Symbolic and sacred meanings are ascribed to certain geometric shapes and certain geometric proportions. It is associated with the belief that a god is the geometer of the world. The geometry used in the design and construction of religious structures such as churches, temples, mosques, religious monuments, altars, and tabernacles has sometimes been considered sacred. The concept applies also to sacred spaces such as temenoi, sacred groves, village greens and holy wells, and the creation of religious art.
Use in ancient civilisations
Geometric ratios, and geometric figures were often employed in the architectural designs of ancient Egyptian, ancient Indian, Greek and Roman. Medieval European cathedrals also incorporated symbolic geometry. Indian and Himalayan spiritual communities often constructed temples and fortifications on design plans of mandala and yantra.
In the human body
Many of the sacred geometry principles of the human body and of ancient architecture were compiled into the Vitruvian Man drawing by Leonardo da Vinci. The latter drawing was itself based on the much older writings of the Roman architect Vitruvius.