The Meaning Behind Sacred Geometry Design

By Dillon Forte

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

What Makes Sacred Geometry “Sacred”?

Sacred Geometry is a term coined to comprehend the mathematical laws that govern the structure of reality. It commands cells to divide, determines the radial patterns in a flower, and births symmetry. It’s been proven that the human brain registers symmetry as satisfying or beautiful. In scientific studies symmetrical faces were even concluded to be perceived as more attractive.

Perhaps in our seemingly chaotic world, our subconscious finds comfort in structure. This sense of comfort is possibly why so many religions utilize sacred geometry in their houses of worship and art. It is what makes Sacred Geometry “Sacred”. The idea that there is a plan. A blueprint.

This notion also opens the door to sacred geometry’s place in metaphysics.


Metaphysics is defined as the branch of philosophy that examines the fundamental nature of reality, including the relationship between mind and matter, between substance and attribute, and between potentiality and actuality. Many believe that because sacred geometry is present in all things, it is the key to unlocking greater secrets of the universe. And that by conscious introspection, we can achieve external discovery. After all, there are only five shapes that make up our observable universe, the Platonic solids.

Platonic Solids

Named after the Ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher, Plato, the Platonic solids are the only perfect three-dimensional shapes that exist anywhere, and they are the basis of Plato’s famous “Theory of Everything”. These shapes are; the Tetrahedron, Octahedron, Icosahedron, Cube, and Dodecahedron.

What makes these shapes “perfect” is that the number of sides that comprises each face, is the same number of faces that construct the polyhedron. The cube for example, is comprised of four squares, each square being made up of four sides.

The Platonic solids have been studied for thousands of years (even prior to Plato), and have also long represented the five elements: earth, air, fire, water, and “God” or “universe”.

Cube: the representation of earth and nature.

Octahedron: the representation of air

Tetrahedron: the representation of fire

Icosahedron: the representation water

Dodecahedron: the representation of the universe


I have been tattooing sacred imagery for the past 13 years, each day further affirming the interconnectedness of all things and people. Have you ever noticed the veins in your body resemble the roots of a tree? Or that a spiral galaxy mirrors the nautilus shell? These anomalies are actually not anomalies at all. They are rules of geometry that reflect the golden ratio. When a line is divided into two parts and the longer part (a) divided by the smaller part (b) is equal to the sum of (a) + (b) divided by (a) = Phi

My fascination with geometry has been my greatest muse, with the human body as my primary canvas. I find that in tattooing, our natural symmetry in combination with sacred geometric imagery makes for a powerful and cohesive ascetic.

For many, tattoos are an outward representation of oneself and often hold a significance as individual as the person wearing them. One of my most requested designs are of custom-repeating geometric shapes and mandalas. Often times these designs are used to symbolize growth.

The word mandala means “circle” Sanskrit. It is a spiritual symbol found in both Hinduism and Buddhism traditions. Mandalas often hold two meanings. The first is a representation of the universe as a whole, with repeating patterns symbolizing eternal life and connectivity. The second is of the individual’s spiritual journey, with the soul forever learning, growing, and expanding.

My work is dedicated to the sacred  geometric nature of existence. It is my belief that through geometry we can gain a greater awareness of the true meaning of life. From the microcosm to the macrocosm, there are mathematical relationships that underlie the fundamental structure of our universe. The purpose of this work is to illuminate these mysteries.

In conclusion, Sacred Geometry is not the pseudoscience it is made out to be. In fact it is simply science. Measurable, observable, and tangible.

For more enlightenment on ideas on sacred geometry, I recommend reading the book The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life, reading insightful articles via Gaia and of course reading more here on Wake up World.

About the Author:

World-renowned artist, Dillon Forte, is recognized primarily for his contemporary style of Sacred Geometry in tattooing. World traveler and California native, born February 1987, Forte has since dedicated his life to the pursuit of excellence in his craft. He believes in viewing the body as a whole, and creates harmonious designs to flow seamlessly with the skin. His projects include fine art photography, painting, fashion, and tech design. Forte has been featured in various magazines, books, editorials, and art exhibitions worldwide. To learn more about his work go to:

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