Slimbridge Dowsing


Sacred Geometry - Trish Mills

Trish Mills in fornt of a crop circleTrish Mills with a slide of a crop circle

Before Britain went metric in 1972, British Imperial measurements were based on man and the harmonies of the earth. An inch was the length of the first joint of a man’s thumb. A foot was - you guessed it - the length of his foot. The ell and the cubit - from fingertip to elbow. The yard - from nose to fingertips.

According to Trish Mills during her talk on 24th January, Sacred Geometry explains the fundamental laws of the universe, the relationship between everything, and everything in harmony. Pythagoras [570–495 BC] said, “Numbers undoubtedly had a hand in the creation of the Universe.”

'Geometry' means measurement of the earth, and Trish produced many examples. “What is music,” she asked, “but numbers and their harmonic repetition? Cymatics is sound you can see. And spirals! They comply with the rules of sacred geometry too.”

Spirals are nature’s most repeated pattern - the seeds in a sunflower, nebulae in outer space, storms and hurricanes, whirlpools, sea shells, the nautilus and ammonites to name but a few.

She introduced us to fractals, the way nature reproduces itself, increasing or decreasing but always to scale, as in snowflakes, a beautiful fern or the amazing Romanesco cauliflower. Which lead us to the involute curve that gives us the eagle’s beak, the dorsal fin of a shark, a sheep’s horns.

Similarly, triangles and the power of three are to be found everywhere too. In pyramids, in folklore - witness Goldilocks and the three bears, three blind mice, everyone always gets three wishes. The equilateral triangle, which has three angles of 60 degrees, is geometry’s most stable structure.

Touching lightly on the boring bits - there are only seven basic structures of crystals; the five platonic solids form all other matter, plus ether, Trish used on-screen charts and diagrams to initiate us into the mysteries of the Fibonacci series and spirals governed by Phi, the Greek letter that represents 1:1.618, the Golden Ratio. Not forgetting the vesica piscis formed by two overlapping circles and held very sacred by most religions.

Trish compared the ancient Greek Caduceus with the structure of DNA, which we discovered in the 1950s, both comprised of spirals twining round each other. “Surely that’s too much of a coincidence to be a coincidence?” she said. “The Ancient Greeks must have known about DNA long before we did.”

We saw how sacred geometry also pops up in architecture and art, adopted by the medieval church in the middle ages. It brought harmony in design and composition, and we were asked which we thought had the most sacred geometry, the Royal Crescent in Bath or the Tricorn Centre in Stroud?

Sunflower seed headSunflower seed head

Finally she pointed out Euclid’s [325-265 BC] geometry in crop circles. “Much of the geometry in crop circles is very advanced and unlikely to have been known to hoaxers,” she said, ending with a photograph of that famous crop circle that looks just like the seeds in the centre of a sunflower. “Can you see the sunflower design?” she asked. “The spirals? The fractals? The involute curves?”

Fractal broccoliFractal broccoli

Sacred Geometry is everywhere you look, and there is little doubt that when early man was building Stonehenge, and the Egyptians were erecting the pyramids, they knew and understood all about sacred geometry.

Our next meeting is Thursday 12th February, Lorraine Doherty on the Bosnian Pyramids.