Have you ever noticed the beautiful geometry of plants?
Some wise men and women in the past looked closely at the world around us, and intuited that The Creator of All must be a mathematician, and that The Creator specifically expresses itself through the geometry of nature. A great wisdom tradition, which traces its roots to pre-dynastic Egypt and perhaps earlier, symbolizes The Creator most simply with the letter, “G“, for “Geometry”.
The more one looks at all things large and small, from spiraling galaxies and supernova explosions to the intricacies of crystalline structures and molecular bonding, the more this insight rings true. Geometry is everywhere in nature. The ancients observed the world around them in search of truth and wisdom. Wise men and women do the same today .
In the world of plants and flowers one notices the beautiful geometry of how each stem, leaf, and petal is constructed.
Although each is an individual, certain symmetries and patterns repeat again and again in beautiful profusion.
Flowers with five petals embody the pentagon and the pentagram, a wisdom symbol from ancient times.
Some archeoastronomers theorize that the Pentagram is a representation of Venus over her 8 year cycle as the “morning star” and the “evening star”.
I believe the source of the symbol is much more down to Earth as the shape is repeated again and again in the natural world.
Tom Knox, in his novel, The Babylon Rite, offers an intriguing insight. He connects the pentagram, found over and again in Templar ruins, with the pentagonal morning glory flower.
He explores an hypothesis that ancient people used the seeds of a certain cultivar of morning glory in their rituals, and that this practice was later adopted by the Knights Templar in the 12th Century.
They carved vines and pentagrams into stone to decorate their structures as a sign of veneration for this plant, and as a token of their appreciation for other gifts from the plant kingdom. Rosslyn Chapel in Edinburgh, Scotland, is testament to their love of plants from around the world.
The walls and ceilings of the chapel are covered in vines, ears of corn, flowers, aloe leaves, and many other intriguing carvings in stone.
One of the most beautiful is that of the “Green Man”, who has leafy vines growing out of eyes, ears, and nostrils. Green Man carvings are found on numerous Templar buildings throughout the British Isles and in other areas of Europe.
Whether the Templars, and others, ever used the seeds of this particular plant, or not, they certainly appreciated the gifts of the nature.
So many of our favorite fruits and vegetables begin as a five petaled flower.
Flowers remain symbols of beauty, abundance, and wisdom. Time we spend appreciating their beauty is time well spent.
All photos by Woodland Gnome
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“If you have a garden and a library,
you have everything you need.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Science! Thou fair effusive ray
From the great source of mental day,
Free, generous and refined!
Descend with all thy treasures fraught
Illumine each bewilder’d thought
And bless my labouring mind“
Mark Akenside, “Hymn to Science,” 1744