The Dodecahedron has been a source of metaphysical interest for at least 2000 years. Like a crystal or gem, its facets and symmetries compel our eyes and hearts to observe life more deeply. Some have believed that the Dodecahedron represents an idealized form of Divine thought, will, or idea. To contemplate this symbol was to engage in meditation upon the Divine. Today many people believe there is a lost knowledge residing in the past, slowly being rediscovered. It is known that figures like Pythagoras, Kepler, and Leonardo, among many, were educated in these Sacred Geometries, and held many beliefs about them and their role in the Universe.
This polyhedron is one of an order of five regular polyhedra, that is, they each represent the regular division of 3-dimensional space, equilaterally and equiangularly. These are the Tetrahedron, Cube, Octahedron, Dodecahedron, and Icosahedron, respectively:
The Tetrahedron represents the concept of system. When four radiating points interact, they will form the Tetrahedron. It has four triangular faces, and is the structural basis for geodesic architecture. Buckminster Fuller is the best resource for a deeper understanding of this shape. It has been associated with the element Fire.
The Hexahedron or Cube represents the three-dimensional, physical, manifest world, with its four directions (expressed by squares), right angles, and polarities. It has six faces. It has been associated with the element Earth.
The Octahedron has a dual relationship to the Cube. Whereas the Cube has six faces and eight vertices, the Octahedron has eight faces and six vertices. It has been associated with the element Air.
The Dodecahedron will be addressed on the next pages.
The Icosahedron has twenty triangular faces and twelve vertices. It is also considered a first-frequency geodesic structure. It has been associated with the element Water.
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