From the simple circle to the complex Metatron’s cube, geometric shapes have become a recent tattoo trend among countless young skins. But why? Behind this mishmash of endless shape combinations lies a world of hidden symbology. Let’s have a look at the meaning behind some of the most common geometric shapes arising throughout this recent trend.
Circles are a common representation of wholeness, unity and infinity, reflecting the never-ending circle of life. Those of us who grew up watching The Craft will know that the circle is also a symbol of protection and even a shield against the supernatural. The four most powerful elements — fire, water, earth and air — are also commonly represented by a circle.
Triangles tend to take a religious prevalence, standing for sacred trinities such as the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, as well as the past, present and future, beginning, middle and end, the spirit, mind and body. The number three is also commonly addressed in mythology. A few examples being: the three judges of the underworld, the three faces of the goddess Hecate and the three Furies and Graces. Even fairytale wishes come as three. The tri-sided shape is also associated with optimism, inspiration and creativity. There is also a difference between a point-up and point-down triangle. Point-up signifies a strongly rooted foundation, while a point-down illustrates the idea of being a descent into the physical world.
Crosses are quickly related to Christianity, and because of this religious tie, the cross tends to be seen as a symbol of worship, sacrifice and salvation. A cross also marks the face of our compass, giving us direction and a sense of security.
Squares are even more closely related to the symbology behind the number four than the cross. Being a closed structure, squares are solid and strong. It’s four equal sides can also be viewed as a base to build and grow on.
The four sides can also be symbolic for the four cardinal directions, the four seasons, and the four phases of life, from birth and childhood to adulthood and death.