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Decoding my recent obsession with triangles
If you have been following my most recent designs, you may have noticed how prevalent triangles in all forms have become in my work. While I initially just wrote it off as just a design element that I was being drawn to, a recent comment from a client got me thinking about why I am so compelled to use the triangle. As I started looking into various meanings behind this symbol, I am not surprised at all that it has been tugging away at a part of my brain for awhile. When I started to pull together all the different meanings and symbolism associated with triangles, it all made sense to me.
One of the first thing that stands out to me is the natural connection to the number 3. Mathematically speaking, three is a cool number, representing the union of its two predecessors. Numerologically speaking, One represents force, Two represents an opening, and Three is the birthing of true wisdom.
Some of the more prevalent trinities associated with the triangle are:
- Waxing, Waning, Full
- Spirit, Mind, Body
- Father, Son, Holy Ghost
- Mother, Father, Child
- Past, Present, Future
- Power, Intellect, Love
- Thought, Feeling, Emotion
- Mother, Maiden, Crone
- Love, Truth, Wisdom
- Creator, Destroyer, Sustainer
- Creation, Preservation, Destruction
What I think is so cool about the above list, there is something on there that appeals to everyone. Personally, I have a strong connection to the cycles of the moon, a dedicated yoga practice which relies on the mind, body spirit connection, and that’s just the first two on the list. No wonder my mind has been circling around triangles.
The form of the triangle is said to represent different energies depending on how it is worn. Lately, many of my pendants feature the inverted triangle, a well known symbol for the divine feminine, representing the sexual nature of the female, water, and religions connected to goddesses. The inverted triangle is also the alchemical symbol for water. The crystals I have been working with only highlight these meanings, looking at the labradorite pendant below, how can you not see the fluidity of water, the flash of female intuition, and the vision of a filled and flowing chalice?
In addition, the triangle can symbolize how working together can unite people. They will use their traits that are the most strong ones they have. It can represent the process of development and getting to the highest point of a change that is spiritual. It can symbolize achieving dreams and ambitions. Perhaps what is so intriguing to me about the nature of the triangle is that it can be a very versatile symbol with different meanings. It can represent balance and being creative. It can symbolize rising up, something being manifested, illuminated, or integrated. The triangle can represent proportion, something culminating, and being subjective. What other symbol can mean things that are polar opposites? The upside down triangle is female, lunar, passive, and symbolizes Mother. The right side up triangle is male, solar, active, and symbolizes Father.
I’m curious, how does the triangle resonate with you? Let me know in the comment section below.