Sacred Geometry and Hooping – Interviews

Sacred Geometry and Hooping – Interviews

I had the pleasure of interviewing three different hoopers on the topic of Sacred Geometry. I have heard the term many times in reference to hooping. I figured that many others had also become curious about what it was. I got my questions answered by three lovely and talented hoopers that are passionate about sacred geometry.

Kait O’Brien

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Kait O’Brien has been hooping for about 3 and a half years.

1. What is sacred geometry (in simple words)?

“What is Sacred Geometry? The term “sacred geometry” is used by archaeologists, anthropologists, and geometricians to explain the religious, philosophical, and spiritual beliefs that have sprung up around geometry in various cultures during the course of human history. It is a catch all term covering Pythagorean geometry and neo-platonic geometry. Sacred geometry involves sacred universal patterns used in the design of everything in our reality, most often seen in sacred architecture and sacred art. The basic belief is that geometry and mathematical ratios, harmonics and proportion are also found in music, light, and cosmology. A cultural universal of the human condition.”

2. What made you interested in sacred geometry?

“At first I will admit I was intrigued by the beautiful patterns which represent the philosophy, but expanding my knowledge on the actuality and history of Sacred Geometry, opened up new pathways to a universal understanding on how we are all connected.”

3. How does it fit into your hooping/hoop dance?

“Symbols are a universal language understood by all and circles/roundness universally symbolizes totality, wholeness, simultaneity, the infinite, eternity, and creator/source. Roundness is held sacred as the most natural shape. Combinations of circles can produce extraordinary visualizations conveying the idea that nothing exists except an encounter between various fields of energy, just as the rainbow is created only when sun, water, and observers’ sight come together. Personally through my experience with hooping I feel the circle opens the soul and allows the sacred geometry which is contained within everything to speak directly to our DNA rooting us back to where we once where. My circle represents the eternal now this moment the only one we will ever have symbolizing celestial unity and recurrence, endless moving, completion and fulfillment.”

Kait enjoys hooping at live shows

Kait enjoys hooping at live shows

4. Would your hoop journey be as worthwhile without sacred geometry?

“Yes I do feel that my hoop journey would be worthwhile without the understanding of sacred geometry. Because overall hooping has made me the person I am today with just being me inside the circle. I feel I can speak for a large amount of men and woman throughout the hooping community that have once been an outcast and because of hooping have blossomed into a social flower. Not only that, but comes with it an amount of endless inspiration and love that is unfathomable”

Sadie Morgan

 

Sadie has been hooping for 3 years

Sadie has been hooping for 3 years

1. What is sacred geometry (in simple words)?

“Sacred geometry has been used thousands of years by pretty much all races of humanity, for example, the Flower of Life is found in Egypt, Ireland, South America, etc. It mathematically maps out everything of life in nature, and is infinite.”

2. What made you interested in sacred geometry?

“What really got me interested in sacred geometry was nature. Before I had even heard of sacred geometry, I was seeing numerous patterns that were so beautiful and perfect, but I had no way to describe them.”

3. How does it fit into your hooping/hoop dance?

“I see the hoop as infinite, and when I manipulate the hoop in certain patterns I can see the ever-spiraling petals of the Flower of Life.” Referring to her experiences in nature and her outdoor hooping practice, “This is where hooping started to fit into my interest with it.”

Sadie experiences nature while hooping

Sadie experiences nature while hooping

4.Would your hoop journey be as worthwhile without sacred geometry?

“Honestly, I don’t think my hoop journey would have been as worthwhile if I hadn’t discovered sacred geometry. Doing extensive research about it made me want to hoop more because I could feel something deep in my soul, something so raw and unique yet so universal amongst all living things. Hooping gives me a way to express that. It gives us all a way to express ourselves and share that love.”

Katie Emmitt

Katie has been hooping for 3 years

Katie has been hooping for 3 years

1. What is sacred geometry (in simple words)?

“ Essentially, if you really look at our universe, (especially the natural world around us) you’re going to begin to notice a lot of repeating patterns and a lot of shapes. You might start to notice hexagons everywhere, or circles (hoopers, you all should know what I’m talking about with that one!), or pentagons, or spirals, or cubes, or pyramids… you name it! These patterns show up everywhere. And, to put it simply, sacred geometry is the belief that these repeating patterns and shapes have a spiritual significance; that they can lead us to discover more about the spiritual world and where we came from. Some of you may be familiar with some basic shapes and growth patterns that exist in our universe. One of the most prominent – Phi (1.618) – is a ratio that creates a spiraling growth pattern (you can see this in almost any flower, if you look closely). Its also known as the Fibonacci sequence. Plato also discovered the ‘Platonic Solids’ which he claimed were the ‘building blocks of the universe’. The circle is one of the most basic perfect forms (start with a point, draw a line, connect the line, and you’ve got a circle) that symbolizes unity, life, and interconnectedness. The all-encompassingcircle.”

Katie provided this picture she drew of the flower of life, metatron's cube, and the doedecahedron

Katie provided this picture she drew of the flower of life, metatron’s cube, and the doedecahedron

2. What made you interested in sacred geometry?

“Hooping actually led me to study sacred geometry! I had been hooping for about a year when I started becoming obsessed with circles. I saw them everywhere, I started incorporating them into my artwork, and I couldn’t help but draw them all of the time. I started investing in a bunch of tools for drawing geometric patterns as well. One day a hooper friend came over and looked at what I was drawing and said, “Cool- you’re drawing a flower of life!” I just said, “Oh yeah…” (because I didn’t know what that was at the time!) But it made me interested in studying and finding out all I could about sacred geometry, and that study has really become a part of my life ever since!”

3. How does it fit into your hooping/hoop dance?

“Well… I would say that, in my opinion, hooping led me to the study of sacred geometry simply because I spent so much time with such a meaningful, simple, geometric form! When you spend that many hours with a circle, circling around your body in various ways, it’s bound to affect your perception of the world! Once I learned more about sacred geometry, I started to notice ways geometry would fit into my hooping! (For example, having the hoop circle around my body or on a limb was so reminiscent of a 2 dimensional torus or the Seed of Life.) Then, as I began to notice more geometry in my flow, I would start to think about drawing with the hoop on a 3 dimensional grid that surrounded me. I began to think about the trails that the hoop leaves behind and what it might look like if I could somehow draw in the air with my hoop.”

Katie saw sacred geometry in the photos of her smart hoop, too!

Katie saw sacred geometry in the photos of her smart hoop, too!

4. Would your hoop journey be as worthwhile without sacred geometry?

“In my mind, everyone has some inherent geometry knowledge that just comes with being a human and experiencing life – and you can either tune into that or leave it alone. I think that even if I wasn’t drawn to study Sacred Geometry and learn more about shapes and patterns, the simple fact that I spend so much time with a circle would have unlocked some of that inherent bodily geometry anyway – whether I knew it or not! There is something so magical about the circle and once you spend enough time with it (and I’m sure that many hoopers can attest to this) it does change your perception of things and the way you visually see the world and experience it… So, I think that my hoop journey would have been worthwhile no matter what, but I also believe that just learning more about geometry and about the circle has influenced the way I think about my flow, and it has led to some very interesting ways of thinking about movement arts!”

Katie also provided this photo of the seed of life.

Katie also provided this photo of the seed of life.

5. What would you say to others that have thought about adding sacred geometry to their hooping experience?

“Go for it! Learning more about sacred geometry can never be a bad thing! Just be aware of your sources when you research and steer more on the mathematical side of things before delving into the spiritual side (where there can be a lot of misguided information). Simply discovering more about the mathematics of the circle and cultural history behind the circle will influence your ideas about the spiritual side of it, and it will definitely lend itself to discovering more about your hoop practice.”

 

 

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