Vesica Piscis is believed to be one of the oldest shape used since the ancient period and still today many of the artists, architects and designers use it to create beautiful and breathtaking designs and buildings, I am sure most of them must be unaware of this sacred symbol. To use Vesica Piscis we should first know it in a better way.
Vesica Piscis is one of the powerful structure which also narrates the story of the beginning of the universe.
We have already explored the design of the creator where we found the existence of golden ratio, golden angle and golden rectangle in almost everything of the universe. These are the proportions according to which the universe is designed from the spiral structure of DNA to the spiral structure of the galaxies.
Vesica Piscis Name
“Vesica Piscis” is the Latin word where vesica means “bladder” and Pisces means “fish”. The word together means “Bladder of fish”.
It is also known as ichthys or ichthus, a Greek word means “fish“. It is a symbol consisting of two intersecting arcs, the ends of the right side extending beyond the meeting point so as to resemble the profile of a fish.
Vesica Piscis is also known as a Mandorla, means “Almond” in Italian.
Vesica Piscis Symbol
The elliptical shape formed when the two circles of equal radius aligned in a manner that the perimeter of one circle passes through the centre of the other.
Related by geometry to the triangle, the vesica signifies the mediation of opposites and is associated in Christian symbolism with the Trinity.1
It resembles the graphic symbol for Pisces, the twelfth and last sign of the Zodiac, which is signified by two partial circles that are distinct, yet bound by a line.2
Narrating the Origin of Universe
Creation of Vesica Piscis actually represents the beginning of the sacred geometry as well as the Birth of the universe. There is a strong connection between sacred geometry and story of the universe.
Vesica Piscis is born out of two circles. The circle stands for unity, oneness, eternity, wholeness, and completeness. Circle is the only form that encloses all other figures. Circle is born out of a point.
The upper circle represents the spirit and the other one represents the physical reality. The intersection or overlapping represents the union of spirit and material. It is believed that this unification gives birth to the material life.
Thus, all our geometry, whether sacred or profane, springs from ‘nothing,’ as evidenced by the fact that the point doesn’t even qualify as a dimension.3
Every creation starts with the point. It doesn’t have any dimension but it gives birth to other dimensions. Our universe is the result of a dimensionless point. It expanded and we born in the fourth dimension of space-time. The way geometry emerging from this point explains about the formation of all the dimensions of the matter of the universe.
Vesica Piscis Images
Shape found in the wall of the temple of Osiris, at Abydos, Egypt, in which a set of multiple intersecting circles—known as the Flower of Life—are carved into a granite column. The Vesica Piscis is one element of this complex geometry.
Pythagoras journeyed to Egypt around 550 BCE and it is thought that it was there he learned of the “Flower of Life” geometry from which the Vesica Piscis derives.
Drawing from the ʻCodex Bruchsalʼ, a German book dating to circa 1220 CE, now in the Badische Landesbibliothek, Library in Karlsruhe, Germany. The image of the Christian saviour is surrounded by the Vesica Piscis with the four beasts of the Apocalypse in each corner.4
The symbol has also been found in Roman catacombs as early as the first century CE.
Vesica Piscis in Jesus Symbol
For early Christians, the Vesica Piscis represented the womb of Mary as the coming together of heaven and earth through Jesus, the “fisher of men” as part man, part god.
The secret sign also represents Christians historical saviour, Jesus Christ. He is believed to be the enlightened union of spirit and flesh.
Acronym ΙΧΘΥΣ, Ichthys, which is Greek for fish: “Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ”, (Iēsous Christos, Theou Yios, Sōtēr), which translates as “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior.”5
|1,2,3 Fletcher, R. “Rachel Fletcher Musings on the Vesica Piscis – Springer.” 2004. <http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s00004-004-0021-8.pdf>
4,5 “Sign of the Fish (pdf) – The Messiah Matrix.” 2012. 23 Apr. 2016 <http://www.messiahmatrix.com/The_Sign_of_the_Fish.pdf>
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