(3) Symmetry

Symmetry in Religious Symbols

“Symmetry symbols pervade ancient cosmologies. Thus the concept of axis mundi (the world axis) is a famous mytho-poetic archetype expressing the idea of centrality in the arrangement of the Cosmos.” The central image of Christianity, the cross, belongs in the same category, it signifies a possibility for humans to connect with heaven.

The appeal of symmetry can also be found on a person’s reaction when highly symmetrical natural objects (seashells etc.) are found. The idea that these objects came from nature itself makes us view symmetry as something that is informative of the world around us. It’s because of this tendency to see purpose and beauty in symmetry that makes it an integral part of religious symbols.

Some people argue that with symmetry comes perfection and perfection will bring you closer to God. But what is the real meaning of perfection? Is it all about symmetry? Maybe it’s because we can find symmetry everywhere: from living things (human body, plants) to nonliving (crystals, heavenly bodies). We can’t help but wonder if there is a deep, spiritual meaning in all this symmetry. And if it connects us to God in some way.