Sacred Geometry: Dance of the Planets

Four Classes with Tiffani Gyatso (Recordings)

ABOUT SACRED GEOMETRY:

From a honeycomb to the bud of a flower to the neural network of the brain, all forms of life are composed of intricate patterns underlined by a basic matrix. Everything in the universe is connected. Through Sacred Geometry we can trace patterns of Creation and by contemplating it we can relax our sense of unity in the perfection of chaos and order. 

Sacred Geometry is a vision - by understanding life through all of its creation, we realize that sacredness is all around us, from the new formation of a life cell to the decomposing organic bodies. Drawing geometry aligns our mental function, our emotional hearts and the energy of action to the purpose of opening to that sacred space, beauty and serenity. 


ABOUT THIS COURSE:

In this four part course, we will learn the construction of basic geometry going through all divisions of two to ten. In each of our four meetings we will be guided step by step through the process of starting the drawing of a mandala from a blank paper through the coloring. We will learn about the symbolism behind shape, numbers and colors. After one hour and a half you will have a beautiful mandala! All mandalas are inspired by the deep wisdom and vision of the Middle Eastern traditions, which is elaborated in its architecture and various expressions of art from Morocco all the way to India. 

Anyone with passion for the wonders of life, art, nature and the universe, are welcome! 

 

DETAILED PROGRAM

In each class we focus on a group of planets and talk about their qualities according to occidental astrology as well as some scientific characteristics, such as their unique orbit as we create our mandala starting from a blank piece of paper, constructing dots and lines and finishing it with water color pencils. 

This practice invites us to contemplate a bigger perspective of ourselves as part of an infinite mandala that is the universe. How can we contemplate the universe by observing ourselves as a micro part of the macro cosmos? We begin our class with such reflections and then go on to the practical art of sacred geometry, shown step by step to anchor our presence. When it is done we will flow in the waters of colors celebrating our creativity!


SESSION ONE

In our first class we will contemplate characteristics and relations of the Sun and the Moon, considering the relations of polarities such as female energy and masculine energy. The stable sun and the moon with so many phases and turns, where we will be inspired to do a mandala relating number 28, considering the 27, 3 days of a moon's cycle. 

SESSION TWO 

In our second class we will contemplate the relation of Earth and Venus and our relation to love and possessions in the world. Venus orbits the Sun 13 times for every 8 Earth orbits. If one tracks the relative positions of Earth and Venus over an 8 year period, the resulting pattern is a beautiful 5 flower shape. We will be inspired by this shape and create a mandala relating to the number 5.

SESSION THREE 

In our third class we will contemplate the orbit of Mars in relation to Earth. We will contemplate what kind of fire moves us in life, how we balance strength and aggressiveness. And today we will construct a mandala relating to the number 7.

SESSION FOUR 

In our final class we will look into the qualities of the "heavy" planets: Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, bringing subjects very important in our lives, our limits, our shadows and fear of death. By contemplating their transits we can turn challenges in opportunities and this is actually how they stimulate growth in our lives. And we will celebrate our last class of this series with a Torus Mandala. 

Course curriculum

Instructor

Tiffani Gyatso

Tiffani Gyatso is an artist from Brazil who focused her studies on the sacred expressions of art from different cultures. She specialized in traditional Tibetan Thangka painting, which she learned in India at the Norbulingka Institute from the years 2003-2006 and later furthered her studies at the Prince School of Traditional Arts in London where she studied sacred Geometry of the Middle East. Today she runs her own art retreat center at the Atelier YabYum at the mountains of Brazil and guides art groups to India and Nepal.