semiotic history of the triangle

IN THE WESTERN CANON, the significance of the Triangle dates back to the Platonists’ geometrical theories, in which the Triangle is posited as the primary plane surface. Equilateral Triangles, particularly, represent the godhead of harmony and proportion; Plato, in the Timaeus, considers that the right-angled Triangle stands for the Earth. The Pythagoreans attached various mystic values to Triangles and their geometrical derivations.
OF COURSE, the Triangle was also significant to the Mayans, whose hieroglyph for the Sun-ray was a Triangle; in ancient India, Triangles brought together nadir to apex form the “Bindu,” or seed of manifestation; in the Jewish and Christian traditions we find that the Triangle represents God and Christ’s divine and human natures, respectively; in Masonry, the “sublime Triangle,” or “shining Delta” is a cosmic triad representing ancient proportions and a variety of moral triptychs like “wisdom, strength, and beauty,” or “right thinking, right speaking, and right doing,” sentiments which echo throughout many religious traditions


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