Friday, November 8, 2013

Stained Glass Window Done!!

Dave emailed me a photo of the completed stained glass window today - SPECTACULAR!!

It will definitely be the crown jewel of the house.  The window has three panes - a center pane that holds the chambered nautilus, which is also the sacred geometry spiral.  The nautilus is flanked on each end by a lotus flower.  Here's a bit of background on the symbols:

Sacred geometry is the geometry used in the planning and construction of religious structures such as churches, temples, mosques, religious monuments, altars, tabernacles; as well as for sacred spaces such as sacred groves, village greens, holy wells (and tiny houses!) and the creation of religious art. In sacred geometry, symbolic and sacred meanings are ascribed to certain geometric shapes and certain geometric proportions. 

In the ancient world certain numbers had symbolic meaning, aside from their ordinary use for counting or calculating; plane figures, the polygons, triangles, squares, hexagons, and so forth, were related to the numbers (three and the triangle, for example), were thought of in a similar way, and in fact, carried even more emotional value than the numbers themselves, because they were visual.

The study of sacred geometry has its roots in the study of nature, and the mathematical principles at work therein.  Many forms observed in nature can be related to geometry, for example, the chambered nautilus grows at a constant rate and so its shell forms a logarithmic spiral to accommodate that growth without changing shape. Also, honeybees construct hexagonal cells to hold their honey. These and other correspondences are seen by believers in sacred geometry to be further proof of the cosmic significance of geometric forms. 

The belief that God created the universe according to a geometric plan has ancient origins. Geometric ratios, and geometric figures were often employed in the design of Egyptian, ancient Indian, Greek, and Roman architecture. Medieval European cathedrals also incorporated symbolic geometry. Indian and Himalayan spiritual communities often constructed temples and fortifications on design plans of mandala and yantra. 

Many of the sacred geometry principles of the human body and of ancient architecture have been compiled into the Vitruvian Man drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, itself based on the much older writings of the roman architect Vitruvius.  Source:

And a bit about the lotus flower: 

Anybody who has ever observed a lotus flower emerging from a murky pond cannot fail to see the beauty of this exquisite plant.  The flower always looks so clean and pure against the background of the dirty pond. Because of this the lotus flower has come to be associated with purity and beauty.

This plant is known to be associated with rebirth. This is a consequence of it retracting into the water at the night, and emerging a fresh in the Sun the next day.  Therefore the lotus came to symbolize the Sun and the creation. The lotus is known to be associated with purity, spiritual awakening and faithfulness. In some religions it is also associated with beauty, fertility, prosperity, spirituality, and eternity.  Source:  

We are getting it over to Omni Window to be installed into the window frame, and then we will install it in the loft!  What a beautiful thing to see every morning when I open my eyes.


  1. That window is spectacular indeed. I'm wishing I had your skill of foresight and eye for detail. My project will be spartan by comparison.

  2. ohhhhh it's perfect! WOW. So much wow. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm <3


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