Symbology & Architecture

"They (symbols & images) represent the grammar and syntax of a kind of metalanguage by which the entire constellation of meanings is transmitted. They reveal the basic world view of Old European (pre-Indo-European) culture. Symbols are seldom abstract in any genuine sense; their ties with nature persist, to be discovered through the study of context and association. In this way we can hope to decipher the mythical thought which is the raison d'etre of this art and basis of its form.
This present work grows out of the vast body of symbols preserved in the actual artefacts themselves. My primary presupposition is that they can best be understood on their own planes of reference, grouped according to their own inner coherence. They constitute a complex system in which every unit is interlocked with every other in what appear to be specific categories. No symbol can be treated in isolation; understanding the parts leads to understanding the whole, which in turn leads to identifying more of the parts.

The Archaeologist, Marija Gimbutas in The Language of the Goddess

One of the most difficult problems in thematizing symbols is that many of them have lost their planes of reference, their associative contexts. Just one example serves amply to illustrate this point – that of the double triangle that is now seen as the star of david.  Further, in many mosques and churches where the geometry may be found, it has lost its value as a symbolbecome devoid of significance and is seen only as part of the ornamental paraphernalia, so much so that even the concept of the existence of a complex metalanguage has been concealed.

The triangle and the circle are the geometric prototypes of the bhag-yoni/vulva.  They appear cross-culturally in many different continents and civilizations.  They give rise not only to a complex symbology but also to different kinds of temple formation.