# Sacred Geometry

8 Six around one or twelve or even eighteen The six points of the hexagon give rise to the pattern shown below. Alternatively it can be drawn by walking a circle around itself something most children have done at school, whether under instruction or just playing with compasses. We are now seeking the lower diagram opposite, and need the centres of the six outer circles. One way is to lightly draw the six circles shown dashed above, otherwise we can draw straight lines as shown in the lower diagram. Both ways work. We can now see that six circles fit around one. We can push oranges, wineglasses or tennis balls together to see it, yet it is extraordinary really. Six around one is a theme which the Old Testament of the Bible opens on, with the six days of work and the seventh day of rest. There is indeed something very sixy about circles. 9