Triangle (symbol)

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The Triangle as a symbol has been used in Theosophical literature with different meanings. Since triangles are the first geometrical figure, they often represent the foundation of manifestation.

A prominent symbolic meaning of the triangle is that of the Triad, of which there are several in Theosophical literature.

There are also a few types of triangles that can be found in Theosophical literature in connection with Mahatmas and disciples. They were traditionally used to designate different degrees of initiation. In a footnote in The Voice of the Silence, H. P. Blavatsky writes:

The △ is the sign of the high chelas, while another kind of triangle is that of high Initiates. It is the symbol "I" discoursed upon by Buddha and used by him as a symbol of the embodied form of Tathagata when released from the three methods of the Prajna.[1]

Mahatma M. is sometimes referred to with a triangle with dot in the middle.[2]

Today several of these triangles have entered the public domain, so they don't always mean what they did, esoterically speaking.

Online resources



  1. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, The Voice of the Silence (Adyar, Madras: Theosophical Publishing House, 1992), Glosarry to Part 1, note 38.
  2. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Collected Writings vol. X (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1988), 140-141.