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The Four Type Systems involve recommendations for jewelry shape and design lines.  

Many of them are similar, but like always there are some differences.  Here are how each shape is interpreted by several systems.

CIRCLE: DYT T1 spring androgynous, Wright T1 spring, Riter summer feminine, Scaman summer

OVAL: Riter winter androgynous, DYT T2 summer yin (also S Curve), Wright T2 summer, Scaman winter 

TRIANGLE:  DYT T3 autumn yang, Wright T4 winter, Riter spring androgynous, Scaman spring

SQUARE: DYT T4 winter andrognyous (also rectangle), Wright T3 autumn, Scaman autumn, Riter autumn masculine

IluminEssensce on shapes:
Tone I: circle, gentle triangle facing up, star
Tone II: egg shaped oval or tear drop, gentle rectangle, gentle S curve
Tone III: jagged triangle, zig zag, rectangle
Tone IV: curved or regular rectangle, oval, S curve

Scaman on Seasonal Blends with Shapes
True Spring shape is triangle, Bright Spring is diamond (or crystal), Light Spring is triangle and circle (or teardrop, heart)
True Summer shape is circle, Light Summer is animated circle (balloons, teardrops, raindrops, circular petals shapes, bubbles, feathers), Soft Summer is circle and square (or pebble shaped, celtic knots)
True Autumn shape is square, Soft Autumn is rounded square (twisted rope), Dark Autumn is square and oval (or rectangular prism)
True Winter shape is oval, Dark Winter is squared oval, Bright Winter is oval with triangle (or star, diamond)


Here are many meanings and symbolism associated with different shapes.

Type 1: circles, stars, hearts

CIRCLE (sun disc, sacred hoop, ring): An ancient and universal symbol of unity, wholeness, infinity, the goddess, female power, and the sun. To earth-centered religions throughout history as well as to many contemporary pagans, it represents the feminine spirit or force, the cosmos or a spiritualized Mother Earth, and a sacred space. (See next item) Gnostic traditions linked the unbroken circle to the "world serpent" forming a circle as it eats its own tail.  Represents air, also metal.

The Circle Christian Symbol represents eternity. The circle symbolises eternity as it has no beginning or end.

Doodling: Emotional people who want harmony and love tend to draw things with circular or rounded shapes, or symbols of love and femininity (circles, spirals, suns, flowers, hearts, faces, lips, eyes, small animals, cups, jugs, balloons, rings, wheels, shoes, clocks, loops, fluffy clouds, rounded trees, hills, fruit, waves, pools etc).source

The circle is yin.
In sacred geometry, the circle represents the spiritual realms. 
Rounded shapes are generally considered to be more yin than straight-sided shapes - a long thin curved table is more yin than a rectangular table. A circle is an exeption to this because it is also the most compact shape and is therefore more yang in shape.

CIRCLE is a Type 1 Spring shape for DYT and Wright Color Psychology.
But it is Summer/feminine for Riter Science of Personal Dress.

CIRCLE is a symbol of emotion, yin, spiritual realms, Sun - considered Yin in SPD
rounded is feminine, but the circle shape can also be seen as yang, air
considered androgynous in DYT
It is the shape of coins and associated with the Element Metal.

Gems: Round stones (such as “brilliant”) represent attraction, permanence, and perfection.  
Round is associated with ether or the spirit element.

Wright Spring


straight line (vs. circle)
Feminine and masculine energies complement one another. The masculine is symbolized by the straight line; the feminine is symbolized by the circle 

Circle and line. Feminine and masculine. These shapes can be understood simply on a physical level, in terms of the differences in the bodies of men and women. They can be understood emotionally, in noticing the ways a person reaches a conclusion, an end goal. And they can be understood spiritually. source

   "... feminine awareness through circles and the masculine with straight lines and points. These are the symbols that depict man and woman, Co-Creators with God in spirit, mind, heart, and the materialization of our hearts desires." source

Originally, the five-pointed star (pentangle), forming a pentagram within it, represented the ten tribes of Israel that broke away from the ruling class of Judah, Benjamin, and the Priests.[citation needed] There are ten "Vav" or "man" that form the five points. Later, satanists turned the star upside down to form the face of a dragon (or goat) which gave the symbol an evil demented meaning (the representation of Satan).

Five pointed stars symbolise the Nativity
Doodling: Determined people who need an outlet for their mental and physical energy tend to draw things with triangular or pointed shapes, or symbols of masculinity (stars, arrows, zig-zags, spires, diamonds, stick figures, crowns, weapons, trains, aeroplanes, motorbikes, speed boats, warships, lighthouses, dartboards, lightning, kites, birds with beaks, mountains, Christmas trees etc).   source

Stars are Type 1 in DYT and Tone I in IE.
The heart (♥) has long been used as a symbol to refer to the spiritualemotionalmoral, and in the past also intellectual core of a human being. As the heart was once widely believed to be the seat of the human mind, the word heart continues to be used poetically to refer to the soul, and stylized depictions of hearts are used as prevalent symbols representing love.

 According to the Bible, the heart is the centre not only of spiritual activity, but of all the operations of human life. The process of salvation begins in the heart by the believing reception of the testimony of God, while the rejection of that testimony hardens the heart (Ps. 95:8; Prov. 28:14; 2 Chr. 36:13).

Hearts are Type 1 in DYT.

Gems: Hearts are ideal for emotional influence.  

Type 2: ovals and half moons, and teardrops

the oval is also a symbol and shape for winter as well

Egg shape or Ovals - Abundance, creativity, fertility, hoarding, increase, luck, new starts.  Represents water.

a wonderful symbol of birth and rebirth, an apparently lifeless object out of which comes life.

Legend has it that St. Mary Magdalen went to Rome and met with the Emperor Tiberius to tell him about the Resurrection of Jesus. She held out an egg to him as a symbol of this, and he scoffed, saying that a man could no more rise from the dead than that egg that she held could turn scarlet. The egg turned deep red in her hands, and this is the origin of Easter eggs, and the reason why Mary Magdalen is often portrayed holding a scarlet egg.

Gems: Egg-shaped gems enhance fertility and creativity.  

Ovals are Type 2 and Type 4 in DYT, and yin.
Ovals are Winter in Riter's SPD, and androgynous.
half moons are a water symbol

wavy lines

Wright Summer


the teardrop, of course, symbolizes water (emotions)

Type 3: Triangles in DYT, Squares in Color Psych

TRIANGLE (earring pictured)Associated with the number three. Pointing upwards, it symbolizes fire, male power and counterfeit view of God. (See pyramid) To Christians, it often represents the Trinity. Pointing down, it symbolizes water, female sexuality, goddess religions and homosexuality.

Triangles are Type 1/Spring in SPD.

Triangles are Type 3/Autumn in DYT.

Triangles are Type 4/Winter in Wright.

Gems: Triangles imply balance or dynamic exchange; they can also convey protection.  

WATER: female, lunar, yoni, shakti, passive, cave, down, mother

FIRE: male, solar, lingham, shakta, active, mountain, up, father
The pink triangle has become one of the symbols of the modern gay rights movement, but it originated in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. In many camps, prisoners wore badges.

Wright Autumn


Type 4: squares, rectangles in DYT, 
triangles in Color Psych
In the Chinese way of thought, the square is a symbol for earth with the circle representing the shape of the heavens. This lends further weight to the earthy, grounded nature of the square symbol meaning.
In Christian symbolism, a square represents concepts related to the number four, such as the four corners of the earth and the Four Evangelists.
In Christian art, the square is most frequently found as a nimbus (halo), where it denotes a saintly person who was still living at the time of the artwork.
This is based on the identification of the number four with earth or live on earth. 

Doodling: Down-to-earth, practical people who need security and like to be in control tend to draw things with square shapes or flat surfaces, or symbols of material security (squares, boxes, houses, doors, windows, walls, fences, ladders, stairs, tables, chairs, chessboards, books, forts, towers, fireplaces, money, numbers, block letters, punctuation marks etc). source

Gems: Rectangles and squares suggest stability, abundance, and grounding.  

In sacred geometry, the square represents the physical world.
The Square is yang.


Squares are Autumn in SPD, and masculine.
Squares are Type 3/Autumn in Wright.
Squares are Type 4/Winter in DYT, and androgynous.

means the same as a square

Wright Winter


ELEMENTS: The four basic elements to many pagans are earth, water, air (wind or spirit) and fire. Many consider the first two passive and feminine - and the last two active and masculine. In Wiccan or Native American rituals, the "quartered circle" (also the Medicine Wheel) represents a "sacred space" or the sacred earth. The four lines may represent the spirits of the four primary directions or the spirits of the earth, water, wind and fire.  

CIRCUMPUNCT - CIRCLE with DOT (BINDUin the center:  It represents the sun and a sun god (called Ra in Egypt), gold (as in alchemy), an (unbiblical) archangel (Kabbalah), emotional restraint (Freemasons), and the creative spark of divine consciousness within people linking everyone to the creative mind of a universal "god" thus making each persona "co-creator" (astrology). In the complex symbolic system of Hinduism and Buddhism, the  bindu (dot) represents the male force. Together, the circle and the bindu symbolize the spiritual merging of male and female forces.

INFINITY (also eternity): In ancient India and Tibet, it represented perfection, dualism, and unity between male and female. In the occult tarot it's linked to magic and represents equilibrium or the balance of various forces. The uroborus (a circular serpent biting its tail -- a UN symbol for "Human Settlements") has been found in this shape. In modern times, it became a secular mathematical symbol for infinity in numbers, time or space.

CIRCLE (Quartered): The sacred circle filled with a cross, four equal lines pointing from the center to the spirits of the north, east, south, and west -- or to the basic element: earth, water, air (or wind), and fire. In Native American traditions, it forms the basic pattern of the MEDICINE WHEEL and plays a vital part in major spiritual rituals. Many contemporary pagans consider it their main symbol for transmitting the energy of the goddess.  (See sun wheel)  Churches have used variations of the same popular shape, usually calling it the Celtic Cross. 

SPIRALLinked to the circle. Ancient symbol of the goddess, the womb, fertility, feminine serpent force, continual change, and the evolution of the universe. (Illustrated at this website) A common shape in nature (snail, shells, fingerprint...) Double SPIRAL: Linked to earth-centered or mystical faith in a blend of evolution and devolution -- decay/renewal, life/death/rebirth, spiritual/physical -- the back and forth flow of earthly and cosmic changes. With its focus on the unity of opposites, it resembles the Yin Yang.

HEXAGRAM (see triangles) or SIX-POINTED STAR: When surrounded by a circle, it represents the "divine mind" (a counterfeit of God's wisdom) to numerous occult groups through the centuries. Many still use it in occult rituals. But to Jewish people, it is their Star of David.

TRINITY [Our Triune God]: An early Christian symbol for the Trinity. It is related to the symbol of the fish (vesica piscis) used by the early -- and often persecuted Christians -- to identify themselves as belonging to Jesus Christ. Apparently, the word "fish" in Greek is a combination of the first letters of His name: Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior. Like many Christian symbols, the same shape has also been used by various pagan religions throughout history.

YIN YANGA Chinese Tao picture of universal harmony and the unity between complimentary opposites: light/dark, male/female, etc. Yin is the dark, passive, negative female principle. Yang is the light, active, positive principle. Since the holistic balance between Yin and Yang is dynamic and constantly changing, it illustrates  the consensus process, the vision of global unity, and the blending of opposing energies at the heart of Holistic Health.

Shapes Associated with Five Elements

1.  Square : Square shape is associated with earth element.
2.  Inverted Triangle (Half Moon) : Inverted triangle (or half moon) shape is associated with water element.
3.  Upright Triangle : Upright Triangle shape is associated with fire element.
4.  Circle : Circle shape is associated with air element.
5.  Point : Point shape is associated with space element

Five Elements of Feng Shui and Shapes

shapes of mountains

shapes of rivers

Wood represents the nature's creativity and is associated with spring and new life. The people associated with Wood are highly creative, resilient and strong. The try to seek new creation in everything they do. They are associated with the colors Green and Blue. All the plants, flowers, trees and things made of Wood are representing this element. The shape associated with this element is rectangular.

The Earth nurtures all form of life. It represents solidarity and grounding. The people associated with this element are conservative, hard working and down to Earth. They are also practical and resolute. The color associated with Earth is yellow, the same as the soil in central China. Rocks, bricks, stones and rectangular shapes represent the Earth element.

Metal is the symbol of the autumn season and also of the tools that are used for harvesting of the produce. The evening and the golden sunset also symbolize the Metal. The people associated with Metal are strong, determined and forceful. The will to succeed in life is their driving force. In general, all kinds of round shapes, jewelry and tools represent the Metal.  Shape of coin, circle.

The Fire is the element of summer, and optimist and enthusiastic people are governed by it. The people associated with it are intelligent and born leaders. Orange and red are the colors which are associated with it and triangular shapes represent Fire. Candles, stoves and hearths are also representing the Fire element.

Water is the symbol of emotions. It is considered as a cleansing element in the Chinese astrology. The colors associated with Water are blue and black, and the people associated with Water are generally fluent with intuitive or psychic powers. Fish ponds, fountains, aquariums etc represent Water.

Gems: In general, cabochons or other rounded shapes have more feminine energy while faceted stones or long thin ones are more masculine.  

Gems: Within the faceted cuts, though, square and rectangular (such as “baguette” or “emerald”) styles are the most masculine while oval or almondine (such as “marquis”) styles lean towards the feminine.  

Gems: For elemental correspondences consider square for Earth, almondine for Air, triangular for Fire, teardrop for Water, and round for Spirit.  

Images of the 5 Elemental Tattvas
Tattva NameTattva NameTattva NameTattva NameTattva Name
Element: SpiritElement: AirElement: FireElement: WaterElement: Earth
State: Aethyr
State: GasState: HeatState: LiquidState: Solid


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