The Flower Of Life is one of the most well known geometric symbols that belongs to a school of thought called Sacred Geometry. It's composed of 19 overlapping circles that intersect with each other to form flowers. The Flower of Life is formed in steps, with each step holding particular sacred geometric knowledge.
In this article we will cover the Vesica Piscis and The Seed of Life and how their iterations help form The Flower Of Life.
What Is The Flower Of Life?
The Flower Of Life is an ancient sacred geometric symbol that's found in many different cultures and traditions around the world. In fact, Egyptian, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and Christian cultures all have numerous representations of this ancient symbol in their art and architecture. The oldest known example can be found in the Temple Of Osiris on a wall relief, and is believed to be about 6,000 years old. If you want to learn more about the importance of harmony and divine balance in Ancient Egypt, please have a look at The 42 Laws Of Ma'at.
The Flower Of Life is believed to contain ancient, sacred knowledge about the origins of the universe and our place in it. It's said that it contains a sacred geometry that can explain the underpinning of the cosmos. Some believe that it holds the secrets of the universe and the key to unlocking its hidden knowledge. In fact, sacred geometry states that this ancient symbol contains the patterns of creation, and that it's capable of explaining the fundamental structure of space and time. The Flower Of Life also holds all of the other sacred symbols such as The Merkaba within in.
The Flower Of Life - A Sacred Symbol
There are many different interpretations of this sacred shape and its meaning. Some believe that it represents the unity of all life and the interconnectedness of all beings. Others see it as a symbol of the cycle of life, death, and rebirth and that it's symbolic of the union of the sacred masculine and the divine feminine. Still others meditate on The Flower of Life, believing that it holds the key to unlocking higher states of consciousness and enlightenment.
At the heart of The Flower Of Life is the belief that God (or Source) created the universe with a geometric plan. The Greek philosopher Plato was one of the main proponents of this theory stating, "The knowledge of which geometry aims is the knowledge of the eternal." (The Republic, VII, 52).
People spend their entire lives studying small components of The Flower Of Life, so I can only hope to give you a brief overview of this sacred geometric shape, and I'll only be discussing a few of the iterations that form it. Let's get started!
The Flower Of Life was born from the Vesica Piscis, which you may (or may not) remember from your high school geometry class. Let's have a look at The Vesica Piscis and it's relationship to Sacred Geometry as the starting point for The Flower Of Life.
The Vesica Piscis
The Vesica Piscis is where two circles of equal diameter intersect, forming a lens. This sacred geometric shape has inspired and captivated people around the world. The shape resembles an almond or a fish bladder, hence the Latin name "vesica piscis," which translates to "fish bladder."
The Vesica Piscis is so important to the world of sacred geometry that it's said to contain the intelligent blueprint of the Universe. That's because it's represents the union of two circles, which in sacred geometry is the second step in the birth of the Universe.
Everything in our Universe is dual and subscribes to The Law Of Polarity. The Vesica Piscis represents the birth of duality, without which there is no life.
From one single point, as the big bang postulates, consciousness was formed. Consciousness duplicated itself, and the Vesica Piscis was born.
Have a look at the diagram above, where I've noted The Vesica Piscis in blue. Note that the shape it forms, when duplicated, forms The Flower Of Life.
So why is the Vesica Piscis so important when discussing the Flower Of Life? Because the Flower Of Life was born from it. In fact, some believe that everything in our Universe comes from this shape, absolutely everything.
It's been speculated that this shape represents the womb of the Universe. In fact, its shape is the same as the female birth passage.
The Vesica Piscis Cultural Representations
The Vesica Piscis has a long history, dating back to ancient times. It's been used in a variety of contexts, including art, architecture, and symbolism. In art, it's often used as a frame or a background for other figures or shapes. The mandala that surrounds depictions of the Virgin Mary is one such example .
In architecture, it's been incorporated into the design of churches and other buildings, often as a symbol of the divine or as a representation of the unity of different faiths.
Have a look at a few places the Vesica Piscis appears in art and architecture:
The Seed Of Life
Now that we've covered the Vesica Piscis, we'll move onto the The Seed Of Life, which is comprised of 6 overlapping circles with one circle in the center, so seven circles in total. Because there are seven circles The Seed Of Life is widely recognized as "the genesis pattern."
Seven, because it is an early prime number in the positive integers, has long been revered as a scared number with profound mythological and philosophical implications.
The seven circles are sometimes said to correspond to:
- The seven chakras
- The seven days of creation in the Bible (for those that believe in divine creation)
- The colors of the rainbow
- Notes in the diatonical musical scale
- The seven higher and lower worlds of Hinduism
- The seven days in a week
Have a look at the diagrams below to see how The Flower Of Life is born from repeated iterations of The Seed Of Life:
Leonardo Da Vinci And The Flower Of Life
Leonardo da Vinci was a Renaissance artist, inventor, and scientist who is widely considered one of the most brilliant minds in history.He was fascinated with The Flower Of Life. If you put an overlay on his drawings and paintings you'll find that they were drawn with the Flower Of Life used as the basis for measurements. The Vitruvian Man is one such example, as is the Mona Lisa.
Da Vinci was captivated by the Flower Of Life and its mathematical properties. Amongst his sketches, images of The Flower Of Life and The Seed Of Life were discovered.
Sacred geometry is a fascinating subject that one could spend lifetimes studying. I can only hope to touch on the most basic premises of this extensive field by introducing The Flower Of Life and a few of its iterations.
These shapes and patterns are believed to symbolize different aspects of the universe and can be used to represent concepts such as unity, balance, and harmony.
The use of The Flower Of Life is often linked to spiritual or religious practices, where it's used as a tool to aid in meditation, visualization, and prayer. Some people believe that by studying and creating sacred geometry, they can connect with a deeper understanding of the universe and their own spirituality.
Frequently Asked Questions
The seed of life is sometimes said to be contained within The Flower Of Life, as The Flower Of Life is formed by adding additional circles around the seed of life pattern. However, this is a matter of interpretation. Not all people who are interested in sacred geometry or spiritual symbolism view the two patterns in this way.
The Flower Of Life is a geometric pattern that consists of a series of interconnected circles arranged in a flower-like pattern. It's believed by some to have sacred and spiritual significance, and it is often associated with spiritual or religious practices. However, the flower of life is not inherently religious and does not have any specific religious meaning or symbolism.
The Flower Of Life is one of the most well known geometric symbols that belongs to a school of thought called Sacred Geometry. It's composed of 19 overlapping circles that intersect with each other to form flowers. The Flower of Life is formed in steps, with each step holding particular sacred geometric knowledge. The Flower Of Life is believed to contain ancient, sacred knowledge about the origins of the universe and our place in it. It's said that it contains a sacred geometry that can explain the underpinning of the cosmos. Some believe that it holds the secrets of the universe and the key to unlocking its hidden knowledge. In fact, sacred geometry states that this ancient symbol contains the patterns of creation, and that it's capable of explaining the fundamental structure of space and time.