The Flower of Life or Life’s flower as it is also referred to is a geometrical symbol that consists of 19 evenly spaced and interconnected circles. These circles which are arranged in a flower-like pattern also come with six-fold symmetry like that of a hexagon. Each circle has its central part on the circumference of the six circles surrounding it, with the same diameter. The flower is regarded as Sacred geometry- a term used to define the geometric laws that create all that is in existence.
It has provided enlightenment deep spiritual meanings to those who have studied it as Sacred Geometry.
Sacred geometry ascribes sacred and symbolic meanings or interpretations to some geometric proportion. It is considered foundational in the construction and design of religious structures such as temples, mosques, altars, tabernacles, churches and religious monuments. Some examples of Sacred geometry in art and architecture are the Tree of Life, Labyrinth, Metatron’s Cube, Rose window, Seed of Life, Swastika, Dharmachakra, Egg of Life, Fruit of Life, the Parthenon and the Flower of Life.
Sacred geometry is believed to reveal the harmonic energy patterns through which nature designs and creates. Every tradition or religion uses a symbolic language to preserve to preserve their knowledge about the universe geometry and design. For Christians, the cross is used as the symbol. Jews use the Kabbalah also known as the Tree of Life. The Celts use Spirals and Triskele; the Hindus use Swastika and Sri Yantra and the Chinese use Yin Yang.
Many spiritual meanings are associated with this geometrical figure. For some,it is seen as a symbol that depicts the cycle of creation, and as such it has been accepted by different cultures and religions as the model of God’s creation. The Flower of Life meaning as a concept seeks to explain and establish the pattern of creation of this world. Deep and fascinating symbols are hidden within its pattern. These harmonic symbols (which evolve without any outside force) include the Egg of Life, the Tree of Life and the Fruit of Life amongst others have been adopted by several cultures and religions.
The symbols of Borromean Rings and Vesica Piscis are contained within these stages.
Seed of Life
The Seed of Life is a formation where the inner seven circles present in the Flower of Life are placed in sixfold symmetry, forming a pattern of circles and lines which acts as a component of the design.
In Christianity and Judaism, this stands for the seven days of creation, that is, the seven days in which the Judeo-Christian God created life. The Vesica Piscis is the intersection of the two circles of the same radius with the center of each circle lying on the circumference of the other. It is believed to be created on the first day, followed by the creation of the Tripod of Life on the second day and the subsequent addition of one sphere until the last sphere is added on the sixth day to complete the Seed of Life. The seventh day is known as the Shabbat or Sabbath, and it represents the day of rest.
However, some people believe that it was an octahedron – a polyhedron with eight faces which was the first step of creation. This shape was to pin on its axis and then form a sphere. This sphere is known and identified as the abode of the creator’s consciousness.
In the 13th century, a Cabalist group arose from France and divided the Hebrew alphabet using the Seed of Life. The resulting alphabets and that of the Rashi, a religious sage known to write his Old Testament commentaries in France at that time were quite similar.
It shares a deep resonance with the Flower.
Metatron is an angel in Judaism, which can be found in ancient Jewish texts. It is also considered a part of some branches of Christianity. There are two beliefs regarding the origin of the angel Metatron. One suggests that he was created a very wise and powerful angel with many skills by God. The second is that Metatron was first established as a human being named Enoch and was later turned into a powerful and wise angel by God.
Metatron’s Cube comprises 13 equally sized circles, each of which has a line that forms the center and extends out to the centers of the other 12 circles. Metatron’s Cube is gotten from connecting several intersections. It depicts the five platonic solids – Icosahedron, Dodecahedron, Tetrahedron, Cube, and Octahedron, which may be obtained from the Flower of Life. These five structures can be found in animated and organic life forms, music, minerals, language, sound and more.
The original purpose and the meaning of the Metatron’s Cube have been debated by scholars. One of the theories of this structure is that it is a way for God to pass on knowledge to human beings since humans were not around when the tree of life which is believed to be where Metatron’s Cube was initially derived from.
There are many distinct patterns created by the lines of the Metatron’s Cube. It is used to ward off evil spirit as it is considered to be a holy graph.
Metatron’s cube also shares a peculiar resonance with the Flower.
Tree of Life
The Tree of Life is a term used to describe the central mystical symbol used in the Kabbalah of esoteric Judaism. The Tree of Life contains ten spiritual symbols, and it is usually referred to as the 10 Sephiroth by the Jewish Kabbalah.
It is the central image if the Kabbalistic meditation as each Sephiroth describes a certain aspect of God and when taken together, they form the sacred name of God. This tree represents divine emanations of God’s creation of the nature of revealed dignity, the spiritual path of ascent by man and the human soul.
In the Kabbalah, each circle aligns with one Chakra, also known as Sephiroth. Each Chakra present in the Kabbalah represents a particular space of energy in the human body. In Kabbalah tradition, the symbol of the tree of life refers to the idea of common descent. The Tree of Life is studied as part of the teachings of the Kabbalah.
It has historically been adopted by some Jews, Christians, Pagans, and Hermeticists as a metaphor for common descent. It is believed that the tree of life present in Kabbalah tradition and that present in the book of Genesis 2:9( Old Testament) are similar.
The Tree also shares a particular resonance with the Flower of Life as it is derived from it.
Fruit of Life
The Fruit of Life is a symbol which comprises 13 circles taken from the design of the Flower of Life. The symbol of the Fruit is thought to be the origin of everything that exists, and it includes the base for all other designs, life form, molecular structure, and an atom. It is said to be the blueprint on which the whole Universe is based. The Fruit of Life is the delineation of the Metatron’s Cube, which brings forth the platonic solids. By connecting all the center of the 13 circles, a structure known as the Metatron’s Cube is created.
The structure of the Fruit of Life is said to contain all dimensions of the universe.
Egg of Life
The Egg of Life is regarded in many cultures as a symbol of fertility and rebirth. It is made up of 7 circles cutting into each other, and it is referred to as the geometric frameworks for the whole of creation. All musical scales are found in the structure of the Egg. It represents three things in humans life- balance, health, and fertility.
The Egg of Life also shares a peculiar resonance with a Flower of Life.
There is a lot of jewelry(pendant, rings) on the Flower of Life. While some are in the exact structure of the Flower others may be the many other different patterns contained in.
People who wear this pendant have reported both psychological and physical changes. These changes include breaking of illusions, faster heartbeats, prophetic dreams, seeing reality as it is and freedom from longtime fears.
History and Culture
The oldest inscriptions of the Flower of Life had been traced to Egypt in the Temple of Osirion at Abydos. No one can, however, say precisely how old these inscriptions are. Some are of the opinion that they date as far back as 10,600 BC, while some said they are as old as 6,000 years; none of the information about their age is backed by any known evidence. Nevertheless, recent research has shown that the symbols cannot be earlier than 535 B.C. Some put it more precisely between the 2nd and 4th century AD; this last assumption is based on the photographic evidence gotten from a Greek text yet to be fully solved. The text is seen written close to the circles of the Flower of Life, with the circles placed at the top of the columns, some four meters high. This gives a suggestion that the Osirion was filled halfway with sand before the circles were drawn; this indicates the drawing could have come up after the Ptolemaic dynasty ended.
One of the granite columns has up to five Flowers of Life on it, while the column opposite the Osirion also has five of the sacred geometrical figure. Some of these drawings are faint; as a result, they are not easy to decipher or distinguish.
There are several connections between Christianity and the Flowers of Life; the Seed of Life is one of such; it will be recalled that Seed of Life components is strongly related to Christianity. Some of the components in question are the Tree of Life (Kabbalah), Tripod of Life, VesicaPiscis and Spherical Octahedron. Furthermore, one of the components of the Flowers of Life delineates the symbol of Metatron’s Cube; this has been seen in several Christian arts.
The followers of Judaism are known to study the Kabbalah, which holds several symbolic connections to the Flowers of Life. Also, the Kabbalah teaching delves into a study of the concept of the Tree of Life, and this can be derived from the characteristic design of the Flowers . A study of the early version of Kabbalist scriptures has shown some connections to the symbol of Metatron’s Cube, which can be obtained by linking the centres of the circles making up the Flowers.
In the New Age, they had been studied to a great extent, and several spiritual meanings have been read into it. It is seen as a sacred geometry and source of enlightenment in this religion. Several groups of people across the globe derive their mediations and beliefs from it. During such workshops, several interpretations, methods and beliefs about the Flowers of Life concerning the New Age belief are taught.
Some pagans and Hermeticists have also adopted several concepts of the Tree of Life. The Flowers of Life can give rise to the symbol of the Tree of Life. The Pythagoreans showcased perhaps the first occurrence of Vesica Piscis; they consider it as a holy symbol, because of its relationship with the Flowers of Life.
Several works in Alchemists have also shown some components of the Flowers. The Metatron’s Cube has its origin in the Flowers of Life, and the former is used as a creation circle of containment circle.
Locations across the world
It is found in different countries and cities across the world. Some of these places include:
– The city of Ephesus, Izmir, Turkey;
– The Rama temple of Vijayanagara(India);
– On the floor of the Golden Temple, Amritsar, Buddhist temples and at Hampi in India;
– Japanese temples, medieval Italian and Assyrian art;
– Altenkirchen, the Apis-Altar in Dresden, which belonged to Augustus II the strong (Germany);
-The Forbidden City (China);
– An Orthodox monastery in Kreta (Greece);
– Ancient Synagogues in Galilee and Masada, Israel.
– On the ceiling of a church in Italy (Maria Luschari)
– Carved in stone at the Temple of Osiris in Abydos, Egypt;
– In the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Spain;
– The ruins of Pompeii, Italy;
– In a church in Sorg (Austria);
– In Gotland(Denmark);
– On a Platte of the silver treasure of Augustus.
It is important to note that the Temple of Osiris at Abydos, Egypt contains the oldest example of the Flower. The Temple of Osiris was discovered accidentally by Flinders Petrie and Margaret Murray – archaeologists who were working at Abydos in the early 20th century.
No one can, however, say precisely how old these drawings are. It is believed to be over 6,000 years at least and may date as far back as 10,500 B. C. There is, however, no known evidence to support this.
At the Temple of Osiris in Egypt appears to be burned, rather than carved into the granite. The only other option is that it might have been somehow drawn on it with accurate precision.
Recent research based on the photographic evidence has shown that the symbols cannot be earlier than 536 B. C. The Greek text puts the age of the emblem more precisely between the 2nd and 4th century A. D. This can be seen written close to the circles of the Flower of Life, with the circles placed four meters high at the top of the column.
Five flower patterns can be found on one of the granite columns while the column opposite the Osirion contains five of the sacred geometrical figures. Some of these drawings are faint and may be difficult to decipher or distinguish. The Flower of Life is thought to represent the Eye of Ra – a symbol authority of Pharaoh.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Work
Famous scholars such as Leonardo da Vinci has studied the Flower of Life’s proportion, form as well as its mathematical properties.
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci – the Italian Renaissance polymath whose areas of interest included painting, science, math, geology, astronomy, history, literature, invention, sculpting, botany, cartography, architecture and engineering has also drawn it. He has also made various components such as the Seed of Life. In Leonardo da Vinci’s artworks, he created geometric forms and figures such as a torus, the Golden ratio of Phi, the platonic solids, a sphere and many other from it.