Flower of Life
The Flower of Life is the modern name given to a geometrical figure composed of multiple evenly-spaced, overlapping circles. They are arranged to form a flower-like pattern with a sixfold symmetry, similar to a hexagon. The center of each circle is on the circumference of six surrounding circles of the same diameter.
It is considered by some to be a symbol of sacred geometry, said to contain ancient, religious value depicting the fundamental forms of space and time. In this sense, it is a visual expression of the connections life weaves through all sentient beings, and it is believed to contain a type of Akashic Record of basic information of all living things.
There are many spiritual beliefs associated with the Flower of Life; for example, depictions of the five Platonic Solids are found within the symbol of Metatron’s Cube, which may be derived from the Flower of Life pattern. These platonic solids are geometrical forms which are said to act as a template from which all life springs.
According to Drunvalo Melchizedek, in the Judeo-Christian tradition, the stages which construct the Seed of Life are said to represent the six days of Creation, in which Elohim created life; Genesis 2:2-3, Exodus 23:12, 31:16-17, Isaiah 56:6-8. Within these stages, among other things, are the symbols of the Vesica Piscis, an ancient religious symbol, and Borromean rings, which represents the Holy Trinity.
 Symbolism and nomenclature
|“||These are not words I’m making up, these are the actual words that were used in ancient times to describe this. I think they called it the Flower of Life because it looks like a flower and because it [represents] the laws and proportions for everything alive and even not alive; everything that’s manifested.||”|
|—Drunvalo Melchizedek, speaking in a presentation on the Flower of Life., |
Flower of Life or thunder marks such as these were often engraved upon roof beams of houses to protect them from lightning bolts. Identical symbols were discovered on Proto-Slavic pottery of 4th century Chernyakhov culture. The wooden beam ceiling in the old room (1681) from Sanok area, with rosette form of “flower of Life” geometric pattern. Skansen in Sanok, Poland.
The Flower of Life has represented meaning to many people throughout history. It can be found in the temples, art, and manuscripts of cultures from all over the world. The following are some of the locations in which the Flower of Life symbol has been sighted:
- Assyria – Palace of Ashurbanipal.
- Egypt – The Temple of Osiris in Abydos and at Mount Sinai.
- Israel – Masada
- China – The Forbidden City and various temples.
- Japan – Various temples.
- India – The Harimandir Sahib (Golden Temple), Hampi, and the temples at Ajanta.
- Bulgaria – ancient city of Preslav(893 BC) and in ruins of Kabile, near the city of Jambol
- Turkey – Various old Roman sites.
- Italy – Italian art from the 13th century (Wolfram 2002, p. 43).
- North Africa – Morocco
- Middle East – Lebanon and various Islamic mosques.
- South America – Peru
- North America – Mexico
- Great Britain – In Westminster Abbey within the 13th century Cosmati pavement.
 Assyria and Abydos
It was originally thought that the Temple of Osiris in Abydos, Egypt contained the oldest known examples of the Flower of Life. It is now known that an earlier example of the pattern can be seen in the Assyrian rooms of the Louvre Museum in Paris. The design forms part of a gypsum or alabaster threshold step measuring 2.07 x 1.26 meters (6.8 x 4.1 feet) that originally existed in one of the palaces of King Ashurbanipal, and has been dated to c. 645 BC.
The Abydos examples from Egypt are also worthy of note. Claims that they are over 6,000 years old and may date back to as long ago as 10,500 BC. or earlier have not yet been confirmed. Recent research shows that these symbols can be no earlier than 535 B.C., and most probably date to the 2nd and 4th century AD, based on photographic evidence of Greek text, still to be fully deciphered, seen alongside the Flower of Life circles and the position of the circles close to the top of columns, which are over 4 metres in height. This suggests the Osirion was half filled with sand prior to the circles being drawn and therefore likely to have been well after the end of the Ptolemaic dynasty.
Possibly five Flower of Life patterns can be seen on one of the granite columns and a further five on a column opposite of the Osirion. Some are very faint and hard to distinguish. They have not been carved into the granite but been drawn in red ochre with careful precision.
 Kabbalah / Judaism
 New Age
In New Age thought, the Flower of Life has provided what is considered to be deep spiritual meaning and forms of enlightenment to those who have studied it as sacred geometry. There are various groups all over the world who derive particular beliefs and forms of meditation based (at least in part) on the Flower of Life.
 Other religions
One of the earliest known occurrences of the Vesica Piscis, and perhaps the first, was among the Pythagoreans, who considered it a holy figure. The Vesica Piscis is a basic component of the Flower of Life.
 Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci studied the Flower of Life’s form and its mathematical properties. He drew the Flower of Life itself, as well as various components such as the Seed of Life. He drew geometric figures representing shapes such as the platonic solids, a sphere, and a torus, and also used the golden ratio of phi in his artwork; all of which may be derived from the Flower of Life design.
In some renditions, the rosette on the unofficial flag of Padania is a symbol taken from the Flower of Life pattern. A minor rosette of the Flower of Life was also used for the US Television series Charmed. The symbol used is a wiccan form of the Flower of Life and consists of three intersecting circles (See tripod of life). A rosette from the Flower of Life is also used as a basis for traditional Pennsylvania Dutch building ornamentation (see Folk Art of Rural Pennsylvania by Frances Lichten, 1946). The Queyras Park logo bears the rosette as well.
 Sacred geometry
Sacred geometry can be described as a belief system attributing a religious or cultural value to many of the fundamental forms of space and time. According to this belief system, the basic patterns of existence are perceived as sacred, since contemplating one is contemplating the origin of all things. By studying the nature of these forms and their relationship to each other, one may seek to gain insight into the scientific, philosophical, psychological, aesthetic and mystical laws of the universe.
The Flower of Life is considered to be a symbol of sacred geometry, said to contain ancient, religious value depicting the fundamental forms of space and time. In this sense, it is a visual expression of the connections life weaves through all sentient beings, and it is believed to contain a type of Akashic Record of basic information of all living things.
There are many symbols found within the Flower of Life’s design, each believed to possess significant meaning.
 Seed of Life
The “Seed of Life” is formed from seven circles being placed with sixfold symmetry, forming a pattern of circles and lenses, which act as a basic component of the Flower of Life’s design.
The Seed of Life is a symbol depicting the seven days of creation in which the Judeo-Christian God created life; Genesis 2:2-3, Exodus 23:12, 31:16-17, Isaiah 56:6-8. The first day is believed to be the creation of the Vesica Piscis, then the creation of the Tripod of Life on the second day, followed by one sphere added for each subsequent day until all seven spheres construct the Seed of Life on the sixth day of Creation. The seventh day is the day of rest, known as the “Sabbath” or “Shabbat.” 
In the 13th century, a Cabalist group from France succeeded, through geometric interpretation, in dividing the entire Hebrew alphabet into an order using the Seed of Life. The resulting alphabet was remarkably similar to that of the Religious sage Rashi who wrote his commentaries on the Old Testament at that time in France.
 Spherical octahedron
According to some religious beliefs[who?], the first step in building the Seed of Life was the creation of the octahedron by a divine “creator” (or “God”). The next step was for the creator to spin the shape on its axes. In this way, a sphere is formed (see diagram). The creator’s consciousness is said to exist within the sphere and the only thing that physically exists is the membrane of the sphere itself. This “first step” is not to be confused with the “first day”, the latter being in reference to the seven days of creation.
 Vesica Piscis
The Vesica Piscis is formed from two intersecting circles of the same diameter, where the center of each circle is on the circumference of the opposite circle. Its design is one of the simplest forms of sacred geometry. It has been depicted around the world at sacred sites, most notably at the Chalice Well in Glastonbury, England, and has been the subject of mystical speculation at several periods of history. One of the earliest known occurrences of the Vesica Piscis, and perhaps first, was among the Pythagoreans, who considered it a holy figure.
According to some religious beliefs[who?], the Vesica Piscis represents the second stage in the creation of the Seed of Life, in that it was constructed by “the Creator” (or “God”) through the creation of a second spherical octahedron joined with the first. It is said that the Creator’s consciousness began inside the first sphere and journeyed outside the surface of that sphere to create the second. Purportedly in reference to this, the Old Testament refers to “the spirit of the Creator floating upon the face of the waters.”
Continuing with these beliefs[who?], God is said to have created light through the creation of the second sphere (or Vesica Piscis). “Let there be light” is a relevant excerpt from the Old Testament. The pattern of the Vesica Piscis is said to be a geometric formula which represents the electromagnetic spectrum of light. For further information on how this can be done, see Drunvalo Melchizedek’s book, The Ancient Secret of The Flower of Life.
The Vesica Piscis has been called a symbol of the fusion of opposites and a passageway through the world’s apparent polarities. It has also been noted as the geometry for the human eye. It is also known to be the basis for the Ichthys fish, which is a Christian symbol representing “The Son”, Jesus Christ.
 Tripod of Life / Borromean rings
The “Tripod of Life” (also known as “Borromean rings“) is formed from a third circle being added to the Vesica Piscis, where the third circle’s center point is placed at the intersection of the first two circles’ circumferences. To some[who?], it represents the mind, body, and spirit. Most notably, in the Christian religion, the Tripod of Life symbolizes the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit of the Holy Trinity.
 Tube Torus
A basic one dimensional depiction of the “Tube Torus” shape is formed by ratcheting the Seed of Life and duplicating the lines in its design. Some[who?](like: http://meru.org/Press/Atlantisrising.html) say the Tube Torus contains a code of vortex energy that describes light and language in a unique way, perhaps as something of an Akashic Record.
 Egg of Life
Derived from the Egg of Life is the basis for the following geometrical figures.
- Cube – One of the platonic solids.
- Tetrahedron – One of the platonic solids.
- Star tetrahedron – Much like the Jewish Star of David.
 Fruit of Life
The “Fruit of Life” symbol is composed of 13 circles taken from the design of the Flower of Life. The Fruit of Life is said to be the blueprint of the universe, containing the basis for the design of every atom, molecular structure, life form, and everything in existence. It contains the geometric basis for the delineation of Metatron’s Cube, which brings forth the platonic solids. If each circle’s centre is considered a “node“, and each node is connected to each other node with a single line, a total of seventy-eight lines are created, forming a type of cube (Metatron’s Cube). Although the image below shows the dodecahedron and the icosahedron fitting the pattern of Metatron’s Cube, the vertices of those shapes do not coincide with the centers of the 13 circles (the icosahedron projection in the image below is false).
 Tree of Life
The symbol of the Tree of Life may be derived from the Flower of Life. The Tree of Life is a concept, a metaphor for common descent, and a motif in various world theologies and philosophies. This has historically been adopted by some Christians, Jews, Hermeticists, and pagans. Along with the Seed of Life, it is believed to be part of the geometry that parallels the cycle of the fruit tree. This relationship is implied when these two forms are superimposed onto each other.
The Tree of Life is most widely recognized as a concept within the Kabbalah, which is used to understand the nature of God and the manner in which he created the world ex nihilo. The Kabbalists developed this concept into a full model of reality, using the tree to depict a “map” of creation. The tree of life has been called the “cosmology” of the Kabbalah. Some believe the Tree of Life of the Kabbalah corresponds to the Tree of Life mentioned in Genesis 2:9.
 See also
- Sacred Geometry
- Vesica piscis
- Borromean rings
- Platonic Solids
- Tree of life
- Tree of life (Kabbalah)
- Da Vinci’s Challenge
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Melchizedek, Drunvalo (1999). The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life Volume 1. Light Technology Publishing, Clear Light Trust.
- ^ a b c d e f Melchizedek, Drunvalo (2000). The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life Volume 2. Light Technology Publishing, Clear Light Trust.
- ^ a b FlowerofLife.org – Meditation workshops
- ^ a b c d e SanGraal.com – Information regarding the Flower of Life, from the son of a Mason.
- ^ a b c d PaganAndProud.BravePages.com – Sacred Geometry
- ^  – Platonic solids and how they represent the elements of creation.
- ^ Cromwell, P. R. Polyhedra. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 51-57, 66-70, and 77-78, 1997.
- ^ YouTube Video of Drunvalo Melchizedek
- ^ a b Furlong, David  The Flower of Life
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Mendhak.com – Sacred Geometry
- ^ a b c d Weisstein, Eric W., “Seeds of Life” from MathWorld.
- ^ a b c d e f g h FlowerofLife.org – Overview: Page 2
- ^ Da Vinci’s Challenge
- ^ Életvirág – lifeflower
- ^ a b Sightings – The Secret of the Sphinx & Edgar Cayce – a SciFi Channel presentation
- ^ Rawles 1997
- ^ SanGraal.com – Information regarding the FOL, from the son of a Mason.
- ^ a b c Furlong, David The Osirion and the Flower of Life – Photographic evidence from the Osirion
- ^ The Illuminati (2005), by Chris Everard
- ^ Reti, Ladislao (1990). The Unknown Leonardo. New York: Abradale Press, Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers.
- ^ MonkeyBuddha.BlogSpot.com – Information about the Flower of Life in regards to Da Vinci’s Challenge games.
- ^ Plus.Maths.org : Maths and art
- ^ Home.cc.UManitoba.ca : Drawings
- ^ FlowerofLife.org : The Golden Mean Spiral and The Merkaba : Page 9
- ^ Lawlor, Robert (1982). Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice. London: Thames & Hudson.
- ^ Sacred geometry
- ^ a b c FlowerofLife.org – Overview: Page 5
- ^ a b c d e f g KA-Gold-Jewelry.com – Seed of Life
- ^ a b c FlowerofLife.org – Overview: Page 4
- ^ a b Vesica piscis
- ^ a b c SpiralofLight.com – Sacred Geometry & Images by Mika Feinberg
- ^ Ichthys
- ^ GloriaDeiWichita.com – Depicts a Holy Trinity banner with the Tripod of Life
- ^ HolyTrinity.us – Uses the Tripod of Life to symbolize the Holy Trinity.
- ^ nosubject.com – The Borromean knot.
- ^ a b FlowerofLife.org – Overview: Page 6
- ^ KA-Gold-Jewelry.com – Egg of Life: Silver pendant
- ^ FlowerofLife.org – Overview: Page 7
- ^ Lawrence Swienciki. “Swienciki class materials”. Mathematical Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
- ^ Tree of life
- ^ a b c Tree of life (Kabbalah)
 Further reading
- Melchizedek, Drunvalo (1999). The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life Volume 1. Light Technology Publishing, Clear Light Trust. p. 228pp..
- Melchizedek, Drunvalo (2000). The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life Volume 2. Light Technology Publishing, Clear Light Trust. p. 228pp..
- The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean, translated by Doreal, Brotherhood of the White Temple, Castle Rock, CO, 1939. Light Technology Publishing
- Reti, Ladislao (1990). The Unknown Leonardo. New York: Abradale Press, Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers.
- Reti, Ladislao (1974). The Unknown Leonardo. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Book Company.
- Lawlor, Robert (1982). Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice. London: Thames & Hudson.
- The Osirion and the Flower of Life – Information about the Greek origin of the Flower of Life in the Osirion in Abydos
- Video Interview of Drunvalo Melchizedek – Interviewed by Regina Meredith
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