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A2Z — April 2019 — F — Flower of Life

Flower of Life

Per Token Rock The Flower of Life (FOL) is a geometrical shape composed of multiple evenly-spaced, overlapping circles arranged in a flower-like pattern with sixfold symmetry like a hexagon. The perfect form, proportion and harmony of the FOL has been known to philosophers, architects and artists around the world. Pagans consider it to be sacred geometry containing ancient religious value depicting the fundamental forms of space and time. In the pagan sense, it is believed to contain a type of Akashic Record [In theosophy and anthroposophy, the Akashic records are a compendium of all human events, thoughts, words, emotions, and intent ever to have occurred in the past, present, or future. They are believed by theosophists to be encoded in a non-physical plane of existence known as the etheric plane.] of basic information of all living things and is the visual expression of the connections of life that run through all sentient beings. The most common form of the FOL is a hexagonal pattern (where the center of each circle is on the circumference of six surrounding circles of the same diameter), made up of 19 complete circles and 36 partial circular arcs, enclosed by a large circle.

Flower of Life

flower of life 19 circles

Seed of Life The “Seed of Life” (SOL) is formed from seven circles being placed with sixfold symmetry, forming a pattern of circles and lenses, which acts as a basic component of the FOL’s design. According to some researchers, the SOL is a symbol depicting the seven days of creation in which 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.”

Vesica Piscis (created on the first day)

vesica piscis

The Seven days of Creation (The Tripod of Life is Day 3)

7 days of creation

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Seed of Life

seed of life

Egg of Life The Egg of Life is the name given to the second iteration in the process of construction of the Flower of Life.

Egg of Life

the egg of life

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The Temple of Osiris at Abydos, Egypt contains the oldest known examples of the Flower of Life.

fu dog forbidden city chinatemple of osiris at abydos egypt


At the Forbidden City in China, the Fu Dog’s paw rests on a ball with the Flower of Life on it

forbidden city fu dog

Flower of Life is found in Turkey

turkey flower of life

In India

flower of life in india

Other examples can be found in Phoenician, Assyrian, Asian, Middle Eastern, and medieval art.  It is found in the architecture in other places:

China – The Forbidden City and various temples.
Israel – ancient synagogues in the Galilee and in Mesada.
Japan – Various temples.
India – The Harimandir Sahib (Golden Temple), Hampi, and the Buddhist Temples in Ajanta.
Turkey – City of Ephesus, in Izmar
Italy – Italian art from the 13th century
Spain – Cordoba, in ‘la Mezquita’

In my research, I went down the rabbit hole, chasing myriad belief systems about the Flower of Life and its earlier stages (the seed and the egg) as well as much more complicated geometric configurations.  There are devout followers of the “sacred geometry.” What I find fascinating about it is how it resembles basic cell division.  As far as we know, the ancients didn’t have microscopes.

13 thoughts on “A2Z — April 2019 — F — Flower of Life

  1. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” This may be true for Shakespeare, but in mathematics you need to adhere to rules and there are even specific naming conventions for variables. In math when something is exactly what it seems to be, then call it a rose and if you have a deep appreciation for math, then stop and smell the roses. Equations of the form r = a sin nθ and r = a cos nθ produce graphs that look like roses. The rhodonea curve is also called the rose, or the rosette, because it has a flower-like form.

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  2. I think mathematics has fascinated humankind for a long time. Do you know anything about the “sacred geometry”? There were some pretty complex looking diagrams at the sites I visited.

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  3. I know a little bit about the five Platonic Solids which includes the Tetrahedron, Cube, Octahedron, Dodecahedron and the Icosahedron. Plato was impressed by these five definite shapes that constitute the only perfectly symmetrical arrangements of a set of (non-planar) points in space, and he developed a “theory of everything” relating to them, and almost 2000 years later, Johannes Kepler was similarly fascinated by these five shapes, and developed his own theory how they represents the orbits of the six known planets.

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