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
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)
The Seven days of Creation (The Tripod of Life is Day 3)
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 Temple of Osiris at Abydos, Egypt contains the oldest known examples of the Flower of Life.
At the Forbidden City in China, the Fu Dog’s paw rests on a ball with the Flower of Life on it
Flower of Life is found in Turkey
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.