The Flower Of Life Symbol: Meaning And Origins In Sacred Geometry

In today’s post, we will be examining one of the most prominent sacred geometry symbols that is called the Flower of Life, its origins and various interpretations regarding its meaning. Let us get right into it.

What is The Flower of Life?

The Flower of Life is a beautiful geometric symbol with nineteen overlapping circles in perfect symmetry forming an exquisite, flower-like pattern.

The Flower of Life Meaning and Symbolism in Sacred Geometry
The Flower of Life Symbol by Peter Hermes Furian

However, beyond the beautiful composition, the symbol consists of many intricate patterns and several layers that come with many different meanings and applications in religion, science, mathematics, physics, and much more.

It is said to be one of the very first shapes of sacred geometry and is considered to represent the interconnectedness of life, the cycle of creation and offers a blueprint for everything on this planet and even beyond.

Origins: The Flower of Life in Sacred Geometry

The Flower of Life symbol originates from the fascinating world of sacred geometry. Followers of this theory believe that mathematical and geometrical patterns found in nature  suggest the existence of a higher power and these intelligent designs are the evidence of it.

One such pattern is the Flower of Life. Different versions of the symbol, such as one with only 7 circles or 13 circles, can resemble natural structures found within the universe, such as an atom or flowers or much more. The Flower of Life symbol can be traced all the way back to Ancient Egypt as well.

Sacred Geometry Flower of Life Symbol Meaning and Origin
Sacred Geometry Flower of Life Symbol by Marta Leo

The earliest depictions of the symbol were found in the Temple of Osiris, where the familiar circles were not just carved but rather drawn or burned into the stone. The Flower of Life, is an ancient symbol dating back to almost 6,000 years ago, indeed.

Similarly, the pattern was found again on King Ashurbanipal’s palace floor in 645 BC (Ashurbanipal ruled the Neo-Assyrian Empire between 669 and 631 BC).

While the symbol is thousands of years old, the term “flower of life” was only coined recently, in the past century. Today, the concepts of sacred geometry and the Flower of Life, in particular, extend across many religions and cultures due to their profound meanings and implications.

The Flower of Life Meaning and Symbolism within Sacred Geometry and Science

At its very core, the Flower of Life symbol represents the cycle of life. It represents how all life and everything in the universe originates from one single source, much like how this symbol starts with one circle.

For some, this source can be God or some other divine creator. For others who prefer a more scientific approach, this source can be some chemical reaction that led to the beginning of life on the planet.

Flower of Life Sacred Geometry Symbol
The Flower of Life Symbol in Sacred Geometry by Sasanka7

As you continue the pattern by adding more symbols and start developing the intricate flower, the symbol also comes to represent the interconnectedness of life on the planet. Every living thing is somehow connected with the other, either through a system of a food chain or other interdependent relationships.

Therefore, the symbol represents the unity of all things in the universe as they originate from a single source and intertwine with each other to form a complex planet.

The symbol is called the ‘Flower’ of Life not just because it bears a resemblance to a flower but also because it represents the cycle of life that a fruit tree follows to bear a flower.

The symbol, with its extensive meanings and layers, has vast applications in mathematics, quantum physics, biology, and much more. It is also used in mysticism and meditation. It is also said that Leonardo Da Vinci discovered the golden ratio thanks to the Flower of Life symbol.

How to Draw the Flower of Life Symbol, the Explanation - A Flower of Life with Black Background
The Flower of Life Symbol in Sacred Geometry by Marina Arabadzhi

Other Symbols Within the Flower of Life

One of the most amazing things about the Flower of Life symbol is that it contains other beautiful symbols and patterns within.

Seed of Life

The Seed of Life symbol consists of the initial seven overlapping circles from the Flower of Life symbol. This represents the single flower and the source of all creation. For some, the seven circles in this pattern represent the seven days it took God to create the universe.

Egg of Life

The Egg of Life symbol is also drawn from the Flower of Life symbol with seven circles. This symbol bears a strong resemblance to a multicellular embryo when it is in its early stages, that is why it is called the Egg of Life.

Fruit of Life

The Fruit of Life symbol consists of thirteen circles arranged in a snowflake pattern. It is considered the base of the universe and consists of the underlying pattern for the Metatron’s Cube.

Metatron’s Cube

Metatron’s Cube is a mystical 3D object which also contains all the five Platonic solids in its structure as well. Discovered by Plato, the five solids are geometric solids that can represent various aspects of the universe and symbolize the basic structures of all organic life.

Metatron’s Cube has certain religious associations as well, and the symbol is believed to help protect from evil spirits. It is also believed that the Archangel Metatron uses this cube to monitor the flow of energy within the universe. Metatron’s Cube, as well as all the five Platonic Solids, can be found within the Flower of Life symbol.

If you would like to read our detailed article on Metatron’s Cube, its meaning, origins and importance in sacred geometry please click here.

Tube Torus

Another sacred geometry symbol based on the Flower of Life is the Tube Torus. It represents the flow of energy around a body as it ascends and descends in a continuous loop, often in the shape of a doughnut.

How to Draw the Flower of Life

The Flower of Life symbol consists of nineteen concentric and equal circles overlapping in an intricate pattern; all of these are contained within one large circle. Similar to meanings associated with it, the symbol can be deceptively complex, but it is simply a collection of circles starting from a vesica piscis pattern.

To draw the Flower of Life symbol, you will need a paper, pen, and a compass. Using the compass, draw a circle on the paper. Then, without readjusting the compass, make another circle with the metal tip of the compass on the circumference of the first circle.

Where these two circles intersect, place the metal tip of the compass again and draw two more circles. Then, at all the points where these new circles intersect, draw four more circles and continue making circles this way till you notice the flower pattern emerging and the symbol is complete.

This wraps up our post on the Flower of Life symbol, its origin, meaning and importance in sacred geometry. If you liked it, you will probably enjoy reading our extensive article on the unalome symbol, its meaning and origin here.

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