The Flower of Life is a geometric symbol that typically consists of nineteen overlapping circles that are spaced evenly apart from one another. The pattern formed by the circles creates images of perfectly symmetrical flowers.
Some Flower of Life symbols use as little as seven circles within the design so there are some different variations of the symbol.
The Flower of Life is one of the basic sacred geometry shapes. It symbolizes creation and reminds us of the unity of everything: we’re all built from the same blueprint. The meaning behind the symbol is that it is believed to represent the cycle of creation.
It is believed that there is a secret symbol hidden within the larger symbol, which is said to hold the most significant and sacred patterns of the universe.
In multiple cultures all around the world the Flower of Life symbol is seen in ancient manuscripts temples, synagogues and art. However, it was only dubbed as the ‘Flower of Life’ quite recently in the 1990s.
The oldest known depictions of the Flower of Life were found in the Temple of Osiris in Egypt and date back to at least 6 000 years ago, and recent research has concluded that they could not have been made earlier than 535 BC. These depictions of the symbol are fascinating because they were not carved into the rock,
but rather burned or drawn onto the granite with red ochre with great precision.
Some believe that the symbol could have been used to represent the Eye of Ra.
Leonardo da Vinci was known to have studied the Flower of Life pattern and derived the five platonic solids, as well as the Golden Ratio of Phi, from the symbol.
J u d a i s m A n d K a b b a l a h
The Tree of Life has been theorized to have come from the Flower of Life and is a prominent symbol in the Kabbalah discipline of esoteric Judaism. The Tree of Life contains ten spiritual symbols, called the 10 Sephiroth. Each Sephiroth represents a specific aspect of God, so when put together in the Tree of Life, they depict the name of God.
In Kabbalah, the 10 Sephiroths also refer to the Chakras, each of which aligns to specific energy within the human body. The Tree of Life symbolizes the ‘idea of common descent’ in the teachings of Kabbalah. this tree of life is believed to be similar to that of the tree of life found in the Book of Genesis.
C h r i s t i a n i t y
Multiple connections have been made between the Flower of Life and Christianity.
The Seed of Life is of particular relevance in Christianity as it symbolizes the seven days of creation with its seven overlapping circles. The Tree of Life can be found within the Flower of Life and is associated with the Tree of Life that is referenced in the Book of Genesis 2:9 in the Old Testament.
N e w A g e G r o u p s
New Age movements and groups study the Flower of Life and see it as a form of sacred geometry that can be used to achieve enlightenment and understand the deeper spiritual meaning in life. They use the symbol to create new meditation practices and beliefs from it.
A l c h e m y
Several works belonging to alchemists have depicted the use of the Flower of Life and its symbolic pattern. Metatron’s Cube has been used in Alchemy to form creation or containment circles.