When you first hear about “the flower of life”, it sounds vague and mysterious. But what really is the flower of life ?
In its simplest form, The flower of life is an ancient geometric symbol containing 19 overlapping circles contained within one unifying circle. The overlapping circles in the flower of life intersect to form the appearance of flower petals, thus the name flower of life.
The Flower of Life dates as far back as 645 BC, where it was discovered carved in the Assyrian Palace of King Ashurbanipal, (known as the last great king of Assyria). It was also found in the Ancient Egyptian temple of Osiris, and is said to contain a “”secret code”” that underpins the basic building blocks of the universe (and life as we know it).
But where did this symbol come from?
What does it really mean? And what does the flower of life truly represent?
In this article we’ll seek out expert knowledge, opinions, and perspectives to find out the true meaning, origin, and deep rooted symbolism in the flower of life.
Let’s Dive In.
What Is The Meaning Of The Flower Of Life?
Similar to the meaning of life itself, the exact meaning of ‘the flower of life’ is difficult to pinpoint . The symbol’s structure is very basic in composition, yet beautifully complex in nature.
As it’s name suggests, the flower of life represents the blossoming of life as we know it.
Out team at the Conscious Vibe has spent countless hours reading and researching expert opinions diving into the throws of what this symbol really means. What we found is that most writings on the flower of life are either too intertwined with unfounded claims or extremely vague.
But when you step back and look at the bigger picture and take the average of all the expert analysis, things start to become a little more clear on exactly what the flower of life symbol represents.
The meaning of the flower of life is the evolution of EVERYTHING in the universe !
Here’s what we mean…
Just like how the big bang theory starts with a single point and expands, the flower of life also starts with a singular point int he middle which all else expands outwards from.The sole source of life within the ancient symbol is represented by the converging points that are centered within the circle in the middle of the pattern.
The flower of life is believed to be a blueprint for all life, containing the fundamental patterns for everything in the universe from the smallest atoms to the largest galaxies. It is also a representation that everything is connected. Whether we have the technology to recognize or understand the connection is one thing, but ultimately our universe has more to tell than our collective consciousness as a civilization currently understands.
The Flower Of Life Geometry: Building Blocks of How It’s Made
Constructed simply from an array of overlapping circles, the flower of life contains complex mathematical formulas that are present throughout the universe, including the Fibinocci sequence, the golden ratio, the mathematical formula for pi, and even the root formulas for musical scales.
The Flower Of Life Symbol In Stages
Step 1: The Circle of Life –
The circle of life represents the process of transformation from life to death from one generation to the next. Because a circle has no end, it has long represented the concept of eternity and infinity.
Step 2: Vesica Piscis –
The Vesica Piscis is most famous today, and known by most people as the shape of the “Jesus Fish”. From a mathematical perspective, the Vesica Piscis is the birth place of the equilateral triangle.
Step 3: The Tripod Of Life –
The “Tripod of Life” is formed from adding a third circle to the Vesica Piscis. The three rings are universally known as a symbol of “wholeness” and “unity”. Much like the circle of life, the tripod of life has no beginning and no end and are said to represent the infinite possibilities of creation.
The “Tripod of Life” has been considered a sacred geometric pattern by many ancient cultures, often referred to as a representation of the creative force of the Universe. But this ancient symbol may be most famously recognized as the Celtic knot or Triquetra.
In the Christian religion, the ‘Tripod-of-Life’ has been used to symbolize the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (AKA the Holy Trinity).
Step 4 : The Seed Of Life –
The seed of life is a sacred geometric pattern and ancient symbol that is comprised of 7 intersecting circles. The seed of life is believed by some Christian and Jewish religions to represents the seven days of creation described in the book of Genesis.
Step 5: The Egg Of Life –
The Egg of Life is the next iteration in the process of construction of the Flower of Life, developing right after the seed. The egg of life symbol contains 13 intersecting circles and is commonly believed to represent three necessary pillars in people’s life, health, stability , and fertility.
One of the most amazing things about the egg of life, is that its geometry is such that it forms the organizational framework for all possible musical scales. The ratio of the spaces between the overlapping circles represents the gaps between full-tones and semi-tones on the musical chromatic scale.
For example, by applying the musical law of octaves to the Fibonacci sequence, it results in a perfect musical progression.
Step 6: The Flower Of Life –
Finally the ‘egg of life’ develops into the ‘flower of life’. Containing 19 circles the flower of life is believed to represent the birth of the universe as it emerges from a single emulating point.
Step 7: The Fruit Of Life –
Also known as the “holy of holies”, the fruit of life is formed by adding 6 circles to the perimeter of the flower of life, thus creating 13 abutting circles.
The fruit of life is believed to contain the fundamentals for the construct of all atoms, molecular composition, life development and the building blocks of the universe. It also contains the basis for the creation of Metatron’s Cube.
Hidden Bonus: The Tree Of Life –
Emanating from the center of the ‘seed of life’ and the ‘flower of life’, the ‘tree of life’ is simply the centers of the circles of the Flower of Life and the Seed of Life with lines drawn to interconnect them. The tree of life has a total of 10 nodes and 22 lines connecting the nodes.
The geometric shapes contained in the Tree of Life are considered to be divinely designed and representative of geometric patterns that repeat in nature.
For a more in depth breakdown of “The Tree of Life” check out our related article here
Hidden Bonus: Metatron’s Cube (connecting the dots) –
Metatron’s Cube is unique because within the connected lines lies all the shapes and all 5 platonic solids symbolizing the underlying geometric patterns which are the building blocks found throughout our universe.
This shape is said to help focus on meditation and to help you replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
What Is The Secret Symbol HIDDEN In The Flower Of Life?
This is a debated topic, and one that nobody knows for sure. After many hours of researching, reading, and discussing I don’t think it’s very far-fetched, but think for yourself on what makes sense.
Based on our current level of technology as a global civilization, we cannot see the entire universe, so nobody knows for sure what the universe looks like. However, what the current body of scientific evidence does tell us, is that the universe seems to have originated from a singular point (the big bang theory) and to this day, it is still expanding outward.
Many experts now believe that the universe may indeed be a giant never ending fractal like torus field. This theory is slightly different from the big bang theory, but still satisfies the ‘singular point’ of origination theory, which is at the crux of the big bang.
If the torus field theory is correct, then the flower of life would be a 2 dimensional representation of the entire observable universe from a ‘top down’ perspective.
Leonardo da Vinci and the Flower of Life
Leonardo da Vinci lived over 500 years ago and is still a household name to this day. It is said that Leo was “”obsessed”” with sacred geometry. In many of his painting and sculptures you can find the dimensions, ratios, and alignments of the flower of life proportions. Including in his famous Mona Lisa painting.
But maybe the best example of Da Vinci’s use of the flower of life geometry can be seen in his famous illustration of the “Vitruvian Man”. Many historians believe that da Vinci’s famous drawing of the Vitruvian Man was composed, at least in part, based on the Flower of Life symbol.
Flower Of Life – Modern Use
Like many things in the modern world, what was once considered one of the most sacred symbols in the universe has since turned into a commercial opportunity for apparel and retail sales.
Flower Of Life Tattoo – The flower of life tattoo (including many of its derivative shapes) is one of the most popular tattoos in any tattoo shop….I’m actually thinking about getting one myself.
Most people who get the flower of life tattoo don’t understand its meaning, but never-the-less are still captivated by its enticing and even mesmerizing simple yet complex design.
Much like staring at the stars.
Flower Of Life Jewelry – If you type in flower of life into google, you’re likely to see at least one page (or ad) for a flower of life necklace. There might even be a flower of life ad on our website (we’re not in control of ads, but I wouldn’t be surprised).
Final Thoughts: The Flower of Life
Shrouded in mystery, much like the meaning of life and the origin of the universe, the Flower of Life has been captivating human minds for thousands of years.
The flower of life has been found to contain the building blocks and mathematical codes that make up the fabric of our existence and our reality. When we do discover the origin of the universe, I have no doubt that the flower of life will somehow contain the formula.
Until then it continues to act as a simplistically beautiful and captivating symbol which is does an excellent job at commanding human attention and deep focus.
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