Flower of Life
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The Flower of Life is the name coined by New Age author Drunvalo Melchizedek for a geometrical figure composed of multiple evenly-spaced, overlapping circles. This figure, used as a decorative motif since ancient times, forms a flower-like pattern with the symmetrical structure of a hexagon.
A "Flower of Life" figure consists of seven or more overlapping circles, in which the center of each circle is on the circumference of up to six surrounding circles of the same diameter. However, the surrounding circles need not be clearly or completely drawn; in fact, some ancient symbols that are claimed as examples of the Flower of Life contain only a single circle or hexagon.
Figures as prominent as Leonardo da Vinci  ascribed significance to the Flower of Life and three similar symbols, called the "Egg of Life," the "Fruit of Life," the "Seed of Life. These figures have historically been considered symbols of sacred geometry, with some authors asserting that they represent ancient spiritual beliefs, and that they depict fundamental aspects of space and time. Melchizedek claims that Metatron's Cube may be derived from the Flower of Life pattern, and that the Platonic solids within it were "thought to act as a template from which all life springs."
The Flower of Life and the Seed of Life are linked by New Age authors with the Biblical prophet Enoch, the Archangel Metatron, the six days of Creation, the Vesica Piscis religious symbol, and Borromean rings.
New Age writers associate the Flower of Life with symbols and decorative motifs from cultures throughout history.
Assyria and Abydos 
It was originally thought that the Temple of Osiris in Abydos, Egypt contained the oldest known examples of the Flower of Life. It is now known that an earlier example of the pattern can be seen in the Assyrian rooms of the Louvre Museum in Paris. The design forms part of a gypsum or alabaster threshold step measuring 2.07 x 1.26 meters (6.8 x 4.1 feet) that originally existed in one of the palaces of King Ashurbanipal, and has been dated to c. 645 BC.
The Abydos examples from Egypt are also worthy of note. Claims that they are over 6,000 years old and may date back to as long ago as 10,500 BC. or earlier have not yet been confirmed. Recent research shows that these symbols can be no earlier than 535 B.C., and most probably date to the 2nd and 4th century AD, based on photographic evidence of Greek text, still to be fully deciphered, seen alongside the Flower of Life circles and the position of the circles close to the top of columns, which are over 4 metres in height. This suggests the Osirion was half filled with sand prior to the circles being drawn and therefore likely to have been well after the end of the Ptolemaic dynasty.
Possibly five Flower of Life patterns can be seen on one of the granite columns and a further five on a column opposite of the Osirion. Some are very faint and hard to distinguish.
Kabbalah / Judaism 
New Age 
In New Age thought, the Flower of Life has provided what is considered to be deep spiritual meaning and forms of enlightenment to those who have studied it as sacred geometry. There are various groups all over the world who derive particular beliefs and forms of meditation based (at least in part) on the Flower of Life. 
Other religions 
One of the earliest known occurrences of the Vesica Piscis, and perhaps the first, was among the Pythagoreans, who considered it a holy figure. The Vesica Piscis is a basic component of the Flower of Life.
Leonardo da Vinci 
Leonardo da Vinci studied the Flower of Life's form and its mathematical properties. He drew the Flower of Life itself, as well as various components such as the Seed of Life. He drew geometric figures representing shapes such as the platonic solids, a sphere, and a torus, and also used the golden ratio of phi in his artwork; all of which may be derived from the Flower of Life design.
In some renditions, the rosette on the unofficial flag of Padania is a symbol taken from the Flower of Life pattern. A minor rosette of the Flower of Life was also used for the US Television series Charmed. The symbol used is a wiccan form of the Flower of Life and consists of three intersecting circles (See tripod of life). A rosette from the Flower of Life is also used as a basis for traditional Pennsylvania Dutch building ornamentation (see Folk Art of Rural Pennsylvania by Frances Lichten, 1946). The Queyras Park logo bears the rosette as well.
Sacred geometry 
Sacred geometry can be described as a belief system attributing a religious or cultural value to many of the fundamental forms of space and time. According to this belief system, the basic patterns of existence are perceived as sacred, since contemplating one is contemplating the origin of all things. By studying the nature of these forms and their relationship to each other, one may seek to gain insight into the scientific, philosophical, psychological, aesthetic and mystical laws of the universe.
The Flower of Life is considered to be a symbol of sacred geometry, said to contain ancient, religious value depicting the fundamental forms of space and time. One form also known as a "...daisy wheel is also used at a smaller scale as a proportioning device..." in building construction. (See image caption starting "Flower of Life or thunder marks...").
There are many symbols found within the Flower of Life's design, each believed to possess significant meaning.
Seed of Life 
The Seed of Life is a symbol depicting the six days of creation in which the Judeo-Christian 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." 
In the 13th century, a Cabalist group from France succeeded, through geometric interpretation, in dividing the entire Hebrew alphabet into an order using the Seed of Life. The resulting alphabet was remarkably similar to that of the Religious sage Rashi who wrote his commentaries on the Old Testament at that time in France.
Spherical octahedron 
According to some religious beliefs[who?], the first step in building the Seed of Life was the creation of the octahedron by a divine "creator" (or "God"). The next step was for the creator to spin the shape on its axes. In this way, a sphere is formed (see diagram). The creator's consciousness is said to exist within the sphere and the only thing that physically exists is the membrane of the sphere itself. This "first step" is to be confused with the "first day", the latter being in reference to the six days of creation.
Vesica Piscis 
The Vesica Piscis is formed from two intersecting circles of the same diameter, where the center of each circle is on the circumference of the opposite circle. Its design is one of the simplest forms of sacred geometry. It has been depicted around the world at sacred sites, most notably at the Chalice Well in Glastonbury, England, and has been the subject of mystical speculation at several periods of history. One of the earliest known occurrences of the Vesica Piscis, and perhaps first, was among the Pythagoreans, who considered it a holy figure.
According to some religious beliefs[who?], the Vesica Piscis represents the second stage in the creation of the Seed of Life, in that it was constructed by "the Creator" (or "God") through the creation of a second spherical octahedron joined with the first. It is said that the Creator's consciousness began inside the first sphere and journeyed to the furthest edge, where it then formed the second circle. Purportedly in reference to this, the Old Testament refers to "the spirit of the Creator floating upon the face of the waters."
The Vesica Piscis has been called a symbol of the fusion of opposites and a passageway through the world's apparent polarities. It has also been noted as the geometry for the human eye. It is also known to be the basis for the Ichthys fish, which is a Christian symbol representing "The Son", Jesus Christ.
Triquetra / Tripod of Life / Borromean rings 
The Triquetra or "Tripod of Life" (also known as "Borromean rings") is formed from a third circle being added to the Vesica Piscis, where the third circle's center point is placed at the intersection of the first two circles' circumferences. The triquetra has been used as a sacred symbol in a number of pagan religions, including Celtic and Germanic paganism, since ancient times. Within the neopagan religion of Wicca, the triquetra symbolizes the Triple Goddess of the Moon and Fate; and also her three realms of Earth, sky, and sea. Within the Christian religion, the Tripod of Life has been used to symbolize the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit of the Christian Trinity.
Tube Torus 
A basic one dimensional depiction of the "Tube Torus" shape is formed by ratching the Seed of Life and duplicating the lines of the tube torus in its design. Some[who?] say the Tube Torus contains a code of vortex energy that describes light and language in a unique way, perhaps as something of an Akashic Record.
Egg of Life 
The "Egg of Life" symbol is composed of seven circles taken from the design of the Flower of Life. The shape of the Egg of Life is said to be the shape of a multi-cellular embryo in its first hours of creation.
Derived from the Egg of Life is the basis for the following geometrical figures:
- Cube – One of the platonic solids
- Tetrahedron – One of the platonic solids
- Star tetrahedron – Much like the Jewish Star of David.
Fruit of Life 
The "Fruit of Life" symbol is composed of 1 million circles. The fruit of Life is said to be the blueprint of the universe, containing the basis for the design of every atom, molecular structure, life form, and everything in existence. It contains the geometric basis for the delineation of Metatron's Cube, which brings forth the platonic solids. If each circle's centre is considered a "node", and each node is connected to each other node with a single line, a total of seventy-eight lines are created, forming a type of cube (Metatron's Cube). Although the image below shows the dodecahedron and the icosahedron fitting the pattern of Metatron's Cube, the vertices of those shapes do not coincide with the centers of the 13 circles (the icosahedron projection in the image below is false).
Tree of Life 
The symbol of the Tree of life may be derived from the Flower of Life. The Tree of life is a concept, a metaphor for common descent, and a motif in various world theologies and philosophies. The Kabbalistic form of the Tree of life has historically been adopted by some Jews, Christians, Hermeticists, and pagans. Along with the Seed of Life, in New Age Qabalah it is believed to be part of the geometry that parallels the cycle of the fruit tree. This relationship is implied when these two forms are superimposed onto each other.
The Tree of Life is most widely recognized as a concept within the Kabbalah, which is used to understand the nature of God and the manner in which he created the world ex nihilo. The Kabbalists developed this concept into a full model of reality, using the tree to depict a "map" of creation. The Tree of Life has been called the "cosmology" of the Kabbalah. Jewish Kabbalists related the Kabbalistic Tree of Life to the Tree of life mentioned in Genesis 2:9.
See also 
- Hungarian runes
- Sacred Geometry
- Vesica piscis
- Borromean rings
- Platonic Solids
- Tree of life
- Tree of life (Kabbalah)
- Da Vinci's Challenge
- http://originalburn.com/knickknacks/flower_of_life_giant - animated creation of the Flower of Life using PaperJS
- Melchizedek, Drunvalo (1999). The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life Volume 1. Light Technology Publishing.
- Melchizedek, Drunvalo (2000). The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life Volume 2. Light Technology Publishing.
- Many New Age websites use this phrase as does the Dallas, Texas architect Stephen B. Chambers: "Steve Chambers: A Dallas architect reviews Dallas historical architecture and its preservation". Stephen B. Chambers Architects Inc. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
- Cromwell, P. R. Polyhedra. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 51-57, 66-70, and 77-78, 1997.
- Furlong, David The Osirion and the Flower of Life – Article by Malcolm Stewart
- Sightings - The Secret of the Sphinx & Edgar Cayce - a SciFi Channel presentation
- Rawles 1997
- Furlong, David The Osirion and the Flower of Life - Photographic evidence from the Osirion
- Qabalistic Concepts: Living the Tree (1984), by William G. Gray
- Reti, Ladislao (1990). The Unknown Leonardo. New York: Abradale Press, Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers.
- Plus.Maths.org : Maths and art
- Home.cc.UManitoba.ca : Drawings
- Lawlor, Robert (1982). Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice. London: Thames & Hudson.
- Sacred geometry
- Smith, Laurie. "Geometrical Design in Historic Welsh Frames",Timber Framing: Journal of the Timber Framers Guild Vol. 70. December 2003. 4.
- KA-Gold-Jewelry.com - Seed of Life
- Vesica piscis
- SpiralofLight.com - Sacred Geometry & Images by Mika Feinberg
- GloriaDeiWichita.com - Depicts a Holy Trinity banner with the Tripod of Life
- HolyTrinity.us - Uses the Tripod of Life to symbolize the Holy Trinity.
- nosubject.com - The Borromean knot.
- Lawrence Swienciki. "Swienciki class materials". Mathematical Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
- Tree of life
- Tree of life (Kabbalah)
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