Flower of Life

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Flower of Life

The Flower of Life is an ornament consisting of multiple evenly-spaced, overlapping circles. The name was coined in the 1990s by the New Age movement author Drunvalo Melchizedek,[1] who propagated a “sacred geometry” where this shape and parts of it were associated with several historical, mythological and spiritual claims. There is no evidence that the name was used before.[2]

Occurrences of the ornament[edit]

The ornament can be constructed easily by pen and compass, by creating multiple series of interlinking circles of the same diameter touch the previous circle's center. The re-occurrence of the figure throughout history are said to prove the significance of the ”sacred geometry” by Melchizedek and his followers.[1]

The Flower of Life symbol drawn in red ochre Temple of Osiris at Abydos, Egypt

Abydos (Egypt)[edit]

Possibly five patterns resembling the Flower of Life can be seen on one of the granite columns of the Temple of Osiris in Abydos, Egypt, and a further five on a column opposite of the building. They are drawn in red ochre and some are very faint and hard to distinguish.[3]

Despite claims that they are over 6,000 years old,[4][not in citation given] recent research shows that these engravings can date no earlier than 535 BCE, and most probably date to the 2nd and 4th century CE, 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 meters in height.[3] 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.[3] As the drawings are not mentioned in the extensive listings of graffiti at the temple compiled by Margaret Murray in 1904,[5] it even cannot be excluded that the drawings were added in the 20th century CE.

As a New Age symbol[edit]

The New York Times quoted a New Age artist as saying, "The Flower of Life has been found in sacred sites throughout the world. Within two weeks of discovering it, I was painting."[6]

The album Sempiternal by Bring Me the Horizon (published 2013) uses the Flower of Life as the main feature of its album cover.


  1. ^ a b Melchizedek, Drunvalo. The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life. Light Technology Publishing, 1999 (vol. 1), 2000 (vol. 2). 
  2. ^ Schneider, Wolf: Kleines Lexikon esoterischer Irrtümer: Von Astrologie bis Zen (German; “Small encyclopedia of esoteric errors, from astrology to Zen”). Gütersloh 2009, ISBN 9783641032418
  3. ^ a b c Furlong, David (2008). "The Osirion and the Flower of Life". Archived from the original on Oct 7, 2014. Retrieved May 15, 2015.  (Photographic evidence from the Osirion.)
  4. ^ "Sightings: The Secret of the Sphinx & Edgar Cayce". SciFi Channel. 
  5. ^ Margaret Alice Murray: The Osireion at Abydos, London 1904, p. 35 ff., online here (retrieved Jan. 5, 2014)
  6. ^ "From Nature's Geometry, 'Healing' Art." The New York Times, March 4, 2007