Seed of Life

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 (a component of the Flower of Life)

The “Seed of Life” is formed from seven circles being placed with sixfold symmetry, forming a pattern of circles and lenses, which act as a basic component of the Flower of Life’s design.[1][17]

The Seed of Life is a symbol depicting the six days of creation in which the Judeo-Christian God created life; Genesis 2:2-3Exodus 23:1231:16-17,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.” [1][17]

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.[17]

Seed Of Life Stages.jpg

Spherical octahedron

The first step in forming the Seed of Life (or Flower of Life) is to begin with a circle (as in a 2D model) or a sphere (as in a 3D model).[1]

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 indentified with the “first day”, the latter being in reference to the six days of creation.[1][17]

Vesica Piscis

Main article: 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.[1] 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,[citation needed] and has been the subject of mystical speculation at several periods of history.[18] One of the earliest known occurrences of the Vesica Piscis, and perhaps first, was among the Pythagoreans, who considered it a holy figure.[18]

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.[19] It has also been noted as the geometry for the human eye.[19] It is also known to be the basis for the Ichthys fish, which is a Christian symbol representing “The Son”, Jesus Christ.

The Tripod of Life, representing the Holy Trinity.

Triquetra / Tripod of Life / Borromean rings

Main article: 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.[1] 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.[20][21][22]

Tube Torus

The geometric figure of a tube torusrepresented by the Seed of Life.

Main article: 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.[15]

Egg of Life

The “Egg of Life” symbol is composed of seven circles taken from the design of the Flower of Life.[1] The shape of the Egg of Life is said to be the shape of a multi-cellular embryo in its first hours of creation.[15]

Derived from the Egg of Life is the basis for the following geometrical figures:

Egg-of-Life Stages.svg

Fruit of Life

Fruit-of-Life Stages 61-circles-to-13-circles.svg

The “Fruit of Life” symbol is composed of 13 circles.[1] 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.[1][17] 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).[23]

Metatron’s Cube (derived from the Fruit of Life) begets the five Platonic solids, including a star tetrahedron (stellated octahedron)

Tree of Life

The Kabbalistic Tree of lifesuperimposed on the Flower 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.[24] The Kabbalistic form of the Tree of life has historically been adopted by some JewsChristiansHermeticists, andpagans.[25] 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.[19]

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.[25] Jewish Kabbalists related the Kabbalistic Tree of Life to the Tree of life mentioned in Genesis 2:9.[25]


A Flower of Life pattern can be constructed with a pencompass, and paper, by creating multiple series of interlinking circles.

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