Flower of Life (Fisherman’s Net)

floweroflifeThe image here is most often called the “Flower of Life,” a symbol most commonly associated with New Age permutations of Sacred Geometry. It is a curiously universal emblem, appearing in religious contexts all over the globe over the span of several millennia.

The oldest example can still be seen at the Temple of Osiris at Abydos, one of many geometric arrangements of circles found there. It can also be seen in early Phoenician, Assyrian, Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, and later medieval art. The example at the Osireion, with its multiplicity of vesica pisces shapes, may represent the ‘eyes’ of Osiris- a symbol of the omniscience of the god.

 

This delicate net of overlapping circles arranged in a six-fold pattern is called the “flower of life” because it contains a number of other shapes within its deceptively simple pattern, leading some to call it the “blueprint of creation.” By connecting points in the pattern, a multitude of patterns and shapes can be traced, including a tree of Life, pentagram, and various representations of three dimensional objects. The six-fold “seed” pattern used as a basis for the larger pattern is often referred to on its own as the seed of life:

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A flower of Life mosaic from the Sikh Temple at Amritsar Flower design at the Osireion

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Vivayne March 25, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Represents cellular creation as well. Miosis, mitosis.

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Seraph November 27, 2014 at 3:17 am

It represents wavelet construction using “Newton’s Method”, analogous to temporo-spatial bifurcation as related to the Many Worlds interpretation of Quantum Theory.

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Bryan November 7, 2014 at 9:53 am

And everything can be answered with the use of this system.

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Dawnatilla the Hun December 16, 2013 at 4:48 pm

the reason it is curiously Universal, and not Masonic…is because it IS sacred geometry.

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