A Brief Introduction to The Seed of Life
There are certain symbols that we contemplate to better understand ourselves, the universe, and our place in it. Symbols whose perfect symmetry catches in our minds, and which holds a key to understanding if we can find it. Many of these symbols are considered sacred (hence the term sacred geometry), and are elevated to a spiritual and religious level of importance.
One such symbol is called the Seed of Life, and it has been around for centuries. From Egypt, to India, to Greece, to Renaissance Italy, to the modern day, this symbol has captured the minds and imaginations of holy men, philosophers, and even scientists as people have tried to unlock the meaning contained within.
What Is The Seed of Life?
The symbol commonly referred to as the Seed of Life is made up of seven circles; one in the center, and six others placed around it according to The Mystica. These circles are not just touching, though, but overlapping. The overlapping pattern of the seven circles creates a design of interlocking rings, with what looks like a small, blooming flower in the middle.
What Does The Seed of Life Mean?
The key to the idea of sacred geometry is understanding the meaning and symbolism behind the shapes and mathematical formulas as they’re presented. Because while the symbol itself will catch and hold the eye, it’s what that symbol represents that is truly important.
And as the name of the Seed of Life suggests, it is the basis for all creation, and the universe as we know it.
The basis of the Seed of Life is the circle, and in sacred geometry circles represent cycles, as well as encompassing things. In this case, the seven circles are often compared to the seven days of creation, with the different circles being ascribed to different points in the universe’s making. The overlapping of the circles shows that these events did not happen independently of each other, either, but that each is intimately connected to the next, building atop what came before it.
If you continue to add circles and expand the design, then the Seed of Life grows, becoming a symbol referred to as the Flower of Life, according to Sacred Geometry. This flower builds on the seed, and becomes even bigger, expanding outward just like both creation and the universe. One thing builds on another, and it creates the next layer, and the next. While they are all built from the same blocks (just how everything in the world is made of atoms), the Flower still looks very different than the Seed that was its origin.
The History of These Symbols
One of the oldest examples of the Flower of Life is found in Egypt. Located on a wall in the Osirian Temple in Abydos, this example of the Flower of Life is thousands of years old. Found in temples in India, as well as religious art in Turkey and Greece, the Flower and See of Life have been subjects of meditation and contemplation for a very long time. Though they have been a part of many philosophies and religions, these symbols have power whether they are in a spiritual connotation, or simply used as a stand-alone metaphor to explain the universe.
And, like many famous examples of sacred geometry, the Seed of Life and the Flower of Life have had more mysteries unlocked as we have grown technologically.
As an example, it was Da Vinci who compared the Seed of Life to music, pointing out that the distance between the spheres is also the same as the distance between notes, drawing a clear correlation between this visual representation and the symmetry of sound. The area where the circles cross (where the edge of one circle lies in the center of the other) is called the Vesica Pisces, and as Ancient Symbols points out, this is also considered a symbol of unity and power. This particular symbol is associated with photons, as well, making it literally a symbol of light which shows how life moves through creation. The circling of its components, each held by bonds, could also be seen as a metaphor for molecules, if one wanted to draw that particular correlation.
How Can You Use The Seed of Life in Your Day-to-Day?
The Seed of Life is more than just a pleasing symbol to hand on the wall (though there’s nothing wrong with using it as decoration to add beauty to your personal space, as well). It can be used as an aid to help you keep yourself balanced, and to center yourself no matter how chaotic things get in your life.
As a meditation aid and point of focus, the Seed of Life can allow you to remake yourself, following the creation of new internal universes. By focusing on the seven circles, and the journey through each, you fill yourself with the energy represented by the Seed, and allow it to regrow and replace energy you have spent, leaving you refreshed and feeling like you’ve begun a new cycle.
If you wear the Seed of Life as an adornment, it acts as a constant reminder to you of the flow of energy through the universe, and that much like the Vesica Pisces you are a connection between countless part of the universe. In this way a representation of the Seed of Life can act as a conduit, keeping you plugged in to the constant flow of the universe, ensuring that fresh energy travels in and through you, sweeping away negativity and helping you overcome obstacles and difficulties. While some people may wear this symbol permanently by having it tattooed on themselves, it is not as common as one might suspect.
There are dozens of examples of sacred geometry all around you, and by recognizing and understanding them you can incorporate them into your daily life.
There are certain symbols that we contemplate to better understand ourselves, the universe, and our place in it. Symbols whose perfect symmetry catches in our minds, and which holds a key to understanding if we can find it. Many of these symbols are considered sacred (hence the term sacred geometry), and are elevated t
Tutorial: Seed of Life pattern
Seed of life pattern embedded in a simple mandala shape.
Intrigued by the beautiful henna designs that incorporate the intricate and complex “seed of life” pattern? This sacred geometry pattern, also called the “flower of life”, can be found in religious structures, sites and artwork around the world.
Attempting it in henna may seem a bit daunting at first, but anyone can master it after seeing each of the steps broken down.
Shoulder epaulet-style design with the seed of life pattern
The primary techniques used in this design are draping straight lines and teardrops (both directions! More info below).
Keep reading for step by step instructions with photos!
1) Start by drawing a large open circle. You can “scratch” on a very light amount of henna to get the basic shape before laying down bolder lines.
2) Now, use your draping skills to draw a long vertical line down the center of the circle. Drape additional lines parallel to the center line, and try to space them apart as evenly as possible (It helps to have a stringy henna, typical of Moroccan or Rajasthani hennas such as my Suraja powder).
3) Next, draw a series of parallel lines at an angle to the first set of lines.
4) Now, draw another series of parallel lines. These should cross over the intersecting points of the previous two lines. The lines may not be perfectly straight, but continue to drape lines from intersection to intersection.
5) Finally, we’re going to go over each set of parallel lines using the teardrop technique. Use cone pressure to widen and narrow the lines between each intersecting point.
It’s really not so difficult when you learn a few tricks!