Introducing the Flower of Life
In previous posts I have made reference to sacred geometry, and while it is not a requirement for crystal grids, some people believe these geometric symbols have a great deal of power to assist us with the strength of the intention we are setting with the grid. As you likely know, Sacred Geometry is about the patterns that are based on a foundation of circles, squares, and triangles – simple shapes - which exist in our Universe. When we use these patterns as the foundation for a crystal grid, we are activating the unique knowledge of the crystals that we are placing on the grid. These grids or symbols have specific meanings and energies so by using them and complementing them with the right crystals we can create a stronger foundation for the intention of our crystal grid.
When these shapes are built upon one another, the three dimensional Platonic Solids are created. (These are often associated with the Chakras and so you may already be familiar with them!) It is often thought that these three dimensional shapes are what form all of life on this planet – animal, human, plant and crystal – since we are all created on basic geometric shapes and are fed by the Universal life force. In any case, there is much to learn and know about Sacred Geometry and this could be a lifelong study unto itself, so I am going to present and discuss only a very familiar symbol – that of the flower of life and the symbols that are part of it.
The Flower of Life (FOL)
The Flower of Life is based on a circular pattern and is one of the most sacred symbols throughout the world and it can be found in many faiths. It has a great deal of historical meaning and has been found in temples, manuscripts and art throughout the world. It is composed of overlapping circles arranged in a flower-like pattern, containing hexagonal (six sided) symmetry. This symbol is believed to contain information about all living things and people consider it as a type of Akashic Record. Philosophers, architects, and artists have all studied this geometrical symbol because of its perfect form and proportion. For example, Leonardo da Vinci studied the FOL and its mathematical properties. He drew geometric figures representing shapes such as the platonic solids and also used it in his artwork.
There is no real documentation as to what ancients believed about this symbol even though it was used in multiple places and civilizations to adorn buildings. More recently this symbol has come to be associated with: enlightenment; the Tree of Life, both in Hebrew and Shamanic traditions; platonic solids; soul level, universal connection; as well as possibly being a portal to other spiritual or physical dimensions.
Thought to begin as the “seed of life”, it depicts the cell division of an egg (embryo) – which is life’s very foundation. Each time a cell divides it becomes 2, then 4, then 8 etc. until it grows into a fully establish organism. Just as with this division, when we add more and more spheres to the Seed of Life it grows into the Flower of Life.
The Seed of Life is formed from seven circles being placed with six fold symmetry, forming a pattern of circles which acts as a basic component of the Flower of Life's design. According to some, the Seed of Life depicts the 7 days of creation wherein God created life.
Also, within the Flower of Life depiction, you will also find the geometric symbol called the Fruit of life. You can find this yourself by taking 13 spheres (circles) from the Fruit Of Life. These 13 circles represent the 13 systems of knowledge. It also contains the geometric basis of Metatron's Cube, which brings forth the platonic solids that I mentioned above. (In future blog posts I may discuss the Seed of Life, Fruit of Life, Metatron’s Cube and Platonic Solids symbols more in depth so keep an eye out for those if you are interested!)
Other Sacred Inferences:
Remember that the circle is the most basic element of the universe – think planets, spirals, and the life giving embryo that I referred to earlier. Circles represent unity, creation, and the inclusion of all things and matter. When you create a grid to bring together a group of people, and idea or a project, circles are a great way to go!
You may want to also consider numerology. In this instance, let’s think about the power of threes. The number three gives the spiritual energy of joining the past present and future; three brings balance and stability (think tripod); it is the Holy Trinity; and the trefoil is sacred in many cultures.
Most often, pentagon-based grids are connected with nature – in particular, plants and animals. Traditions and manuscripts indicate this shape is used to create a full bounty, good harvest, protects plants and animals; and to help bring into alignment people and the lands.
Remember that each design and shape, as well as the numerology of the stones and the kinds of crystals you use can play a role in your crystal grid and getting the most from it. Each item you add to your grid can be used in harmony to create more of the intention you are wanting to manifest. This seems like a great deal of knowledge that you must have to grid – but if you read this blog post you know that is not the case. I believe much of this knowledge comes to us when we are openly accessing our intuitive senses and if you want to leave it at that, it is perfectly fine and you will still manifest your intention; however, if you want to take it a step beyond, it is helpful to know the significance of your choices. Personally, I use what I am drawn to – and I do the research afterward to find out how those items have influenced my crystal grid!