Deciphering the Sacred is our series where we explore the symbolism of different geometric figures. Make sure to check out our previous installments, like this in-depth analysis of Metatron’s Cube.
In New Age thought, the Flower of Life is believed to contain an Akashic record — an account of everything in existence — and because of its all-encompassing nature, it is used in meditation as a means of aspiring to enlightenment in some spiritual disciplines.
Because the Flower of Life is such a common symbol, tattooists have stylistically enhanced it in numerous ways to make it their own. Some artists keep it simple, as seen in the carefully plotted composition by Guy Waisman, but others — Alexis Calvié, Piotr Szots, and Tomas Tomas — embed it in their designs in more inventive ways. Lil’ B uses the figure to create a halo over his saint’s head, and if you look closely at Nissaco’s dragon, you’ll see that the dragon’s scales are all petals from the flower. Jondix employs it to express the enlightened mindset of the Buddha in his intricate piece. The diverse ways they customize the symbol aside, each of these tattooers illustrates how it is at the heart of everything in the universe, especially ornamental body art.
To see more sacred geometry by these luminaries, find your way to their Instagrams. Should you want a tattoo of the Flower of Life of your own, have one of them design it for you. If you already have a tattoo of this profound figure, please share it with us at #FlowerofLife.