Creative power of the Flower of Life



I want to express my special thanks and deep gratitude to Minna Haataja for her invaluable time spent with proofreading and editing this book. Countless sentences are now much clearer and easier to understand than they would have been, if they were written solely by my own hands. I also want to acknowledge Maaria Kuukorento, who has been my second eyes and ears on many important trips and giving necessary cheering all along the way of writing this book. Spending hours after hours on museums and archaeological sites would have taken at least double time without her help. Finally warm thanks to everyone contributing to this work which would have been too overwhelming, or should I better say impossible to do just by myself.

About pictures

I have published all my own photos and illustrations with the Creative Commons license1. I believe that is the best way to keep creative work and research hassle free and to be able to be enjoyed by everyone. The pictures and the figures below that have no copyright notice are my own and they are free to be used with a mention © Marko Manninen accompanied by a reference to the original work.

Thumbnail pictures on Appendix 2 refer and are linked to the original sources via my previous study Artifacts of the Flower of Life, where their credits and copyright notices are given by more suitable way.

Full page pictures presenting the Flower of Life pattern starting Part 1 (page 10) and the Cownose starting Part 2 (page 40), are my own work. The frontpage picture is from the article Folkkonsten i Finland by K. K. Meinander published on a book Nordisk kultur page 392 in 1931.

2 thoughts on “Creative power of the Flower of Life”

  1. Dear Mr. Manninen,
    first of all good evening and my compliments for your excellent research about the Flower of Life.
    My name is Furio Morroni, I’m an Italian journalist and author and I have been living between Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, Greece and Turkey for the last twenty five years serving as the Middle East Chief correspondent of ANSA, the national Italian News Agency. For the past three years, after my retirement, I have been working on a book on the interpretation of Christian symbols in Cyprus and I have so far identified around 120 of them, especially in the mosaics of the ancient Christian basilicas and the frescoes of the painted Byzantine churches on this island.
    In my book I wrote also about the so-called “Flower of Life”: as you know better than me, there are not so many of them also here in Cyprus. One that is interesting for my book is the one that I saw in a picture that you published in your work: the ivory whorl (Item 6, attached) dating between 1600-1100 BC that is in the Museum of Palaipaphos (Kouklia).
    The reason I’m writing to you is to ask your authorization to use your picture because the Archaeological Department of Cyprus doesn’t have the picture of this object and also because I’m quite sure I will not take a picture better than the one you have already done.
    I would be happy to have your picture published in my book in which already I named you as the researcher that did this very huge study titled “Artifacts of the Flower of Life” (2015). If you agree, of course the picture will be credited on your name together with the link to your very interesting and unique website. (
    Thanking you in advance for your time and consideration, I look forward to hearing from you.
    My best regards,
    Furio Morroni

  2. Very interesting Furio, thank you for contacting!

    And I’m sorry for late reply, I didn’t really get a notice of your comment to my email, or I missed it. If still current, you can use my picture from Kouklia. It was a very exciting find all together, unexpected! Object was in the farmost corner and there was not even lights over there. I had to ask staff to turn lights on to get a good pictures. And actually that picture was taken after my first research study “Artifacts of the Flower of Life” (2015) so it belongs better to “Creative Power of the Flower of Life” (2016) research paper. But if you can cite them together and link to this site with my name, as you mentioned, and if you can still provide me a context where and how it is used, you are free to use it on your book. You can contact me with email: elonmedia (at)

    All the best,

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