Among secret societies, cult academics, revivalists, and imperial powers Egypt has always served to quench a thirst for spiritual veneration. Indeed, even in its religion, Egypt had impeccable style. It was truly original. Their beliefs and origin story were inspired directly from nature and developed without meaningful influence from other cultures. This reality makes Egypt, in so many ways, a beacon for all artists, designers, conquerors, humanists, philosophers and historians.
Ancient Egyptian style emanates naturism. They made obelisks to honor the creative forces in nature. To them imitation was beyond flattery - it became worship. The Egyptians mimicked the creative forces in nature through their monumental arts. This, a rather nuanced expression of gods and idols, still inspires us.
The Egyptians knew that it was virtually impossible to contain, within one concept, the totality of creation and its many complex forces. The early authors of Egyptian culture borrowed elements from nature and created a pantheon that expressed the boundless variance present in the world. They personified the creative forces of nature into deities that reflected human principles difficult to express in mere words.
As the lotus, the symbolic upper form of every fleur de lis, would rise for the day and sink into the night and as the papyrus was seen as a single stalk and an entire grove, the Egyptians would capture from nature these magical aesthetics. They held deeply the duality of being and rectified paradoxes with a unique ease. As the universe contained limitless form and stately individualistic design, so too did it present itself as one singular, divine whole.
In the clasp, the central piece of every fleur de lis, we find a principle sacred to our ancient ancestors: unity, togetherness, binding by design - a bold central force to bring different things into one. This idea developed from the use of flora in prehistoric sacred spaces. So as the Upper and Lower kingdoms of ancient Egypt were united, so too were their cultural icons, the papyrus and the lotus - moments of nostalgic flora.
Humanity’s love affair with one of nature’s most memorable icons, the flower, represents a deep-seeded spirituality that connotes ideas of transience, temporality and duality. In the allegory of flower we can find bold meaning that harkens back to a time when humanity expressed itself through symbolism - ages before the use of character-based language.
As we are many we are also one and as we rise for the morning and sink into the night so too must we live for a moment and die in a day. The moral of the fleur de lis, the ancient symbol of flower, contains this parable of transience. A message from flora so deeply quaint, we were given immeasurable varieties to draw it from.