Dream meaning of lotus
In the Middle Ages it was equated with the mystic ‘Centre’ and, consequently, with the heart. As an artistic creation it is related to the mandala, its significance varying according to the number of its petals: the eight-petalled lotus-is considered in India as the Centre where Brahma dwells and as the visible manifestation of his occult activity. The figure eight is like the mandorla of Romanesque art, signifying the intersection of the earth (four, or the square) with heaven (the circle). The ‘thousand-petalled’ lotus symbolizes the final revelation; in the centre there is usually a triangle and inside the triangle is the ‘great emptiness’ symbolic of formlessness.
There is a further relationship between these flowers and the circumference as a symbol of the manifest world, as well as with the cosmic Wheel. This symbol finds other forms of expression in many different ways, but always related to the symbolism of numbers, that is, depending upon the number of petals’. From the remotest days of antiquity, the lotus was the unanimous choice of the Chinese, the Japanese, the Hindus, the Egyptians and the Aryans. The lotus flower growing out of the navel of Vishnu, symbolizes the universe growing out of the central sun—the central point or the ‘unmoved mover’.