The lotus flower, the only plant to fruit and flower simultaneously, emerges from the depths of the muddy swamp of the Nile.
The seed grows toward the warmth and light of the sun.
The mature flower floats on the surface, bathing in the full light of the sun.
At night the flower closes and sinks underwater but still emitting it's fragrance, at dawn it rises and opens again.
Well 'anchored' but moving freely.
Untouched by the impurity, lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind.
The lotus flower represents long life, health, honor and good.
It is very much an Egyptian symbol.