Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Sacred Circles of L...
By ShaRi

You dance inside my heart where no one sees you.
But sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.~Rumi

Happiness runs in a circular motion
Thought is like a little boat upon the sea.
Everybody is a part of everything anyway,
You can have everything if you let yourself be.
~Donovan Leitch

If you click on the wOManDalas, you will get a somewhat larger version :)


That's my shadow taken as she appeared on the adobe wall in CorralLess!
Bast appears as the shadow silouette of one the cats in the window at the CorralLess house.


has such great energy, it makes me laugh! And when I zoom in on the center...amazing...wonderful maleness to it all. To me, this RickDala tells much more truth than the original photo could possibly tell, about what it meant, him in that tree in Ireland. He's saying, "I am the king of Ireland, it's mine, all mine!"
Grins, Michelle


The geometric image through which light was created.


It's time to reclaim this magiKAl symbol from the evil that stole it.



The swastika is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing (卐) form or its mirrored left-facing (卍) form. Earliest archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization of Pakistan as well as Classical Antiquity. It remains widely used in Eastern religions, specifically in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.


In physics, the Eightfold Way is a term coined by American physicist Murray Gell-Mann for a theory organizing subatomic baryons and mesons into octets (alluding to the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism). The theory was independently proposed by Israeli physicist Yuval Ne'eman and led to the subsequent development of the quark model.


Mabon, (pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn) is the Autumn Equinox. The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, and we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year's crops. The Druids call this celebration, Mea'n Fo'mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time.



Those who travel very slowly may yet make far greater progress, provided they keep always to the straight road, than those who, while they run, forsake it.
Rene Descartes, Discourse on the Method


Everyone is surrounded by complex and fragile balances, complex and fragile just like a blue China artifact...Fulvio Pereda


What goes up must come down
spinning wheel got to go round
Talking about your troubles it's a crying sin
Ride a painted pony
Let the spinning wheel spin

You got no money, and you, you got no home
Spinning wheel all alone
Talking about your troubles and you, you never learn
Ride a painted pony
let the spinning wheel turn

Did you find a directing sign
on the straight and narrow highway?
Would you mind a reflecting sign
Just let it shine within your mind
And show you the colours that are real

Someone is waiting just for you
spinning wheel is spinning true
Drop all your troubles, by the river side
Catch a painted pony
On the spinning wheel ride

Someone is waiting just for you
spinning wheel is spinning true
Drop all your troubles, by the river side
Ride a painted pony
Let the spinning wheel fly


Vibration refers to mechanical oscillations about an equilibrium point. The oscillations may be periodic such as the motion of a pendulum or random such as the movement of a tire on a gravel road.


One of the deities most frequently seen on altars in China's temples is Quan Yin (also spelled Kwan Yin, Kuanyin; in pinyin, Quan Yin Guanyin. In Sanskrit, her name is Padma-pâni, or "Born of the Lotus." Quan Yin, alone among Buddhist gods, is loved rather than feared and is the model of Chinese beauty. Regarded by the Chinese as the goddess of mercy, she was originally male until the early part of the 12th century and has evolved since that time from her prototype, Avalokiteshvara, "the merciful lord of utter enlightenment," an Indian bodhisattva who chose to remain on earth to bring relief to the suffering rather than enjoy for himself the ecstasies of Nirvana.


Pharaoh is the title given in modern parlance to the ancient Egyptian kings of all periods. In antiquity it began to be used for the king, who was the religious and political leader of ancient Egypt, during the New Kingdom. Meaning "Great House", it originally referred to the king's palace, but the meaning loosened over the course of Egyptian history until it became interchangeable with the traditional Egyptian word for king. Although the rulers of Egypt were generally male, pharaoh was also used on the rare occasions when a female ruled. The pharaohs were believed to be the incarnations of the god Horus in life, the mythological ruler of all Egypt, and of Osiris in death.


one light alone illuminates just one facet
many lights together illuminate facet upon facet
one by one many lights awaken and hands joining around
turn separate variations into bright dance making whole
Bruce Jones


The Sun is at its lowest path in the sky on the Winter Solstice. After that day the Sun follows a higher and higher path through the sky each day until it is in the sky for exactly 12 hours. On the Spring Equinox the Sun rises exactly in the east travels through the sky for 12 hours and sets exactly in the west. On the Equinox this is the motion of the Sun through the sky for everyone on earth. Every place on earth experiences a 12 hours day twice a year on the Spring and Fall Equinox. NOTE: This site has lessons for making sundials.


We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust~Rumi


A Medicine Wheel is a physical manifestation of Spiritual energy. An outward expression of an internal dialogue. A mirror in which we can better SEE what is going on within us. It is a wheel of protection and enables us, and allows us, to gather surrounding energies into a focal point and to commune with Spirit, Self and Nature (ALL elemental forces)........Creation!


The quest for enlightenment is a journey that can be traced along the lines and curves of the mandala's infinite complexity. There is no grand and glorious end to the quest, rather it is the journey itself that enlightens.


The circle
around the outside stands for the dynamic consciousness of the initiated. This means that the center is visualized as the essence and the circumference as grasping. The totality of the whole mandala means "grasping the essence".


Cobweb can refer to:


In the war between good and evil, an Ivy Dragon tends to walk the fine line of Neutrality….
When it comes to the powers of Chaos vs. those of Law and Order, your inner dragon walks a fine line between Law and Chaos….
As far as magical tendencies, Magical spells come as natural to the Ivy Dragon as breathe from it’s body….
During combat situations, the Ivy Dragon shows a preference for the rending and slashing of Hand to Hand combat….
Ivy dragons gain their name from the powers they have over the plants and animals in their domain. These dragons often link themselves so closely to their territory that they actually entwine part of their life force into the area.’
Because of this, an Ivy Dragons territory is almost always lush and beautiful. The sky is unusually clear and animal life flourishes in a way that seems magical. Ivy Dragons are fierce protectors and will defend their domain with their life, if need be. Ivy Dragon’s are have a deep emerald coloring, they are medium sized dragons. Ivy Dragon’s are excellent shape shifters. They can use their shape changing abilities to form tendrils or extra limbs in battle to aid them in combat.


Looking at a mandala can bring you into the Now.
Take a breath, gaze into the center, and for a moment stop looking for alternatives. Stop squirming and fidgeting in your incessant quest to find a better sight to see, a better sound to hear, a more intriguing person to love. Stop searching for a better mind even, to help you make sense of the myriad and sundry bits of information that twitter in and dig holes in your stream of consciousness.


We have to be willing to stand in the center of our life's experience. There, with the help of that calming breath, we just might realize there is nothing to seek. We are already standing in the middle of our sacred mandala.


The word mantra is said to come from a root meaning “that which protects the mind.” Mantras are sounds — words or phrases — that are used as an object of concentration. The sounds may be chanted out loud, or may be heard internally.


Illusion, the Power of Light
Dragonfly is the power of light.
The dragonfly inhabits two realms: air and water
Dragonfly is the essence of the winds of change, the messages of wisdom and enlightenment; and the communication from the elemental world. Dragonfly medicine beckons you to seek out the parts of your habits which need changing. Call on Dragonfly to guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation.
The number 2 is important to Dragonfly, so think in terms of two year periods when you begin a change. Dragonfly brings the light and color of transformation into your life.


Mantras are words or phrases that are chanted out loud or internally as objects of meditation. Throughout history, cultures have believed in the sacred power of words, and have believed that uttering certain words or names could control the external world, or control the unseen forces.


Because a yantra is composed of archetypical forms that are common to all existing phenomena, the very process of making a yantra is an archetypical activity that works with the encoding of the genes. During the process one moves from concrete reality to abstract truth.


Yantra also means liberation from the cycle of birth and rebirth (moksha). As a tool, yantra meditation is used to withdraw consciousness from the outer world, so as to help the student to go beyond the normal framework of mind to the altered states of consciousness known as turiya.


The act of drawing and painting yantras teaches the mind how to concentrate, how to be one-pointed. Yantra drawing requires accuracy, exactness, discipline, concentration, neatness and patience. The geometrical forms of the yantra activate the right hemisphere, which is visual and nonverbal.
A black point on a white background forms the most precise and powerful yantra for meditation. But it is too simple to say that a yantra is a point on a surface which serves as a field for gazing. The point (bindu) is the center of the yantra. It signifies unity, the origin, the principle of manifestation and emanation.


A circle is an extension of a point. With the radius of desire, the point draws a circle around itself and expands. However, the circle also creates an individual consciousness out of cosmic consciousness. After the point and the circle the triangle is the simplest yantra form. Upward triangles draw the attention up and away from the world. In this way, yantras have a grammar of their own.


Demeter, in Greek mythology, is the Goddess of grain and fertility, the pure. Nourisher of the youth and the green earth, the health-giving cycle of life and death, and preserver of marriage and the sacred law. In the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, she is invoked as the "bringer of seasons". She and her daughter Persephone were the central figures of the Eleusinian Mysteries.


In Greek mythology, Persephone was the embodiment of the Earth's fertility at the same time that she was the Queen of the Underworld, the korē (or young maiden), and the parthenogenic daughter of Demeter and, in later Classical myths, a daughter of Demeter and Zeus. In the Olympian version, she also becomes the consort of Hades when he becomes the deity that governs the underworld.


The figure of Persephone is well-known today. Her story has great emotional power: an innocent maiden, a mother's grief over her abduction, and great joy after her daughter is returned. It is also cited frequently as a paradigm of myths that explain natural processes, with the descent and return of the goddess bringing about the change of seasons.


The myth of Persephone, the chthonic goddess of the Underworld, also prominently features the pomegranate. In one version of Greek mythology, Persephone was kidnapped by Hades and taken off to live in the underworld as his wife. Her mother, Demeter (goddess of the Harvest), went into mourning for her lost daughter and thus all green things ceased to grow. Zeus, the highest ranking of the Greek gods, could not leave the Earth to die, so he commanded Hades to return Persephone. It was the rule of the Fates that anyone who consumed food or drink in the Underworld was doomed to spend eternity there. Persephone had no food, but Hades tricked her into eating four pomegranate seeds while she was still his prisoner and so, because of this, she was condemned to spend four months in the Underworld every year. During these four months, when Persephone is sitting on the throne of the Underworld next to her husband Hades, her mother Demeter mourns and no longer gives fertility to the earth.


"Dissimilar things were fitted together to make something beautiful and whole."
--Nippawanock, ARAPAHOE


Sometimes we look at something close up and it appears to be ugly; but then we drop back and look at it as a whole and it is beautiful. We all have purpose, and we are all beautiful. Grandfather, today, let me see the beauty of the whole.


Here are the four circles, symbolising the enlightenment, which the meditating person must gain, before she can enter the illuminated palace:
fire of wisdom: the outermost circle consists of the purifying fire
vajra circle: the diamond circle expresses strength and fearlessness
tombs: there are eight tombs, which symbolises the eight states of consciousness*, which the person must go beyond
lotus circle: expresses the open state of devotion, that is necessary to enter the palace
*consciousness of seeing, consciousness of hearing, consciousness of tasting, consciousness of smelling, consciousness of the body, consciousness of thinking, consciousness of the I, basic consciousness


A mandala symbolizes "a safe refuge of inner reconciliation and wholeness."~Carl Jung


As for the center, that is the essence.
As for the circumference, that is grasping, thus grasping the essence.


I let the creative process loose once I am within the circle, and that's when the magic happens.~Jill Rowe


Drawing a mandala is a beautiful journey and meditation. Inner exploration and meditation over the past years have deepened this experience.~ Mukto Logue


An elemental is a mythological being first appearing in the alchemical works of Paracelsus. The elements balance each other out through opposites: water quenches fire, fire boils water, earth contains air, air erodes earth.
Salamander ~ Vulcanus ~ Fire


The basic concept of an elemental refers to the ancient idea of elements as fundamental building blocks of nature. In the system prevailing in the Classical world, there were four elements: fire, earth, air, and water.
Nymph ~ Undina (undine) ~ Water


In mysticism, magic and alchemy, an elemental is a creature (usually a spirit) that is attuned with, or composed of, one of the classical elements: air, earth, fire and water. Pygmy ~ Gnomus (gnome) ~ Earth


Elementals are commonly mentioned in grimoires dealing with alchemy and sorcery and are usually "called" by summoning. Sylph ~ Sylvestris ~ Air


We are all circles on the great mandala, and by changing the intensity of color, we clarify the fullness of each circle. Every soul is a circle with a unique combination of color and intensity. Each circle contains two individual circles with a delicate membrane between them."
This powerful dream voice came through me in 1992 while I was painting in Hawaii. It clearly symbolizes the essence of my work as a painter where soul patterns are colorfully manifested through the ancient symbol of the mandala.
The mandala, for me, more than any other teacher in this lifetime, has opened the doorway into the symbolic language of the soul.~Paul Heussenstamm


Mandalas are passed on from the cosmic dimension and wish to touch your heart.
They will give your mind powerful energy, brilliant light and peaceful love.
Your spirit will get like a beautiful flower, which opens its colorful petals to the love for the creation of the Univers.~Marlis Ladurée


Soft eyed I
focus on the center.
Willingly, I
fall in.
Looking around
I rediscover
My sacred place.~Clare Goodwin


In the center of the mandala there is fire
, controlled by the power of conciousness. It is not destroying, burning everything down by uncontrolled action. I wanted to show the constructive and alchemistic character of fire when used in the right dose at the right time in the right place.


TaRA is a RAinBow Goddess, as she is represented by many different colors. There4, i have used the chakRA colours to represent her multi-coloured aspects in the crystal lotus, as the lotus is also associated with TaRA.


Nothing illustRAtes the Daoist saying by Joseph Rosado 'Stillness creates Movement' more than shooting a timed exposure without a tripod of Xmas lites! i hold my breath and hold as still as i can to capture the movement of these lights.


My friend and former co-worker, Jennifer Maxon took the Sorce photae up in Santa Fe i beeleaf. People use luminarias or farolitos to decorate the path to their door as well as outlining the roofline of their home with these warm inviting lights. People in Albuquerque tend to call the paper bag lanterns, luminarias, but natives from Santa Fe insist the correct term is farolitos. Historically, a true luminaria is a series of small bonfires lining the roads. Personally, i heard it The Other way around!


and viola!, a somewhat Christian cross becomes a somewhat Celtic cross.

Talk about synchronicity! Just came across these CirclesO'Wisdom


For me making mandalas is a spontaneous process full of surprise and wonder. It is a natural meditation from which all sorts of symbols, shapes, colours, forms, and themes unravel and combine to provide perfectly integrated and profound stories. Sometimes the themes and elements are well known but often they emerge from somewhere hidden - this combined with the here and now produces little treasures offering insight, joy and wisdom leading on to further discovery and inspiration.~Lindy Longhurst


I see in it the inner world of the web merging into the outer world we inhabit and going further into the universe we try so hard to understand.The inner warmth of our feelings fighting the cold we find in the world outside, a delicate power that can conquer all our fears and lead to a peace so soft it lulls us into a dream from which we seek no release.~Terry Thornton


Every soul is a circle with a unique combination of color and intensity. Each circle contains two individual circles with a delicate membrane between them. ΩThe mandala, for me, more than any other teacher in this lifetime, has opened the doorway into the symbolic language of the soul.~Paul Heussenstamm

sea 4 the sorceresses used 4 the above 3 Dalas.


Mandala art has been used throughout the world, Tibetan Buddhism has used mandala art for thousands of years, Navajo sand painters use them in their healing rites, many Native Americans use the Medicine Wheel to connect to earth energies and the wisdom of nature.


A mandala can be described as any form of circular, or square geometric design that contains symbols of a person’s inner self, guiding principles, overall ideas about life and the world.
In a mandala there is a central point or focus within the circle, a support for the meditating person. The significance of objects within a mandala are conveyed by shape, size, and color; they can be abstract designs, photos, specific drawings of people, places, and ideas that are central to a person’s life.


For summer solstice, Catholic and Nordic Protestant cultures celebrate the feast of St. John from June 23 to June 24 (see St. John's Eve, Ivan Kupala Day, Midsummer), while Neopagans observe Midsummer.


The September equinox marks the first day of Mehr or Libra in the Iranian calendar. It is one of the Iranian festivals called Jashne Mihragan, or the festival of sharing or love in Zoroastrianism. At the autumn equinox the Wiccan Sabbat of Mabon is celebrated. The September equinox was "New Year's Day" in the French Republican Calendar, which was in use from 1793 to 1805. The harvest festival in the United Kingdom is celebrated on the Sunday of the full moon closest to the September equinox. World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling, celebrated every year on the first day of autumn equinox in the southern hemisphere.


The word solstice derives from Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), Winter Solstice meaning Sun standstill in winter. On the night of winter solstice, as seen from a northern sky, the three stars in Orion's Belt align with the brightest star in the eastern sky Sirius to show where the Sun will rise in the morning after winter solstice. On winter solstice, the Sun ceases to decline in the sky and the length of daylight reaches its minimum for three days, during which the sun does not move on the horizon. After such a time, the Sun begins its ascent into the northern sky and days grow longer. Thus the interpretation by many cultures of a sun reborn and a return to light.


I experience mandala making as a way of centering oneself. The concentration which is needed is like a training of the mind, learning how to focus one's attention on the here and now. I experience this as a form of meditation, a way of reaching inner peace and balance.


I love creating digital mandalas with Photoshop. I find a lot of peace and serenity in doing so.~Jenn McWhorter


The Reality is that I do nothing but watch and enjoy when Art happens. It flows so smoothly that I can only know it to be the workings of a deeper part of myself where I no longer identify with thoughts.~Justin Russell


Hear me, four quarters of the world -- a relative I am! Give me the strength to walk the soft earth, a relative to all that is! Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand, that I may be like you. With your power only can I face the winds.~Black Elk


Life is like a Mandala, where order, chaos and chance combine together along the paths of Time.~Fulvio Pereda


At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity.
~Rachel Naomi Remen 


Mandala (Sanskrit: "circle") in Hindu and Buddhist Tantrism, a symbolic diagram used in the performance of sacred rites and as an instrument of meditation. The mandala is basically a representation of the universe, a consecrated area that serves as a receptacle for the gods and as a collection point for universal forces. By mentally "entering" the mandala and "proceeding" toward its centre, we are guided through the cosmic processes of disintegration and reintegration.
--frOM Encyclopaedia Britannica


Mandalas have been the focus of meditation, contemplation and admiration for years too numerous to count. Since before the dawn of recorded history, humanity's intimate connection to the mandala has been a vibrant link to our universal ancestry. It is a sacred diagram that displays the structure of the spirit and the interwoven nature of the cosmos. Many have studied their design, their inherent centrality, as a path toward achieving an ideal centrality in their own selves. Such interaction with a mandala is a process of approaching enlightenment. Its elements are the essence of life, the myriad layers of existence, of being, of living, so that each mandala is but one of an infinite number of possible manifestations of the self. Its creation is the gathering of intangibles, the construction of an architecture of peace and order within a swirling, chaotic world. It is a pulse point on the universal collective consciousness. The mandala represents the center of the universe and the outward-expanding awareness of the human experience. It is a quest to rediscover that center, the nucleus, the focal point for all things. The journey's conclusion, our eventual return to that center, is inevitable-- only the path may vary.


The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious -- the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. --Albert Einstein


Quite frequently, in the process of creation, i discover An Other Dala within the one that i was currently fusing in2 beeing. But isn't that the way of the universe?


When I create mandalas, my intention is always to bypass my mind so that I can become a hollow reed that the creative spirit of the Universe can flow through.~Robin de Lavis


The titles seem 2 come frOM 2 sources. sOMetimes they are named after the location of the photae that was the Sorce of the Dala. More often than not, though, they are named after the creature, beeing or spirit that appeared to mee in their creation.


Why R there butterflies in this representation of Winter? Beecause in every winter, there is the promise of Spring!


The high mission of any art is, by its illusions, to foreshadow a higher universe reality, to crystallize the emotions of time into the thought of eternity.~
Lori Bailey Cunningham


It is through meditation and spiritual practice that I see the symbolic imagery for my art. My purpose is to create visual resting places for the soul.~Eileen Bradley


What's sew kool about this process is that there are no mistakes! This out-of-focus photae turned in2 this marvelous in-focus wOManDala! Kool huh?


It took the triple Goddess to make this one!


To meditate with a mandala, gaze into its center allowing your focus to soften a little. Breathe slowly, deeply and rhythmically. If your body feels tight, try some tense-and-release exercises. Starting with one of your feet, tense the muscles as hard as you can for a few seconds, then let them go limp. Do this all the way up your body and include your facial muscles. Breathing is the key to relaxation and spiritual connection. Begin to consciously slow your breathing a little bit at a time. This should feel natural, not forced. Try to start your breath as far down your torso as you can, coming from the abdomen rather than the chest. To make sure you're doing this, put a hand on your lower belly and feel it rise and fall with your breath. This may take a little practice if you've never done it before. Feel the rhythm of your breath. Allow it to keep slowing down naturally. As you feel your breath traveling up your body, follow it in your mind imagining that it is energy (it is!) Try to keep your mind on your breath but if it wanders onto other things, don't sweat it. Just keep bringing it back to the breath. I usually meditate in 20 or 30 minute sessions but if this seems like Way Too Long, try 10 minutes. Or even 5. Eventually you'll start to feel so good after meditating that you'll WANT to lengthen your sessions and do more of them. Meditation puts me... and you, and anyone... in touch with the Collective Consciousness, the wellspring of the creative force.


Reality is not what your eyes show your mind, but what your mind creates for your eyes to see. You are not limited by logic, the past, or the world around you. You are not even of the world around you. You are supernatural, pure spirit. You came first. Magic, miracles, and luck are the consequences of understanding this, the inevitable result of dreaming and acting in spite of appearances.~The Universe


And when the mist~illusion's
Finally gone
I'll welcome the brilliant
And Golden Dawn.
~Rick Allen


In traditional cultures, air is often seen as a universal power or pure substance. Its fundamental importance to life can be seen in words such as spirit, inspire, expire, and aspire, all derived from the Latin spirare ("to breathe").
According to Plato, it is associated with the octahedron; air is considered to be both hot and wet. This places air between fire (four triangular sides) and water (twenty triangular sides), which Plato regarded as appropriate because it is intermediate in its mobility, sharpness, and ability to penetrate.
The ancient Greeks used two words for air: aer meant the dim lower atmosphere, and aether meant the bright upper atmosphere above the clouds. As it grows warm and rarefied, air becomes fire; as it cools and condenses it becomes water, then earth and rock. In ancient Greek medicine, each of the four humours became associated with an element. Blood was the humor identified with air, since both were hot and wet. Other things associated with air and blood in ancient and medieval medicine included the season of spring, since it increased the qualities of heat and moisture.
In Indian tradition the element Air is linked to Shani, or Saturn, and the north-west direction.
Air is not one of the traditional five Chinese classical elements. Nevertheless, the ancient Chinese concept of Qi or chi is believed to be close to that of air. Qi is a fundamental concept of traditional Chinese culture. Qi is believed to be part of every living thing that exists, as a kind of "life force" or "spiritual energy". It is frequently translated as "energy flow", or literally as "air" or "breath".
In East Asia, wood is sometimes seen as the equivalent of air and is represented by the Azure Dragon, known as 青龍 (Qīng Lóng) in Chinese, Seiryuu in Japanese and Cheong-ryong (청룡, Hanja:靑龍) in Korean. Air is represented in the Aztec religion by a snake; to the Scythians, a yoke; to the Hindus and Greeks, a sword; and in Christian iconography, as mankind.
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, founded in 1888, combined ideas from many different sources including Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry, the angelic system of 16th-century magician John Dee and his assistant Edward Kelley, Hermetic Qabalah, and recent archaeological discoveries of Egyptian and Greco-Roman magic and religion. Thus air, and the other Greek classical elements, were incorporated into the Golden Dawn system despite being considered obsolete by modern science. Theoricus (2=9) is the elemental grade attributed to air; this grade is also attributed to the Moon and the Qabalistic sphere Yesod. The elemental weapon of air is the dagger, which must be painted yellow with magical names and sigils written upon it in violet. Each of the elements has several associated spiritual beings. The archangel of air is Raphael, the angel is Chassan, the ruler is Aral, the king is Paralda, and the air elementals (following Paracelsus) are called sylphs. Air is considered to be active; it is represented by the Man and the symbol for Aquarius, and it is referred to the upper left point of the pentagram in the Supreme Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram. Many of these associations have since spread throughout the occult community.
In the Golden Dawn, and many other magical systems, each element is associated with one of the cardinal points and is placed under the care of guardian Watchtowers. The Watchtowers derive from the Enochian system of magic founded by Dee. In the Golden Dawn, they are represented by the Enochian elemental tablets. Air is associated with the east, which is guarded by the First Watchtower.
Air is one of the four elements that appears in many neopagan traditions. Wicca in particular was influenced by the Golden Dawn system of magic, and Aleister Crowley's mysticism, which was in turn inspired by the Golden Dawn. Common Wiccan attributions include:
* The cardinal direction of east.
* Yellow, or pastel colors. (Some associate air with green or even a light blue.)
* The wand or the athame.
* Woodwind instruments.
* The suit of Swords in the Minor Arcana of tarot. (Some Wiccans associate air with the suit of Wands, as the ritual wand is often associated with air.)
* Mind, intellect, consciousness, study, communication.
* The alchemic notion of Azoth.
* Sunrise, childhood, spring, beginnings.
* Incense.
* Birds, insects, flying creatures.
* Masculine energy.
* Many gods and goddesses, including Aradia, Athena, Hermes, Mercury, Nuit, Shu, Thoth, and Zeus.
People born under the astrological signs of Libra, Gemini and Aquarius are thought to have dominant air personalities. Air personalities tend to be cool like the wind, (: orr full of hot air:)
Enlil was the god of air in ancient Sumer. Shu was the ancient Egyptian god of air and the husband of Tefnut, goddess of moisture. He became an emblem of strength by virtue of his role in separating Nut (sky) from Geb (earth). He played a primary role in the Coffin Texts, which were spells intended to help the deceased reach the realm of the afterlife safely. On the way to the sky, the spirit had to travel through the air, as one spell indicates: "I have gone up in Shu, I have climbed on the sunbeams."


Earth, home and origin of humanity, has often been worshipped in its own right with its own unique spiritual tradition.
Earth is one of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and science. It was commonly associated with qualities of practicality, restraint and materialism. It was also associated with the physical, sensual aspects of life.
The Platonic solid associated with earth is the cube which is formed from six square sides. This places earth between fire (four triangular sides) and air (eight triangular sides).
In Classical Greek and Roman myth, various goddesses represented the earth, crops and fertility, including Ceres, Demeter, and Persephone or Proserpina.
In ancient ancient Greek medicine, each of the four humours became associated with an element. Black bile was the humor identified with earth, since both were cold and dry. Other things associated with earth and black bile in ancient and medieval medicine included the season of fall, since it increased the qualities of cold and aridity.
In alchemy, the chemical element of salt was associated with earth and its alchemical symbol was a downward-pointing triangle, bisected by a horizontal line.
Prithvi (Sanskrit: pṛthvī, also pṛthivī) is the Hindu earth and mother goddess. According to one such tradition, she is the personification of the Earth itself; according to another, its actual mother, being Prithvi Tattwa, the essence of the element earth. As Prithvi Mata, or "Mother Earth," she contrasts with Dyaus Pita, "father sky." In the Rigveda, earth and sky are frequently addressed as a duality, often indicated by the idea of two complementary "half-shells." In addition, the element Earth is associated with Buddha or Mercury, who represents communication, business, mathematics and other practical matters. Earth is also associated with the south-west direction.
Earth is a balance of both yin and yang, the feminine and masculine together. Its motion is inward and centering, and its energy is stabilizing and conserving. It is associated with the color yellow and the planet Saturn, and it lies at the center of the compass in the Chinese cosmos. It is associated with the turn of each of the four seasons and with damp. It is believed to govern the spleen, stomach, mouth and muscles. Its negative emotion is anxiety and its positive emotion is empathy. Its Primal Spirit is represented by the Yellow Dragon.
Earth and the other Greek classical elements were incorporated into the Golden Dawn system despite being considered obsolete by modern science. Zelator (1=10) is the elemental grade attributed to earth; this grade is also attributed to the Qabalistic sphere Malkuth. The elemental weapon of earth is the Pentacle. Each of the elements has several associated spiritual beings. The archangel of earth is Uriel, the angel is Phorlakh, the ruler is Kerub, the king is Ghob, and the earth elementals (following Paracelsus) are called gnomes. Earth is considered to be passive; it is represented by the symbol for Taurus, and it is referred to the lower left point of the pentagram in the Supreme Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram.
In Wicca, earth is associated with the North (or East in some variations), Winter, and the color yellow (or green in some variations) on the physical plane. It is sometimes represented by its Hindu tattva (a yellow square), or by a downward pointing triangle with a horizontal line through it, and may be symbolized by the following: percussion instruments, animal fur, coins, a pentacle, milk, a heartbeat, jewelry, bones, or a staff. Earth represents strength, abundance, stability and femininity. In rituals, earth is represented by burying objects in the ground, herbalism, and carving images out of wood or stone.
The manifestations of the earth element are found in plants, trees, mountains, forests, caves and gardens. The stag, boar, bull, sow, bear and snake are also thought to personify the element, as are all burrowing animals, such as the mole or rabbit. The astral creatures of earth, known as elementals, are the Satyr/Faun, Gnome/Goblin, and Sylvestre/Dryad. Earth’s place on the pentagram is the lower left point.
People born under the astrological signs of Taurus, Capricorn and Virgo are thought to have dominant earth personalities. Earth personalities tend to be calm, practical, pragmatic, responsible and cautious; however, they can also be stubborn, intolerable and inflexible.
In East Asia, metal is sometimes seen as the equivalent of earth and is represented by the White Tiger (Chinese constellation), known as 白虎 (Bái Hǔ) in Chinese, Byakko in Japanese and Baekho (백호, Hanja:白虎) in Korean. Earth is represented in the Aztec religion by a house; to the Hindus, a lotus; to the Scythians, a plough; to the Greeks, a wheel; and in Christian iconography, by a bull.


Fire has been an important part of many cultures and religions, from pre-history to modern day, and was vital to the development of civilization. It has been regarded in many different fashions throughout history. Fire is one of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and science. It was commonly associated with the qualities of energy, assertiveness, and passion. In one Greek myth, Prometheus stole fire from the gods to protect the otherwise helpless humans, but was punished for this kindness. The ancient Greeks distinguished the destructive (aidelon) fire, associated with Hades, from the creative fire, associated with Hephaistos. Goddess Hekate was called Pyrphoros (Fire-bearing), Pyripnon (Fire-breather), Daidoukhos (Torch-bearer) and Phosphoros (Light-bearer).
The Platonic solid associated with fire is the tetrahedron which is formed from four equilateral triangles. This makes fire the element with the smallest number of sides, which Plato regarded as appropriate as the heat of fire feels sharp and stabbing (like little tetrahedra).
In ancient Greek medicine, each of the four humours became associated with an element. Yellow bile was the humor identified with fire, since both were hot and dry. Other things associated with fire and yellow bile in ancient and medieval medicine included the season of summer, since it increased the qualities of heat and aridity.
In alchemy, the chemical element of sulfur was often associated with fire and its alchemical symbol and its symbol was an upward-pointing triangle. In alchemic tradition, metals are incubated by fire in the womb of the Earth and alchemists only accelerate their development.
Fire is yang or masculine in character, its motion is upward and its energy is expansive. It is associated with the planet Mars, summer, south, daylight and heat and the color red. (Red is associated with extreme luck). It is also believed to govern the heart, tongue, and pulse. Its negative emotion is hate, while its positive emotion is joy. The Primal Spirit of fire is represented by the Red Pheasant or Phoenix.
n Chinese thought Fire is associated with the qualities of dynamism, strength and persistence; however, it is also connected to restlessness. The fire element provides, warmth, enthusiasm and creativity, however an excess of it can bring aggression, impatience and impulsive behavior. In the same way, fire provides heat and warmth, however an excess can also burn. In the conquest cycle, fire overcomes metal, and in turn is overcome by water. In the birth and nurturing cycle, fire burns to earth, and is sparked by wood igniting.
Agni is a Hindu and Vedic deity. The word agni is Sanskrit for "fire" (noun), cognate with Latin ignis (the root of English ignite), Russian ogon (fire), pronounced agon, and ogni, pronounced agni (fires). Agni has three forms: fire, lightning and the sun.
Agni is one of the most important of the Vedic gods. He is the god of fire and the acceptor of sacrifices. The sacrifices made to Agni go to the deities because Agni is a messenger from and to the other gods. He is ever-young, because the fire is re-lit every day, yet he is also immortal. In Indian tradition Fire is also linked to Surya or the Sun and Mangala or Mars, and with the south-east direction.
Fire and the other Greek classical elements were incorporated into the Golden Dawn system despite being considered obsolete by modern science. Philosophus (1=10) is the elemental grade attributed to fire; this grade is also attributed to the Qabalistic sphere Netzach and the planet Venus. The elemental weapon of fire is the Wand. Each of the elements has several associated spiritual beings. The archangel of fire is Michael, the angel is Aral, the ruler is Seraph, the king is Djin, and the fire elementals (following Paracelsus) are called salamanders. Fire is considered to be active; it is represented by the symbol for Leo, and it is referred to the lower right point of the pentagram in the Supreme Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram.
In most Wiccan traditions, fire is associated with:
* The South,
* The Summer
* The color red on the physical plane.
* The athame or ceremonial dagger.
* In covens that use the sword, it is often associated with this element.
Other correspondences include blood, candles, the guitar, rubies and incense. Fire represents energy, inspiration, passion and masculinity. It is sometimes represented in writing by a red upwards triangle.
In rituals, fire is represented in the forms of burning objects, love spells, baking and lighting candles or fires.
The manifestations of the element are found in the sun, lightning, fire, volcanoes and lava, and all forms of light. Cats of all types, especially the lion and tiger, are also thought to personify the element of fire, as are all predatory creatures, such as the fox.
The astral creatures of fire, known as elementals, are the salamander, phoenix, drake/dragon and, occasionally, the falcon (Although most associate this animal with air, instead).
Fire's place on the pentagram is the lower right point.
Fire belongs to the suit of Wands in occult or divinatory tarot, although some Wiccans associate it with the suit of Swords because the athame (ritual knife) is often associated with fire. Fire is associated with warm colours, like red, orange and yellow, but also colours like black.
People born under the astrological signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are thought to have dominant fire personalities. Fire personalities are believed to have good leading qualities, and also tend to be extroverted, rebellious, passionate and enthusiastic; however, they can also be moody, hot-tempered, snappy, uncontrollable and angry.
Fire represents the creativity and passion that all intellectual and emotional beings have. It is an active force that has the passion to create and animate things. The element is also very rational and quick to "flare up" as is the personality of many "fire-children."
Fire in many ancient cultures and myths has been known to purify the land with the flames of destruction; however, it is also capable of the renewal of life through the warmth and comfort of those very same flames.
The element of fire shows up in mythological stories all across the world, often in stories related to the Sun.
In East Asia fire is represented by the Vermilion Bird, known as 朱雀 (Zhū Què) in Chinese, Suzaku in Japanese and Ju-jak (주작, Hanja:朱雀) in Korean. Fire is represented in the Aztec religion by a flint; to the Native Americans, a mouse; to the Hindu and Islamic faiths, a lightning bolt; to the Scythians, an axe, to the Greeks, an apple-bough; and in Christian iconography, a lion.


Water has been important to all peoples of the earth, and it is rich in spiritual tradition. Water is one of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and science. It was commonly associated with the qualities of emotion and intuition. The Platonic solid associated with water is the icosahedron which is formed from twenty equilateral triangles. This makes water the element with the greatest number of sides, which Plato regarded as appropriate because water flows out of one's hand when picked up, as if it is made of tiny little balls.
In ancient Greek medicine, each of the four humours became associated with an element. Phlegm was the humor identified with water, since both were cold and wet. Other things associated with water and phlegm in ancient and medieval medicine included the season of Winter, since it increased the qualities of cold and moisture.
In alchemy, the chemical element of mercury was often associated with water and its alchemical symbol was a downward-pointing triangle.
Ap (áp-) is the Vedic Sanskrit term for "water". In Hindu philosophy, the term refers to water as an element, one of the Panchamahabhuta, or "five great elements". In Hinduism, it is also the name of the deva, a personification of water, (one of the Vasus in most later Puranic lists). The element Water is also associated with Chandra or the Moon, and Shukra or Venus, who represent feelings, intuition and imagination. Water is also linked to the north east direction.
Water is yin or feminine in character, its energy is downward and its motion is stillness and conserving. It is associated with the planet Mercury, the north, winter and cold, darkness, night and the colour black. It is also associated with the moon, which was believed to cause the dew to fall at night. It is also believed to govern the kidneys, ears and bones. The negative emotion associated with water is fear, while the positive emotion is calmness. Its Primal Spirit is represented by the Black Tortoise.
In Chinese Taoist thought, water is representative of intelligence and wisdom, flexibility, softness and pliancy; however, an over-abundance of the element is said to cause difficulty in choosing something and sticking to it. In the same way, Water can be fluid and weak, but can also wield great power when it floods and overwhelms the land. In the birth and nurturing cycle, water spawns wood, and is spawned by metal. In the conquest cycle, water overcomes fire, and in turn is overcome by earth.
Water and the other Greek classical elements were incorporated into the Golden Dawn system despite being considered obsolete by modern science. Theoricus (3=8) is the elemental grade attributed to water; this grade is also attributed to the Qabalistic sphere Hod and the planet Mercury. The elemental weapon of water is the cup. Each of the elements has several associated spiritual beings. The archangel of water is Gabriel, the angel is Taliahad, the ruler is Tharsis, the king is Nichsa, and the water elementals (following Paracelsus) are called Undines. Earth (Water) is considered to be passive; it is represented by the eagle, and it is referred to the upper right point of the pentagram in the Supreme Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram.
In Wiccan tradition, water is associated with the West, autumn, and the color blue on the physical plane. It is sometimes represented by a white crescent, a downward pointing triangle, the chalice, the bell, shells, sapphires, lapis lazuli, tears, and the cauldron. Water represents emotions, wisdom, the soul, and femininity. In rituals, it is represented in the forms of pouring water over objects, brew making, healing spells, ritual bathing, and tossing objects into bodies of water.
The manifestations of the element of water are rivers, oceans, lakes, wells, fog, all drinks, and the rain. Animals, especially the dolphin, seal, turtle, frog, and all types of fish, are also thought to personify the element of water. The astral creatures of water, known as elementals, are the Ondine/Mermaid, Oreade/Naiad, and Sea Serpent/Dragon. Water’s place on the pentagram is the upper right point.
People born under the astrological signs of Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces being one of the two drawn elements meaning it is part of two of the classical elements are thought to have dominant water personalities. Water personalities tend to be emotional, kind, nurturing, sympathetic, empathetic and intuitive; however, they can also be needy, sentimental, over-sensitive and irrational.


The eyes represent the whole of the universe, a concept similar to that of the Taoist Yin-yang symbol. Spiritually, the right eye reflects solar, masculine energy, as well as reason and mathematics. The left eye reflects fluid, feminine, lunar energy, and rules intuition and magick. Together, they represent the combined, transcendent power of Horus.


Ahura Mazdā (also known as Ohrmazd, Ahuramazda, Hormazd,and Aramazd) is the Avestan name for a divinity of the Old Iranian religion who was proclaimed the uncreated God by Zoroaster, the founder of Zoroastrianism. Ahura Mazda is described as the highest deity of worship in Zoroastrianism, along with being the first and most frequently invoked deity in the Yasna. Ahura Mazda is the creator and upholder of asha (truth). Ahura Mazda is an omniscient, but not an omnipotent God, however Ahura Mazda would eventually destroy evil. Ahura Mazda's counterpart is Angra Mainyu, the "evil spirit" and the creator of evil who will be destroyed before frashokereti (the destruction of evil).


Ahura is an Avestan language designation for a particular class of Zoroastrian divinities. Avestan ahura derives from Indo-Iranian *asura, also attested in an Indian context as RigVedic asura. As suggested by the similarity to the Old Norse æsir, Indo-Iranian *asura may have an even earlier Indo-European root.


Raindrops keep fallin' on my head
And just like the guy whose feet are too big for his bed
Nothin' seems to fit
Those raindrops are fallin' on my head, they keep fallin'

So I just did me some talkin' to the sun
And I said I didn't like the way he got things done
Sleepin' on the job
Those raindrops are fallin' on my head, they keep fallin'

But there's one thing I know
The blues they send to meet me won't defeat me
It won't be long till happiness steps up to greet me

Raindrops keep fallin' on my head
But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turnin' red
Cryin's not for me
'Cause I'm never gonna stop the rain by complainin'
Because I'm free
Nothin's worryin' me


Inner harmony can only come about when you are not any longer 'a house divided against itself.' This is what many call 'the spiritual journey' or 'seek ye first the kingdom of heaven within.' This INNER kingdom is the divine in the centre of your being - it is BEING. It has a Voice which can be accessed, not only in the inner stillness, but at all times if the attention is focused on it in true humility.


Mandala creation is a form of meditation that brings us to a greater conscience of ourselves and the world that surrounds us. It promotes the inner growth and happiness, as well as the health and the emotional calm. Everybody should experience it!~Laura Podio


Taweret (Taueret, Taurt, Toeris, Ipy, Ipet, Apet, Opet, Reret)~ The Great Female ~ was the ancient Egyptian goddess of maternity and childbirth, protector of women and children. She was both a fierce demonic fighter as well as a popular deity who guarded the mother and her newborn child. She was depicted as a combination of a crocodile, a pregnant hippopotamus standing on her hind legs with large breasts and a lion. Because hippos are denizens of the fertile Nile mud, Egyptians also saw them as symbols of rebirth and rejuvenation.


Taweret was seen as being the northern sky, the constellation roughly covering the area of present-day Draco, which always lies above the horizon.


Massive Stars in NGC 6357 Credit & Copyright: Johannes Schedler (Panther Observatory)
Explanation: Massive stars lie within NGC 6357, an expansive emission nebula complex some 8,000 light-years away in the tail of the constellation Scorpius. In fact, positioned just below center in this close-up view of NGC 6357, star cluster Pismis 24
includes some of the most massive stars known in the galaxy, stars with over 100 times the mass of the Sun. The nebula's bright central region also contains dusty pillars of molecular gas, likely hiding massive protostars from the prying eyes of optical
instruments. Intricate shapes in the nebula are carved by interstellar winds and energetic radiation from the young and newly forming massive stars. This alluring telescopic view spans just under 50 light-years at the estimated distance of NGC 6357.
Astronomy Picture of the Day ~ 2008 October 9


For art to truly be sacred it requires that the vehicle of it's expression, at least in the moment of its creation, has transcended self and all of its limitations.~Wes Wait


The absence of ideation in the process of creation allows that which arises in the artists' awareness, manifesting through their hands to be imbued with the Divine, creating a passageway to the sacred that resides in all being.~Wes Wait


Finding the order amongst chaos to comfort without limits~Rebecca McNeeley


my photographs are my door to the cycles and rhythms of life~Mark Hobson


Peace seeds take root
within each heart
Nourished & loved
Peace growth will start

Roots dig deeper,
limbs reach for the sun
Peace blossoms erupt
for everyone

The fruit of Peace
grows juicy & ripe
Like new moon to full
in a starry night

Peace seeds then fall
to the fertile ground
The circle complete
& Peace all around

~ Jennifer Star
Winter Solstice, 2004


I celebrate the boundless range of elemental combinations present in the universe. From basic substances of matter emerge presences of infinite variety that take form as planets, comets, stars, trees, human-kind, and other celestial travelers. This is a manifestation of the creativity of spirit. This is present and reflected on all levels of being.~Marjorie Kaye


My Mandala represents my Soul shining Its Light in total Balance out to the universe.~Debbie Dexter


Hope sustains us in times of trial. Never loose it and you will survive all. Hope springs eternal, round and round it goes.~Chris Flisher


The Personal MANDALA, as a particular cosmos map, is composed by forms and symbols that portray, express and vibrate a person’s specific energies, serving as an object to catalyze secret individual forces.~marco winther


Cochiti, the northernmost Keresan Pueblo in New Mexico, is located in Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties. The people of Cochiti continue to retain their native language of Keres. They maintain their cultural practices and have instituted programs dedicated to teaching and educating the younger generation Pueblo traditions and cultural practices emphasizing the native language. Cochiti is well known for their craftsmanship in making jewelry, pottery, (storyteller), and drums.


Of primary importance to the Pueblo de Cochiti are the land, air and water on and adjacent to the reservation, which is the lifeline of the Pueblo Traditions and Culture. The Pueblo is located in the heart of the traditional homeland and it would be impossible to retain peoples and culture if the environment is impacted to the point where the Cochiti decide the land is dangerous to utilize for habitat, farming, fishing, hunting, and maintaining Cultural Tradition.


I never know what I will end up with. Perhaps that is part of the fun of mandalas. What they are, or what they might represent in the broader context of the soul's experience of life, I really wouldn't know. They do involve us however, and I feel it is a purposive involevement, that leads us ever inwards towards The Light of the great Mystery of Being.~Michael Streeton


A mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself--a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.


Dharma: basic principles of the cosmos, the underlying order in nature and life, that which leads to enlightenment, the principle that orders the universe, an underlying cosmic principle, the phenomenon that leads all beings to liberation from suffering to enlightenment, that which upholds or sustains the universe.


ShaRI ! These are beautiful . They keep getting more beautiful . Do you make these? I keep sending out your email to all the people that I know ...allie


The experience of making it was more important than understanding it. Like life. That is why I like making mandalas.~Patricia Northcott


It represents the idea of wholeness or completeness; an ideal diagram that can remind us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. Describing both material and non-material realities, the mandala appears in all aspects of life from the celestial circles we call earth, sun and moon, as well as conceptual circles representing friends, family and community.~bungeroosh


A mandala is anything that comes from a central point in a circular form.~Heather Skaggs


I think a mandala is a small circle that expands.~Vince Sparks


Mandalas are circles with a design radiating from the center.~Dwayne Wilson


Tree wrapped in lace on centre island Toronto. I have been corrected... this tree is on Wards Island.


Shakra is a Swiss hard rock band founded in the late 1990s.


How to open, chakra, with the benefits of brain wave frequencies towed revolutionary technology.


Rasha grew up in the musical crossroads of Khartoum, Sudan, where the Islamic Nubian and Black African musical worlds collide. She hails from a musical family, one of 20 children. Rasha emmigrated to Spain a decade ago to escape the volatile civil war raging between Sudan's Muslim population in the north and its Christian and animist population in the south. Spain is also the home for Rasha's brother, Wafir, a member of the critically acclaimed Radio Tarifa.


A cross is naturally integrated into the geometric design. The cross is the most prominent shape in natural and man-made things.