Saturday, November 01, 2014

All Hallow's Harvest


All Hallow's Harvest Mandala © Sue O'Kieffe


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A couple of nights ago, while meditating, I saw what looked like a gathering of costumed trick or treaters. Then I wondered if maybe it wasn't a group who had already passed over, showing up in this seasonal garb, so I might recognize  how thin the veil is this time of year.

I've been wanting to create a mandala for a while using images of plants that were dried and past their prime. I can't help but mourn the passing of the vibrant dahlias and other summer flowers that have filled my eyes with such bright beauty, but these dried plants have their own subtle charm and even a little mystery. It just takes a willingness to look deeper.

(And if you look closely, you might even see clown faces, and fairies, and spirit dancers and other magical beings showering us with their love!)

But what do you see? And how do you feel looking within? I'd love to hear back from you.


Mandala blessings,
Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas


(All of my mandala art is available for purchase. You can contact me via email for ordering details)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tripping the Light Fandango Mandala


Tripping the Light Fandango
© Sue O'Kieffe 2014


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I don't live in a place where maples are turning riotous shades of red and orange right now, so I turned to the bright beauty of Scottish heather for some wonderful eye candy in magenta and rose for the creation of this mandala.

When I asked for a name, I heard Tripping the Light Fandango.  Wikipedia tells me that the fandango was a couples dance accompanied with much hand clapping that originated in Iberia. 

Hmmm.

I see a dance of light and color with much merry movement capable of bringing out feelings of happiness and joy.

What do you see?

Mandala blessings,
Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas

This mandala, or any of the pieces I post on my blog, are available to purchase. Send me an email for ordering details. 



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Circles of Love 2015 Calendar is Now Available for Pre-Order

I am very excited to tell you about this year's mandala calendar, Circles of Love 2015

Circles of Love Calendar contains multi-dimensional nature mandala art created from two or more of my own nature photographs. The mandalas reflect my understanding of Nature's unconditional love.


The video shows each month's mandala offering




Each mandala is accompanied by quotes from Rumi, Coehlo, Gibran and other inspirational writers on the topics of love and loving. We need these reminders in our lives now more than ever. I chose each mandala with care to resonate with the energies of the month it represents.

The calendars are full color, printed on 100# gloss finish paper with white coil bindings. Dimensions of the calendar closed are 8.5"x11".

Circles of Love 2015  make a thoughtful and timely gift for the holidays.

Here are the deets : 

U.S. Customers only:  Calendars are $19.99 each plus shipping. Shipping for 1-3 calendars is $6.00, 4-6 calendars ship $12.00, etc. I ship Priority Mail and accept payment through PayPal.

California residents will be charged applicable sales tax. Once I shop them out, you will receive your orderin 3 to 4 days. I'm going to sign each calendar that goes out, too.

Gifting someone? Want me to mail directly to your giftee? I can do that. Just give me the necessary info with your order.

Live outside the US?   I  recommend ordering directly from the publisher, so you receive your calendar before the first of the year: http://www.lulu.com/shop/sue-okieffe/circles-of-love-2015/calendar/product-21806703.html

Rather just order yourself? Not a problem. Lulu.com has a 3-5 day printing turn around, and shipping ground FEDEX takes about a week.  Use this link to order directly from them: http://www.lulu.com/shop/sue-okieffe/circles-of-love-2015/calendar/product-21806703.html

The deadline for ordering is November 30th.

To place your order, please email me with the number of calendars you want to order and  your Paypal email address , and I will send you an invoice. Please also tell me where you live. Got questions? Just let me know.

Mandala blessings,
Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas

Monday, October 13, 2014

Passages Mandala


Passages Mandala - Circle of Being Series - Sue O'Kieffe © 2014


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I have been watching and enjoying my neighbor's garden from the time the bulbs she planted first appeared. Then the dahlias and crocosmia bloomed. Sometimes hummingbirds came to visit. Her little herb garden also flourished. I enjoyed some pesto she made from her basil, and a number of photographs were inspirations for different mandala creations. Today I looked at her garden with a different eye. Everything speaks of Autumn's big shift. Indian summer is over,  and I can feel the pull of inward - going hibernation in my soul. I wanted to take the time today to honor these passages with the last of her garden and to thank it for the joy it has brought me.

Namast'e.


Mandala blessings,
Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas



All of the mandalas on my blog are available for purchase. Does one of the images particularly resonate with you? You can contact me via email (link in the right side-bar) for ordering information.





Sunday, September 21, 2014

Deeper Mandala - A Fall Equinox Offering


Deeper Mandala - © Sue O'Kieffe 2014 - Circle of Being series


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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better ~ Albert Einstein

Thank you for being here. Deeper Mandala is my offering to you for this first day of autumn (for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere). 

During my morning meditation, I imagined myself walking into the depths of this mandala. I walked straight to the center, a representation of the Self. This was the self meeting the Self meeting the self, as it were. And then I walked deep into darkness where the mystery of All Life Is. I felt very secure and safe in this place and stayed for a long while before returning to ordinary reality. 

If you feel moved. you might meditate on this mandala in this way yourself. Light a candle, burn some incense, call on  spirit to be with you. 

May this meditation be meaningful and fill you with the abundance of life, which is this harvest season.

In Love.

Mandala blessings,
Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas





Monday, September 15, 2014

Change Mandala


 Change Mandala - Circles of Being Series -  © Sue O'Kieffe 2014 

Change is in the air. Can you feel it? This morning, when I awoke at 6:00 am, it was dark outside. Seems like a couple of days ago it wasn't. But the wheel keeps on turning. Do you embrace change, or are you resistant? The more I am able to soften to the prospect of change, the more peaceful I feel. How about you?

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This is my offering to you today. With love.

Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas

Friday, September 12, 2014

Many Blessings Mandala


Many Blessings Mandala - Circle of Being Series - © Sue O'Kieffe 2014



For whatever reason, yesterday  - 9/11/2014 - was a hard day for me. I felt out of sorts and depressed. I wondered how many other people out there remembering that day 13 years ago were having a hard time of it as well, and so I turned to the healing power of mandalas to offer some soothing relief.


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I felt drawn to use autumnal colors. This particular variety of heather and these maroon-brown coral bell leaves spoke of transition and change. I created the mandala in eight segments to remind us that our abilities to heal are infinite.  What came through, as I massaged the various layers in Photoshop, was quite unexpected. Purple for spiritual healing, red for grounding, and pink tones for the heart all came out to play. These are Nature's offerings here for us to take in however they are  most needed.

Many Blessings.

Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas