Tuesday, February 10, 2009


calling all angelsCalling All Angels - (Mandalas for Peace Project) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2009
source image - plum tree blossom buds

While I was creating this mandala, I saw three angels hovering around the triangular center, which I see as a power symbol. The image in the very center of the triangle looks like some kind of horned animal, perhaps a bull or ox. The bull is central to the Cretan labyrinth myth, and this is the year of the Ox in the Chinese New Year .

I was even more surprised when I looked at this image from a distance. If you back up from the computer four or five feet and look at it again, it takes on a whole different characteristic. Then it speaks to me of firebird. The power in this image is unmistakable.

It wasn't until I added the language around the mandala that I felt like this image was actually finished. Indistinguishable, perhaps, but still embedded in the image are partial lyrics from Calling All Angels, by Issa (formerly known as Jane Siberry.) I am playing her music on my blog for this posting as well:
calling all angels
calling all angels
walk me through this one
don't leave me alone
calling all angels
calling all angels
we're cryin' and we're hurtin'
and we're not sure why...
© Issa 1993

I almost didn't finish this mandala. The angels intervened.


Anonymous said...

I see the angels and the horned beast captured in the center. Amazing how mandalas reveal themselves so silently and powerfully sometimes. - I tend to back up from the screen for a "different" perspective after I finish mine. - Ah, the lyrics are in the background like squiggles of enery.

The Finely Tuned Woman said...

I never thought about backing away and looking at a mandala from 5 feet away, but I will do it once in a while now, Although I think your mandalas may reveal more than mine, which are really just for fun. I am always amazed at the brilliancy of yours.

painterofblue said...

Wow, this one has a physical effect on me. I feel it right in the heart. Beautiful work!

Ann Christine Dennison said...

This is very beautiful Sue, I see the angels, a flower and a power centre.

The Artful Eye said...

Wow.wow.wow. Stunning. I see a Kimono and something that appears like a womb. Love the writing which surrounds this image. Beautiful.

healingmagichands said...

It is a very powerful image. I always loved the symbolism of three: mind body and spirit in balance.

cheryl said...

I think YOU are an angel! An angel to the plant and flower world...giving them presence in our world, like no one else can.
Blessings to you dear-heart...