I really enjoyed reading everyone's responses to my previous blog post. A friend of mine who knows more about these things than I do told me that mushrooms were really not a true vegetable, so I'm sorry to have been misleading in my clue giving. I was playing 20 questions; I guess mushrooms are in the Fungus kingdom. (But that would have been a dead giveaway!)
Here are some of the results: a number of people said the mandala had a powerful tribal/native feel with references to both Africa ( Zimbabwe in particular) and voodoo. Others saw something bloody, meatlike, fiery, with strong snake energy. Tammy Vitale referenced Morrigan, the Celtic goddess of death and rebirth as well as Erzuli Freda, voodon goddess of love, beauty, and art. My friend Ellie saw Kachina dolls and the three phases of women. Oh yea, and a couple of people referenced chocolate (syrup, ripples and s'mores). Now Im hungry!
Mushrooms are mysterious. They are poisonous, halleucinogenic, powerful and worthy of respect. In dream symbolism, mushrooms represent unexpected growth and change. I'm pretty sure that this particular mushroom is a boletale, but Im not sure. I was attracted to the patterning of the gills on the underside of the cap when I took the photograph and was just curious how it would translate. I love it!
I have decided to call this mandala Inviting a Vision of Power Shield.
I love seeing how the collective works.
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