Thursday, March 11, 2010

Boldness of Being Mandala

Boldness of Being Mandala (Circles of Awareness) © Sue O'Kieffe 2010
source image: red maple leaves
© photo courtesy of Becca Allison
   
It wasn’t until the mandala emerged from the printer that I understood the story it wanted to share was about the power that comes with boldness.

         Whatever you can do, or dream you can,
         begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and                  

         magic in it. ~Wolfgang Johann van Goethe
                                
The maple tree, with its shimmering red leaves, reflects qualities of both groundedness and  inspiration. I can imagine the branches reaching up towards the sun while the roots dig deep into the earth. This is classic imagery of what it means to be present.

The thirteen petals in this mandala suggest a new beginning as well as an ending. In classic numerology, twelve represents the end of a cycle, while thirteen points to  the beginning of another. Our culture tends to see thirteen as unlucky, while ancient cultures considered it a number of power. I see this thirteen pointed mandala telling us it is time to  wake up to the powerful forces within us after having experienced long periods of trial and confusion.

Be bold!

Do you remember a time when you took that leap and how good it felt?


~Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas

6 comments:

healingmagichands said...

Wow. This one reminds me of a spanish dancer's skirt, so lacy and yes, boldly patterned. wonderful.

Sue O'Kieffe said...

ellie i saw that skirt too. and heard castinets!

spldbch said...

Wow -- the bold colors of this mandala are certainly fitting!

Becca Allison said...

It turned out really lovely, Sue! I am glad we collaborated!
Becca

Laura Hegfield said...

I love this Sue, the colors are magnificent! Be bold...hmmm, I'll work on it.

Princess Haiku said...

This one really dances.