Thursday, March 11, 2010
Boldness of Being Mandala
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.
Do you remember a time when you took that leap and how good it felt?
Sacred Circle Mandalas