Prayer of Light Mandala (Circles of Love Series) © Sue O'Kieffe 2010
source image: rhododendron plant parts
Love says: There is a way; I have traveled it thousands of times ~ Rumi
Usually when I am out on a photoshoot, I focus on photos of flowers in their entirety. The naked remains of this rhododendron flower caught my eye, though, and I was pretty sure it had a wonderful story to share with us. Pistils and ovaries still hold plenty of energy even though the petals have fallen away. The cycle of beauty is continuous.
My guidance suggested I create an 11 petaled mandala. In numerology, 11 is a master number and represents intuition and wisdom.
I love being enveloped in all of the greenery that surrounds us this time of year. Green represents the heart chakra, growth and abundance, and offers harmony, balance and a sense of well being. What could be a more perfect color for a mandala? While I was creating this image, I felt uplifted and heart centered. Recently, with all the physical disasters that have been occurring, I have wanted to create art that celebrates humanity's love for each other, and so it is with great happiness that I have started a Circle of Love series that will continue at least through 2010. My art has always been about embodying Love in all its many forms, but now I am setting that intention in a more direct way.
Sacred Circle Mandalas