Friday, November 05, 2010

AEDM#5 - Celebrating the Mystery

Celebrating the Mystery (Exploring the Mystery series) © Sue O'Kieffe 2010
source image: fennel blossoms
I had the idea while creating this mandala about how we think of the mystery as dark, and well, mysterious. Because the Mystery is always with us, unexplainable and unknown, in a way it is a constant companion. Maybe we need to acknowledge this every now and then and bring it to Light.

The fennel blossoms I used to create this mandala grow in "disturbed places," according to the field guide I use.Most of us would only see it as a weed and not give it a second thought. Run your hand along the stems and your nose is filled with a yummy spicy aroma like licorice. What a gift that is, huh? A little aromatherapy right there in the alleyway.

But isn't it a mystery that such beauty can be found in such common locales? What ever was the creator thinking on this day of creation?

Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas


Jennifer Bower said...

Incredible. Amazing how you maintained the integrity of the actual plant.

Missy said...

That is so beautiful, what a wonderful piece.

B @ Sweet Limes said...

The smell is one of the reasons I love this "weed"! You created such a strong image from it. Beautiful work.

tammy vitale said...

Sue - oh! so pretty! I think your mandalas with yellow or white are my favorites. I think they capture the same energy your doodles do: vibrant, moving, hopeful.

Sue O'Kieffe said...

thanks everyone for your comments

Kara aka Mother Henna said...

I absolutely adore that kind of fennel!! Who knew it grew in the "disturbed places" -- I love that healing aspect -- and the mandala you created here -- wow! Everything feels such a mystery right now -- I love having this image to land on here and feel some ground or support in flight and unfolding or something! Miracles to you for AEDM!!

Sue O'Kieffe said...

Kara - thanks for your kind words about the mandala. I suspect many of the mandalas for AEDM will embody aspects of the mystery (it's one of my favorite themes). Hope you will come back.

On Slender Threads said...

Similar fennel blossoms grace my garden at this very moment. "Disturbed places", huh! Well, yes, that could be said of my garden.
Your mandala story definitely enlivens my viewing and appreciation. Thanks, Sue.

Sue O'Kieffe said...

Hi Kay, I guess it's all in the definition of disturbed, eh?