Tuesday, January 11, 2011
In Praise of All That Is Mandala
In Praise of All That Is Mandala was created in honor of all the ancient cultures who brought to us reverence for nature and life and for the turning of the wheel. Can you imagine these celebrations -- drumming and dancing with invocations to great spirit? The creation of this mandala is a thank you to those who came before, the ancestors, and those who continue on with these traditions all over the world.
Oak trees have a long history in the Druidic tradition, during the Solstice and Equinox celebrations, and are referenced in many other cultures as well. From the book A Tree in Your Pocket by Jacqueline Memory Paterson I learned that the oak tree's qualities are courage, strength, solid protection, and that these trees are considered doors to the mystery.
I felt a deepening inside as I created this mandala and more so when it was completed. I listened to and experienced many different stories during its creation. This is one of those mandalas where I am having difficulty summoning up language to accompany the image. Your stories and feedback would be most welcome for the circle who gathers here.
Are you willing to be in the mystery?
Sacred Circle Mandalas