Circles and their meanings

The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning. It represents the notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the Self, the infinite, eternity, timelessness, all cyclic movement, God “God is a circle whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.”—Hermes Trismegistus, mythical mystic teacher.

“It implies an idea of movement, and symbolises the cycle of time, the per petual motion of everything that moves, the planets’ journey around the sun (the circle of the zodiac), the great rhythm of the universe. The circle is also zero in our system of numbering, and symbolises potential, or the embryo. It has a magical value as a protective agent, … and indicates the end of the process of individuation, of striving towards a psychic wholeness and self-realization” (Julien, 71).

The circle is a profound, transcendent symbol. It is said to represent wholeness, completion, inclusion, the life cycle, heaven, eternity, and the universe. Yet circles are not just symbolic. They are a natural, physical phenomena. When scientists look at the building blocks of humankind—our DNA—they find spirals or stacked interlocking circles. Indeed, in the whorls of our fingertips, the irises of our eyes, our cells and the egg that gave each of us life, we are made of circles. And we live on a circular planet that receives the light of our circular life-giving sun—our survival depends on circles.

Similarly, many find that creating a mandala relieves stress and clears the mind. A mandala is a circular drawing. The word mandala in Sanskrit means “magic circle” or “from the essence.” The distinguished psychologist Carl Jung found that mandala drawings non-verbally express the intuitive movement toward wholeness. Although we can look for it, one need not search for meaning in the mandala. There is intrinsic meaning and value in the practice itself.

I think a circle or sphere would be a great shape for my woven sculpture, its simple design wont distract from the fire element yet full of spiritual meaning and an elegant design.


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