Friday, April 27, 2012

What is a Mandala?

In Sanskrit, Mandala translates to “circle”.  Noted Buddhist and Hindu religious art takes the mandala form. Mandala’s are generally symmetrical designs that incorporate meaningful and sacred geometric patterns as symbols. It is interesting to note that religious artwork for both Eastern and Western religions incorporate these circular patterns. In the Christian cathedrals many of the focal stained glass windows take on a mandala-like geometry.
In common dialogue, mandala has become a general descriptor for any geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically. Mandala’s represent a microcosm of the Universe from a human perspective.

I created a series of chakra mandalas incorporating the geometry and colors associated with each of the 7 major chakras. I like them as key fobs as well as pendant necklaces. And I made a magnet set to decorate the fridge, your locker or file cabinets!

Antique Copper Chakra Pendants & Key Fobs
Set of 7 Chakra Magnets