Geometric mandala is a representation of the cosmos, the earth and the underworld.
Are mandalas always round?
The word mandala comes from the Sanskrit. It means the magical circle, wheel, center, essence. In the Western world, the term “mandala” is often reduced to a pure outward appearance. The word mandala is applied to round, centered forms of garden design and other forms of design.
The different types of mandalas
Mandalas are found in very different forms of representation.
The basic forms of mandala are:
The circle with representations leading to the center represents inner energy, cosmos, and soul, harmony and concentration.
The triangle, symbol of higher harmony, vitality, transformation, often the basis for sacred buildings and configurations.
The square represents the seat of the deity, especially in Tibet, and symbolizes the temple.
The star is the symbol of clergy and freedom.
The heart symbolizes the union, love, happiness and solar warmth.
The representations of the mandalas are usually two-dimensional. However, they are often so lively and artfully designed that they seem to show a three-dimensional picture. Mandalas in China and Japan are often designed with symbolic characters instead of symbols and figures. Always the image of a mandala moves to a center, the crucial center, too.
Meaning of colors, numbers, and shapes in a mandala
A mandala is always filled with content. For this purpose, circles or rectangles, which are adapted to this shape, are multiplied in the representations. These can be depictions of animals, but also the different mandala forms. Not only every form but also every color has a certain meaning.
Colors have positive and negative meanings:
White – purity, light and emptiness
Black and gray – renewal, invincibility, abandonment, death, mystery
Red – passion, love, strength, lust for life, anger, impulsiveness
Blue – relaxation, serenity, peace, boredom, emptiness, paralysis
Yellow – serenity, enlightenment, unfolding, wisdom, envy, fear, self-esteem
Green – growth, hope, nature, ambition, power, dishonesty
Violet – magic, spirituality, inspiration, melancholy, penance, renunciation, suffering
Other important roles in the mandala:
Flower – beauty, soul, transience
Triangle turned down – femininity, unconscious
Triangle turned upwards – masculinity, creativity
Triangle pointing towards the center – effect against aggression against one’s own self
Cross – connectedness of heaven and earth, life and death
Wheel dynamics, vigor
Rainbow – ribbon between people
In addition to many other form symbols, numbers also play an important role in the mandala. Some meanings of numbers are:
One – beginning and origin, human personality
Three – Vitality, Drive, Self-Knowledge, Rest
Five – middle and love
Eight – order and balance, infinity, rebirth
Elf – any insoluble conflict, the chaos, transitions
Some beautiful Mandala tapestry here