"Begin at the beginning,and go on till you come to the end: then stop." (Lewis Carroll, 1832-1896)

Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked."Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat."I don't know," Alice answered."Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."

"So long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

"All right," said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone. "Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin," thought Alice; "but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!"

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I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe. Like Arthur Dent from "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", if you do not have a Babel Fish in your ear this blog will be completely unintelligible to you and will read something like this: "boggle, google, snoggle, slurp, slurp, dingleberry to the power of 10". Fortunately, those who have had the Babel Fish inserted in their ear, will understood this blog perfectly. If you are familiar with this technology, you will know that the Babel Fish lives on brainwave radiation. It excretes energy in the form of exactly the correct brainwaves needed by its host to understand what was just said; or in this case, what was read. The Babel Fish, thanks to scientific research, reverses the problem defined by its namesake in the Tower of Babel, where a deity was supposedly inspired to confuse the human race by making them unable to understand each other.


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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Circle Symbolism

The circle image has a rich and varied history and is found in many cultures. In religion it frequently symbolizes heaven, eternity or the universe. In art, it can symbolize the totality, and the continuation of life. Concentric circles, or circles within circles, have a long historical association that depict the cosmos and its spheres as a microcosm within a macrocosm. The circle symbolizes power, completeness and renewal; the continuation of life as symbolized by the unbroken line. Like the circle, the spiral, is also an ancient symbol. It may symbolize the goddess, the womb, fertility, continual change and the evolution of the universe.

The circle is an object of nature, an idealization of pure mathematics, and a symbol or framework and has been used to understand and describe the world and the universe. It is considered a symbol of unity, because all the regular polygons are embraced by the circle. It is also the symbol of infinity, without beginning or end, perfect, the ultimate geometric symbol. To earth-centered religions throughout history as well as to many contemporary pagans, it represents the feminine spirit or force, the cosmos or a spiritualized Mother Earth, and a "sacred space".

The wheel symbol, like the circle is a universal symbol of or unity. It symbolizes unity, movement, the sun, the zodiac, reincarnation, and earth's cycles of renewal. Pagans used it in astrology, magic and many kinds of rituals. A pagan is traditionally anyone who isn't a Christian, a Jew or a Muslim. So a pagan according to Abrahamic religions, is everyone else except them. (The sun wheel was a sacred amulet to the Celtic Gauls or Gaels in Europe. Later, christians adopted the form, changing it slightly, so that it became a christ monogram drawn within a circle. This is also the origin of the celtic cross.)

The Wheel of Dharma is a common symbol of Buddhism. Like the wheel of a cart that keeps turning, it symbolizes Buddha's teaching as it continues to spread endlessly. The eight spokes represent the eightfold Path of Buddha. Hindus and Buddhists use the circle image as the basis for the creation of mandalas. The mandala is a sanskrit word meaning 'sand circle'. It is seen as a microcosm embodying the various divine powers or processes at work in the universe and it symbolizes the totality of existence, inner or outer. The Swiss psychologist Carl Jung considered the mandala to be a universally occurring pattern associated with the mythological representation of the self. That is, for Jung, the mandala is the symbol of the self; a symbol of psychic totality.

In Hindu and Buddhist meditations, the mandala is used to raise consciousness. In meditation, the person fixes his or her mind on the center of the "sacred circle." The centre of some mandalas show a triangle with a bindu (dot) inside a circle. It represents the merging of male and female forces. In Native American traditions the circle forms the basic pattern of the Medicine Wheel and plays a major part in spiritual rituals. In Wicca traditions, the circle symbol is used in rituals and incantations. In astrology, it is the 'Circle of Life' and symbolizes the continuence of life. In Taoism, the circle image is found in the 'Yin Yang' symbol symbolizing universal harmony and the unity between all opposites.

As per the Buddhist interpretation of the mandala, as a means and process towards meditation, I have created some circles of my own with my own slant on things, of course. ;)

Art of the Circle



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw your blog listed at Some of the posts and comments are really cool, Thank you!

15/3/07 9:52 pm  
Blogger chamblee54 said...

I saw your blogs mentioned at Centurion, by the notorious jesus worshipper who maintains the site.
This is the only one of your sites where I can easily post, so this may or may not be on topic for this post. When you hate someone, you hurt yourself more than you do that person. Jesus worshippers are not worth it.

16/3/07 9:55 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE chamblee:

I don't hate jesus worshippers. I don't hate religious people. I just disagree with their conclusions.

16/3/07 11:04 am  
Anonymous Bella Boca said...

I just found your site this morning, and as it is a lovely lazy Sunday, I've been gleefully lurking. Your mention of spirals reminded me that I read somewhere that the spiral is the symbol of the path of venus as it moves from it's equinox to it's solstice. If a stick or standing stone is placed at a point and a mark is made every evening as venus' light makes it's shadow on the ground, after three months a spiral design will have been traced. A triple spiral then represents nine months; the gestation period of human females, and of course, goddesses. This would offer a possible explantion for the preponderance of spirals at ancient sites of worship like Newgrange, Skara Brae and Maes Howe. I frequently hear people commenting on the pagan worship of gods, and yet from what I can learn , male gods were all Jehovah-come-lately's, whose takeover of goddess territory coincided with the rise of pastoral and patriarchal cultures.

26/3/07 8:27 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...


Thanks for dropping by and for your comments.

The exclusive nature of male gods, does appear to be a more recent phenomenon.

20/9/07 12:35 am  

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