Scorpio New Moon Mandala
October 30, 2016
The harvest is in. The leaves have fallen. Most trees are bare, though some still have a death grip on those last leaves, but for the most part all is now visible. Now that the leaves are off the trees we can see bits and pieces (and sometimes huge chunks) of broken branches as if suspended in air. These bits of leaves and broken branches speak to me of those things in our lives that we can’t as of yet let go of like habits, opinions, people, situations that are perhaps familiar or comfortable but are not life giving – perhaps even destructive to ourselves or those around us. In many cases we forgot or didn’t realize they were hidden within. What was needed was an unveiling to make them visible.
This cycle has been about revealing the “other”, the opposite, (or shadow) sometimes in dramatic and surprising ways – like the retreat I had attended early in the cycle, or the election in the US. I have felt a growing sense of “enough is enough” and have been writing about it for two years now. It seemed to have come to a head in this cycle. Now to move forward and live in love and compassion with what “is” bringing as much Light to the situation as we can muster.
As I think back on the year, I think back to the Pantone colors selected to for 2016 – Rose Quartz and Serenity (pale blue). Chosen for their softness and peacefulness, these two colors represent for me opposing positions in unity: Male and female, yet both human, or think of pastel hues of Democrat and Republican, yet all American – two sides of the same coin. And I think about all of the opposites and others in my own life and ponder how I can hold them in unity and love with compassion and empathy and still be at peace. Seems there is still some letting go to be done… another point of view to consider… one other than my own so that my view point and my heart… my love… will be broader, deeper and more encompassing.
When I look at this mandala, again amazingly created by Sandra Mosley and colored by yours truly, all symbolic meaning aside, there is a lot of light and many opposites in union. Having said that, black seems to be my favorite color these days. The call to the color seems to help me embrace the evolving mystery that is my life.
In the center we find the dance of five pointed stars (masculine – shinging of its own accord) and moons (feminine – reflected light).
Holding the central figures are triangles – one masculine (smaller and pointing up) and one feminine (larger and pointing down.)
Encasing the triangles is a six pointed star where all points are of equal distance from the center. These angles are tight so one probably could not call it a Star of David for example. So I went looking for another explanation. Still not in the likeness of the star pictured here but this definition resonates:
“The hexagram is a mandala symbol called satkona yantra or sadkona yantra found on ancient South Indian Hindu temples. It symbolizes the nara-narayana, or perfect meditative state of balance achieved between Man and God, and if maintained, results in “moksha,” or “nirvana” (release from the bounds of the earthly world and its material trappings).” ~https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexagram
Perhaps Sandra chose to keep the angles tight because there is some growing needed in this area? More filling out to be done? Or perhaps another meaning I was unable to discern?
Around and throughout these central images are four sets of 30:
In the faceted ring around the central black circle (diamonds refract light – feminine)
In the spires of light jutting out from the facets (masculine light)
And in the two sets of “petals” – due to their roundness feel more feminine to me – in the outer rings. These colors came from some beautiful crysanthemums I purchased early in the cycle.
Thirty on it’s own represents the perfect balance in the cosmic organization. (http://www.ridingthebeast.com/numbers/nu30.php) (Other meanings can be discerned by adding the sets of 30 together.) Thirty can also represent the thirty degrees of each of the twelve cycles or more specifically this cycle…so perhaps time then?
A horizontal line is drawn through the very center of the mandala, dividing it into two equal parts – one north and one south lending another image of opposites – but not identical…not the same. And, yet, beautifully held in unity.
The Take Away…or Golden Nugget
At the end of the cycle we celebrated Thanksgiving in the US. And there was a very strong sense of home coming. It occurs to me when we can hold opposites in union with love and compassion, we come home…to ourselves and one another.
What seems to be most dire at this time in history is the ability to see the “other” and really hear – not just listen – with empathy and compassion – whether it be my shadow self, my physical body which is in transformation this year or the world around me and at large. I treasure my daily walks in the nearby park where God teaches me through nature. Lessons these days, in many ways, are teaching me to hold out hope… that the opposites and “others” in ourselves and in our world can be held together with love and respect… in unity and at peace… feeling safe and loved… homing… together.
Love, Hugs and Blessings,
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