April 26, 2017
Taurus New Moon Mandala
A New Creation
- a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. “I was struck by her beauty”
- a beautiful woman. “She was considered a great beauty in her youth”
synonyms; beautiful woman, belle, vision, Venus, goddess, beauty queen, picture;
LATIN – bellus, beautiful, fine
OLD FRENCH – beaute
Middle English – beauty
I have been totally awestruck by the beauty I have found in nature this Spring. Tiny buds opening to form one of thousands (or perhaps more realistically MILLIONS) of leaves to dress once bare and naked trees. These naked trees have held the hope of spring for many months. And, hope does not disappoint. Green upon green… the variety, depth of color and the lushness of this greening is a joy to the heart and a delight to the eye.
Perhaps obvious to the eye is the flower created by the shapes in this mandala. The petals are 21 in number which express themselves to me as 8+8+5. In this mandala, opposites (represented in blue and pink) join together to create something beautiful and new supported by the green of heart, hope and the greening of lush growth.
“The appearance of Angel Number 21, when your thoughts and feelings are becoming concrete, signifies that guardian angels are prodding you to be conscious about your ideas. It is absolutely essential that you should approach the new transformations with confidence and hope, if you want to succeed in the new projects.
Angel Number 21 symbol is forcing you to convince yourself and to make positive assertions regarding your determination to succeed in your ambitions. There is no place for doubt and you should have trust in the Supreme Power who will guide you to attain your ambitions. Your overall outlook should be optimistic about all the phases of life. http://www.sunsigns.org/angel-number-21-meaning/
The central enhanced 5 pointed star along with the eight sections of the circle have a kind of “Chi Rho” feel to them for me. “Chi Rho” is one of the earliest forms of christogram, formed by superimposing the first two letters – chi and rho – of the Greek word “Christ” in such a way that the vertical stroke of the rho intersects in the center of the chi. ~Wikipedia
The number eight can be symbolic of the cosmic Christ.
Five often speaks to me of manifesting spiritual Light which has the ability to elevate the physical world in some way.
Two central circles create a portal if you will, through which the Light flows and extends out to create the world anew.
Following the pattern of the One who creates and sustains life, one wonders how we can create beauty? And, what kind of beauty do we manifest in the world? Certainly we could agree that beauty can be created through art…music, dance, the fine arts, crafting of many kinds. But, I think I could argue a case for the beauty of a life well lived…. and, the quality of one who interacts in positive and loving ways – the beauty of a simple smile and kind and gracious actions that acknowledged the inherent dignity and equality of the “other” (who is truly a reflection of us in disguise). I marvel over and over again at the joy that a simple smile, act of kindness or word of gratitude brings to the faces of complete strangers.
A few words have been particularly present to me this cycle…words like “determination” as I continue to set and work towards my health goals – nothing serious, just wanting to encourage the highest possible quality of life as I enter the second half of this physical life. Now that the children have left the nest, I have more time to take care of me.
In a session with a newly formed small faith sharing group, other words like “chosen” and “precious” tickled me – recalling how deeply we are loved by the very same Creator who gifts us with all good things. And, the “coming together” that this mandala expresses for me holds a sense of divine union – of knowing how deeply we are loved and cherished and in that knowledge we express an outpouring of love to the world as that kind of joy cannot be contained – it must be shared.
On another note, where there is pain and ugliness there is devastation. As Richard Rohr (a globally recognized ecumenical teacher who bears witness to the universal awakening with Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition) states: “All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain. If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it to those around us.” The recent tragic event in Manchester bears witness to the expression of tremendous pain on the side of those who commit such tragedies. I pray for their healing and for all those affected by their brutal acts.
One of my favorite activities this cycle was to create several Pocket Prayer Shawls, a new offering from the Prayer Shawl Ministry at my parish, as well as a couple of full sized shawls that will be gifted at the next meeting. I’m still working on the lavender shawl. These simple gifts of crafted yarn reminds the receiver that someone is praying for them – journeying with them, if you will – praying for their comfort, hope, peace and safe harbor. Each new creation brings joy to the heart and delight to the eye.
Until next time…
Love, Hugs and Blessings,
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