Circle Mandala Symbol
Circle patterns in mandalas draw the viewer in so that they perceive themselves within the mandala. This is a natural reaction to circles anywhere that all people experience. In fact, that is a part of the mandala concept – to draw you in and/or encourage you to include yourself or think of yourself within the mandala design.
“The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages. It signifies the wholeness of the Self. This circular image represents the wholeness of the psychic ground or, to put it in mythic terms, the divinity incarnate in man.” Dr. Carl Jung
Dr. Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist who was a firm believer in the therapeutic benefits of mandalas. It is because of him that mandalas and mandala coloring have become so popular.
Circles symbolize oneness, wholeness, inclusion and unity. Nurturing, mothering and the womb are symbolized with circles. Circles can also be used in mandala to indicate a new beginning, initiation or completion.
The Word “Mandala” Literally Means “Circle.”
Bull’s eye mandala designs, which have circles within circles, symbolize focus and concentration. They naturally pull your attention into the circles. This type of mandala can help you focus during meditation or help you train yourself to be more focused and develop better concentration.
The five-fold Celtic symbol, which is four circles joined at the center with a fifth circle, has a number of symbolic meanings. It can symbolize directions – east, west, north, south and center. It can also symbolize the elements – air, fire, water, earth and aether. It can also represent the four seasons with the fifth circle representing transit. There are a number of other meanings that can be applied to the five circles.