Earth Mandala Symbol
Earth mandala designs are often quite obvious, with an image of the earth at the center surrounded by plants and animals, but some are not as clear. Regardless of the exact patterns or symbols used, the meaning is always the same. Earth mandalas are about life. Giving life, sustaining life and the loving, nurturing, supportive energy of “Mother.”
- The common symbol for earth is a circle within a square. The center of the circle is oval and contains two lines that cross at the middle. The lines represent the four corners or directions — north, south, east and west.
- The Native American symbol for earth is similar. It has a solid circle at the center of a square, though, with straight lines that represent the four directions extending from the circle out to the edges of the square. It also has rounded/curling lines in each corner. The four rounded/curling lines represent four great nations living in harmony.
- The Chinese symbol for earth doesn’t even have circles. It is a square with two vertical rows of three rectangles each. It is commonly known as a trigram that is referred to as K’uen or K’un. In Chinese culture, this symbol means Mother or Big Earth. It symbolizes passive, receptive Yin or female energy.
Earth Mandala Art and Jewelry
Earth mandala art and jewelry patterns often utilize the typical blues and greens of the actual earth, but not all of them. They can be made with every color in the rainbow, lovely purples and pinks or muted, earthy browns and tans.
Earth mandala jewelry commonly has the earth symbol on a rounded shape, either a pendant, earrings or bracelet. It can also be found in other shapes like squares, rectangles or even octagonal or heart shapes. When choosing your earth mandala jewelry, go with what speaks to you. All the different color and shape options allow you to embrace your own, personal self-expression, just like Mother Earth. There is a wide selection of earth mandala jewelry available on Etsy.