Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Circle Symbolism

Circle Symbolism

Some circle symbol meaning keywords to contemplate:

Inclusion, Wholeness, Focus, Unity, Nurturing, Cycles, Initiation, Everything, Perfection, Womb, Centering, Revolution, Infinity, Mobility, Completion

Circle symbol meaning is universal it represents the infinite nature of energy, and the inclusivity of the universe.
Since ancient times circles have represented the cycles of time, specifically in the movements of the seasons. In the revolutions of the earth around the sun.

In alchemical symbolism the circle is a center point of focus. Circles are a feature in alchemical art. Circles are an emphasis on the featured work within its contoured border.  If fire is a feature in the work, a circle around it will illuminate the focus of fire.

Northern Native Americans believe the circle is the sun, the moon and her children, man and woman. Native perspective is vastly deep. And so, the circle also embodies a spiritual energy all things - sun, moon, etc holds spiritual connotations. Consider the circle symbol meaning in conjunction with the Native medicine wheels. Here we sense the integration of energy and matter - spirit and man, combining for the purpose of greater spiritual understanding and evolution.

Circles were protective emblems to the Celtic. Circles were often drawn as protective boundaries, not to be crossed by enemy or evil. Circles were also Celtic symbols of the cosmos - representing the intangible procession of time.

In Chinese symbology, the circle expresses the shape of heaven, with earth signified by a square. When we see a square inside a circle in Chinese art, it represents the union between heaven and earth. The deeply significant yin yang symbol is circular, and thus speaks to us of encompassing the whole of duality with intent for unified balance.

 Dr. Carl Jung viewed the circle as an geometric archetype of the psyche. When combined with a square it explains the relationship or balance between psyche and body.

When a symbol, (any symbol) is shown with a circle around it the symbol beckons the viewer to be drawn in, and included in the experience of whatever symbolic message the center may hold.

Consider these cirlces: 
Planets, Sun, Clock faces, Wheels, Seeds, Eyeballs, Coins, Rings, Cells, Fruit, Egg

In a broad sense, these random circular objects can be assembled like puzzle pieces to provide a big picture of our view of nature.

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