Every other (human-based) understanding of the circle symbol meaning stems from that one moment of looking out from the eyes of the first human. From the life-giving solar orb, to its emotionally charged moon mate who sees to the flow of spiritual life, the influence of circles is literally stellar, as it is cosmic and celestial. See below for the free Mandala Printable
I love how the irises and pupils of humankind’s eyes are a microcosm of the circular nature of these grand kahuna’s of life (sun/moon/earth, etc). It’s like we open our awareness (our eyes) to take in the expansiveness of the cycles in time, life and nature itself. A mirroring of perception, if you will.
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The circle symbol meaning is universal, sacred and divine. It represents the infinite nature of energy, and the inclusivity of the universe.
Our ancient kin observed a circular aspect to the cycles of time, specifically in the movements of the seasons. In waltzing rhythms of time, and with the revolutions of the earth ’round the sun, we can feel the same kind of evolution in annual time and seasons – just as our forefathers and mothers did.
In alchemical symbolism the circle is a center point of focus. Circles are a prolific feature in esoteric alchemical art. Circles are an emphasis on the featured work within its contoured border. It’s like alchemists were underscoring the function of the element. If fire is a feature in the work, a circle around it will illuminate the focus of fire.
To the northern Native American mind, the circle is the sun, the moon and her children (in terms of gender), man and woman. But, we should not get too literal with these definitions. The Native perspective is vastly deep. And so, the circle also embodies a spiritual energy (as all things – sun, moon, etc holds spiritual connotations – and so too would their symbolic expression). Consider the circle symbol meaning in conjunction with the Native medicine wheels. Here we get the sense of 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 mind. Circles were often drawn as protective boundaries, not to be crossed by enemy or evil. Circles were also Celtic symbols of the cosmos – noting in symbol the intangible procession of time.
In Chinese macrocosmic 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.
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