Mandala means "circle" in Sanskrit. A circle is perfect with no beginning or end. It can represent God, the whole, the universe, the world, or the individual. It is a container that encompasses everything within it.
Having worked with them over the course of fifteen years, I now think of mandalas as wheels rather than simply circles because a wheel turns, has motion, moves us forward, and so can mandalas.
THE FIVE COMPONENTS OF A MANDALA
There are five primary components of a mandala: symmetry, geometry, color, number, and intention. By becoming aware of these attributes and consciously combining them, we can use mandalas to not only transform and empower the spaces in which they are hung but the lives of those who view them as well.
Studies have shown that symmetry brings about feelings of balance, harmony, and peace. Symmetry is typically a mandala's primary characteristic and the heart of each and every mandala I design.
My mandalas always begin with a circle. Its form is the embodiment of perfection. It has been used throughout history as a symbol for God; the self; the passage of time; and more.
Likewise, other geometric symbols, shapes, and icons can be used to add further meaning to each mandala. Every symbol has a meaning or meanings, so I pay close attention to which symbols I add, especially if the mandala is going to be used for meditation or to help facilitate change.
About 90% of my mandalas are created through the use of fractal geometry. Fractal geometry is the geometry of nature. It's found within us and all around us. It's used to understand nature — the clouds and lightning, the formation of coastlines and mountain ranges, and the growth of bacteria and trees to name a few. I view fractals as a powerful expression of creation. Their repetitive and spiraling nature make them a natural fit for meditation and mandala design.
Each individual color has a meaning or symbolism. By keeping this information in mind as I create a mandala, color and color combinations can be used to more quickly bring about healing, prosperity, transformation, and much, much more.
The study of numbers, or numerology, plays an important part in empowering a mandala. Numbers, like colors, have various meanings and characteristics associated with them. By choosing a mandala that resonates with a specific number, you can more fully bring the characteristics of that number into your life.
For instance, if you are looking to become more intuitive, you may want to work with a purple / violet mandala that has seven radiations (spokes) since both purple and the number seven work to increase intuition.
By setting a clear intention to use with the mandala you select or commission, you are choosing to activate it for a particular outcome. By doing so, your chosen mandala will forever act as a symbol of this intention and as a tool to help you achieve it.
These five components work in tandem to empower each mandala, thereby transforming both the spaces in which they are hung and those who view or work with them. This is why it is essential to choose a mandala that feels “right” for you or to have one created with a specific intent in mind.