Pagan Camp Mandala
the Sunday morning of Beltane Camp, some tired and groggy adults,
along with a few sprightly children got together in the Grand Marquee
to talk about Mandalas and to create one ourselves. Mandalas can be
found in the natural and man made world, every where you look. From
the iris of the eye, to a birds eye view of a tree, stone circles,
flowers, plug holes, wheels and even the planets themselves. Life itself, starts with a circle, just think about the
cells in our bodies. Our seasons, our lunar phases, menstrual cycles
and our own life cycle all follow a cyclical pattern.
means 'Wheel' in Sanskrit. They have many uses, and can be found in
many different cultures. In Paganism, they can be seen in the wheel
of the year, our symbols and magic circles. Even dancing the maypole
is a form of mandala dance. In Christianity, they take the form of
rose windows, in Native American spirituality, they come in the form
of medicine wheels. Stonehenge is one of the oldest examples of a
mandala, and Danebury ring could be seen as a wonderful Iron age
mandala shaped hill fort.
Tibet, monks create elaborate and intricate mandalas out of sand.
The mandala is then blessed and left for the village to view. After
a period of time, the mandala is swept up in a ceremony, and the sand
is taken to the local river to bestow good fortune and blessings on