Container of Life

8_Circle - Root

The Container of Life grounds us in the Root Chakra. Its circular nature inspires us to cultivate a deeper relationship with earth as we travel through the Circle of Life.

Circles are primordial symbols in the sense that they represent the organizing principle of life. They have inspired children, philosophers, mathematicians, astronomers, poets and artists.

Around 2000 BCE Sumerians created a numbering system with 60 as its base, 60 also equated to one unit. They are credited with defining a circle as 360 equidistant points around a center point, based on twelve, 30-day lunar months (12 x 30 = 360). This sexagesimal system, inspired by their elegant vision of the universe, is the foundation of sacred geometry.

It is this unique relationship between humans and circles that intrigues the mind and inspires new ways of thinking. In 800 BCE the Greek word “kirkos” was used to describe a hoop or ring. In Latin, the word circulusmeant both circle and circus.

In Pythagorean terms, a circle can be seen as “one”, or monad. A monad is both the creator of many and the sum of all. Plato explained in his Seventh Letter that: “the circle is a form that goes beyond definition or explanation.”

The Rhind Papyrus in Egypt, c. 1650 BCE, was the first written text to define the area of a circle as 3.1605. Archimedes correctly identified the exact calculation of Pi (π) as the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, or 3.14159. This theory still holds true today. Through the use of super computers, Pi (π) has been calculated over two quadrillion decimal points without a repeating pattern. Proving that the infinite nature of a circle transcends the linear world. It contains. Circles create unity within infinity by encompassing the vast diversity as “one” and “all”.

The Container of Life reminds us that our physical body is interconnected with Earth, which allows us to explore the spiritual and infinite nature of our soul. This uniquely human journey is made possible by respecting and tending to our roots. To trust and care for earth as she cares for us. Earth will nurture us as we grow and mulch what no longer serves us without any judgment. We have much to learn as we grow.

Message: We are in a period of manifestation. Release our attachment to outcome and trust in our potential and its infinite possibilities. Remember we are the container and the creator of our reality.

“The nature of god is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere” – Empedocles 

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Portal of Life

9_Vesica Piscis - Sacral

The Portal of Life, also known as a Vesica Piscis, resides in the Sacral Chakra where the circular “one” creates new life. It represents the birth portal, where the sacred feminine and sacred masculine come together. A new life emerges from the watery world of the womb into the solar world of air. The body and soul come to life with its first breath.

For students of Pythagoras (Greek philosopher c. 570-490BCE) a Vesica Piscis meant “measure of a fish”. This was seen as the intersection of the watery world of earth with the divine world of sky. They saw math as a path to spiritual liberation, where life was understood through mathematical principles.

“One” is the unifying creator of many and sum of all.

This creation dance between unity and duality, oneness and separation, wholeness and division has been interpreted as frightening or chaotic. In fact, it is essential for life to continue.

The almond shape of a Vesica Piscis is known as a mandorla in Italian. It’s also symbolic of the human eye, which is seen as a mirror into the soul.

In Judaism, the Menorah (seven-branched oil lamp) is based on an almond tree that represents the Tree of Life as well as the seven days of creation.

To Christians, the Vesica Piscis represented the womb of the Virgin Mary, who birthed Jesus when heaven and earth came together through her. Jesus is often referred to as a “fisher of men” (part man, part god). A stylized version of a Vesica Piscis, when turned on its side, is called an Ichthys or “Jesus Fish”.

For Muslims the Vesica Piscis represents the womb of the universe, that holds the ovum of the universe (sacred black stone), placed in the East corner of the Kaaba in Mecca.

In sacred geometry, the Portal of Life symbolizes the birth of humanity and the creation essence within us all. The process of creation can be both unpredictable and chaotic as well as predictable and sweet. Regardless of the process, we are continually reminded that we are “one”.

Message: Let go of limiting beliefs and be open to new solutions and synchronicities. Enjoy the push and pull of the creative process by remembering that there are no mistakes, only insights. Look for a potential partnership or community that supports your creative vision.

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” – Friedrich Nietzsche –

If you liked what you read and want more... you may be interested in having the actual guidebook and card deck. The 134 page full-color book is sold separately from the cards. My goal is to find a publisher who can offer this as a set. In the meantime, you can purchase either the book or cards via these links. Thank you for your support. Laural

Mandala Chakra book available at: Amazon

Mandala Chakra card deck available at: Printers Studio

If you wish to gift one of my mandalas to a friend or have in your home or office they are available in my online gallery: Ink Drop Arthaus

Photo by – Nina Riel from Shuffle Tarot.

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Seed of Life

10_Seed of Life - Solar Plexus

The Seed of Life grows within our Solar Plexus Chakra as the source of our vitality, courage and joy. This matrix is created by adding a ring of six circles around the central “one”, which in essence birthed the six circles through the Portal of Life. The Sun, Sol in Latin, is the center point in our solar system.

Five billion years ago, in the Milky Way galaxy, a newly formed star began to grow hotter and stronger until it fused nearby stardust and gas into planets and rocks. Held within its orbit, this star became our Sun. It is the “one” and only star in our solar system that planted the seeds. The Sun’s electromagnetic core is a consistent source of heat and light that makes all life within its reach possible.

Ancient astronomers began to identify seven “wanderers”, as divine “ones” who watched over Earth. Also known as the “classical planets”, they were the: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Saturn. These seven divine “ones” planted the seeds that inspired multiple creation stories.

In sacred geometry, the Seed of Life matrix, also known as the Genesis Pattern, mirrors the six days of creation and a seventh day of rest. This was also inspired by the original Sumerian concept of a 7-day lunar week.

In 321 CE, under the guidance of Emperor Constantine, the Romans decreed that a Roman week would also consist of seven days. Dies Solis, day of the Sun, became Sunday. Sol Invictus “the invincible sun” ruled over the military. Sunday was declared a day of rest so soldiers could regain their strength. The Sun became the central “one”.

Our solar plexus represents our internal source of strength, energy and willpower. This is where our dreams and desires are fed and where we decide when and how to take action. These seeds of light in our solar plexus also cast shadows to remind us that our greatest gifts are hiding within our fears. By shining light on our shadows, we can retrieve our wisdom, that was born by fire. By making peace within our self, we can more fully stand in our own light and our darkness.

Message: Power provides the ability to create, destroy and to nurture. To be at peace with the concept of power is to know when to create, when to destroy when to nurture and when to rest. We alone have the ability to choose. Be open to this power that is growing within us. Learn how to use this power wisely as we plant seeds for the future.

“Love is born in fire, is planted like a seed.  Love cannot give you everything, but it gives you what you need.” – Kate Wolfe 

If you liked what you read and want more... you may be interested in having the actual guidebook and card deck. The 134 page full-color book is sold separately from the cards. My goal is to find a publisher who can offer this as a set. In the meantime, you can purchase either the book or cards via these links. Thank you for your support. Laural

Mandala Chakra book available at: Amazon

Mandala Chakra card deck available at: Printers Studio

If you wish to gift one of my mandalas to a friend or hang in your home or office they are available in my online gallery: Ink Drop Arthaus

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Flower of Life

11_Heart Chakra - Flower of Life

The Flower of Life blossoms within our Heart Chakra, where the Sun, Moon, Stars and Planets are interwoven into one harmonic story. The Flower of Life is formed by adding a ring of twelve circles to the Seed of Life.

These 12 circles represent 12 “moons”, based on an idealized 30-day lunar month in Sumerian astronomy. Twelve 30-day lunar months, equaled a 360-day solar year. Inspired by these 12-moons, the Babylonians divided the night sky into 12, 30-degree sections along the ecliptic, which is defined by the motion of the sun as seen from earth. These 12 “star” sections defined the constellations, and were associated with the 12-moons in a solar year. The Greeks named these constellations the “zodiac”, meaning “circle of animals”.

By combining this ring of 12-circles with the 7-circles in the Seed of Life, a matrix of 19-interlocking circles is created. This is the exact number of years within a Metonic cycle, which was used to synchronize lunar and solar calendars. Named for Meton of Athens, in 432 BCE, it balanced seven long years (13 months) with twelve short years (12 months) to create a 19-year cycle. This helped to synchronize planetary and star calendars that could predict the exact date of the equinoxes and solstices. This union of earthly needs and cosmic guidance helped farmers to understand when to plant and when to harvest. The Flower of Life is a divine and fertile blossom created by this cosmic union.

There are 7 independent circles within the 19 interlocking circles. They represent the seven days of the week. Each day, correlates to one of the seven “classical planets”: Sunday-Sun, Monday-Moon, Tuesday-Mars, Wednesday-Mercury, Thursday-Jupiter, Friday-Venus, Saturday-Saturn.

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) studied the Flower of Life, for he felt it represented the transmutation of the spirit within the earthly body where the soul become “one”. The Tree of Life diagram, known as the Kabbalah in Jewish mysticism, is revealed within the Flower of Life. The Kabbalah represents the mystical journey of the soul as it descends into human form and then consciously ascends to divine oneness.

Message: Be open to the hidden wisdom in our soul. This wisdom is becoming more accessible as we begin to see with our hearts instead of our eyes. Just as we appreciate the gifts of others, it is time to appreciate the gifts within us. A bud is never fully realized if it does not blossom.  Now is a time of opening, to honor the person we are becoming.

“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin 

If you liked what you read and want more... you may be interested in having the actual guidebook and card deck. The 134 page full-color book is sold separately from the cards. My goal is to find a publisher who can offer this as a set. In the meantime, you can purchase either the book or cards via these links. Thank you for your support. Laural

Mandala Chakra book available at: Amazon

Mandala Chakra card deck available at: Printers Studio

If you wish to gift one of my mandalas to a friend or have in your home or office they are available in my online gallery: Ink Drop Arthaus

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Fruit of Life

12_Fruit of Life - Throat

The clockwork nature of time is held in the throat chakra. This story is revealed in the geometry of the Fruit of Life matrix by adding two rings of 18 and 24 circles to the Flower of Life.

The first ring of 18 circles represents an 18-year Saros cycle, when the Sun, Moon and Earth return to the same relative location to repeat a solar or lunar eclipse. This cycle helped ancient astronomers predict the time and location of the Sun and Moon as they began to measure time and space. A Sar is the 9-year period between a lunar and solar eclipse.

The second ring of 24 circles represents the 24-hours in “one-day”, or one rotation of earth on its axis. A day is defined by two, 12-hour periods of AM (after midnight) and PM (after noon).

By adding these rings of 18 and 24 circles with the 19 circles in the Flower of Life, a total of 60 interlocking circles surrounds the central “one”. This correlates to 60-minutes in “one-hour” and 60-seconds in “one-minute”.

The actual Fruit of Life pattern is created by focusing on the 13-independent circles within the 61 circles. Each of these 13 circles represents a 7-day week, or a 13-week cycle, which is the approximate number of weeks within the four seasons of: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. These four 13-week seasons equate to a 52-week year.

The sacred geometry held within the Fruit of Life inspired the creation of calendars and clocks, which brought order into everyday life. As farming communities grew, temple towns were created and the nature of time was kept secret by temple priests and priestess. Eventually calendars and time were used to control the people and enforce laws. As patriarchy grew, men associated themselves with the solar world of the sun, as “keepers of the seed”. Women were associated with the lunar world of the moon, as “keepers of the mystery”.

Time is relative to how we perceive it, and interact with it. To some, time is an illusion, to others it’s a mathematical model. In reality, Earth will continue to rotate each day on its axis as it orbits the Sun every 365.25 days. The Moon will hide and reveal itself as it moves in harmony with the Sun. Earth’s tilted axis will determine the days when each of the four seasons begin.

Message: It is time to rethink and reset as we prepare for change.  Become aware of our surroundings and identify what needs to shift in order to move forward. We are encouraged to share our stories with others as we shift into this new reality.

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” – Plato 

If you liked what you read and want more... you may be interested in having the actual guidebook and card deck. The 134 page full-color book is sold separately from the cards. My goal is to find a publisher who can offer this as a set. In the meantime, you can purchase either the book or cards via these links. Thank you for your support. Laural

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If you wish to gift one of my mandalas to a friend or hang in your home or office they are available in my online gallery: Ink Drop Arthaus

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Knowledge of Life

13_Metatrons Cube - Third Eye

The Knowledge of Life is revealed within our Third Eye Chakra. Here the circular world consciously merges with the linear as one. This matrix is created by connecting the center points of each of the 13-independent circles in the Fruit of Life with 78 lines. This matrix is often referred to as Metatron’s Cube.

Metatron, or “measured throne” in Hebrew, was the name given to the prophet Enoch when he was transformed into an angel. According to the Talmud and Kabbalah, Metatron is the first sefirot Kether, “throne or crown” who sits at the top of the Tree of Life. In Islam, he is known as Mitatrun “the angel of the veil”. As an angelic scribe, Metatron guards the “Book of Secrets”, which is thought to hold the answers for humankind’s return to the Garden of Eden.

The female counterpart to Metatron is Shekhinah, which is “dwelling” in Hebrew. In the Kabbalah, Shekhinah is associated with the tenth sefirot Malkuth, “kingdom on Earth” who sits at the bottom of the Tree of Life.

The Knowledge of Life represents our intuitive knowing that the circular world of the divine feminine and the linear world of the divine masculine are within each of us. When we see ourself as whole, we are in fact holy. The judegment between heaven and earth, male and female, or even good and evil dissolves, when we realize that we are all divine souls living within a human body. This knowledge was hidden for thousands of years by those who wished to be the gatekeepers of our soul.

This wisdom of the soul resurfaced in the Kabbalah during the middles ages in Jewish mysticism, which is related to Sufi mysticism. The Kabbalah, as the Tree of Life, represents the journey of the soul as it descends through 10 sefirot to actualize itself in its earthly form. As an actualized human the soul ascends the 10 sefirot to attain infinite oneness beyond the tree. This archetypal journey of the soul is reflected in the 78-cards of the modern-day Tarot. Especially in the 22 cards of the Major Arcana (big secrets). The 56 cards of the Minor Arcana (little secrets) are divided into four suits related to the four elements (earth, fire, water and air).

As the Knowledge of Life awakens our inner wisdom it ripples into the collective unconscious by bringing our world into focus through the eyes of the soul.

Message: Trust both our rational mind and our intuitive senses as we awaken to a new way of being. By looking at our present situation from all directions it will become clear which action(s) we need to take in order to feel both grounded and expansive. This is a time to open our mind so we can see with our heart.

“Geometry is knowledge of the eternally existent.” – Pythagoras 

If you liked what you read and want more... you may be interested in having the actual guidebook and card deck. The 134 page full-color book is sold separately from the cards. My goal is to find a publisher who can offer this as a set. In the meantime, you can purchase either the book or cards via these links. Thank you for your support. Laural

Mandala Chakra book available at: Amazon

Mandala Chakra card deck available at: Printers Studio

If you wish to gift one of my mandalas to a friend or have in your home or office they are available in my online gallery: Ink Drop Arthaus

Photo by – Nina Riel from Shuffle Tarot.

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Star of Life

14_Merkaba - Crown

The Star of Life is associated with our crown chakra, reminding us that we come from the stars and will return to the stars. The Star of Life is also known as a Merkaba, which consists of two rotating tetrahedrons. The upward pointing tetrahedron represents – fire, air and blade; while the downward facing tetrahedron represents – water, earth and chalice. Together, they generate a powerful yet subtle electro-magnetic field that is often referred to as our aura or auric field.

The word Merkaba, in Hebrew, means chariot. In Egyptian, it meant the beloved body and spirit of the soul (mer-beloved, ka-soul body, ba-soul spirit). Another translation is: “light, spirit, body” (mer-light, ka-spirit, ba-body).

The Star of Life is also representative of light, which is created by stars. Our Sun is a star that generates the electro-magnetic spectrum of light that we live in.

Scientists and astronomers have suggested that there are close to 2 trillion galaxies in our known universe with an average of 100 million stars in each galaxy. Our universe is estimated to have begun over 13.8 billion years ago. Some believe in the concept of multi-verses, which means there are other universes beyond ours. All totaled there could be an infinite number of stars that speak to our soul and call us home.

The Star of Life encourages us to dream within the realm of infinite possibilities as we reconnect with the stardust that created us. All life on earth began from the many elements, chemicals and metals found in the star dust that impacted our earth over 4.5 billion years ago. As temperatures changed, complex elements such as water formed, which encouraged the growth of cellular bacteria and other organic micro-organisms. Eventually life evolved and began to replicate itself through unique RNA and DNA sequences.

There is a belief that we hold the blueprints of this cellular memory within us. By remembering that we all come from the stars we realize that we are interconnected with all that is.

Message: The stars are reminding us to connect with our inner compass for guidance. Make time to gaze at the stars and learn their stories. Begin to sense how stars and constellations are speaking to our soul and how their message relates to life now.

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” – Carl Sagan 

If you liked what you read and want more... you may be interested in having the actual guidebook and card deck. The 134 page full-color book is sold separately from the cards. My goal is to find a publisher who can offer this as a set. In the meantime, you can purchase either the book or cards via these links. Thank you for your support. Laural

Mandala Chakra book available at: Amazon

Mandala Chakra card deck available at: Printers Studio

If you wish to gift one of my mandalas to a friend or hang in your home or office they are available in my online gallery: Ink Drop Arthaus

Photo by – Nina Riel from Shuffle Tarot.

For more information visit: lauralwauters.com