“Whether one creates a mandala or meditates upon one, the mandala appears as a primordial cosmic formula, a divine image beyond personal projections, and the abstract essence. During our times of individual and collective disorientation, many people have lost the connection with their traditional sacred images and are, therefore, lacking the healing energy we all need. The mandala can bridge that gap and present a new spiritual-emotional orientation that leads to understanding and well-being.” – Heita Compony
The Sanskrit world “mandala” means holy or magical circle. According to author and artist Heita Compony, there are three central components to a mandala: the center point, the periphery, and the part that emanates from the center to the periphery. The center represents Mystery, the spiritual force that is the birthplace of all existence in time in space. The emanation streaming from the center towards the periphery—and back again to center—is the connection between the inner and outer worlds. Mandalas reflect the macrocosm and the microcosm—spirit and matter— serving as a multi-dimensional representation of both the finite and infinite.
Mandalas can be found everywhere, especially in nature. The iris of the human eye, the blossom of a flower, the nest of a bird, and the web of a spider are but a few mandalas revealed by creation. Other forms include snowflakes, wheels, and even the spiral mandala of the Milky Way.
In the Mandala Oracle, Heita Compony shares her visionary painting through 37 colorful cards. One side of the card features a vibrant mandala painting, while the other displays a quote from women such as Mother Theresa, H.P. Blavatsky, Helen Keller, Indira Gandhi, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and others.
A few of the quotes include:
Spirituality is a kind of virgin wisdom, a knowing that comes prior to experience. –Marilyn Ferguson
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker
All the way to heaven is heaven. –Saint Catherine of Siena
Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something. –Gertrude Stein
Here is how to use the Mandala Oracle:
1.Place the cards face up on the table. 2.Relax. 3.Turn inwards and allow your higher self to choose the card for you, or whichever mandala appeals to you most. 4.Read the text and let it touch your heart.
The 18 page booklet that comes with this deck is a great introduction to mandalas, explaining the archetypal and symbolic meaning of the circle, the central point, horizontal and vertical lines, the quadrants, and so on.
While the painted mandalas are gorgeous and the quotes are profound, I wish that the text on the back of the cards contained more in-depth wisdom about each mandala—as well as what the artist intended for each and what she was feeling and experiencing when she created them. The Mandala Oracle is one of those decks that would be great with a companion book, but it still works well on its own as a meditation tool and oracle.
Below are six images from this deck:
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