four circles

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Four Circles

In July of 1996 I recorded the “Dream of Four Circles” in my journal:

I saw four circles come together—one from above, one from below, one from the left, one from the right. They met at a single point forming four mandorlas. I saw four lines radiating from the central point and bisecting the four mandorlas…the outside of the shape was striking, as if my attention were being drawn especially to that portion of the figure.

The “outside of the shape” was a rayed quatrefoil, which became an important element in my drawing of mandalas. (I didn't have a name for that figure until I found the term “quatrefoil” on page 137 of the book Castles of Britain and Ireland by Plantagenet Somerset Fry on June 6, 1997.) When the time came to set up my web space I drew my inspiriation for the domain name from the dream.

I first created a website to make my mandala drawings available to people who had asked to see them. Over the years my web home has grown to include spaces for biographical information and an online bookstore.

At the beginning of my journey with circles I found hints in many places. Below you will find a few.

Black Elk from Black Elk Speaks, “Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. Black Elk And while I stood there I saw more then I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy.”

Hildegard of Bingen from Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen, Hildegard “A wheel was shown to me, wonderful to behold…Divinity…is like a wheel, a circle, a whole, that can neither be understood, nor divided, nor begun nor ended…no one has the power to divide this circle, to surpass it, or to limit it.”

Carl Jung from Memories, Dreams, Reflections, “The self, I thought, was like the monad which I am, and which is my world. Carl Jung The mandala represents this monad, and corresponds to the microcosmic nature of the psyche.
…When I began drawing the mandalas…I saw that everything, all the paths I had been following, all the steps I had taken, were leading back to a single point—namely, to the mid-point. It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the center. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the center, to individuation.
…I began to understand that the goal of psychic development is the self…I knew that in finding the mandala as an expression of the self I had attained what was for me the ultimate.”