by Cynthia Ré Robbins
The Sacred Thread Mandala is a representation of my personal spiritual
iconography which is mainly a combination of the Old Religion of the
Celts and Native American beliefs. Both are earth based, placing a high
importance on being in tune with and respectful of nature. Both include
female deities along with male gods. Both recognize a One Source, a
Universal Spirit that is the energy behind everything.
The upper left
corner is Father Sky. He is spreading a rainbow over all of life,
signifying the vision that Black Elk experienced, that the Native
American ways would be revived by peoples of all colors someday, and
that this would restore our planet to balance and health.
The upper right
corner is the Weaver. She is the Creatrix, weaving the fabric of Life.
The thread connects all of life. This shows how we all need each other.
Everything we do has an effect upon the world. There is no Beginning and
The lower right
corner is the Lord of the Forest. He is the protector of animals. He is
the also the Sun King and the cycle of the seasons is symbolized by his
rebirth, growth, mating with the Goddess, and death never ending. It was
my choice to portray him as a Buddhist monk.
The lower left
corner shows the Lady of the Lake. She is also Earth Mother, Gaia, and
the Moon Goddess. In the Old Religion, she was the high priestess who
was believed to be the incarnation of the Goddess. The Goddess spoke
through her, and she guided the people and made prophesies.
The center of my
painting is a spiral light that represents the One Light. This Great
Spirit has many names in the worldís religions, and it is the same by
Around the Light
are the faces of the Goddess - the Maiden, Mother, and Crone. We have
again a metaphor for the phases of life, the ongoing cycle. Each has its
beauty and its power. The energy of the phases of the moon corresponds
to each face of the Goddess. The New Moon is the Maiden. The Full Moon
is the Mother. The Waning Moon is the Crone.
Each of the 4
directions has its corresponding color, season, time of day, moon phase,
power animals, and many other aspects. The colors are different for the
Celts and the Native Americans. I have used the Celtic colors. These
directions are called upon when there is a spiritual ritual to raise
power and receive protection and guidance.
It is not
considered a sacrilege to ìdivideî the spiritual world in this way,
because the core belief is that All is One. We know that the Source is
the One Light, what Christians refer to as God. Every Goddess, power
animal, deity, crystal, star, moon, sun, is but an expression of the
Divine. Everything has its purpose and can help us in its special way.
We use all of the Creatorís gifts to grow and heal.
Cynthia Ré Robbins