Circle

September 29, 2011 § 2 Comments

The Circle, or Disk, has come to stand for perfection and unity; oneness. It is also a symbol for infinity/eternity or heaven and the celestial. And because of its likeness to the sun and the moon, also representative of these celestial bodies.

The Circle is of course also connected to the circumference and circumferential movement. The cyclic movement can be represented by the Wheel. Both the Disk and the Wheel are circular; however, the disk is immobile while the wheel rotates (although within the structure of the wheel there is a duality, since the center is still and the perimeter moving). The circumference  suggests a limit, an enclosing, a border, but at the same time the circular movement is a representation of time, an eternal cyclic movement. Time, and the continuity of life, can be symbolized by the Ouroboros, the serpent/snake/dragon who is biting its own tail, forming an “O” with its body. (See also: Snakes, Serpents)

The Wheel is a symbolic synthesis of the activity of cosmic forces and the passage of time, which is rooted in solar or zodiacal symbolism. The rim of the Wheel are often divided into sectors illustrating phases in the passing of time. However, to move instead in the direction from the outside of the wheel towards the central point (instead of moving circumferential) is to travel towards the mystic “Centre“, which is non-spatial and timeless.  It could also mean going through a transmutation, an ascending metamorphosis.

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§ 2 Responses to Circle

  • M: I continue to be astounded by your encyclopedia project. This is just what we need–a fresh look at basic ideas and phenomena. Dragons have never existed, and yet we cannot live without them; snakes certainly *do* exist, but much of the time we wish we didn’t. What really is the difference between them? RT

    • M says:

      Sorry to always be so late with my replies :)

      I’m glad to hear that! The encyclopedia is a slow process, and the texts here could be seen as drafts, really, until I find the structure I want for the project. It takes a lot of time, but it’s fun too, to gather information and watch it grow. Dragons and serpents seem to be interchangeable if we go back and read older texts, so yes, what is the difference and when did the split occur?

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