“The circle is a symbol of the psyche (even Plato described the psyche as a sphere).” Aniela Jaffe, ‘Symbolism in the Visual Arts’
Man and His Symbols
"The circle is the original sign, the prime symbol of the nothing and the all; the symbol of heaven and the solar eye, the all-encompassing form beyond and through which man finds and loses himself."
(Jose and Miriam Arguelles)
"At one with the physical world around them, they (Native Americans) perceived the interconnectedness of all things, the circular nature of the universe, and the rightness of both birth and death in the overall scheme of creation."
Seven Paths to God, The Ways of the Mystic
(Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.)
"The circle with the point in the centre is symbolic of the perfected man. He is rounded out; he is inclusive both vertically (soul contact) and horizontally (human relationship)."
The Rays and The Initiations
(Alice A. Bailey)
"Mandalas have been used by many cultures to represent the creation of the universe. Carl Jung has theorized that mandalas represent centering, the unification of parts of the psyche."
Seeing With the Mind's Eye
(Mike Samuels, M.D. and Nancy Samuels)
"Your psyche is spherical, whole and complete. When you are approaching an experience of that wholeness, you begin to notice circles and spheres. The sun and moon are magnificent spherical mandalas, and isn't it a wonderful gift that both by day and by night, the heavens present the symbol of your wholeness to you?....The sphere contains the center point of your cohesive power. It can be used as an imaging device to aid in your movement toward wholeness."
Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream
"They [mandalas] are among the oldest religious symbols of humanity and may even have existed in paleolithic times (cf. the Rhodesian rock paintings). Moreover they are distributed all over the world."
“Roundness partakes of the nature of wholeness because the circle or sphere (like wholeness) is without beginning or end. To think in round terms may be interpreted to mean keeping the mentality upon the level of greatest inclusiveness, ever striving to attain fuller inclusiveness.”
Lectures on Ancient Philosophy
(Manly P. Hall)
"The circle, as the symbol of completeness and perfect being, is a widespread expression for heaven, sun, and God; it also expresses the primoridal image of man and the soul."
“Caesarius of Heisterbach says that the soul has a ‘spherical nature.’”
"The word 'mandala' means circle in Sanskrit. The mandala, a design form which radiates out from a center, is ancient and universal, appearing in art, architecture, and dance of cultures everywhere. It is the 'magic circle' and often has a ritual, religious symbolism as in the rose window of medieval churches….In times of confusion or stress it is a way to collect your thoughts."
Marilyn Ferguson's Book of PragMagic
"Both as a principle of unity and a model of the cosmos, the sphere represents the ultimate undivided, undifferentiated whole." Keith Chritchlow, 'Twelve Criteria for Sacred Architecture'
Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science
(Christopher Bamford, editor)
"The mandala is the central symbol of individuation, integration, or wholeness. One could say that a key component of the transformation of vision in psychospiritual development is the perceiving of the visual field as a kind of mandala. American Indian vision seekers have reported that they see the 'circle of the Sky' touch the 'circle of the Earth', forming one great hoop…it is Buckminster Fuller's sphere of 'omnidirectional awareness', moving always with us."
The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience
"The shape of the world exists everlastingly in the knowledge of the true Love which is God: constantly circling, wonderful for human nature, and such that it is not consumed by age and cannot be increased by anything new….in its workings the Godhead is like a wheel, a whole." Hildegard of Bingen,
Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing
(Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)
"Mandalas are also formed with the hands, danced, and represented in music (for instance Bach's 'Art of Fugue')….When a mandala is being formed, everything round and square known to man works on it too. But the impetus for its formation comes from the unconscious archetype."
C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961
(Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)
"As a cosmogenic model, the Mandala is a synchronous, self-renewing whole."
(Jose and Miriam Arguelles)
"The circle represents the superconscious mind, perfect and complete before creation. It is the symbol of unmanifested Deity, including everything and wanting nothing, without beginning or end, neither first nor last, timeless, sexless, absolute." Violet Shelley, 'Symbols and the Self'
Symbols, Guiding Lights Along the Journey of Life
(Kathleen R. Prata)
“All the radii of a circle are brought together in the unity of the center which contains all the straight lines brought together within itself. These are linked one to another because of this single point of origin and they are completely unified at this center.”
Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works
(John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)
"Among the Chinese, the infinite being is frequently symbolized as a point of light with concentric circles spreading outwards from it."
A Dictionary of Symbols
(J. E. Cirlot)