Mandalas are powerful symbols of the universe we, humankind, perceive it. They have a two-dimensional nature: the earthly and cosmic realms. This dual nature of the universe is a common aspect of cultures throughout the world. To the Celts this represented the ascent and descent of the soul on the Golden Wheel of Life. The outer, the earthly is a pathway leading to the center, the cosmic, the intricate construction of the universe, representing ancestral wisdom and a connection, or divine union with, the universal creator. A well-known example of this pathway or journey is the Quest for the Holy Grail.
The god Midir of Bri Leith, (mound west of Ardagh in Co. Longford) claims that Etain in her former existence was his wife, but that she has been separated from him by the magic of a jealous rival. When Etain in her later existence becomes the wife of Eochaid, king of Tara, Midir comes to reclaim her. While the king and his court are feasting, Midir appears in their midst in all his supernatural beauty and splendor, and carries off Etain through the smoke-hole in the roof, and they are seen as two white swans circling in the sky above the hall. Etain, whose beauty and grace were beyond compare, figures into many stores, being born anew through the generations and is usually associated with white swans. Mandalas are powerful symbols of the universe, as we humankind, perceive it. They have a two-dimensional nature: the earthly and cosmic realms. This dual nature of the universe is a common aspect of cultures throughout the world.
Dimensions: 9" diameter
Due to the hand casting and proprietary staining process, each of my plaques is unique. Each cross comes with a hanger embedded in the stone. The cross comes with a descriptive tag describing the original stone, explanation of the design or information on where the cross is located.
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