What’s a Mandorla?

Mandorla is the Italian word for almond.

It is also  the almond or oval shaped halo or aura surrounding the head or body as seen in artworks and indicates divinity or holiness.

Two overlapping circles create this almond shape and can symbolise complementary opposites (such as heaven and earth or male and female) and the union or wholeness within. There are also associated elements of healing, transformation, balance, continuity, soulmates, poetry and rebirth.

My Mandorla is my search for inner peace and wholeness. I hope some of that will come across in my writing. I’ve blogged before. I’ve made many mistakes and learned many lessons. I’m choosing to write somewhat anonymously so that I can explore areas I censor under my own name. Of course, I realise that censoring my identity denies certain explorations too. Fortunately complementary opposites and contradictions are welcome here…

I’ve linked a couple of images for a visual perspective:


Unknown artist, “Our Lady of Guadelupe”
http://www.artlex.com/

Mandorla on the cobbled web of Chalice Well gardens
http://www.kyrie.com/symbols/mandorla.htm

One comment on “What’s a Mandorla?
  1. roberta says:

    I enjoyed reading about your blog and what your motives are in blogging under a pseudonym. I am just beginning a personal blog and what i read on your blog encourages me to continue.

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