The mandala tattoo has a spiritual and religious meaning. The mandala is a spiritual symbol found in Buddhism and Hinduism. “Mandala” is a Sanskrit word meaning “circle”. The diagram is loaded with symbols and most often colored. It often represents a lotus flower, although its motifs and significance are wider. Before you get a mandala tattoo, we recommend that you draw up the drawing yourself.
Definition of mandala tattoo
A mandala is a circle around which gravitates symmetrical patterns, often square or triangular. It recalls the natural structure of flowers, but also the fractal patterns found throughout nature. Mandala means circle and by extension sphere, community, world. The sphere is omnipresent in the universe: atom, planet, etc.
But this drawing has not only an aesthetic or symbolic role: it is a tool of meditation. It allows the monk or the tattoo artist who performs it to develop his creativity, his concentration and – for some – to find inner harmony.
The Tibetan mandala
The mandala is a sacred object in Tibet. Buddhists draw for hours a mandala with sand or colorful rice before erasing the drawing: the ritual symbolizes the impermanence of all things and the ephemeral character of existence. Everything is born, grows and dies one day. The mandala, which requires a considerable effort, patience and concentration unparalleled, eventually disappear and mingle with the air. Nothing lasts, everything changes.
The mandala is also found in civilizations:
The Mandala in Psychoanalysis
Carl Jung thought that the tormented unconscious could spontaneously generate mandalas in dreams. The practice of the mandala (that is to say the drawing itself) brings to the soul of repose a consolation of which many were cured. Scientifically, the experiment is explained by the fact that the two hemispheres of the brain – right and left – are in communion during the drawing. The union of the hemispheres then produces a vibratory change and a feeling of appeasement. The mandala refocuses on the present moment and promotes access to the voice of the middle ground, the cornerstone of all Oriental civilizations. The mandala sometimes integrates the Ying and the Yang.
What is the origin of the mandala?
The origin of the mandala is lost in the depths of the ages. Some claim that the Big Bang, the very origin of the world, is the mandala. The mandala was used by architects of ancient times to build temples, sacred gardens and important buildings. In the old European cities you will find fountains which, seen from above, resemble mandalas. The mandala is reminiscent of the rosettes in stained glass that are found in churches.
The Benefits of Mandala
Fun to color and draw (like when we were kids)
Developing creativity and intuition
Refocusing on yourself
Live in the moment
Feel the perfect union of the world with oneself
The mandala acts differently from one person to another, but thanks to its “magic” influence, the person who practices it comes out grown.
See also: Dragon Tattoos: symbolic of the dragon
The mandala tattoo & its meaning
The mandala represents the cycle of life. It is a metaphor for human existence: the center represents the inner self, while the motives that gravitate around represent the meanders of life. The mandala prompts the wearer to reconnect to its source. The world must gravitate around you, not the other way round. The movement of thoughts and actions must be from the center to the outside, not the reverse. The mandala symbolizes the individual at the center of his existence, refocused on himself and in harmony with the world.
The colors of the mandala & their meaning
Each color has its own meaning and its own healing power:
Red: symbol of vigor and ardor. Integrate this color to fight laziness and work on your personal projects
Black: symbol of reflection. Black is the color of one or one who needs time to rethink and redirect his life
White: symbol of harmony and communion with the Divine Spirit or the Energy of the universe
Yellow: a symbol of clairvoyance and serenity
Blue: symbol of intuition, tenderness and femininity
Green: symbol of mother earth and growth
Orange: symbol of joyful energy and renunciation of baseness
Violet: a symbol of childish fulfillment and wonder
Brown: a symbol of hope and enthusiasm for the future
How to make a mandala
Before you get a mandala tattoo, try: take colored pencils, draw a circle and create your own symmetrical patterns around. No need to use a compass or to be a pro of the drawing. Draw shapes that pass through your head and let your intuition choose for you colors and shapes. The tattoo artist will then reproduce your mandala precisely. You can also print mandalas to color through Google Images.