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From Wikipedia’s page about “metal” it states:
A metal…is a material…that is typically hard, opaque, shiny, and has good electrical and thermal conductivity. Metals are generally malleable — that is, they can be hammered or pressed permanently out of shape without breaking or cracking — as well as fusible (able to be fused or melted) and ductile (able to be drawn out into a thin wire).
For this week’s mandala design, I saw it as all of those things: hard, shiny, malleable, fusible and ductile. With enough heat and pressure it can be formed into just about anything, from skyscrapers to the thinnest, finest wire.
Metal is also one of the five elements in traditional Chinese medicine and Feng Shui. About the metal element from OpenSpacesFengShui.com it states:
Metal has a sense of refinement, logic and decisiveness that make it easier to cut through life’s complications.
As the condensing, “organizing element,” it helps you set up and successfully execute your plans and important projects.
Metal’s focussed, structured qualities make it the element that helps you most to succeed in business, so be sure to include it in your office or workspace.
Metal’s symbolic shape is the circle, the purest shape whose line never ends. The circle carries with it qualities of Heaven, especially the all-powerful Sun, which is considered the Father of the world in Feng Shui.
In all things, we are best served by finding balance, both within ourselves and the world around us. So in exploring the metal element, from RedLotusLetter.com:
Too much metal can cause too much movement, speaking before thinking, and being hasty. Too little metal brings mental dullness and inability to manifest because metal is a conductor and its presence in a home helps manifest quick thought, decisiveness, and movement. When you want to activate the metal element choose gold, silver, white or gray colors. If metal is too prominent, add water colors of blue and black or water elements such as fish or fountains.
As we color this week’s mandala, ponder where in our lives we are experiencing too much “metal” and/or too little. Where do we need to be more structured, organized, or focused? Where do we need to be more malleable, fluid, or in the flow? How can we bring our “metal” into balance?
The Mandala Lady