While researching MotDs for this week’s theme, Floors, a close-up image of a section of the Vatican Museum’s sun, moon, stars mosaic tile floor in style called Cosmatesque inspired this week’s mandala. For those of us who LOVE detail and symmetry, this one turned out to be quite a doozy of a design.
The actual design contains an image of Athena in the center. In this design, I purposely left the center empty for each of us put in whatever our Creative Spirit moves us to do.
This is one of those mandalas I encourage people to color more than once. Setting a different intention each time, or a different area of focus, will give a completely different look to this mandala. Enjoy!
From Wikipedia about Cosmateque:
Cosmatesque, or Cosmati, is a style of geometric decorative inlay stonework typical of the architecture of Medieval Italy, and especially of Rome and its surroundings, and derived from that of the Byzantine Empire. It was used most extensively for the decoration of church floors, but was also used to decorate church walls, pulpits, and bishop’s thrones. The name derives from the Cosmati, the leading family workshop of marble craftsmen in Rome who created such geometrical decorations. The style spread across Europe, where it was used in the most prestigious churches; the high altar of Westminster Abbey, for example, is decorated with a Cosmatesque marble floor.
“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.” ~Wayne Dyer
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