While researching “plates” for this week’s Mandalas of the Day, I came across a very pretty 3-dimensional vintage plate with a “fleur de lis“-type symbol in the design. Here is my interpretation of that plate.
The Plates mandala reminds us of our Divine Right to be here now on this planet without feeling as if we have to justify our existence. We are ALL worthy of being here.
About the “Fleur de lis”
In the 14th-century French writers asserted that the monarchy of France, which developed from the Kingdom of the West Franks, could trace its heritage back to the divine gift of royal arms received by Clovis. This story has remained popular, even though modern scholarship has established that the fleur-de-lis was a religious symbol before it was a true heraldic symbol. Along with true lilies, it was associated with the Virgin Mary, and in the 12th century Louis VI and Louis VII started to use the emblem, on sceptres for example, so connecting their rulership with this symbol of saintliness and divine right. Louis VII ordered the use of fleur-de-lis clothing in his son Philip’s coronation in 1179, while the first visual evidence of clearly heraldic use dates from 1211: a seal showing the future Louis VIII and his shield strewn with the “flowers”.
“The soul of a woman is so important to maintain given all that is on our plates. Figuring out how to do it can be a little tricky. My prayer was, ‘Lord, please help me. How can I do it all and not be overwhelmed? How can I do it all and still be happy?’ His answer: Find the stolen moments of joy in all you do.” ~ Niecy Nash
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