“The circle is a symbol of the psyche (even Plato described the psyche as a sphere).” Aniela Jaffe, ‘Symbolism in the Visual Arts’
Man and His Symbols
"In order for this world to fulfill itself, we must interact together, forming a full circle of reality, a great ballet of spirit and experience, choreographed perfectly to afford each of us a starring role in the game of Life."
"The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages. It signifies the wholeness of the self. This circular image represents the wholeness of the psychic ground."
Memories, Dreams, Reflections
(Carl Jung (edited by Aniela Jaffe))
"The world snake, 'ouroboros', swallowing its own tail, expresses the essence of Gnostic esotericism. It is a representation of the cosmos, the circle of eternal becoming, often seen with the words "One is the All.'"
Gnosticism: The Path of Inner Knowledge
"Every movement that returns to its point of origin must adopt the form of a circle. Only circular movement is continuous and consistent. Every object of nature is, then, a circle, whose function and activity derive from its center point, which is the soul." Dr. Felix Marti-Ibanez, 'Centaur, Essays on the History of Medical Ideas'
Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery
"In Aristotle's cosmology, the circular motions of the celestial spheres, and through them all other cycles of natural change, are sustained eternally by the prime mover, which moves all things by the attraction of its perfect being."
The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1
(Mortimer J. Adler, editor)
"The unconscious can be reached and expressed only by symbols, and art, myth, dream, and fantasy, with their symbolic propensities, are effective psychopomps, leading the mind to an anamnesis of the origins of psychic life. The result of this anamnesis (an 'unforgetting' or rediscovery) is, on the one hand, an accession to power and vitality resultant from this integration. On the other hand, the mind experiences a perception of something akin to essential form and divinity at the heart of the creation and begins to sense an underlying acausal pattern of continuous creation. The two aspects coalesce in spontaneous images, often taking the form of a mandala and emphasizing a unifying centrality surrounded by a symmetrical quaternary or circular structure suggesting a microcosmic-macrocosmic identity between creature and the cosmic creation."
The Strong Eye of Shamanism, A Journey Into the Caves of Consciousness
(Robert E. Ryan, Ph.D.)
"The Circle is the Thought; the diameter (or the line) is the Word; and their union is Life."
The Secret Doctrine
(Helena P. Blavatsky)
"The circle symbolizes the all and the eternal, the celestial unity of all." Herbert Silberer, 'Hidden Symbolism of Alchemy and the Occult Arts'
(Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)
"The world and its inhabitants are integral facets of one Mandala."
(Jose and Miriam Arguelles)
"It seems the circle has resided within us since the dawn of time, and is a form familiar to us at a deeply resonant level. Over and over again, when this mythic resonance is activated, people experience a sense of 'having been here before' as they enter the circle."
Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture
"Mandalas have been used by many cultures to represent the creation of the universe. Carl Jung has theorized that mandalas represent centering, the unification of parts of the psyche."
Seeing With the Mind's Eye
(Mike Samuels, M.D. and Nancy Samuels)
"The mandala emphasizes the process of spiritual growth, of the mind's evolution echoing the evolution of the universe."
Breaking the Mind Barrier
"It is no accident that Jung discovered the mandala in the context of psychiatry. The mandala often is constellated naturally to heal and protect such profound transformative experiences." ." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy'
Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing
(Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)
"The mandala focuses attention on the center. The circle allows a center to emerge and the center then organizes the chaos about it. Patterns of meaning develop in relationship to the center."
Spiritual Pilgrims, Carl Jung & Teresa of Avila
(John Welch, O. Carm.)