Friday, April 10, 2009

My Mandala (#5)

The 5th circle: 6 sea turtles .

I used turtles in the 1st mandala and I thought I would draw cats in this one. But before I knew it I was drawing the turtles again, so I guess the turtles were meant to be.........

I always paint/draw animals in my mandalas and I am so fascinated by all of them.

When I paint them I look up their meaning afterwards. In that way I follow my intuition.
Western cultures have long seen the tortoise as symbolic of patience and wisdom under duress. Aesop’s fable of “The Tortoise and the Hare” is a celebration of the tortoise’s steadfastness in the face of the speedy hare. The turtle’s ability to escape danger by retreating into its shell has made it a powerful symbol of protection, healing, and inner knowledge.
Want to know more about the meaning of turtle? A nice page can be found here.
KJ asked me some questions about how and when I started painting mandalas and the answers can be found here.
De 5e cirkel: 6 zeeschildpadden.
Die had ik ook in de eerste mandala getekend en deze keer wilde ik katten gebruiken, maar voordat ik er erg in had was ik al weer met de derde schildpad bezig. Het moesten dus toch duidelijk schildpadden zijn.......
Ik schilder altijd een dier in mijn mandalas en ik ben gefascineerd door bijna alle dieren.
Meestal zoek ik naderhand de betekenins op zodat ik me laat leiden door intuitie.
De schildpad is symbool van geduld en wijsheid, iets wat zeker mijn les is in dit leven.
De schildpad kan gevaar ontsnappen door zich terug te trekken in zijn schild en is een krachtig symbool van bescherming genezing en innerlijke wijsheid.


  1. ooooooooh! guess what i ordered from etsy just now?! i will hold your mandela cards in my hands. !

  2. Hi Marianne!!! this is magic...wonderful work as always....I wish you and your family a Blessed Easter....


  3. All I can say is WOW. This mandala is definitely you.

  4. marianne, the turtles are definately you! I love seeing this all come together. It's just beautiful!!

    By the way, check out the latest comments on mine.You should be very proud! I know I am ;)

  5. All your mandalas are beautiful Marianne. These turles are precious...and reading about them informative too. Thanks for taking the time to share that with us.
    Happy Spring Holiday to you!

  6. Marianne,
    This mandala is gorgeous..and I love the turtles! Turtle is one of my totems.. I just LOVE Turtle. All of your mandalas are beautaiful an colorful. A feast for the eyes!


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