A mandala of symbols of 16 of the world's spiritual traditions,
designed for honoring all paths to truth. Includes Jewish Star of
David, Buddhist Prayer Wheel, Native American Medicine Wheel, Christian
Cross, Hindu Om, Great Goddess, Taoist Yin Yang, Islamic moon and
star, Winged Sufi Heart, Sikh symbol, Baha'i star, African Goddess,
Zoroastrian Flame, Confucian circle and dot, Wiccan pentacle, and
Jewish Star of David
The traditional interweaving of the upward pointing and downward
pointing triangles, representing the unity of earthly and heavenly
energies. It represents the union of God and the Shekina, the male and
female energies in harmony.
The OM is the sound of the universal vibration, the primal source from
which all creation manifests. It is the mantra mantrika, or "Mother of
all sounds" the first of all creative spells spoken by the Goddess,
chanted to attune oneself to the Divine. The original meaning was
The traditional cross reminds us not only of Jesus the Christ's death,
but of the older origins of this symbol as an intersection of two
energy flows, one flowing between earth and heaven, and the other
spreading out from side to side, representing the 4 directions.
Winged Sufi Heart
The awakened heart, which contains the star of perfected light and the
receptiveness of the moon, becomes capable of soaring to the heights of
Spirit. Sufism is a mystical path related to Islam.
The circle of unity contains the double edged sword representing the
power of truth, and is surrounded by two curved daggers, representing
the act of willingness to defend the faith.
The sacred fire burns on an altar, representing the light which gives
all life. Following the prophet Zoroaster, this tradition emphasizes
purity and Divine light.
Taoist Ying Yang
The interplay between primal opposites is an eternal dance, such as
(light/dark, male /female, day/night, life/death) and within the heart
of the light is a core of dark, and within the core of darkness lies
Islamic Moon and Star
The star of perfected light, which can be seen as the perfected human,
and the receptiveness of the moon which allows the light of the Divine
to fill it. Islam is a tradition from the Middle East, emphasizing
devotion and community.
The Akua'ba is a Goddess symbol used for good luck in many parts of
Africa, and is especially worn by women and children as a charm to lend
protection, fertility and good fortune. It is primarily from the
Ashanti tribe in Nigeria.
From the ancient Middle Eastern tradition, this Goddess image and many
like it were the earliest known religious symbols and represent the
fertile Mother from which life springs.
Symbolic of life and health in ancient times, the pentacle has been
used as a strong protective charm. The five pointed star is used in
many traditions, and in Wicca, a shamanic nature religion from Europe,
it shows an image of how energy flows through stages of life, and
corresponds to the five points of the sacred human body.
Native American Medicine Wheel
The four directions of the east, south, west and north are honored in
the wheel of life, hung with sacred eagle feathers. These primal
directions represent the stages of energy cycles such as the cycles of
time: spring, summer, fall, winter, and human life as in birth, youth,
maturity, and old age.
This symbol represents creation and life, is very ancient and has many
levels of meaning. It was originally a female Goddess symbol, and came
to represent the union of male and female energies, and the gift of
eternal life. Egyptian deities are often pictured holding one.
The Baha'i religion is one of the newest of the religions of the
prophets, and encourages world peace by teaching tolerance and honoring
all paths to God. Their symbol is a nine pointed star.
Buddhist Prayer Wheel
The Buddha taught the eightfold path to enlightenment, represented here
by a prayer wheel. The eight paths are right conduct, right
contemplation, right effort, right faith, right occupation, right
resolve, right self awareness, and right speech.
Sun circle and dot
Originally a symbol of the primal womb of creation, with the spark of
life within the circle of life, this became the sign for the sun, for
air, and for contemplation of the mystery of inner and outer realities.3 feet square