The Circle Of Life

Circles represent cycles, are symbols of a recurrence that cannot be broken or is perfect. This is because the ancients saw time as being round, going through cycles, and worshipped the heavens. There are so, so many examples of this. The Buddhists have the mandala (wheel of life or law) and in ancient India, the Jainists and Hindus had the chakra (disk) or yantra (circle). In Europe, the name of the Celtic god Mug Ruith can stand for the “wizard of the wheels”. Mayan calenders, such as the kind some people used as proof to say the world would end in 2012, were circular. The ancient Chinese believed in a principle responsible for all change and as a force of stability called the tai chi, which was represented by a circle. The ancient Greek word kylos means both cycle and circle and ancient Egypt and Babylon are responsible for the zodiacal year. Natives in North America believed time to sacredly be a hoop. Germanic tribes saw the ring as a symbol of time never being broken. There’s that image of the snake eating it’s own tail in a circular fashion. The snake was chosen because it renews itself from time to time by shedding its own skin. And of course, many people in rituals danced or moved around in circles, to symbolize or attain a new beginning, season, or cycle of life.

Time Running Out

“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”

-Mitch Albom