Persian Peacock Mandala

12 x 12 inch canvas
Hand painted with acrylic paint

The color spectrum came to me before the design in the case of this mandala. Metallic sea green, Irish green, teal, metallic cobalt blue, deep purple, gold and white. Inspired by my favorite peacock colors but as I began painting I was feeling mer-people, dragons, dragonflies and seeing all kinds of bugs with iridescent wings. It is a great spectrum to play with and by inspired by.

From a color therapy perspective, here is what the colors of this mandalas mean:-

Metallic Sea Green is so calming, it immediately makes you think of the ocean and all the soothing thoughts and energies that go with it. Cleansing and purifying.

Irish Green activates our heart chakra and expands our capacity to love unconditionally.

Teal is protective and nurturing. It activates the ability to speak from the heart.

Metallic Cobalt Blue, again, calming, taking us to the ocean and the rivers and streams that shimmer in sunlight.

Deep Purple energies tap into our third eye chakra. Activating stronger intuition and helping to balance the mind to transform fears and obsessions. Deep purple acts as a sedative, bringing calm and peace to an over-active and/or over-stimulated mind.

Gold is the color of enlightenment and spiritual wisdom. It’s vibration is truly unconditional in all that it gives. Every Master I have ever met has gold in their aura. The vibration of this color lifts everything it adorns.

White is just pure healing power! This is the energy behind all of my mandalas. White holds all the other colors for me and amplifies them with its beautiful white light.

Thank goodness the colors are calming because the design has lots happening. I feel the balance of energy happen between color and design. Cool feminine meets bold masculine.

Initially, the design was inspired by the peacock feathers, all the large circles have 4 offset circles within them that really look like the eyes on a peacocks feather. I have played around with different rotation making this mandala really buzz, dance, vibrate and move.

Even though I had an idea of the geometry, I also like to let the mandala evolve by itself, you never know, my higher self might have a better plan than I could fathom to start with! So, I really move, into a world of what feels right, no idea of how it's really going to come together! It can have moments that I hold my breath because I don’t quite see the next part but I keep trusting the journey and suddenly, I will see the next part, it always evolves in a beautiful way that I quite rightly could never have fathomed. I would never have come up with these designs without going inward.

This is an important thing to remember when we are manifesting. Just for one second, think. Is it possible that whatever I dream of could actually pale in comparison to what dreams might come true if I let go and follow the subtle signs the Universe is giving me all of the time? Maybe, the Universe might just have something even more amazing planned! In my opinion, you must allow yourself to be flexible with your intentions, allowing, letting go of expectations, making way for the Universe to truly take care of what is right for your highest good. Anyway, that’s something to ponder if you wish and something this mandala seems to activate in us. It has got me reflecting my ability to fine tune all of my creations, including life.

In feng shui, if you display a peacock in the South of your home, will attract great acclaim. These birds are often seen to symbolize achievements that are associated with being recognized, so if you are looking for this in your life, you know where to hang this mandala!

There is lots of symbolism related to peacock medicine. The following is what resonated with me the most for this piece.

“Peacock medicine – majestic, wealth and flamboyance, an exhibition of abundance and power. The concept of modesty does not exist in the context of the healing medicine properties of this glorious bird.

Peacock teaches us how to show the world our inner and external beauty without hiding anything. On the contrary, to dare and declare: “I am aware of the presents God has given me and am sharing them with the world so that all may enjoy this beauty”. Peacock teaches us how to project honor and grace.

The peacock’s tail feathers are fully grown at the age of three. For those who are guided by Peacock as their totem animal, this may suggest that new projects in their life will mature and bear fruit after three years.

When Peacock appears as a spiritual teacher it signifies a need to strengthen self-esteem: a demonstration of majestic internal presence and external power by means of attractive well-invested clothes. Peacock awakens our awareness to the power of color as a healing element in our life and of wearing jewels as external means for building a self-image that suits us. Peacock people are aware of their body and accept it and know how to appear attractive. They are conscious of the beauty and personal charm they radiate.

The peacock is native to India, where it is worshiped and serves as a symbol of the power of the feminine force through the link to death and rebirth and is also their chosen national bird.

In many cultures Peacock is considered a sacred animal. In ancient Egypt, Peacock symbolized wisdom, vision and clairvoyance. The strong connection to mysticism is undoubtedly one of the features of Peacock people, as well as the connection to ancient Egypt, the knowledge and sacred healing concealed to this day in the depths of the pyramids. These people are likely to have experienced at least one lifetime incarnation in ancient Egypt.

Peacock people are noble and have gentle souls. In Greek mythology, the peacock appears as the animal that escorts Hera, Queen of Olympus and a noble queen that wears a royal crown on her head. Artistic creations from the Hellenistic period portray Hera riding a carriage led by peacocks that symbolize pride and beauty. Hera is the goddess of maternity and fertility, death and birth and the power of feminine medicine.

According to Greek mythology, the multiple “eyes” on the peacock’s tail originate from Argos who was Hera’s bodyguard and had 100 eyes, some of which remained opened even when he slept. After Argos was killed by Hermes, Hera commemorated him as the multiple eyes on the peacock’s tail. Peacock “eyes” indicates the ability of internal and external vision of those who are guided by Peacock. These people are highly influenced by what they see and are attracted to beauty, color and aesthetics. They have inner knowledge, which guides them when working with symbols and colors and teaches them how to attract other people. Furthermore, they are extremely sensitive and have “eyes in their back”. They have a strong sense of intuition and the ability to look into the past, present and future, providing them an intuitive understanding of the immortality of the soul, the concept of immortality as well as resurrection. In many cultures, Peacock is identified with the legendary Phoenix.

The peacock is an omnivore, feeding on small reptiles and even snakes, seeds and insects. Peacocks that live along river banks also feed on small fish. Peacock’s preferred diet is based on vegetables and plants whose fibers aid digestion. People who are guided by Peacock should preferably abstain from eating too much meat.

The Indian peacock (Pavo cristatus) is able to fly regardless of its long tail and on many occasions prefers to rest or sleep at night on tree branches where it feels safe and secure from predators. Nonetheless, it spends most of its time pacing on the ground; hence it is recommended for Peacock people to take care of their feet and to pay attention to their connection with the ground. Walking barefoot is recommended and to feel the touch of the earth. Reflexology treatments are particularly suitable for Peacock people.

The peacock’s neck is long with a shiny copper-blue color. A person who feels connected to this animal should be aware of his throat chakra and the expression of his personal freedom. Blue color symbolizes the sky, freedom of thought and daring. The throat is linked to our freedom of expression, the freedom to be ourselves without hiding and without having the need to please others. Nonetheless, since the peacock emits a piercing sound, freedom for Peacock people is commonly expressed in doing and being present exhibited by the manner in which they dress, the lifestyle they adopt and the unique choices of life they make.

If this magnificent bird has appeared in your life as an escort and soul guide, it signifies a promise that dawn is about to rise and a new beginning awaits you around the corner. Peacock totem always brings the promise of rebirth and a life full of color, flight and self-realization”. - http://soul-retrieval.com/?p=187

So, why Persian Peacock? The answer was that I really didn’t know. That’s just the title that came to me but I began researching and found the common motif of two peacocks symmetrically disposed on either side of the Cosmic tree is a feature taken from Persia that denotes the psychic duality of man (related to the myth of the Gemini) drawing its life force from the principle of unity which felt like a great interpretation for this mandala. 

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