Mandala is a Sanskrit word literally meaning “circle”. However, subtle nuances of the language,as I understand it, also open the definition to include everything from the basic circle to thevastness of all creation.The circle form has been used as a common symbol since the beginning of humanity. Cavedrawings show reference to circular forms thought to be reminiscent of the sun. The pyramids,whether in Egypt or the Americas, all have circular symbols resonant in their construction anddecorative motifs. While researchers believe that Stonehenge was constructed around, and tounderstand, astronomical events, it is also a glorious mandala of stone. The Aztec and Mayancalendars are excellent examples of mandalas. It would appear the circle has always been areference point for humans in understanding the vast nature of existence.