Mandala of the Three Great Mothers

Mandala of the Three Great Mothers

The mandala pictured throughout Out of the Fog was inspired by one found deep within the 5,000 year old Megalithic Passage Tomb of Newgrange, also known as the “Cave of the Sun” in County Meath, Ireland. The original symbol, only about 12 inches in diameter, is no doubt the most famous of all the Irish Megalithic symbols. Although frequently referred to as a Celtic design, it was probably carved 2,500 years before the Celts reached Ireland. On the Winter Solstice, and for only 17 minutes, the original triple spiral is “kissed” by the Sun God. It is said this brings the promise of Spring and another fruitful year.

My version of the three intertwined spirals represents the Three Great Mothers – the interconnected energies of Earth, Air, and Water encircled by the Sun. Indigenous people all over the world have traditionally honored earth, air, fire and water – the basic elements of life. It is my fervent hope that we can become more diligent in sustaining and maintaining these Three Great Mothers.