Here’s 10 incredible and mind-expanding mandalas drawn from alchemy, Gnosticism, Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and the occult!
Mandalas are sacred, esoteric diagrams that are present in almost all world religions. They’re often meant to represent the entire cosmos, or the role of divinity in the world. As such, they can be incredible aids to meditation and self-discovery: Either by contemplating them, or even drawing or painting them yourself. The psychologist Carl Jung was a connoisseur of mandalas—not only writing about them, but painting them, as well, as we see in the image below from his famous Red Book. Jung, who was fascinated by alchemy and Gnosticism, felt that mandalas could lead the way to psychological wholeness.
Jung thought that people could achieve greater psychological health and wholeness by drawing or painting mandalas that revealed their internal mental world. By doing so, they would be able to map their internal reality, and therefore begin to understand themselves much more clearly, by getting everything out onto the page and being able to see it objectively.
Jung also believed that by contemplating mandalas—either ones that people created themselves, or mandalas created by others (particularly ones from spiritual traditions like Buddhism and alchemy, which Jung was utterly fascinated by)—people could understand and even achieve higher levels of consciousness.
Mandalas are particularly close to the practice of creating sigils, which is an occult technique for creating symbols that represent desires to the unconscious mind, so that the unconscious mind can manifest these desires free of interference from the conscious mind. (Check out our free course on chaos magick, which explains exactly how to do this.)
Below, check out nine incredible mandalas drawn from some of the world’s religious traditions—alchemy, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and more. (The first mandala is even by Jung himself.) Whether you’re a believer or not, you’ll certainly be impressed with the ornate beauty of these artistic creations.