The mandala symbolizes the shield of good luck. By having one in the dwelling, it was believed that the gods would protect and bring prosperity, good health and happiness. The mandala I created for you contains some other symbols as well which make it unique. There is no other one like it, nor will there ever be.
The feathers used are from wild turkeys. In Ojibwe culture the wild turkey plays a very significant role. Their symbolic meaning is: Pride, Abundance, Generosity, Awareness, Virility, Fertility and Sacrifice.
Turkeys are at their peak of power in the autumn months. As fall season animals, turkeys are also symbolic of: Harvest, New beginnings, Cycles, Preparation. So the feathers used on your mandala have great significance to our people. There are also 2 white feathers. While the symbolic meaning of the mandala and turkey feathers, are mentioned above, in this creation, I took it a step further by adding two white dove feathers with ~peace~ and ~hope~ written on them. The white dove is often the symbol of peace and hope so in hanging this mandala in your home, it is my wish that you will always have peace and hope as well as protection, prosperity, good health and happiness.
The beads are significant too. You will notice the colours red, yellow, black and white appear in that order in several places on the mandala as well as brown. These colours appear on the medicine wheel, usually in quadrants in a circle but the colours are significant regardless as to how they appear.
~~~ by Paul Cummings of the Ojibway Indians from Turtle Island in Canada.
The hoop is 9 inches, and it is made from rabbit fur, wool and glass beads.
Each piece is made beginning with an inspiration by the maker, and they are unique. Please read about the process of creation by Paul Cummings HERE
You can purchase pieces that are already created, or you can select an piece that is crafted just for you.