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The Symbolism of Scale & Color in Mandala/Body & Labyrinth

The Yin/Yang Color Wheel
& Interpretation Guide


Mandalas Workshop &
Inner Work Processes

The Eight Design Arrangement
& I Ching Correspondences


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The Rainbow Yin/Yang Color Wheel

An interpretive tool for determining the energy weight/balance,
 extroversion/introversion of a seven-level/seven color Mandala

Starting with the left-most horizontal wedge and moving clockwise,
the twelve mandalas below (the wheel) match in color and sequence
 the twelve wedges of the Yin/Yang Wheel.

Select the mandala that feels the most pleasing to you,
 then the next most appealing and so on to the one you are least attracted to.
Number your selections and then check below
 for the seasons or months to which they correspond.
Couples, friends, and family members will find a comparison of their
 selections revealing or confirming of the dynamics of the relationships.



















Season/Month Correspondences: 1 - March, Spring Equinox;  2 - April;  3 - May;  4 - June, Summer Solstice;  5 - July;  6 - August;  7 - September, Autumn Equinox;  8 - October;  9 - November;  10 - December, Winter Solstice;  11 - January;  12 - February.



The color balance of any seven level rainbow mandala may be determined according to this chart which is explained below and which plus and minus values are those given by Goethe in his book on Color.

  Color Values:  Yang valued colors are warm and advancing. Yin valued colors are cool and retreating.
Level Values:  Yang valued levels are active and expressive. Yin valued levels are receptive and impressive.
How to read chart:  The combined level/color value is obtained by reading down for colors and across for levels. Where color and level meet the value is determined.



  Taking the Mandala to the left:
Violet on Level 1 has a value of 0. This is because it is the most Yin color on the most Yang level and therefore color and level cancel out each other.
Orange on Level 2 has a value of +4. It is a Yang color in Yang territory.
 Yellow on Level 3 has a +2 value for a similar reason.
Level 4 is green's neutral position and is therefore a neutral 0.
 Blue on Level 5 is a -2. It is a Yin color on an upper (inner/retreating) level.
Similarly, Indigo on Level 6 is a -4,
Violet on Level 7 has a value -6, being the most Yin color in the most Yin position.
  Adding and subtracting the plus and minus values, the plus values total 6 and the minus values 12, making the overall value a -6.
A value of +12 would be the highest Yang value and -12 the highest Yin value. -6 therefore falls half way between and is moderately Yin.

 It is possible to take the evaluation further by observing that Violet on Level 1 indicates a withdrawal of physical or outgoing energies. It suggests a present tendency or desire to withdraw or introvert from outer activity. But Orange and Yellow in the second and third outer or active positions indicate social and mental activity. Green in fourth (the heart chakra) position is open to both outer and inner movement, while the innermost three colors are inwardly focused. Overall the mandala suggests the need or desire to focus inwaradly but not totally, as would be the case of a mandala with a -12 value.

This method of evaluation has greatest application when a mandala is created both spontaneously and intuitively from a full choice of seven colors on each of seven levels. For directions in how to prepare and assemble the components of a Rainbow Mandala see Papers, Patterns & Instructions for Creating and Infinite Possibilities Mandala Maker.

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