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The Circle

Without beginning or end, the circle represents eternity, infinity, and perfection. It is often used as a symbol of God. Its circumference is related with circular movement. The circle or disk is an emblem of the sun, especially when it is surrounded by rays. It is related to the number 10, since multiplicity returns to unity with each decade, thus symbolizing renewal & eternal return. The corresponding alchemical symbol is the Ouroborus— a dragon or serpent biting its own tail. Kékulé had this dream that led to the discovery of the benzene ring in organic chemistry. The Ouroborus embraces all cyclical systems— unity, multiplicity, and the return to unity; evolution & involution; birth, growth, decay, and death; expanding & contracting universe. The Chinese Yin-Yang symbol represents the ebb and flow of day & night, male & female, heaven & earth, spirit & matter— all within the great circle of the Tao.

Circle Page Links:

Infoseek found 1,103,197 pages containing the word "circles"

Eye Diagramhttp://www.nei.nih.gov/eyediag.htm
(Diagram of the eye from the National Eye Institute, NIH)
Rose Windowhttp://www.csn.net/advent/cathen/15653a.htm
(Circular window with mullions & traceries radiating from the center,
filled with stained glass)
Early Tibetan Mandalashttp://www.asianart.com/mandalas/mandimge.html
(Rossi collection of 14 Tibetan mandalas from 13th-16th centuries)
Mandala of Hayagriva
http://www.chron.com/content/interactive/voyager/mandala/detail/jformat.html
(Sand painting by Tibetan Buddhist monks, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb. 4, 1996.)
Button Collectinghttp://www.netsync.net/users/verhague/buttons.html
(Hobby of antique & collectible clothing buttons with 39 links)
Button Linkshttp://www.buttonimages.com/_private/links.htm
(Preserving Button Art: 19 links to button websites)
Amusement Park Physics: Carousel
http://www.learner.org/exhibits/parkphysics/carousel.html
(Horses on the outside have a faster linear speed than those at the hub)
Carousel News & Traderhttp://www.carousel.net/trader/
(Monthly magazine serving the carousel community)
Carousel at Story City, Iowahttp://www.carousel.org/storycity/index.htm
(Story City Carousel, a 1913 Herschell-Spillman portable merry-go-round)
Crop Circle Connectorhttp://cropcircleconnector.com/anasazi/connect.html
(Links to Crop Circle pictures 1987-1996)
Crop Circles of 1998http://cropcircleconnector.com/1998/1998.html
(22 Crop Circle pictures from July 1998 on their home page)

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