Mystical “Mayan Sun” fractal art print Now on sale!
It’s about time for a sale, don’t ya think? 🙂
Being that its MAY… lets go with…. Mayan Sun!
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This fine art print is available on multiple paper types (& on canvas) starting at just $11.86. Custom framing is available as well.
“Mayan Sun” Fractal Artwork by Leah McNeir, 2008. Homage to ancient Mayan astronomers, who detailed the precession of the stars, solstices, & eclipses with great accuracy over a thousand years ago. This Mayan sun burns with flame that glitters like gold, surrounded by a pattern reminiscent of tribal bead work or threading.
Like many other ancient cultures, one Mayan creation story involves a World tree, or tree of life. The Mayan World Tree, often represented as a ceiba tree or “Wacah Chan”, embodies the 4 cardinal directions and 4 ordinal directions. North / NE/ East / SE / South / SW / West/ NW
The 4 quarters/8 partitions of the world. (Image: Maya codices -Madrid Codex (pg. 75-76) )
8 Branches divide the heavens and Earth. (Image: Mesoamerican world tree )
And thus, this Mayan Sun has eight flames.
Since ancient times, 8 has been viewed as a powerful, meaningful & symbolic number, and has been highlighted in many belief systems. For example, in Chinese belief, 8 is seen as a good luck number bringing prosperity. In some Taoist traditions, it is seen as all possibilities in manifestation. Ancient Egyptians equated 8 with the god Thoth. Buddhists follow the Noble Eightfold Path towards enlightenment. In Christian Orthodox tradition, 8 is a number beyond time & one of regeneration, rebirth and new beginnings, not dissimilar to the “8th day” being the start of a new week, or octaves in music. In Jewish kabbalistic teachings, 8 represents the infinite or beginning of perfection and is that which is beyond the limitations of nature. In numerology 8 is a number associated with power/sacrifice, money or prosperity. In Hinduism it’s the number of wealth & abundance. Neopaganists and Wiccans celebrate 8 Sabbats. It is an important number in sacred geometry. 8 is a Fibonacci Number. An 8 turned on its side is a symbol for infinity. In nuclear physics, it is the second “magic number”. There’s many examples to be found! For a little more info on the symbology associated with the # eight, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8_(number)