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Weekly Association: The Circle

Author: Paulo Coelho

The circle is the most used geometrical symbol and its shape reminds the shape of the Sun and the Moon.

For ancient philosophers, such as Plato, the circle represents the perfect shape. It is said that the Temple of Apollo in the land of Hyperborean had a circular shape – which reminds the shape of Stonehenge in South England as well as Plato’s description of the island of Atlantis.

Mystical systems represent God as a circle that has a center everywhere and the circumference is nowhere – proof that God’s perfection is unattainable to man.

The Egyptian symbol of eternity was a string closed by a buckle, in other cultures infinity would be depicted as a serpent biting its own tail (Ouroboros).

Now you take the floor: what do you associate with the circle?

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