Every November 2, we celebrate circles. Think of all the circles we see each day, from buttons to wheels on vehicles to coins to the dot over the letter “I”. Circles are everywhere.
Circles have great meaning in many cases. A ring is given in marriage to represent the unbroken promise of love. We use wreaths at Christmas to help celebrate the circle of life. These go back to northern Europe, where candles were lit around wagon wheels laid on their side. Celtic crosses are often carved with a circle around the cross, signifying the world. National Whatever Day, puts it like this: “The circle has been associated with; centering, completion, cycles, focus, infinity, mobility, moon, sun, and wholeness. To the Native Americans, the circle is the sun, the moon and her children. The Chinese use the circle to represent the union between heaven and earth.”
A circle can represent protection. We speak of “circling the wagons,” when there is trouble. Of course, this can be a bad thing too, as sometimes people circle their wagons to keep new ideas out. In medieval times, cities were surrounded by thick walls.
Sometimes we go around in circles, meaning we aren’t getting anywhere. Or someone talented might run rings around someone else. We might go around the block when taking a walk. Or someone experienced may be said to have been around the block.
Solid circles, or spheres are used in sports – baseball, basketball, soccer (or football, depending on where you are from). Hockey uses a round puck.
Foods can be round, like tomatoes, melons, oranges, apples, or blueberries. Of course, planets are round, more or less.
So today is the day to become aware of all the circles in your life and your day. See how many you can find – you might be surprised!
Quotes about circles
A circle is the reflection of eternity. It has no beginning and it has no end – and if you put several circles over each other, then you get a spiral.–Maynard James Keenan
A circle is a round straight line with a hole in the middle.–Mark Twain
I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world.–Rainer Maria Rilke
A circle may be small, yet it may be as mathematically beautiful and perfect as a large one.–Isaac D’Israeli
Gardeners instinctively know that flowers and plants are a continuum and that the wheel of garden history will always be coming full circle.–Francis Cabot Lowell
The whole universe is based on rhythms. Everything happens in circles, in spirals.–John Hartford
Do not bind the children within the narrow circles of your own lives.–Charles Hamilton Houston
Circle are praised, not that abound, In largeness, but the exactly round.–Edmund Waller
Life comes full circle.–Tracey Gold
Circles create soothing space…–Margaret J. Wheatley
The life of man is a self-evolving circle.–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Before you can be eccentric, you must know where the circle is…–Ellen Terry
Circles in water as they wider flow
The less conspicuous in their progress grow,
And when at last they trench upon the shore,
Distinction ceases and they’re view’d no more.
Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. In the old days when we were a strong and happy people, all our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation, and so long as the hoop was unbroken the people flourished.–Black Elk
The mind petrifies if a circle be drawn around it, and it can hardly be denied that dogma draws a circle round the mind.–George Moore
If people stand in a circle long enough, they’ll eventually begin to dance.–George Carlin
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