1: ring, halo
archaic : the orbit of a celestial body
3: diadem, rotary
4: an area of action or influence: realm
5 (a): cycle, round; (b): fallacious reasoning in which something to be demonstrated is covertly assumed
6: a group of persons sharing a common interest or revolving about a common center
7: a territorial or administrative division or district
8:  a curving side street
9: a circular course or path



Circle (n.): c. 1300, “figure of a circle,” from Old French cercle “circle, ring (for the finger); hoop of a helmet or barrel” (12th century), from Latin circulus “circular figure; small ring, hoop; circular orbit” (also source of Italian cerchio), diminutive of circus “ring” (circus).

Replaced Old English trendel and hring.  late Old English used circul, from Latin, but only in an astronomical sense.  Meaning “group of persons surrounding a center of interest” is from 1714 (it also was a secondary sense of Latin circulus); that of “coterie” is from 1640s (a sense also founding Latin circulus). To come full circle is in Shakespeare.



“Every limit is a beginning as well as an ending.”

George Eliot (Mary Ann, or Marian, Cross, née Evans, 1819—1880, English Victorian novelist who developed the method of psychological analysis characteristic of modern fiction)

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“There are patterns which emerge in one's life, circling and returning anew, an endless variation of a theme” 

Jacqueline Carey (b.1984, American writer of fantasy fiction)

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“The more we love the more we lose.  The more we lose the more we learn.  The more we learn the more we love. It comes full circle. Life is the school, love is the lesson. We cannot lose.” 

Kate McGahan (former hospice counselor, clinical social worker, and author of the Jack McAfghan series)

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"This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good." 

Pope Francis (b. Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 1936, 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church; he chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III)

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"The work itself has a complete circle of meaning and counterpoint. And without your involvement as a viewer, there is no story."

Anish Kapoor (b. 1954, British sculptor, born in Bombay, lived and worked in London since the early 1970s when he moved to study art)

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“Every limit is a beginning as well as an ending.”

George Eliot


I love circles and spirals, especially as symbols of evolution, limitless, wholeness, and boundary.  Essentially, circles can paradoxes, because they are simultaneously about being limited and limitless; and they can be as opened and as closed as we deem them to be.  Circles are the framework towards the creative.

When I draw, it begins with circles, different formations of circles, but circles nevertheless!

One of my favorite pastimes while I lived in NYC was to go to a planetarium.  I loved the journeys into outer space.   The dance between light and dark in The Universe’s astral plane seen through photographs via high-powered satellites reveals various circular systems, whether it’s planets, stars, galaxies, nebulas or dark holes.  When we begin to take in and contemplate the cosmic creations, it becomes clear of how creative The Universe is.  But, in its simplest forms, all life begins with a circle.

Have a Glorious weekend, sisters and brothers!

Miraculously Yours, Tonya



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