• a surface decoration made by inlaying small pieces of variously colored material to form pictures or patterns
  • an organism or one of its parts composed of cells of more than one genotype
  • a composite map made of photographs taken by an aircraft or spacecraft
  • the part of a television camera tube consisting of many minute photoelectric particles that convert light to an electric charge



Mosaic (n.): c.1400, from Old French mosaicqmosaic work,” from Italian mosaico, from Medieval Latin musaicumwork of the Muses,” noun use of neuter of musaicus “of the Muses,” from Latin Musa.  Medieval mosaics were often dedicated to the Muses.  The word formed in Medieval Latin as though from Greek, but the (late) Greek word for “mosaic work” was mouseion (Klein says this sense was borrowed from Latin). Figurative use is from 1640s.

Related WordMuse (n.): late 14c., protectors of the arts, from Old French Muse and directly from Latin Musa, from Greek Mousa, also “music, song.” Meaning “inspiring goddess of a particular poet” is from late 14c.  The traditional names and specialties of the nine Muses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, are: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato (love poetry, lyric art), Euterpe (music, especially flute), Melpomene (tragedy), Polymnia (hymns), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia (comedy), Urania (astronomy).



“I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.”

Alice Paul (1885-1977, Feminist, Suffragist, and Political Strategist. Born to Quaker parents in Mt. Laurel, she devoted her to securing equal rights for all women.)

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“We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.”

Jimmy Carter (born 1924, age 90, 39th president from 1977-1981, author, statesman, and recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, and founder of The Carter Center.)

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“There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.”

Anais Nin (1903-1977, Writer, author diarist, born in Paris to the Cuban father, composer Joaquin Nin, and to a Cuban, French, and Danish mother. She spent her early years in Cuba and later became a naturalized American citizen after her father deserted the family. She attended Catholic school, dropped out of school and the worked as a model and dancer. She later lived and worked in Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. Author of avant-garde novels in the French surrealistic style, she is best known for her ten volumes of The Diary of Anais Nin.)

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“What is called good society is usually nothing but a mosaic of polished caricatures.”

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlagel (1772-1829, German writer, poet, historian, literary critic, philosopher, philologist, and one of the key figures of German Romanticism.)

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“All of us need to be in touch with a mysterious, tantalizing source of inspiration that teases our sense of wonder and goads us on to life’s next adventure.”

Rob Brezsny (American astrologer, writer, poet, and musician.)

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“Today I'm out wandering, turning my skull
into a cup for others to drink wine from.
In this town somewhere there sits a calm, intelligent man, who doesn't know what he's about to do!”

Rumi (1207-1273, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, 13th century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian and Sufi mystic.)

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If we were to look at our individual lives as a mosaic work of art, what would it look like, and what types of pieces, shapes, sizes, and colors would you incorporate?

My life mosaic would be a 3-D virtual hologram symbolizing the seven dimensions of wellness, a multi-dimensional circular structure of my accomplishments and interests.

Physical: I’d feature all the activities I like doing to keep myself healthy and balanced like walking, dancing, bicycling, and the Eastern healing art of qi gong.  Good nutrition, healthy eating, and deep breathing would be essential patterns as well.

Intellectual: I would design a digital library featuring art, music, and literature, as well as the history and mythologies of my cultural lineages.  I would have volumes of photographic journals of lands and people of this world.  And I’d acquire of a hope chest of exciting new things to learn.

Emotional:  I’d erect shrines for my mother, father, grandmothers, grandfather, and my children, from whom I acquired my emotional intelligence, i.e., courtesy, politeness, and respect.

Social:  I’d build monuments to all my beautiful friends and teachers I have had in my life.  I am rich because of them.

Spiritual:  Meditation and prayer would definitely be a part of this beautiful mosaic tower, as well as symbols of my mystical paths in Christianity, Shamanism, and psychic intuitive gifts.

Occupational:  I would write a graphic novel of my professional journeys where I acquired valuable skills and credentials, a priceless platform to be more loving, kind, and compassionate.

Environmental:  Lastly, I would create a holographic image of my home, a sacred space, and all the power spaces in nature I visit for well-being.

Thank you for the opportunity to delve into the waters of my imagination.

What life mosaic are you prepared to create?

Blessings, Tonya


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