The very talented Irina Artamonova, a member from our 100 Mandalas Community prepared today's blog post to show you step-by-step how to draw a Torus.
What is Torus?
The word torus comes from Latin, meaning ‘cushion’. In geometry, torus is a surface of revolution, revolving a circle in 3D space about an axis coplanar with the circle. Sometimes, torus is called a ‘cosmic doughnut.’
In Sacred Geometry, the Torus is considered as the first shape emerged out of the genesis pattern. It governs many aspects of life, including the human heart, with its seven muscles that form a torus. The torus is literally all around all life forms, all atoms, and all cosmic bodies such as planets, stars and galaxies. It is a primary shape in existence.
Since ancient times, ‘seers’ have confirmed that the human aura appears as a series of nested spherical torus formations. One of the energy patterns around the body is in the shape of a torus, with the energy flowing through the body and looping around to connect in at the feet and the head. The flow in through the feet and the head is bi-directional.
It is considered that human heart generates energy waves as shown on the picture to the left.
The energy of a torus is rotating up and down and horizontally, but always in a circular fashion. Actually, the energy is travelling along the surface of the torus, through the torus and inside the torus in a spiraling fashion.
How to draw Torus Yantra?
Torus Yantra is a 2D projection of horn torus as if viewed from above.
Materials you need:
sheet of paper
colored pencils / markers / paints, etc.
(a) Find the center of the sheet of paper, on which you will draw the yantra.
(b) Draw a circle around that center, with radius ~ 3-6 cm. Use a compass and a pencil; here I am using a pitt-pen for better visibility.
(c) Using the same radius, draw another circle, choosing any dot on the drawn circumference as a ‘new center’. Here, the ‘new center’ is shown as a red dot. The new shape that you will get is called “Vesica Piscis”
(d) Continue drawing circles, working counterclockwise; each time a new center will be an intersection of the previous circle with the 1st circle. The first such intersection is marked with a red arrow.
(e) At the end you will get this shape, with 1 original circle and 6 new circles around it. This shape is called “The Seed of Life”. This is the 1st layer of circles for Torus; to continue, you need to draw a 2nd layer of circles.
(f) The 2nd layer is drawn as follows: on the 1st circumference, find center points between its intersections with other circles. It is easy to do by drawing imaginary line connecting opposite outer intersections – shown here as a dotted red line. These center points - shown here as red dots - will become ‘new centers’ for the 2nd layer of circles.
(g) Start drawing the 2nd layer; it will also consist of 6 circles, as the 1st layer. Note that the radius remains unchanged throughout the whole yantra drawing!
(h) This is Torus with 2 layers of circles: 1 original + 12 around it. You may stop here, or continue drawing 3rd, 4th, etc. layers applying the same logic as for the 2nd layer. It all depends on your desire.
(i) This is Torus with 3 layers of circles. You may stop here or continue with other layers.
(j) When finished, erase the lines that you do not need and color the yantra - if you want to add any colors.
Examples of Torus yantra drawings (click to view larger):
Do you want to ‘connect’ to your torus yantra? If yes, then:
- Put your yantra against the wall / vertically with its center on your eye level
- Sit comfortably, your back should be straight
- Breathe freely, inhaling through the nose, exhaling through your mouth
- Look at bindu / yantra center, do not examine the details, just focus at the center, while grasping the whole yantra; blink as rarely as possible. Then, you may continue looking at yantra, or you may close your eyes.
- Try to feel the energy contained within the yantra, and feel one with it; do not push yourself, be gentle and smooth
- Imagine the flow of energy of a torus; imagine the energies of love, life and strength flowing through your heart and body in a torus shape… They flow freely, and wash your whole body and all its cells, making you feel renewed, strong, full of energy, and ready to share…
- You may repeat to yourself: “I can share energy with another without depleting my own energy. It is a protective shield that allows for generous sharing…”
- You may do it for 15-30 min, or any other period you feel comfortable.
But that’s not all!
Torus yantra may also be a fantastic base for various mandalas drawing. Below are, for example, some of my mandalas that emerged out of the torus yantra. Click on image to view larger.
Enjoy your torus yantra or mandala drawing; and may love, strength, energy and joy be with you!
Each week we feature a member from our 100 Mandalas Community. This week our spotlight is on Nancy Norton Toner from Horsham, Pennsylvania. Pictured above is a mandala she crocheted and shared with us on the 100 Mandalas Sharing Circle, a private Facebook page. Nancy shared the source for the pattern to make this beauty, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dandelion-mandala-overlay-crochet
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I started the 100 Mandalas Challenge to explore the creative possibilities within a circle and discovered so much more: creating mandalas is a powerful tool for relaxing, healing, and cultivating joy. When I'm not creating mandalas, I enjoy collage and art journaling, photography, and Ikebana (Japanese Flower arranging). I live in New England with my Brazilian husband, Fernando. www.truenortharts.com