“What is the Rainbow Circle?” Has been a koan I have asked myself every day, and the answer is always evolving.
From the beginning, Rainbow Circle has been a vehicle for sharing wisdom in a way that brings humanity back into balance with nature and fosters a collective vision that fulfills our hearts’ desires. Each one of us is a rainbow being radiating our light, and receiving light from all so we can shine brighter together!
The Rainbow Circle “circlegram” pictured below is an image that you can envision to consider how you are relating to the 12 major domains of your life in order to more consciously create the life you desire. By reflecting on the wisdom that is expressed by a Rainbow Circle, we learn to internalize and resonate with the qualities and understandings that reveal our role in the whole and empower us to embody our greatest selves.
One iteration of Rainbow Circle is as a wisdom web, a semantic sphere containing all words/concepts from specific domains to generate circles on a variety of questions/topics/issues. This Rainbow Circle Wisdom Web can be constructed as a digital platform wherein all data is stored in circles that can be accessed from one of the 12 domains. For the time being, Rainbow Circle can be mentally envisioned (as well as felt in the heart) so your own wisdom can draw on the circle’s structure to organize and understand interrelationships as well as answer important life questions.
The Rainbow Circle is like a fractal, wherein each of the 12 domains above has its own set of 12 subdomains. Likewise, there are 12 keywords for each domain as well for a total of 144 sub-keywords/nodes. Each node of the network acts as an attractor field to aggregate data points with shared characteristics within its cluster.
To categorize any word in its corresponding domain, the Rainbow Circle employs the characteristics traditionally associated with the houses and signs of the zodiac. For example, “communication” is in the 3rd House, so its corresponding location is in the third domain. While the houses/domains of the circle represent the areas of our lives, the signs (Aries, Pisces, etc.) represent qualities as well as personal characteristics. Since each of the 12 signs are “at home” in one of the 12 houses, I also categorize qualities and characteristics that pertain to each sign in the domain that they are most reflective of overall. I employ astrology from a Jungian approach wherein each domain can be seen as housing its own unique set of keywords that correspond to archetypes and overarching themes of life. In this manner, one could intuitively guess where to find a certain circle given a basic knowledge of astrology. A search bar could just as easily be used but this idea demonstrates how the Rainbow Circle can also exist as a purely mental construct. Moreover, my Jungian approach is not intended to teach astrology, lest there be a misunderstanding with religious or academically-minded people, but it is primarily employed because its organizational structure contains a universally understood system for people to explore the qualities as well as the areas of their lives. From this perspective, I invoke the power of imagination and mythos as the fertile ground to create meaningful content.
The principle of polarity is one more major factor that goes into categorizing any word into one of the nodes of the circle. Imagine each node being organized on a spectrum of sameness and difference, or in other words synonyms and antonyms. For example, “Communication,” can be envisioned as a node with a “positive” core and a “negative” shell wherein the closest synonyms would be near the center and the antonyms with the greatest difference would be the furthest away toward the edge of the shell.
So going back to the wisdom web (semantic sphere), we can hover over domain 3 and see its 12 keywords. From here we can click on “Communication” and see the subdomain featuring all the other circles related to communication. Note that the small orange circle reminds us that these circles belong to the larger circle of the entire third domain.
You can also see that the circlegram for “communication” has an image at its center that helps to identify it. If we click on that circle, it will give us an expanded view where we can then actually begin to experience the knowledge and wisdom of this circle for ourselves.
Part of the wisdom of the Rainbow Circle itself is that the archetypal characteristics of each domain helps us to inform how we process the various aspects of a keyword/idea.
For example, the “beginning” of every circle is at the 12 o’clock position: the red domain which is the area of the first house and also has characteristics of Aries. So from a logical perspective, it makes sense that the “Source/Sender” of a message would be put into this domain. The different aspects/components of communications could then be considered in a clockwise manner. However, the circle also affords a non-linear perspective and allows the viewer to connect words/concepts across the circle to consider how they relate.
For example, by considering the connections “culture” (Domain 11) and “emotional content” (Domain 4), a communicator could learn how to use a symbol or words that emotionally resonate with a certain culture that would not necessarily have that effect in a different culture.
As the Rainbow Circle becomes a digital platform, it will be able to store more advanced circles that are built out to answer specific questions. The search bar would return results that are the closest matches to the questions asked. For example, if you asked, “How do I strengthen my immune system,” the Rainbow Circle would pick up on the phrase “Strengthen Immune System” and present that circle as the top search result.
On the backend, each word has a numerical identifier, so “strengthen” and “immune system” would be added together to form circle 117-136.6. Then when you click on the “Exercise” domain, you would get 12 different types of immune-boosting exercises to suit the 12 archetypal personalities. So for a Domain 7 type (Libra – Air Sign), a Wim Hof breathing exercise would be a corresponding option. Given that each circle has a number, you can envision them all existing together within a digital space or the noosphere: our collective mind where ideas can sprout roots and go on to grow real in reality!
Whole systems have been corresponded into the Rainbow Circle such as the I Ching, Gene Keys, Tarot, etc. as data points to further emphasize the coherence and personality of each node. Additionally, animals, songs, and ancient languages have been corresponded to the 144 keywords as well so people can better understand the archetypal forces at play and how they interact with each other. Not only does this structure allow for dynamic sense-making in decision-making but it allows people to act from the space of wholistic thinking/being with the big picture in heart and mind!
From the perspective of the Rainbow Circle, each of us is a circle within the great circle of the Whole as billions of holons on the larger holon of Earth. Each day, we are coherently embodying the form that can harmonize or harm the whole. The Rainbow Circle provides wisdom teaching to in-form people to shine their unique colors to achieve that greater harmony together. We can affirm life in every breath, thought, feeling, word and action.
The Rainbow Circle draws inspiration from the Hopi Rainbow Prophecy which has its roots in many spiritual and cultural traditions around the world. The Eagle and Condor Prophecy similarly speaks to the unifying power of a shared vision being enacted for the good of the Whole through the confluence of indigenous wisdom and modern innovations.
Just like Joseph Campbell’s circular hero’s journey and monomyth, the Rainbow Circle is a monomeme capable of sharing any knowledge/wisdom from a minimum of 12 perspectives! Co-creators will be able to create their own circles as well to share their wisdom and promote their services.
The circle also teaches us so much about where we stand in relation to the circle of life and how to flow in the greater rhythm rather than trying to force the world to conform to our will. By learning about the cycles of life, relationships, love, connection, creative expression, growth, and purpose, we can find our role in the whole and embody the life-affirming wisdom teachings that regenerate the Earth and all her beings!
Visit RainbowCircle.com to explore more and see the many faces of the Rainbow Circle!
Read the Rainbow Prophecy below to feel the spirit that inspires the Rainbow Circle.
The Rainbow Prophecy
“You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now
you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour.
And there are things to be considered . . .
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.”
Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “This could be a good time!”
“There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are torn apart and will suffer greatly.
“Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the
middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above water. And I say, see who is in there
with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, Least of all ourselves.
For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.
“The time for the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word struggle from your
attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
— attributed to an unnamed Hopi elder
Hopi Nation, Oraibi, Arizona
To learn more about the Rainbow Prophecy, watch Hopi Elder
Thomas Banyacya speak about it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfFJFgnmJdE.