Symbols

Rose Window · Rosette

A rosette or a rose window refers in architecture to a circular window or to a stony, round ornament. Rose windows are found primarily in Gothic churches, but also in much older, medieval and even Byzantine buildings. In these stages, the windows were designed mostly in the form of a spoked wheel and are called Catherine wheel (after Saint Catherine of Alexandria). The origin of the rose window may be found in the Roman oculus. These large circular openings let in both light and air, the best known being that at the top of the dome of the Pantheon.

The symbolism of the rose window (and also the Catherine wheel) has parallels to the Indian mandala. Usually the magnificent window is fitted with colorful glass and located centrally and appears powerful, beautiful, soothing and harmonious. Because of its ideal, circular form the symbolism of the rosette is strong, suggestive and meditative. The structure of the rose often plays with the symbolism of numbers to depict the numerous aspects of the divine. The rosette symbolizes the aspiration of the people to wholeness and unity, and the realization of this longing.

 

> Usage of the symbol

Like all mandalas, the rosette fits best into the center of your apartment, or in the vicinity of a little house altar. Due to the similarity with the symbol of the rose, the rosette has a particularly peaceful and loving meaning and can also support the Bagua n° 6 (Helpful friends). 

For more information about symbols based on circles please refer to the following article:

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