3 years ago I first met Kala to celebrate her 2nd pregnancy. She picked out a sacred mandala, the Sri Yantra, which symbolizes the union of divine masculine and feminine. When I arrived, she had printed out 15 pages of instructions on how to construct it, and I'm glad she did, it's a very complex shape. I love doing mandalas, it is a meditation to get it just so.
I adorned her every few days until she gave birth about 2 weeks after this initial painting. As you can see, in the photo below, henna shapes hardly warp at all after going through the birth process.
As is tradition, we followed her birth with an abundance of postpartum henna.
And now, for this pregnancy, a sacred labyrinth, the ancient symbol of wholeness, representing a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Armed with a print out and circle templates, I first sketched out this labyrinth and then covered my water color sketch with henna paste. All paths lead to the center....
Kala's sons hold her belly, sending love to this unborn brother.