Mandala Interpretation # 4
Number 4 - Youngest Son
The youngest child in the family from a Divine- Energy- Streaming city has the composition of a face. It is an incomplete self portrait showing he has a highly creative nature.
Coming up quickly for this child will be lots of courage and the conviction to show this courage. Probably through the holidays he will be in a period of positive transformation also. He is currently re-thinking some of the ideas he has accepted as truth and is in a period of allowing himself to feel good about his accomplishments. As the youngest child with older siblings, he is not currently exhibiting any feelings of being inferior to their abilities. He literally is showing the color of “Person Coming Into Their Own.”
He feels this courage and sense of being grounded and even has a smile on his incomplete, self-portrait face.
One of the things helping these feelings is that he is in a process of releasing dragon fight. Remember the United States of America was created out of rebellion to the Mother Country of England. This child has had parental issues over their recent family disruption; however, through some process he is currently releasing dragon fight. A clue to his release is the crayon tip showing some more Person Coming Into Their Own energy assisting this release.
Initially he was actually numb during the recent upheaval. Some event or events happened which helped him significantly with his personal self esteem, and he is currently releasing lots of negative parental struggle. After the holidays, he has an open slate regarding his feelings, but as things are progressing now…. It looks like he could hit upon some more dragon fight (parental issues) in about three to six months. This will be the part not releasing at this time. It may manifest as a bossy teacher, conflict with one or both parents, or just a bad day (s) , but through the holidays and a while after he will bask in his current feelings of “ Person Coming into Their Own.”
Also, this dragon fight scenario later will have peaceful blue to keep him more calm than would be normal in dragon fight interactions.
His position in his family of origin may have helped him through this crisis because the youngest likes to interface with people and, at his age, would use peers to assist with feelings. The youngest uses all types of play all through their life while coping, also. The world watched John Kennedy, Jr. and his friend, Darrell Hannah on the day of his Mother’s funeral. He acted as the only son by talking to the media, but immediately started his coping by rollerblading with Darrell Hannah in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral going back and forth as fast as he could. The media took offense to his play; however, any therapist who understands family of origin and family position would know that as the youngest child he was coping with his grief through play. He also would not have wanted to do this by himself and had a friend with him.
This child probably has used peers, peer interaction, and play to cope. He will most likely use people interaction and some form of play to cope all of his life unless he loses last position and moves to a more middle position in the family.
It is natural that his older brother would have a harder time with the circumstance of their family situation since the oldest has strict rules of life which they follow. Any breach of rules of life is not taken easily by the first born at age 20. Later, they may actually show that they can break a rule or two.
Also, the oldest child is the exact age of his mother’s current method of coping with her re-establishment of self esteem, and he will feel some strong breach of trust for a while. In other words, the coping is harder for the oldest child when a society rule breach happens. (His perception of how society wants the world to act.)
This crisis may have given the youngest an opportunity to mirror within the family how to cope through play and interaction with a support system, also.
One of the things his mandala shows is a tendency to not plan too far ahead. He is leaving some of the future aspects open to change and creation at a later date. In other words, he won’t be one to keep a day planner filled six months ahead in his adult life.
He will want some space in relationships probably all of his life, but certainly at this time. He is not currently into lots of smothering behavior. His handwriting is appropriate for his age and shows his focus is more on day-to-day activity.
Like his older brother, he feels a disconnection to both parents as his majority feeling most of the time, now (on a subconscious level).
Appropriate for his age, since mothering of the younger children usually falls to a female, he got more into his subconscious from his mother than from his Dad. He feels a strong disconnection, at the moment, from his Dad on a subconscious level and it appears through one of the symbols in his writing, he feels that his Dad has a Big Mouth. Either he feels his Dad talks too much , talks over his head, or uses some other mechanism negatively related to oral communication or the mouth. (It could be mouth sounds or even what he considers bad words).
His archetype is The Magician. Those who believe in reincarnation use the symbol of The Magician as the example of “back-up”. They believe the magician is the symbol of having been in every incarnation around the Wheel of Life and only comes back into the Earth experience as “back-up”. They usually have developed skills which are somewhat insightful or more all-knowing than their age. They have the skills of Air (communication), Water (emotion), Fire (Boundary Setting), and Earth (ability to ground and get out of trouble even if it is at the last minute). One detriment for the Magician Archetype is that they usually have insight and information and can be used for support for those who really don’t need to be depending on them until they have fully developed into maturity.
Looking at this mandala, it appears that this youngest child will be a powerful asset to the family during the holidays. He will be the one experiencing the holidays positively and perhaps will bring in some holiday cheer into the family situation here at holiday time.
Things which will be important for this child:
Adults will need to also positively recognize his accomplishments for which he is proud at this time. In other words, positive strokes will be important in order to continue the behavior.
It will be important to remember that peers are important to this child in the youngest position. For that reason, even if one more to deal with seems a chore, it will help this child to have a friend with them.
Appropriate gifts over the holiday will be play items since play will be very important to healing.
Oral communication is important to this child. All who communicate with him need to “watch their mouth” because he is definitely taking note.
Interpretation November 2009
by Cheryl W. Martin, MSW, LGSW
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