The logo for The Awakened Parent is very special to me, and actually carries a lot of meaning, which I wanted to explain here.
Firstly, the colours:
- Red symbolises physical energy (which we could all do with a bit more of as parents!), passion, courage, power, will and desire. It’s a colour that’s linked with our most primitive emotional and physical needs for self-preservation.
- Orange is the colour of joy, enthusiasm, creativity and promotes a general sense of wellness.
- Yellow symbolises wisdom and intellect, aiding in memory, concentration, will-power and communication.
- And lastly the purple, which stands for higher intuition and spirituality (or, as I interpret it, connecting with our higher selves).
The spiral in the middle represents the scarily fast learning cycle we are thrust upon the minute our new baby is laid in our arms. It’s bewildering and can make many parents dizzy with the speed, but the speed is essential as the responsibility put upon us to learn how to parent quickly is huge. If only we were held more in this frantic phase of parenting!
The first round of petals symbolises that first flowering we experience as we get to the point in our baby’s first year where we finally feel like parents; when we suddenly realise that we’ve at least got the hang of this stage and can take a breather for a bit.
The second, flamboyant round of blossoming petals symbolises the growth into our new selves. We often hear people talk about wanting to ‘get back to their old self’ after the upheaval of having a baby, but what I think we really ought to be looking forward to is to learning who our new selves are – who we have become through the challenge of becoming a parent.
The petals are in the style of lotus blossom – a flower that carries rich symbolism of growth into beauty from deep, dark depths, as this beautiful bloom’s roots reach right down through water into the soil at the bottom of the pond in which it’s growing.
The red outer circle is there to represent how important it is for parents to be held as they learn their new roles – held by their families, their communities and their society. This part of the picture is what is so often lacking in parenting in the West. The dots represent all the seemingly tiny parts of that circle that we are sometimes able to gather around us – inspiring books, wise friends. My hope is that The Awakened Parent can also be a part of that circle.