Mandala is a Sanskrit word and means "circle" or "center." Its center represents the Creator's consciousness and is a symbol of never ending power. A mandala is symmetrical and often surrounded by a square representing earth and the four directions: North, South, East and West. In Tibetan art, the mandala has reached its highest and most subtle level. It is a means to direct consciousness and used in meditation and ritual. The Turquoise set in this mandala is a traditional power and protection stone.