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Sacred Quest


By Phyllis Karow-Trella



18" x 24" Poster

Full Color

Includes printed sheet with the author's description of the symbols used in art. (See below.)


$15.00 each + tax & shipping




The journey to find the Sacred is an individual quest we are all taking whether we realize it or not. It is also a quest that we make collectively in communities, cultures, and nations. An ever upward spiraling journey through shadows and light, it is where we grow aware of our Oneness with the Divine, all of humankind, all of creation, and Mother Earth. It is where we find and reunite with the Sacred.

The experience of creating these banners and researching the symbology proved to be a journey into the Sacred for me. I invite you to find your own personal symbology in these banners as you take your Sacred Quest.

The Symbology of




The Sacred Quest is depicted in this reproduction of four 5' x 7' cloth banners. They represent the four stages of our journey. The symbology used came through inspiration. It wasn't until after the banners were completed that the truth behind the symbology was revealed. The symbology is as follows:


Figure 1


The Element of FIRE

    The Eagle is the Native American symbol for the Great Spirit. It represents our connection to the Divine.

    The circle represents the circle of life with no beginning or end. It is also the Native American symbol of Grandfather Sun who teaches shadow is not to be feared. Shadow can be loved as well as light.

    The fire surrounding the circle of life is the symbol of purification.

    The figure stepping into the circle of life represents each of us answering the call of the Divine.

    The off-white color of the figure is the blending of all cultural and sexual identification . . . it is the equality of all.

    The egg of light represents our personal connection with the Divine, the Holy Spirit that dwells within us.


Figure 2


The Element is Earth

    The bear is the Native American symbol of introspection. In the winter, the bear enters a cave to hibernate. It is here, where silence surrounds it, that bear digests the previous year's experience. In the spring, bear emerges reborn and renewed.

    The Female figure represents our receptive energy.

    The circle is the Native American symbol of Grandmother Moon, who represents our psychic energy. It is the unconscious where new ideas, understanding, and wisdom are born.

    The stars are the Native American symbol for the Sky World or Star Nation. The star represents our first awakening to our connection to the Divine.

    The mountain is symbolic of the "secret place of the most High" in our consciousness--the meeting place where we commune with the Divine.

    The egg of light symbolizes the illumination of the Holy Spirit within the center of our being.


Figure 3


The Element is Air

    The butterfly is the Native American symbol for transformation. It is the ability to know the mind and to change it. Mind is where the Great Spirit communicates with humanity.

   The butterfly wings are symbolic of freedom from material limitations. They also represent the never-ending cycle of transformation that both the butterfly and humanity go through, the breaking out of the chrysalis.

    The circle is the symbol of Grandfather Sun--the realm of consciousness illumined by Spirit as well as the circle of life, ever evolving.

    The three figures represent creativity.

    The child with arms outstretched to the butterflies (the symbol of transformation) is symbolic of our goal to regain our childlike faith and trust in the creative process.

    The woman holding the child symbolizes the role of Mothers as the Creative Force.

    The flowers represent the plant kingdom and symbolize the joyous expression of creativity by all.


Figure 4


The Element is Water

    The whale is the Native American symbol of the history of Mother earth--it is the record keeper. Whale signals a time of finding our origins and seeing our overall destiny.

    The circle represents Mother Earth and its elements of earth, air, fire (light), and water.

    The mountains represent an exalted state of consciousness as humanity unites to honor all cultures, nations, Mother Earth and all of life.

    The three white figures are symbolic of the illumination of the Holy Spirit within, bringing us together in a community of compassion, honoring all of creation.

    The butterflies are the symbol of transformation.

    Seven is the number of butterflies and symbolizes the seven days of creation. it is also the number of personal fulfillment. To Native Americans, seven symbolizes the seven directions surrounding the physical body--East, South, West, North, Above, Below and Within. And, since all of the universe is inside our consciousness, within is not only within us but surrounds us as well.

    The rainbow is the symbol of the promise of transformation that is present throughout holy scriptures.

    Water above the earth, which is depicted by the cloud, symbolizes the capacity of humanity to fulfill "THE PROMISE."



Phyllis Karow-Trella

Award winning Artist, Poet,

Author and Illustrator

Phyllis Karow-Trella's deep love for life, children, all of creation, and Mother earth, has been the inspiration and motivating force that moved her into artistic expression.

Discouraged early in life by a high school art teacher who said her work wasn't good enough, she waited until she had children of her own before she again tried to find her way artistically. She is now a mother of four grown children, grandmother to sixteen grandchildren and great grandmother to one child.

Phyllis' education in art encompasses multiple years of personal study and private instruction in various mediums. Her work has been shown is juried art shows as well as theme conferences and seminars throughout the southwest and has earned her ribbons, certificates and purchase awards. 

Pastels are her favorite vehicle of expression at this time, however, Karow-Trella enjoys using a variety of mediums including: acrylics, oil, watercolors, pencil, mixed media and fabric. Although her art provides her the greatest satisfaction in expressing her love of life, Phyllis is also an award winning poet, author and illustrator of children's books.

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