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Mandala is a powerful form of magic that is used to focus spirit energy to an object. It was used by Cult of Gozer to empower their god. It is similar to the antenna in 550 Central Park West.[1]


Ghostbusters: The Video Game

The Mandala sometimes appears in Sumerian ritual magic. [2] Scholars regarded it as a symbol that signifies a path to obtain great power and concluded it was an old constellation. [3] A mandala is like a spiritual labyrinth, [4] part of a feeder system required to channel energy to a Destructor Form. [5] [6]

There are four Mandalas that are located in four sacred places of the Cult of Gozer in New York City. The Mandalas are all different in their structure. Mostly, their existence is related to a powerful ghost being that serves as Mandala nexus. The Mandala used by Shandor is a spiraling system that feeds into each successive node along the line until it reaches a culmination point. [7] Ghosts are trapped in the system, funneled from node to node and they get stronger and stronger until they reach the end. [8]

In 1991, the Shandor Foundation loaned a Gozerian statuary featuring a Mandala to the Museum of Natural History as part of the Gozer exhibit set to open on the Thanksgiving weekend.

New York City Public Library

This Mandala node is located in a twisted, ghostly version of the New York City Public Library. Its nexus and guardian is Azetlor. The Ghostbusters first see the symbol in the Reading Room after returning from the Ghostworld. Egon Spengler notes they seemed to have turned it off.

Natural History Museum

The Mandala node of the Natural History Museum is located underneath an obelisk. When the Rookie destroys the obelisk, the Mandala revealed a staircase leading underground to a "ghost tunnel" which gathered undead spirits and directed them to a spirit conduit, a location created by Ivo Shandor. The Mandala's nexus, as well as its guardian, is The Chairman.

Sedgewick Hotel

The Mandala node of the Sedgewick Hotel was guarded by the Spider Witch and her ghostly domain: a twisted, distorted version of the Sedgewick's 12th floor lined with spiderwebs, at the heart of which lay her lair, situated within Room 1221. After defeating the Spider Witch, Egon and the Rookie spotted the mandala symbol on the wall of the Ruby Ballroom.

Shandor Island

The Mandala of Shandor Island was different to others. It's nexus was a magical, astrolabe-like structure. It was guarded by Sloar.

Stylized Version Information

According to Tobin's Spirit Guide

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Tobin's Summary:

Mandalas are powerful symbols when incorporated into ritual magic. At their base level, a mandala is an abstracted representation of reality, altered to filter in the aspects and beliefs that its designer wants to promote and accentuate. As for the specific use, it all depends on the ritual's ultimate purpose as well as where the mandala is inserted into this process.

Egon's Notes:

Even before modern quantum physics and electrodynamics, these mandala structures were highly efficient methods of channeling and amplifying psychic energy. Like a transistor, different nodes of the mandala can act as force multipliers along their directional paths, amplifying the output of other nodes in intricate concentric spirals. This usually culminates in a single point where the target of the ritual is focused.

Ray's Tips:

Take a picture...or scan it.

Supplemental Data

The art page can found in the Hotel Sedgewick (second visit), during the "Squish the Spiderwitch" section. It is hidden in a table in the center of the normal ballroom (Don't be slow!).




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