△ “They ascended higher and higher in the divine life, and lived in the enjoyment of the Beatific Vision being filled with that interior peace and tranquillity known and experienced only by those who understand the mysteries of the higher and divine life.” ▼
Aries:The current aspects encourage cultivating your spirituality. However advanced you are on your spiritual journey, there are revelations, awakenings, and new experiences waiting. Visit a church or a secluded spot in nature that speaks to you and soak up the energy. Indulge in some investigation. Check out some books on spirituality and symbols, and pay attention to your dreams.
Taurus:A new opportunity could come your way today. It might seem like a dream come true, the chance you've been waiting for, but you'll still want to think about it a bit. The reason is that it could well disrupt your life, including your romantic circumstances. Before you commit to anything, check the facts carefully to make sure it's as good as it seems. Either way, you'll be glad you did.
Gemini:New communications equipment may make whatever work you do that much easier to do. You might have some doubts about your ability to use it, but don't worry. You'll be able to deal with it as well as anyone. You'll find that it will open up new doors for you, both with regard to compiling information and staying in contact with old and new friends. Go to it!
Cancer:A long-term friendship could suddenly develop into something more now. You could see this person in a new light and realize that this is a very attractive human being. It might come as a shock to you, however, and the idea could take a little time to get used to. Don't ignore it for that reason. Just approach with caution and see where it takes you. Go with the flow!
Leo:Too much is on your mind right now, and so you could have trouble sleeping. When you do manage to drop off, you could experience bizarre dreams. This is the only downside to your present situation, however. Everything else should be going very well. It might help to take a walk at night before you go to bed. This clears your head, gets the endorphins going, and works off excess energy.
Virgo:Some enlightening conversations could occur today with a partner, possibly romantic, possibly career-related. New methods of operation could come to your attention, perhaps involving modern technology that could speed up the process and increase your income. Bear in mind that some of what you hear may not be feasible for a while. Other ideas may never be practicable. Remember to remain objective and check out the facts.
Libra:Hard work on a particular enterprise for too long a time could finally lead to an increase in income. Creativity or innovation could be involved. Don't be surprised if you find yourself on the receiving end of compliments. You'll be feeling proud and confident, and you certainly have good reason. Buy yourself a present. Take your partner out for a celebration. You deserve it.
Scorpio:You tend to be adventurous at the calmest of times. Today you could be feeling especially daring. You might be tempted to make some radical changes in your life, particularly where your profession is concerned. You could decide to make your living in an offbeat way, or possibly move to a place you've never considered before. Think about it for a few days. The impetus might pass. If it doesn't, then follow your heart.
Sagittarius:You tend to be rather intuitive, but today your psychic abilities could seem more focused than usual. You're better able to tune in to thoughts, feelings, and events. If you give readings, this is a good day for it, because you're apt to be more accurate than usual. Don't do too many or you could lose your focus and not do anyone else any good. Work steadily and pace yourself.
Capricorn:Today your mind is apt to be turning to discussions of money. Conversations, perhaps job related, perhaps social encounters with friends, could turn to the subject of new income opportunities through modern technology. This is a good time to look into such matters, although you'll probably want to consider several before making a decision. Unless you absolutely know what you want, shop around!
Aquarius:New opportunities, perhaps involving writing or speaking, could appear on the horizon along with the current planetary energy. You aren't one to take risks on the spur of the moment, so you might want to take all the information into consideration before committing to anything. It isn't a good idea to wait too long. Things could change! If what you hear appeals to you, look into it so you don't miss the boat.
Pisces:Letters, phone calls, or emails from afar could put you in touch with new, interesting people. These people could well bring some fascinating ideas your way. Shared knowledge can lead to mutual advancement on material and spiritual levels. This process just might turn a casual acquaintance into a firm friend. Expect a lot of contact with these people for a long time to come. Enjoy your day.
Aries; Outward (Cardinal) Fire –flames exploding outward– Archetypes: Warrior, Pioneer, Dare-Devil, Lightbearer Planetary Reflector: Mars ♂ Courage Symbolism: Courage and Initiative Shadow: anger, pushiness, impulsiveness, and destructiveness Spiritual Principle: Activity The symbol for Aries is an exploding fountain of flames, forever daring to rush forth and initiate new
experiences. It also resembles a ram’s head. The symbol for Mars, the planetary reflector of the Arian
archetype, is the Cross of Matter, the pointing arrow, projecting out of the Circle of Spirit. It means giving
spiritual energy direction and life through the power of human will and desire. It’s about sexual desire and
your ability to get “fired” up about living an exciting life.
Taurus; Inward (Fixed) Earth
–a tranquil nature setting– Archetypes: Nature-Lover, Provider, Druid, Earth Mother, Gardener Planetary Reflector: Venus ♀ Love Affinity: Ceres Abundance Symbolism: Nature and Tranquility Shadow: laziness, stubbornness, and materialism Spiritual Principle: Presence The Glyph for Taurus is the Arc of heart receptivity and Awareness over the Circle of Spirit, symbolizing the
ability to listen to Spirit; being open to the flow through engaging the silence of the soul and finding spiritual
peace. The glyph for Ceres is the Arc of Awareness growing out of the Cross of Matter, the four elements of
life. It means being open and receptive to the elements of creation through the practice of nature reverence.
It’s also the grain goddess’ scythe that she uses to harvest the crops, providing humanity with abundance and
nourishment. With her receptor focused in one direction, she has a tendency to overindulge in the comforts
of life, avoiding unpleasantness.
Gemini; Spiral (Mutable) Air
–a whirlwind of change– Archetypes: Writer, Teacher, Messenger, Trickster, Storyteller Planetary Reflector: Mercury
☿ Perception Symbolism: Curiosity and Understanding Shadow: over-intellectualism, trivial nature, and knowledge without feeling Spiritual Principle: Cyclic change The Glyph of Gemini represents pillars of knowledge and the dual essence of cyclic interplay, meaning that
there are multiple paths back to Spirit. For Gemini, there must always be a polar opposite, thus the twins
served as a flitting metaphor symbolizing Yin and Yang standing apart, but unified by the lines of Heaven and
Earth. Mercury’s glyph resembles an antennae of receptor dish trying to work through the Cross of Matter
to comprehend creative Spirit. Mercury is the messenger of the mythic gods, sending dual-natured light rays
across space for communication.
Cancer; Outward (Cardinal) Water
–healing waves flowing outward– Archetypes: Mother, Healer, Nurturer, Caretaker Planetary Reflector: Moon
Symbolism: Nuturing and Emotion Shadow: manipulativeness, crabbiness, and excessive worrying Spiritual Principle: Compassion The Glyph for Cancer represents a mother nurturing her baby at the bosom, two souls in loving union. Like
the pincers of the crab, the Arcs of heart receptivity and Awareness extend from the creative center within
both individuals, the realization of familial bonds. This symbol reveals the Oneness of all life. Two Arcs
of Awareness turned within, the Moon represents the heart and soul of humanity. She is the eternal mother
within, the lady of magic, mystery, and change who consorts with the Underworld. If you divide the Circle of
Spirit in half and reverse one arc, you create the symbol for the Moon. The Moon is the essence underlying
the Sun. The Moon symbolizes Spirit listening to its own being.
Leo; Inward (Fixed) Fire
–glowing embers of the heart– Archetypes: Performer, Magical Child, King/Queen, Troubadour Planetary Reflector: Solar Core ☉ Symbolism: Performance and Pride Shadow: egotism, arrogance, domination and excessive pride Spiritual Principle: Creativity The Glyph for Leo represents creative essence pouring from the Circle of Spirit. It is the cosmic sperm and
flow of blood through the chambers of the heart. It is also the generous spirit and radiant mane of the royal
lion. The Sun glyph is a dot with the Circle of Spirit. Within the core of the universe, as in every star and
every life form, all energy unites in a blinding creative flash of fused awareness. The dot represents a unique
point in space and time, an individual awareness surrounded by the ocean of Spirit. It is the Solar Core,
diplomatic center of awareness and life giver to all other dimensions of consciousness.
Virgo: Spiral (Mutable) Earth
–garden rows in perfect order– Archetypes: Wise Mentor, Servant, Zen Master, Craftsperson Planetary Reflector: Mercury ☿ Affinity: Chiron Surrender Symbolism: Perfection and Sacrifice Shadow: retentiveness, self-effacement, and excessive criticism Spiritual Principle: Process Virgo’s glyph, a triple mountain crest, symbolizes the quest for perfection in the body, mind and Spirit. The
Spirit crest is locked at the bottom to indicate the heart wisdom of self-reflection and living in the Here and
Now. For Virgo, life is always in the moment. The glyph is also the symbol for the womb, an intricate
matrix of life generation and harvesting that allows the Spirit to keep evolving through human experience.
Chiron’s glyph is the cosmic key to the attainment of expanded states of awareness. It is the quincunx Aspect
rising out of the Circle of Spirit symbolizing the need to surrender to Spirit or adjust your life to incorporate
spirituality. A Sextile Aspect coming out of the Circle of Spirit would be another interesting symbol for
Chiron representing the seed of life rising out of Spirit.
Libra; Outward (Cardinal) Air
–socializing air currents– Archetypes: Artist, diplomat, Peacemaker, Lover
Planetary Reflector: Venus
Love Symbolism: Equilibrium and Harmony Shadow: Indecision, vanity, conceit Spiritual Principle: Balance Libra’s association with the 7th Realm of Intimacy, where the sun sets each day, is a perfectly symbolized
in this glyph. It represents achieving balance through aesthetic pursuits and diplomatic relationships. With
Virgo (womb) adjacent to Libra and Scorpio (desire) on the opposite side, Libra seeks to forge a cosmic union
or divine marriage between perfection and rebirth, skill and transformation. It is the Arc of Awareness ready
to sink into layers of the Underworld. And relationships are the form people use to explore their own inner
depths! The Venus glyph is the Circle of Spirit rising out of the Cross of Matter. The Goddess of Love seeks
unity with Spirit through her dealings with the material world. Venus elevates Spirit over matter, inner above
outer. Thus the feminine component of astropsychology is created. She symbolizes relation with Spirit
through material beings.
Scorpio; Inward (Fixed) Water
–torrential rivers flowing inward– Archetypes: Detective, Hypnotist, Alchemist, Investigator, Transformer
Pluto ♇ Transformation, Mars
♂ Symbolism: Intensity and Mystery Shadow: Seduction, Jealousy, possessiveness, and moodiness Spiritual Principle: Surrender Scorpio, like Virgo, represents the three crest of body, heart, and Spirit. Yet, for Scorpio, the barbed tail
indicates a direct penetration to the heart of any matter. This is the style of desire and ultimate change.
Where Virgo concentrates on skill, efficiency, and details, Scorpio delves beneath the surface of these things
finding power, resourcefulness, and depth. The glyph for Pluto is the Cross of Matter supporting the Arc of
Awareness, both levitating the Circle of Spirit. It represents the flow from body, to consciousness, to Spirit,
the phoenix rising out of the ashes or the snake shedding its skin. It is the holy grail which holds the life force
of the universe, the only symbol where the Circle of Spirit is not connected to an arc or cross. It represents
Sagittarius; Spiral (Mutable) Fire
–seeking the essence of life– Archetypes: Traveler, Philosopher, Explorer, Truth-Seeker Planetary Reflector: Jupiter
♃ Expansion Symbolism: Experience and Cultural Exploration Shadow: Overindulgence, judgement, and excessive faith Spiritual Principle: Faith The Glyph for Sagittarius is Chiron the Centaur’s arrow flying toward higher awareness. When Chiron
liberated Prometheus by sacrificing his life for the fire-stealing deity, Zeus (Jupiter) placed his essence in
the heavens as Sagittarius the Archer. The symbol implies that you must overcome the random urges of the
flesh and actually channel your desires into ultimate truth. Jupiter is the Arc of Awareness over the Cross
of Matter, meaning that higher consciousness emerges out of the material world. Life is the training ground
of the soul. Jupiter’s receptor points to the left indicating a tendency to overindulge or exaggerate in one
Capricorn; Outward (Cardinal) Earth
–activating a valley of wisdom– Archetypes: Father, Hermit, Wise Elder, Executive, Councilor Planetary Reflector: Saturn
♄ Solitude Symbolism: Ambition and Accomplishment Shadow: Loneliness, cynicism, pessimism, and rigidity Spiritual Principle: Integrity The Glyph for Capricorn is complex. The “V” represents a hermit delving down into the abyss of life to find
deep truth and battle the dragons of falsehood. Then he must climb out of the depths bringing new wisdom
into the world. Confronting popular paradigms, he must plan his life work (symbolized by the loop) in order
to introduce this wisdom through a society role. Then he must follow this plan by bringing others to the truth
by setting a reflective example of that truth (symbolized by the Arc of Awareness curving back to the abyss).
Saturn’s glyph is the Cross of Matter above the Arc of Awareness. It means people have to deal with the
reality of the material world, integrating idealism into society and merging it with common sense to produce
the wisdom of the hermit.
Aquarius; inward (Fixed) air –socializing air currents– Archetypes: Genius, Revolutionary, Scientist, Sage, Humanitarian Planetary Reflector/Affinity: Uranus
♄ Symbolism: Originality and Community Shadow: rebelliousness, aloofness, and unreliability Spiritual Principle: Freedom The Aquarius Glyph symbolizes cosmic energy flowing through life, two serpent-like waves of knowledge.
In ancient times water was the symbol for knowledge, hence the name “Waterbearer”. Aquarius is the
knowledge bearer who has the ability to tune into the Universal Mind symbolized by the waves. Uranus is
the Circle of Spirit connected to the Cross of Matter and two Arcs of Awareness! It symbolizes the Spirit
working through Matter to unite the Yin and Yang poles of the universe. In the book “Prometheus the
Awakener” by Richard Tarnus, the argument is laid for the changing of this planet’s name from Uranus to
Prometheus because of the higher degree of mythological similarity.
♓ Pisces; Spiral (Mutable) Water
–a dream-like vortex of soul energy– Archetypes: Dreamer, Poet, Mystic, Psychic Planetary Reflector/Affinity: Neptune
♃ Symbolism: Awareness and Compassion Shadow: Escapism, vulnerability, and evasiveness Spiritual Principle: Unity The glyph for Pisces shows two Arcs of Awareness joined by a line, symbolizing the multi-dimensional
universe and the unification of Heaven and Earth. One fish swims upstream while the other swims downstream.
In this way, the whole river of life is explored, and yet the two fishes are always one. It represents the ability
to see all dualities as part of one rhythmic universe. The Pisces glyph is the astrological version of the eternal
Tao. Christ and his followers carried Pisces as their emblem. Neptune symbolizes the Cross of Matter
piercing the Arc of Awareness. This is the only symbol where the arc are cross actually blend into each other.
It suggests the unity of awareness and matter as the astral realm of dream vision penetrates the world, like the
cosmic muse who inspires compassion.
Ankh (“crux ansata”, the Egyptian cross) in Egyptian mythology hieroglyph meaning … Life (most of all “eternal life” as a gift from gods). Recognized as the first sign of Coptic Christians. To this day, considered to be one of their main symbols. In the early dynastic period ,Ankh’ equated with holy family: Virgin Mother Isis, Osiris who died and was resurrected, and their son… sun-god Horus. Connected with the Amon-Ra as a “breath of God” (= the equivalent of the Holy Spirit). The word “Amen” in Christian prayer, comes from the Egyptian word “Amon”, did you know? All the rest main figures of the holy family are also present in today’s Christianity (just as the idea of the Last Judgement). In Byzantine times, Jesus was called Sol Invictus, just as Horus. Also, many other elements of Christianity comes from the Egyptian religion, which took its own myths from even older sources from Mesopotamia (from Sumerian and Babylonian times).
△ “The idea that we are to be absorbed into the Absolut is Gnostic in its origins and is quite antithetical to judeochristianity. The Gnostic’s passionate adoration of Sophia was known as philosophia – ,the love of Sophia’ – a mystical communication with divine feminine wisdom, having little to do with the strictly intellectual, most often masculine, pursuit currently labeled “philosophy.” ▼
Antoine Court de Gébelin (1725-1784) ~ was a former Protestant pastor, born at Nîmes, who initiated the interpretation of the Tarot
as an arcane repository of timeless esoteric wisdom in 1781. His
centers of focus are the familiar ones of universal origins of languages
in deep time and the hermeneutics of symbolism.
It was his immediate perception, the first time he saw the Tarot deck,
that it held the secrets of the Egyptians. Writing without the benefit
of Champollion’s deciphering of the Egyptian language, Court de Gébelin
developed a reconstruction of Tarot history, without producing any
historical evidence, which was that Egyptian priests had distilled the
ancient Book of Thoth into these images. These they brought to Rome,
where they were secretly known to the popes, who brought them to Avignon
in the 14th century, whence they were introduced into France. An essay
by the Comte de Mellet included in Court de Gebelin’s Monde primitif is
responsible for the mystical connection of the Tarot’s 21 trumps and the
fool with the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. An essay appended to
this gave suggestions for cartomancy; within two years the
fortune-teller known as “Etteilla” published a technique for reading the
tarot, and the practice of tarot reading was born.
It has been such a long ass time since my last post, and so I will
not even attempt to try and fill the gaps of things that have happened.
The cliff notes version is this. I moved to Somerville. I love it.
Ok enough reminiscing.
I am going to do my best to keep better tabs here of my goings on. I am
starting with my most recent series of works titles “Totems”.
The totem has been used for centuries as the representation of a
spiritual being or sacred symbol. It has served as protection or warning
to the evil who would do harm to those who the totem represents. They
were also a symbol of heritage using an animal, which represented the
character of the individual or group of people it was serving. Many
civilizations on earth utilize the totem to pay homage to the invisible
duality that exists amongst the waking life. The totem is the earliest
form of ritualistic worship, the backbone for religion and magic.
For me, this series represents a personal inward reflection. It is a
search for spirituality and perspective through a meditation on nature.
Each totem in the series takes the form of one of more animals or human
faces. One can find even more when the image is inverted.
The work for this series is a combination of processes. It begins with a
photograph, shot on black and white medium format film. The negative is
scanned, dissected and inverted. Then a pigment print is made on a
Japanese Kozo, a rice paper made from the mulberry tree. The print is
then mounted on a prepared substrate and sized with a PVA solution.
The entire print is then coated with a homemade encaustic made of
beeswax, dammar crystals and carnauba wax. After it is cooled, it is
The image is then mounted in a hand crafted custom frame made of pine
with a border accent of hand cut and hammered aluminum.
The piece is wired with the option to hang two ways. It is displayed in
the gallery in the artist’s preferred direction.
Robert Fitzgerald - Phoenix, “Arcanum Bestiarum”, 2012.
In #Alchemy, the #Mythical #Phoenix bird represents the culmination of the #Opus. Understanding the #mythology of this fantastic creature reveals the reason alchemists chose it to represent successful completion of their work. As far as we know humans alone possess the Knowledge of their own Mortality. That we know we will Die gives meaning to our days. In myth, the Phoenix was endowed with this #Sacred Knowledge. Thus, in seeing its Death draw near, the Phoenix prepared a nest of wood and resin upon which it would perch itself. It then exposed the nest to the full force of the Sun’s rays. The embers, bursting into flames, consumed the Phoenix and reduced it to ashes. Out of these ashes arose another Phoenix. The Rebirth of the Phoenix reflects the aspect of #Immortality associated with the #PhilosophersStone.
Alchemically, this fabulous bird represents #Regeneration. But there can be no Regeneration with first there being a process of Dissolution. “No Generation without Corruption” is an alchemical recipe that succintly describes this process and explains the Phoenix’s Death and Resurrection. Death of the body (the matter) is necessary in order to eliminate the coarse, unconscious elements from the Prima Materia. The method used to accomplish this is Calcinatio, the Fire operation.
In China, the Phoenix is particularly well known as a #symbol of the #Sun. Ash in Alchemy symbolizes the resulting matter left behind in this act of #Purification. The matter, in other words, is reduced to its most Essential and Pure State. It provides the ground (the Salt) from which a new #Spiritual Body is Born. We need physically Die in order to have this Rebirth Experience. Every moment offers us the opportunity to Transform #Consciousness into a more Awakened State. The Phoenix is an excellent symbol that reminds us of the ever-transforming cycles of Life and Death. #occult #esoteric #art #blackandwhite #occultism