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Mud, is the solid element (Earth) when fused with the transient and transforming element (Water). Mud, clay – possible to mold and shape, a medium for creating new forms; emergence of new matter. Mud symbolizes a nascent state; but marshlands, also a fusion of water and earth, represent the opposite – decay and decomposition.

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

May 9, 2011 § 2 Comments

Nymphalis antiopa goes by the name Mourning Cloak in North America and Camberwell Beauty in Britain. The name for this butterfly in several European countries with Germanic languages, translates as “mourning cloak”. Other names for this butterfly is Grand Surprise, White Petticoat, Harbinger of Spring. The upperside of its wings are dark brown, with a wide bright yellow border on outer margins, and a row of iridescent blue spots at the inner edge.

The Mourning Cloak is generally considered a butterfly of woodlands. Some migrate south during fall, and during migration it can be found in almost any habitat.  After September, they go into hibernation. Overwintered adults can be seen flying very early in spring. After hibernation, the colour of the butterfly may change, the yellowish white becomes paler, almost completely white, and the dark brown wings turn near black.

Preferred food is tree sap, especially that of  oak trees. They feed head downwards, walking down the trunk to the sap. They will also feed on decaying fruit.

Antiope was the daughter of the “nocturnal” king Nycteus, king of Thebes. Antiope’s beauty attracted Zeus who took her by force, disguised as a Satyr. Both the species name antiope and the generic Nymphalis creates a tautonym, as both names allude to mythological beauty.

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November 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

Mercury is the son of heaven and light. He is the messenger of heaven, the mediator between gods and humans; it’s his task to conduct the souls of the dead to the Underworld. The alchemists equated Mercury with concepts of fluency and transmutation. The alchemists considered the archetypal structure of the planet Mercury a double nature: closely related to both characteristics of the Moon (silver) and the Sun (gold), Mercury is both chtonian and celestial at the same time. The metal mercury often represents the unconscious because of its fluid and dynamic character. Its unlimited capacity for transformation can be regarded as symbolic for the aim of the alchemist, which is to transmute matter (or spirit) from inferior to superior. Molten metal is an alchemic symbol for the conjunction of Fire and Water, coniunctio oppositorium, which is related to Mercury and Plato’s primordial androgynous being.

Other keywords: Gemini myth, hermaphrodite

Labyrinth / Maze

November 21, 2010 § 3 Comments

Labyrinths and mazes are often connected to quests, and the idea of the search for the Centre. Finding out the Answer is analogous to finding the Centre; getting to the ‘core’ or the ‘heart’ of something that might be complex, enigmatic, mystical, difficult… Compare this also to the symbolism connected to the knot.

According to some, labyrinths can be read as diagrams of Heaven; where a terrestrial maze may reproduce the celestial. On the other hand, labyrinths can also represent the inability to escape: Sometimes they are used as traps, to lure devils into it, so that they might be locked inside never to be released.

Other keywords: emblems, whirlpools, cosmic labyrinths, pilgrimage, the Underworld, infinity, traps

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