Sunday, April 27, 2008

Alchemy's Postmortem King & Queen

The dream that inspired this painting had something to do with batman making love to batwoman, or perhaps cat woman. In the upper left hand corner, you will notice a small image, that of a lion or lioness worshiping the rising sun, aurora consurgens, the dawning of a new day.

In the center of this painting, you find a five pointed grave, or crypt, where the king lays on top of the queen. It has the tones of death, mortificato, yet the king and queen lie in union, physically connected by the act of intercourse, coniunctio. My feeling at the time of this painting was that of incubation, the tomb being cocoon-like.

At the bottom left corner, you will find two pair of eyes looking on, observing. Whom these eyes belong to, I couldn't tell you. Perhaps these are the eyes of higher consciousness, the Great Father and Mother observing, and possibly even standing guard over the conception and incubation of a new age, a higher consciousness that has yet to be born.

On the bottom right side, you find the moon, thus, revealing lunar qualities to balance out the solar from above. And all of these images are contained within a molten fluidic sea of fire—no doubt a temple of purification.
Mel Mathews, is the author of several novels, including the Malcolm Clay Trilogy (Fisher King Press). His books are available from your local bookstore, a host of on-line booksellers, or you can order them directly from his website at:

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