River of Fire

River of Fire is inspired by the power of volcanoes. Fire, of course, is one of the oldest symbols know to man. Fire ignites minds and inspires the spirit. Fire burns the dross of the old and impure. Fire ceremonies have been part of man’s religious practice since time immemorial. Fire brings both life and death, and is to be respected and honored. Fire is one of the primary elements in many philosophies that describe the transfiguring cycles of life. When fire is balanced by depth and steadfastness (the cool, steady blue), its power can be harnessed for personal and universal … Continue reading

Angel Wing

When one of my sons was recovering from a serious injury and related PTSD, I read stories of angels to him on a nightly basis. I bought every book available on Amazon that included angels, especially stories of angelic intervention in modern times. This was a great comfort for both of us. My favorite was the story of a grandfather on his deathbed who suddenly sat up and announced, “I have to go! I have to be someone’s guardian angel!” Days later his family had gathered to be present at his funeral. In a freak accident, his great-granddaughter fell out … Continue reading

The Body as Living Symbol

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Most of us experience pain as either an acute situation (hopefully only as an occasional thing) or possibly as an ongoing, chronic condition. We often think that these things are just random events that happen to us. What if we look at pain symbolically and try to figure out the meaning or message? What if the body itself is a living symbol and we just need to understand and handle the hidden messages in pain and illness? I’ve been doing this for several years now and the process of recovery does seem to speed significantly if I look deeper into … Continue reading

The Art of Emojis

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Emojis and emoticons are of interest to me because they convey emotional meaning through a blend of very simple graphic design and complex human emotions. For personal communication as well as casual communication in business, the use of emoticons and emojis is skyrocketing. Emoticons are the type-based characters that are combined to resemble human facial expressions. Emojiis are cartoon-like illustrations that are sometimes animated. Emoticons are usually thought to be a modern invention, started 20-25 years ago with the widespread use of computers as a means of communication but the first use of emoticons in print was in poetry by … Continue reading

The Pineal Gland in Art

If the pineal gland is the seat of consciousness, the fact that there is a very large statue topped by the pine cone-shaped pineal gland in the Vatican is fascinating. Did the original Catholics know the mystical teachings about the pineal gland? If so, how has the knowledge been “lost”? The name pineal comes from the Latin pinea or pinus, meaning “pine come”. Representations of the pineal gland are used symbolically in art of the Sumerians, Egyptians, Indonesians, Greeks, Romans and Babylonians as well. Some believe that we enter and leave our physical bodies at birth and death through the … Continue reading

Plant Symbolism

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Plant symbolism is a facet of nearly every ancient civilization. For example, the lotus, a symbol of irrepressible fertility, is revered in both Egyptian and Oriental cultures. The onion was not only a favorite food and medicinal plant of the Egyptians, but also out pictured their belief in the universe’s multi-layered structure. The remarkable Egyptian pharmacy included some of today’s most renowned herbs: myrrh, aloe, peppermint, garlic and castor oil. In the mythology of the ancient Greeks, the twelve primary gods each had favorite plants. These plants, living connections to the realms above, were used as symbols of the gods … Continue reading