MYTHS IN FUSED GLASS- Various myths are portrayed in fused glass; page down
FIREDIVE OF THE HALCYON KINGFISHER
The Halcyon Kingfisher is a mythical bird that brings about the halcyon days of winter, that being the seven days near the winter equinox when storms never occur.
Myth says that the Goddess Alcyone made a nest on the beach and laid her eggs, while her father, Aeolus, God of Winds, restrained the winds and calmed the waves. Here, the Halcyon dives through the fiery winds to reach the safety of the nest on the beach. The fire looks foreboding, but it is transformative and affords the psychic growth that is needed. The heroís or heroineís journey is one of death and rebirth and the discovering of potentialities.
Zeus Lightning God
Zeus was considered the Father of all Gods but was also endowed with the power to send lightning bolts through the sky to land. And he did so with a vengeance.
One myth tells the story of his pet being stolen and his wrath is exacted on all to obtain the return of his beloved.
It is on a full sheet of “one-of a kind” glass and features colored, iridescent, Dichroic, glass and drawing with glass, to give the work a 3-D effect.
Each piece of glass is hand cut and fired to a temperature of over 1400*
ATHENA HELPING JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS
Athena was known as the Greek Goddess of Wisdom and was an advisor, protector and patron of heroic men.
She was energetic, practical and was usually on a mission to get things done. She was confident and forceful in her actions. She was born as an adult, out of the head of Zeus and was very much her fatherís daughter.
Here, she is depicted as helping Jason and the Argonauts on their ship, as they flee from the dangers of the deep. The swan in the lower right is a disguise for Zeus, her father, which was used to confuse the enemy.
THE GRAIL, THE SORCERER AND THE PRIEST
The Grail is a symbol for the highest level of spiritual development attainable. It can only be obtained after having endured many spiritual tests and adventures. Here we see the Grail Stone in three dimensions, suspended from an imbedded crook and swinging in a labyrinth of dark and dangerous caves and mountains. The Sorcerer in the upper left is obfuscating the path and the Priest in the lower left is praying for the travelerís speedy and safe journey. The traveler on lifeís road must intentionally live the mystery, embrace the dark, before we can reach the light and in the process learn from the trials that befall us.
THE DRAGON DANCING WITH THE PEARL OF WISDOM
The Pearl of Wisdom in the dragonís mouth is the prize we are seeking. We can dance with the dragon and enjoy the thrill, but, in the end, we must face the dragon and complete the battle. The dragon represents the difficulties one must overcome, while reaching an important goal and evokes both fear and desire. But there is good news: the demon you swallow, or conquer, relinquishes its power to you, so you become stronger by having completed the battle. Do not be afraid, the Pearl of Wisdom if there for you.
FROM SLIME TO MAN - Ascension
The evolution of life on Earth, from protozoa; to metazoan invertebrates; to vertebrates; to mammals; has been discussed for centuries, with science and religion claiming to know the truth. And myths have also had their say. The truth, it turns out, is an evolutionary thing, as well. The psychiatrist Karl Jung said that all myths are true because they are believed and beliefs change over time. The lives of the believers and the scientists provide insight, too, because the very ideas we have are a replication of the life process. An idea is born. It stretches, grows, multiplies and transforms, until it can walk on its own. Then it joins with others and ascends and evolves into something useful.
ARTEMIS AND THE RESPLENDANT QUETZAL BIRD
Artemis was the Goddess of the Hunt and made the conscious choice to live in the wilderness and mountains as a hunter. She was a rugged individualist who, when her privacy was breached, splashed water into Actaeonís face and turned him into a stag (middle left.) She symbolizes the independent feminine spirit who reclaims the power of the snake, and assists others in reclaiming their wholeness, self reliance and adventuresome spirit. The Goddess is morphogenetic in that she is fertile and transforms life into other forms. Here the snake (also symbolic of transformation) winds around the sword and the Resplendent Quetzal Bird (upper right), the symbol of liberty, dances overhead.
SIR LANCELOT OF CAMELAIRD
Oh, Sir Lancelot of Camelaird
Your Guinevere mourneth
All the fates have descended upon her
In sorrow she weeps
In confusion she wanders, wanting direction
Yearning for solace, one kind word
But yea, more than that
Since the time of beginning the search
She thought what dragons and beasties lay in wait
But never did she realize exactly
Never guessed it, nor wanted this
Just hoped for means
To reach the goal of meaningfulness
But yea, it comes not
Pine she away for Lancelot her lover
He came, made whole and was kind
Need she so of his goodness
Childlike in ways
Old fashioned and warm
Time & circumstance keep them apart
So close, yet fading
She beckons, "Oh Lancelot,
Come to me with full valor
Accept of the challenge I give."
Guinevere waits for your council
Beckoning, needful, at your service
One indication clearly arranged
And yes, she will be yours.
Five Rivers of Hell
THE FIVE RIVERS OF HADES
According to Greek Mythology Hermes Psychopompos (left edge)leads one to Hell, Hades, or the Greek Underworld.
Charon the ferryman (center) takes you across the five infernal rivers:
Styx, the river of hate
Acheron, the river of woe
Lethe, the river of forgetfulness
Cocytus, the river of wailing
Plegethon, the river of fire
Seven Deadly Sins
Key to Seven Deadly Sins
Hestia Home Fires
HESTIA, GODDESS OF THE HEARTHTEMPLE
Hestia (right edge) was known as the wise woman who kept the family hearth; or the maiden aunt who mothered the family. Her symbol was a circle and her first hearth was round (top center of the artwork.) She was never married and kept quietly to herself.
Hermes, seen on the left, had as his symbol the torch, or Herm, (seen running up the middle of the artwork.) It was used to light a new fire in a new home, usually in the center of the house. People would also put a symbol of Hermes at their door to bring fertility.
These two gods were/are related because of their spheres of influence, (fertility and home) but were always known to stay separate and apart.
Trees were thought by some to be the mythical ancestor of humans, because they spring from the ground; live, bear fruit, and die (green area); and they exist on the earth, every-reaching for the heavens. Trees were thought to contain fire (red area) because a fire can be started by rubbing them together; and the value of their purity (silver area) was recognized as having a purifying effect. The tree house symbolizes the womb-like nature of trees and serves as a cocoon for spiritual and intellectual development.
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