By M.D., By Thomas Inman
The call for which has sprung up for this paintings has triggered the writer to make it extra whole than it used to be initially. however it couldn't be made excellent with out being increased right into a quantity whose dimension will be incompatible with cheapness. while each determine would offer a textual content for an extended discourse, an in depth cognizance is needed lest an outline could be built right into a dissertation. during this paintings, the writer is obliged to restrict himself to the reason of symbols, and can't release out into historic and glossy faiths, other than in as far as they're typified via yes traditional symptoms.
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Xii. was a winged creature, but it is clear from the context, especially from verses 14 and 15, that he had no pinions, for xxxviii he was unable to follow the woman to whome two aerial oars had been given. The dragon, as we know it, is, I believe, a mediæval creation; such a creature is only spoken of in the Bible in the Book of Revelation, and the author of that strange production drew his inspiration on this point from the lliad, where a dragon is described as of huge size, coiled like a snake, of blood-red colour, shot with changeful hues, and having three heads.
In a part corresponding to the diamond, on the left side, is a six-rayed wheel, emblematic, apparently, of the sun. At the female’s feet is placed a cup, which is intended to represent the passive element in creation. As such it is analogous to the cresent moon, and is associated in the Roman church with the round wafer, the symbol of the sun; the wafer and cup thus being synonymous with the sun and moon in conjunction. It will be observed that each serpent in the plate is apparently attacked by what we suppose is a dragon.
It represents the male and female elements, the pillar and the half moon. Fig. 2 represents the mystic letters said to have been placed on the portaI of the oracle of Delphi. By some it is proposed to read the two letters as signifying “he or she is;” by others the letters are taken to be symbolic of the triad and the unit. If they be, the pillar is very unusual form for the yoni. An ingeniouos friend of mine regards the upright portion as a “slit,” but I cannot wholly agree with him. for in Fig.
Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism by M.D., By Thomas Inman