Sunday, May 30, 2010

Leaf Wheel

First night at the cabin, I awoke with images of leaf wheels: leaves sprouting from branches, arranged like spokes around a hub. The day before I had been thinking a good deal about the gash in the gulf bleeding oil into the ocean - where all life begins and ends, like a great wheel, or an engine of creation. I am going to make something using this symbol.

The original image was removed by a hacker. I have since replaced it with a new version from 2014.


  1. Welcome back to blog land.

    Looking forward to was you got up your creative sleeve.

    Be well

  2. Beautiful symbol... perhaps a poetic expression on the part of your unconscious, with a similar intent to the prayer posted below...? If you don't mind me saying, I'm seeing azure in the background... the color of healing... the color of a pristine ocean... (?)

  3. Octagons were often used by the Templars, to symbolize the solar ring in their castles and churches.

  4. BTW, have you considered making your own version of the Red Book?

  5. Wow I'd never seen that before - thanks for the link. I do keep a journal like that. Some of the sketches are posted here, along with my ramblings. I don't think it's the type of thing that would be publishable. Besides, I enjoy the interactive nature of blogging. I wonder how Jung might have used this media? Hmm...

    Dia, thank you for your comments. Funny you should say that about the ocean. Ocean imagery has been much in my thoughts lately.

  6. "I don't think it's the type of thing that would be publishable"

    Well, to be honest, Jung never intended his journal to be published, or seen by anyone else outside his own family! and after he died, they kept it hidden as a kind of embarrassment. He worked in the book during a time of terrible emotional or psychological crisis; he literally used it to preserve his sanity.

    I guess people are driven to this Red Book because of a)the popularity of the author; and b)because when you are dealing with deep and powerful subliminal themes, you're addressing something any human being can relate to, even peripherally.

    It just seemed to me that you're trying to convey some sort of highly symbolic message with your imagery. I don't know if it could be ordered into some sort of structured narrative, even at an unconscious level.


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