oil on canvas 90×90cm
Inspired by the dance between enlightenment and manifestation, merging the crowns Light with the shadows suggesting caduceus or kundalini rising.
In alchemy, “Solve” refers to the breaking down of elements and “Coagula” refers to their coming together such as transmuting lead into gold or arriving at the Philosopher’s stone. Esoterically, “solve” referred to the dissolving of hardened positions, negative states of body and mind , thereby dissolving and vanishing negative energetic charge. “Coagula” referred to the coagulation of dispersed elements into an integrated whole, representing the new synthesis. Solve et Coagula expresses transmutation from base to a finer state, the perpetual goal of spiritual growth and human evolution.
“Solve et Coagula” reflects the “as above, so below” ability of the Magician to draw upon Source and the elements to create his desires. The eternal light being shown as a star, rather than symbolised in the lemniscate.
While the title and caduseas suggest Levi’s Baphomet (“The Devil” card) – I used these to depict the common theme that these cards point to – that magic/manifestation requires connection to both Source (Kether) and Earth (Malkuth).
Original sold to Jonathon Davies
Printed as a work of visionary, alchemic art in Silk Milk Magazine #4 www.crossroads.wild.net.au/silkmilk4.htm