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Sapientia

sapientia art print

This is my ‘Sapientia’ surreal art print, which you can now buy.

  • Rory Buckland
  • ‘Sapientia’
  • Digital Collage
  • 2019/2020
  • Sizes start at; 297x210mm (A4)

You can buy it now in my shop; here

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Auspicium

Auspicium

‘Auspicium’ art print, Rory Buckland, Digital Collage, 2019/2020, Sizes start at; 297x210mm (A4).

Please contact me for purchase enquiries.

Centuries old
The book of Joel and revelation
Preacher of the blood moon
and apocalypse

This blood moon 
holds sway
Sway over a desert

Scorching heat
Paralysing cold
Spiritual thirst
Depletion and disorientation

But what of polarity
And the space between?
The space for alchemy

Navigating by the sun
Fluttering like
The flickering light

A master of metamorphosis
An alchemical vas
An object transformed 
And a vessel of transformation
The butterfly



custom made art print

This is the beautiful hand finished ‘Auspicium’ art print on archival fine art paper with a print sealer for added protection. The edges have been hand gilded with ‘copper’ effect leaf. The print has then been mounted on unbleached cotton calico with starch paste.

Firstly I have used this process because it references the preservation of historical works on paper. Secondly I find it makes the print more robust. Thirdly it causes the paper to warp, making something 2D more 3D, or object like

Because of the combination of the above processes this print is robust enough and self supporting to not require framing. There is a small hanging wire on the reverse to suspend it from. These look really lovely just hung straight on the wall.

So why not have a look at the other works in this series in my gallery here? Or my Axisweb profile here

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De Profundis

De Profundis Subconscious print

This is my ‘De Profundis Subconscious’ art print

  • Rory Buckland
  • ‘De Profundis Subconscious’
  • Digital Collage
  • 2019/2020
  • Sizes start at; 297x210mm (A4)

You can buy it now in my shop here

A night sky
Filled with the sparks of consciousness.

The moon
Never revealing its dark side from the comfort of ignorance.

But are we not compelled to to navigate
this uncharted territory?
To bring it into the light.

Shamans favour the Owl
A powerful guide
Carrying the moon forth from deep recesses of mind

Their favour 
Is with the ability to dwell in darkness
Yet
Carry that darkness out into the light.

The question?
Will you be mired
Hopelessly lost in the darkness

Or emerge
Squared with self knowledge.

custom art print

This is the beautiful hand finished ‘De Profundis Subconscious’ art print on archival fine art paper with a print sealer for added protection. The edges have been hand gilded with ‘silver’ effect leaf. The print has then been mounted on unbleached cotton calico with starch paste.

Firstly I have used this process because it references the preservation of historical works on paper. Secondly I find it makes the print more robust. Thirdly it causes the paper to warp, making something 2D more 3D, or object like.

Because of the combination of the above processes this print is robust enough and self supporting to not require framing. There is a small hanging wire on the reverse to suspend it from. These look really lovely just hung straight on the wall.

So why not have a look at the other works in this series in my gallery here? Or my Axisweb profile here

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Solis Orbis Alis

Winged Sun Disk / Solis Orbis Alis

Do you recognise this symbol of the ‘Winged Sun Disk’. Because it has been used throughout world history and is imbued with symbolism.

I will soon be making versions of this available to buy. So please contact me or keep en eye on my blog for updates and availability.

Tenuous boundaries of the pathless forest
Enclosing
Yet beyond the realms of consciousness

This is my digital collage / photomontage – ‘Winged Sun Disk’. I printed it on textured ‘fine art’ paper and edged it with gold leaf. Because it is not framed I finished it with print sealer.

I stuck the print down using wheat starch paste. Which is pH neutral and removable, onto unbleached cotton calico fabric. Firstly I have used this process because it references the preservation of historical works on paper. Secondly I find it makes the print more robust. Thirdly it also causes the paper to warp. Therefore giving the effect of making something 2D more 3D, or object like.

The sun
The light of consciousness
And enlightenment
The abeyant wholeness of the psyche

Title Language and Origins

My artwork has accrued several titles along the way. Firstly ‘The Winged Truth of Consciousness’. Along with its Latin translation ‘Ales Veritatis Conscientia’.

Then simply its historical name ‘Winged Sun Disk’. In this post I have used the Latin translation. Which is ‘Solis Orbis Alis’.

The Sun is sometimes referred to by its Latin name Sol or by its Greek name Helios. Whilst the English word sun stems from Proto-Germanic sunnǭ.

Acute
The owls wings
Moving between light and dark
At will

Why did I choose Latin? Because it is an old language tracing its roots to the Phonetician Alphabet, which in turn is derived from the Proto-Canaanite alphabet. This is the oldest fully matured alphabet, and ultimately derived from Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Also, Latin roots are used in English descriptions of theology, the sciences, and medicine to name a few.

Carrying this sun
Down form its overview
To our earthly perspective

Historical Use

This is also found in ancient Egypt, Sumerian, Mesopotamian, Hittite, Anatolian, and Persian (Zoroastrian) civilisations. It is also found in the South American and Australian symbolism of remote cultures. It was also adopted by the Christian church in the Victorian era, who used it to symbolise the life-giving power of God. Because of this it is clearly a widely used symbolic theme. Albeit with many variations of presentation.

With prudence
To all that face it
A maternal gaze

Winged Sun Disk – Origins and Meaning

There are many theories as to its origins. Because I’m not here to speculate on their veracity, I’ve simply listed several below;

  1. A representation of the sun at the time of eclipse. Because the wings (and sometimes tail) of the bird display elements of the solar corona. Because it is visible at the moment of total eclipse.
  2. Another version, says the disk depicts a mythical celestial body of Nibiru which is described in Sumerian mythology.
  3. Because of the symbols context, placement and similarity across the globe. The plasma physicist Anthony Peratt has carried out laboratory experiments and a survey of petroglyphs. This has led him to conclude that the past has witnessed the formation of a heaven-reaching plasma discharge tube, precipitated by a large influx of charged particles from space and an increased solar wind
  4. The more frequent interpretation of this symbol is its comparison with the sky, the sun, solar power and renewal of life or divinity, majesty, power and eternity of the spirit.
Bringing the spark of creativity
The potential of fecundity
And regenerative healing 

The early use of the Winged Sun Disk in Egypt is on the 4th dynasty coffin of Queen Hetepheres – 2500BC. From the 8th Century BC it was found on Hebrew seals. As well as in ancient Greece as the knob of the Staff of Hermes.

But beware of imprudence
For this orb

Other Versions

The winged sun disk is similar to another ancient symbol the Zoroastrian ‘fravahar’ found in Persia, latterly Iran. Another version of the Winged Sun Disk is the Winged Scarab with a sun above its head. This symbol was associated with Egyptian ancient god of the rising sun, Khepri (“He who is Coming into Being”) who is associated with rebirth, resurrection and new life as a winged scarab.

The astonishing aspect of this variant of the symbol is its discovery in 2018, amongst hundreds of petroglyphs (rock carvings). These were found in the Ratnagiri and Rajapur area of the state of Maharashtra in western India. The petroglyphs have been etched on the rusty-red coloured laterite rocks that dominate the flat hilltops of the Konkan coastline.

Director of the Maharashtra State Archaeology Department, Tejas Garge, is quoted as saying; “Our first deduction from examining these petroglyphs is that they were created around 10,000 BC,” Source

So its origins appear to lie in a far earlier epoch than we would dare to have imagined.

Carried upon the owls wings
Can be the bringer of destruction
From the dark

Winged Sun Disk – Latter Day Use

In his book ‘Symbolism of the Gods of the Egyptians and the Light They Throw on Freemasonry’, the neurologist and oculist Thomas Milton Stewart wrote; that the winged sun disk denoted “’to become – to be – to create’, and that it was a part of symbolical ornamentation of every temple, displayed over every gate and doorway,”

This books demonstrates the symbol has a more contemporary history as well. Through its use by the Freemasons. As well as Rosicrucianism, Thelema, Theosophy and the Unity Church.

Its adoption doesn’t stop with spiritual organisations ether. The corporate world sees value in it too. Because variations of the symbol are used as a trademark logo on vehicles produced by the Chrysler Corporation, Mini, Bentley Motors, Lagonda (Aston Martin) and Harley Davidson (Source Wikipedia).

To burn all in its path
With an atrocious heat.
Choose well.

Furthermore it is seen in popular culture. For instance; Kubrick’s ‘2001 A Space Odyssey’ – 1968. ‘Alien’ – 1979. It is the ‘Golden Snitch’ in Harry Potter – 2001/2010. As well as too many others to mention here.

Symbols help elucidate our psyche. They do this through our responses to them.

I will be posting more content related to this in the future. As well as making versions of this available to buy. So please contact me or come back for more interesting stuff.


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“…the greatest secret is in water.”

Jung and Alchemy: Unconscious content

Whilst the subtitle of this post is ‘Jung and alchemy: unconscious content’; The post title  “…the greatest secret is in water.” refers to the Vas Hermeticum, (mentioned in Mark Saban piece cited below), in alchemy which is a vessel where mysterious transformations occur. Perhaps considered as a font containing the water of dreams. Jung considered it a representation of a physical, psychic or spiritual space where the union of opposites can occur. The union of the conscious and unconscious perhaps.

(Saban, Mark) As Jung points out, “[The secret] points, in a word, to the presence of an unconscious content, which exacts from consciousness a tribute of constant regard and attention. With the application of interest the continual perception and assimilation of the effects of the “secret” become possible. This is beneficial to the conduct of life, because the contents of the unconscious can then exert their compensatory effect and, if taken note of and recognised, bring about a balance that promotes health.”

Mark Saban; Alchemy and Jungian Psychology; http://www.marksaban.co.uk

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