speciesbarocus: Leonhard Christoph Sturm - Tabulae per Universam Mathesin (1700). [x] Allegory of Geometry and Architecture.
22teachings: "In Qabalistic and Tantric traditions, the serpent winds around the central axis, the serpent of wisdom or Kundalini. Often depicted as two opposing serpents, it is necessary to awaken and balance this energy as it winds through the active and passive channels of the spine or the active and passive pillars of the Tree of Life. By activating the central axis, the Crown may be reached, which is timelessness, immortality and union with the Divine." Illustration to Raymond Lull’s Opera Chemica, 15th century, from The Mystic Spiral, Journey of the Soul by Jill Purce
paysagemauvais: Illustrations from Ulisse Aldrovandi’s “Monstrorum historia cum Paralipomenis historiae omnium animalium” (Bologna, 1642) -
paysagemauvais: Alexander the Great carried into the air by two griffins; Alexander wearing armour, standing in a cage and holding a spear with an animal carcass. Woodcut Print made by: Monogrammist IS & shovel Formerly attributed to: Hans Schäufelein 1517-1537 211 mm x 144 mm British Museum Subject taken from the ‘Historia de preliis’ written in the 10thC by the Neapolitan Archpriest Leo, see Dodgson, II, pp.38-9.