The sun and the moon

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Here’s the fruit of the work today, a night sky with the beginning of a sun and moon, and a couple of weird looking symbols that simply stand for “salt” and “sulphur”. A practicing alchemist seeks to purify the alchemical salt and sulphur, using mercury as the liquid agent within which to combine the two. Effortless Temperance here flawlessly mixes the two elements together, while the sun and moon appear behind her.

The position of her hands suggests the relationship of heaven to earth, and that we should be chastened to avoid excess. As an angel she is God’s messenger, so it’s probably smart to pay attention to her.

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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