Online gallery of fantasy artist Kundry Land, featuring her paintings, her pet portraits, her photographs of Lofoten and her journal.
Galerie d'art fantastique et onirique de Kundry. Inclut outre ses peintures un journal et des photos des Lofoten.
Seven orphan girls for a brand new world And the witch stirs in her sleep So you thought you could hide from me? She says... No stronghold against the eye of the witch. Nice girls, no mayhem, and you might even start believing in your own lies But a half-lie is more mortal than a lie truly believed. Come, my beloved daughters, to be challenged To feel the thunder that runs wild in your veins Say no to it and you'll be eaten alive Have a wise use of slyness May it be a beautiful one For there is no greater ugliness Than in the true motives We keep hidden from ourselves. Speak up now, girls! Be the doll, be the harpy But never bend...
I had a dream last night. The female artist in my dream kept shaping her material which consisted of polymer clay again and again and it became a bas-relief, a goddess face surrounded by drapery. It gives me a great idea... ;-)
I went to the court of the Mountain King Gold is the grass And green the witch's hair I heard the drums Bam Bam Bam And I trembled at the feet of the mountain trolls Clip Clap Clop Sang the rain washing the snow And all the buds in great arousal Made a chain, made a chain... Under the rainbow, we all danced.
We're drawing close to the midnight sun which starts on the 27th of May. Birds are very active and the air is saturated with their exhuberance.
As the Sun rises higher day after day I cling to the last remains of the night Stars that shine only before the inner eye In the warmest and richest cloak of Lady Night Pregnant with dreams and visions. Twilight holds all its promises...
Snow has come back to Loki the dog's great pleasure.
The tarn nearly disappeared under the snow:
A place of healing Beyond the mounds of snow As white as new beginnings With every shade of blue So as not to forget Our origins from dreams. A place of wonder Where everything just is, Unspoiled and true.
After a false sensation of spring, winter is back on Lofoten. Icicles and strong gusts of freezing and damp wind.
But the sun hasn't forsaken us:
Today, I just finished my figurine of the Sea God. Perhaps Njord, or Manannan Mac LLyr, but certainly not Poseidon since he's a rapist (yes, he is!):
Storm upon the Ocean Bring me the treasure of the depths The phosphorescence of his kingdom, The ecstasy of the Sea God.
I was watching the first photo on the post "Gate" from 2 days ago and thought I could see a familiar figure. And I was right. The first picture shows the god Loki (he's not really a "god") engraved on a stone, and the second is a close-up from my photo:
Personal Daimons by Patrick Harpur
Guardian angels derived from Neoplatonism and, along with the other classes of angels, became part of Christian dogma at the Council of Nicaea (AD 325). But, long before this, the ancient Greeks believed that individuals were attached at birth to a daimon who determined, wholly or in part, their destiny. Philemon was clearly such a daimon for Jung, who emphasized the crucial part this strange Gnostic figure played in his life and work. Plato's mentor, Socrates, had a daimon who was famous for always saying "No." It did not enter into rational discourse with Socrates; it merely warned him when he was about to do something wrong (especially something displeasing to the gods), like the prompting of conscience...
However, Plato in Timaeus identified the individual daimon with the element of pure reason in man and so it became "a sort of lofty spirit-guide, or Freudian super-ego." This may be true of certain, perhaps exceptional individuals, but is is also true - as we shall see - that daimons are as likely to represent unreason or at least to be equivocal. But meanwhile it is instructive to consider the case of Napoleon. He had a familiar spirit "which protected him. which guided him, as a daemon, and which he called his star, or which visited him in the figure of a dwarf clothed in red that warned him."
This reminds us that personal daimons favor two forms by which to manifest: the abstract light, globe, oval and (as here) shining sphere, or the personification - angelic, manikin-like or whatever. It confirms, in other words, my speculation ... that the two forms are different manifestations of each other, with (in Napoleon's case) different functions: the star guides, the dwarf warns. Both are images of the soul, which is another way of understanding the daimon.
Indeed, it seems that, next to personification, daimons prefer luminous appearances or "phasmata," as the Syrian Neoplatonist Iamblichus (d. 326) called them. He was a real expert on daimons, and ufologists could do worse than study the distinctions he makes between phasmata. For instance, while phasmata of archangels are both "terrible and mild," their images "full of supernatural light," the phasmata of daimons are "various" and "dreadful." They appear "at different times ... in a different form, and appear at one time great, but at another small, yet are still recognized to be the phasmata of daemons." As we have seen, this could equally well describe their personifications. Their "operations," interestingly, "appear to be more rapid than they are in reality" (an observation which might be borne in mind by ufologists). Their images are "obscure," presenting themselves within a "turbid fire" which is "unstable."
The first of the great Neoplatonists, Plotinus (AD 204-70), maintained that the individual daimon was "not an anthropomorphic daemon, but an inner psychological principle," viz:- the level above that on which we consciously live, and so is both within and yet transcendent... Like Jung, he takes it as read that daimons are objective phenomena and thinks to emphasize only that, paradoxically, they manifest both inwardly (dreams, inspirations, thoughts, fantasies) and outwardly or transcendently (visions and apparitions). Plotinus does not, we notice - like the early Jung - speak of daimons as primarily "inner" and as seen outwardly only in "projection." He seems to agree with the later Jung - that there is a psyche "outside the body." However, his use of the word "transcendent" also suggests that the real distinction to be made is not between inner and outer, but between personal and impersonal. There is a sense, he seems to be saying, in which daimons can be both at once.
...[P]ersonal daimons are not fixed but can develop or unfold according to our own spiritual development. Jung might say: in the course of individuation, we move beyond the personal unconscious to the impersonal, collective unconscious, through the daimonic to the divine. Acording to Iamblichus, we are assigned a daimon at birth to govern and direct our lives but our task is to obtain a god in its place.
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