The inspirational download for this painting came to me a couple of days before the Solar Eclipse/ Solstice and I was told to wait to paint it until the 20th of June. So I made a simple sketch in my journal and waited for the 20th. That day I sent sacred space in my studio and painted for 8 hours until this painting was done.
First I want to explain that I don’t create a painting based on the meaning of the symbols but paint based on the images that are given to me by spirit. I was told long ago that I have a gift for pulling symbols from all cultures and timelines to create an image that is a cohesive expression of a concept.
The symbolism in this painting when I did the research, is profound on a collective level as well as on a personal level. I have six planetary aspects to this solar eclipse hitting the 7th house in my natal chart, the house of marriage and partnership.
I want to read this from the collective level because I feel it is important.
I started the painting in the center and as it turned out that is the key to the meaning of the painting.
In the center is the Holy Grail, with the blood of Christ out of which arises a phoenix. The phoenix is rising into the center of the eclipse and ring of fire.
The Holy Grail is a symbol of hidden spiritual truth and exemplifies the Sacred Feminine. The cup was said to be the cup from the Last Supper in which Christ put his own blood. The Holy Grail is also known as the Sangreal or bloodline of Christ. The bloodline flows through the children descended from him and Mary Magdalene’s union. The blood symbolizes Spiritual truth, the rose represents Mary Magdalene. The red rose indicates the giving of one’s self for the purpose of greater evolvement.
Here we have the union of masculine and feminine through the Holy Grail (feminine) and the blood of Christ (masculine). And we have the Feminine rising from the cup through the rose (feminine)
(interestingly I had invited Christ and Mary Magdalene into my sacred space along with my guides.)
The Holy Grail is said to have been taken by Joseph of Arimathea to France for safekeeping. In essence, he was protecting the Divine Feminine and keeping her safe. Just like the Holy Grail the Divine Feminine has been sought after ever since it went into hiding.
The Holy Grail is a ritual object of feminine gender. The Union of the Masculine and feminine takes place in the Holy Grail. The grail in some schools of thought is believed to be an woman’s body, the shrine, a sanctuary that men seek. It is an object of regeneration.
In Hebrew Gematria:
The flower or cup is Gimel, Beth, Yod, Ayin represented by the numbers 3+2+10+70 which equals 85. 8+5=13 which is the number of unity. Unity is discovered through the cup and the flower
The Holy Grail and the rose are both symbols of the receptive vessel of the soul, opening to receive the inpouring of divine influence. As the rose unfolds it’s petals it reveals it’s heart which is the Mystery of the Centre. The rose represents the unfolding of higher consciousness through the union with the divine.
The rose is also a symbol for the Goddess Venus. Venus Retrograde is playing a big part in this solar eclipse.
In 12th Century France, the rose became the chief symbol of the newly emerging feminine principle.
So we have the Sacred Masculine and Sacred Feminine in Union rising together as one.
Now add to this the Phoenix.
The phoenix is the ultimate symbol of strength and renewal. It is symbolic of the Sun (the masculine half of the solar eclipse) which dies every night only to be reborn in the morning.
Rising from the ashes transformed and reborn the mythical, magical, radiant, shimmering bird lives for several years before it dies by bursting into flames. It is a symbol of Christ and the resurrection. A new phoenix rises from the ashes, embalms the ashes of its predecessor in an egg of myrrh, and flies to the city of the Sun, Heliopolis, where it deposits the egg on the altar of the Sun God. The phoenix can be seen as both a feminine and a masculine symbol. So our masculine and feminine unite and become the phoenix.
This reference blew me away when I read it: