Archive for the Zodiac Category

The Sun

Posted in Archetype, Astrology, Oil Painting, Planets in Astrology, Zodiac with tags , , , , , , , on December 6, 2017 by Angie Coleman

#1 The Sun sf

Oils     24″ x 24″

Creating images that depict the energy represented by the sun in an astrology chart has been an interesting journey.   I put off finishing any one image, trying one idea after another, but abandoning each as not quite right or somehow just off the mark.

When I was working on images for the other planets each of the clusters of energy or archetypes seemed self-evident.   The planet Saturn is about restriction, boundaries and reality, and so on for each of the planets.   But the sun seemed somehow different, and fundamentally so.   If the other planets represent psychological energies it is the sun through which these energies are manifested and expressed.   One of Edgar Cayce’s ideas (if I get it right) is that our souls can spend time on the other planets, absorbing their particular energy for future incarnations.   In this idea I see the workings of karma, and interpret the energies of the planets as a process of karma, allowing this core self to manifest and play out these energies, and let them in return impact back on this self, spinning karma.   Thus my final painting for the sun doesn’t have a face, for although the core may be the essence of a particular set of beliefs and ideas that are called Cancer or Leo or Pisces, this too is just a face, a façade for that which lies beneath, that which provides and is the energy and the drive; it is both this and all this, but it also hints at much more.

 

 

 

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Pluto

Posted in Archetype, Astrology, Flash Cards, Mythology, Oil Painting, Planets in Astrology, The Planets, Woman, Zodiac with tags , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2017 by Angie Coleman

#10 Pluto sf

Oils     24″ x 24″

I’m still working on the Astrology project; have finished all of the planets except the Sun and I’m already playing with ideas for the twelve houses which I will tackle next.

I love astrology, believe it is one of those ancient systems of knowledge that has been misunderstood over the millennia, falling from its high level of wisdom and knowledge into a caricature of all that it really contains and explains.   It is also a very complex and multi-faceted system.   Popular astrology often claims just the opposite, that it is actually very easy to understand, or ‘read’ a chart.   I haven’t found this to be true at all, and because I don’t find the chart easy to understand I decided to create flash cards that will give visual clues as to what that sign, planet, house, etc. are all about.   Looking at Aries, Mars and the first house it’s obvious that they are related and that all three are about fire (passion) and action.

I believe that in order to be really adept at astrological interpretation a person needs to study in great detail and depth for a long time, perhaps decades.   This is what I realized when I finally had the time in my life to really look into the study of astrology.   Now I believe I would need to dedicate 100% of my time to the study in order to master it, but knowing myself, at my age, and with all of the large projects I am in the middle it’s rather unlikely that I will throw everything else out and concentrate only on astrology.   Instead I’m approaching the subject in my own way, at my own pace, trying to gain knowledge and wisdom through visual symbols and images, whether or not this is the correct way to learn the subject or not.

My approach to things, what I seek and what satisfies me, and the quirks and leanings of my personality are, of course, visible somewhere in my own natal chart whether I can see and understand these placements and their meanings and how they all interact and play on one another or not.   The flash cards are a visual shortcut, prompt and memory cue, but I am finding them very useful nevertheless, and can even say that I understand some things about my own chart (and therefore other charts as well) much better than I did before I started this project.   I will try to share some of what I have learned in a future post.

Venus, Love and Beauty

Posted in Archetype, Astrology, Oil Painting, The Planets, Woman, Zodiac with tags , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2017 by Angie Coleman

#4 Venus, Love and Beauty

Oil     24″ x 24″

Astrology Flash Cards

Posted in Archetype, Astrology, Astrology Signs, Flash Cards, News, Oil Painting, Woman, Zodiac with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2017 by Angie Coleman

 

These are the final twelve of my paintings selected to represent the Archetypes known as the twelve signs of the Zodiac.   I created these as study aids when I was learning about the different signs; my friends and family think they are fun to look at, to learn a little about each sign, to share with others and to give as gifts.

My next project will be to create paintings for the ten Planets in astrology.

To buy your own set of these flash cards for the Twelve Astrology Signs click on Astrology Flash Cards under Pages in the column to the right.