Like a fairy entralled with her first flight she enters
the path of illumination.
As Persephone was released by the dual hierophants,
Apollo and Eros, our initiate coalesces with the light.
THE ANCIENT GREEK LORE OF INITIATION
Orpheus is attributed with importing Egyptian ideas of temple initiation into ancient
Greece. The famous Eleusinian Mysteries of Delphi grew in part from Egyptian
concepts. The idea of the "portal" of intiation may stem from Egypt. In the
initiation manual, The Egyptian Book of the Dead, the initiate is described as
passing a series of pylons, or pillar doorways, which mark different stages of the
The Hierophant of the Mysteries is the Great Initiator. The Rod of Initiation was
the trident, a three-pronged spear that symbolized the Triple Goddess. Apollo
was the primary initiator of the Greek rites. Apollo, son of Aphrodite, was called
the Sun Fish. Eros, depicted as a cherub-like infant, usually astride dolphin
back, was the second initiator.
In the legend of Persephone, she was styled as a failed Initiate. As penance
for her failure, she was sent to the abode of Charon, god of the underworld.
She was allowed only to rise up from the underworld each spring. Persephone
manifested as the narcissus, the first flower of spring. The story of her failure is
a type of parable or moral lesson. Actually it was forbidden to reveal to the
world at large the results of initiation, so the story of a failed initiation was all
that was allowed by the temple. One might suppose that this was a form of
advertisement for the mysteries, one that did not disturb sacred secrets.
The dark-leaved plants that appear in my art in this post symbolize the
vegetation of the underworld, seeking rebirth in the world of springtime.
Rudolf Steiner gives an excellent account of the concept of the Guardian of the Threshold in his writings. In the process of initiation the neophyte
is presented with a major blockage in his progress. Overcoming fear of
the guardian is paramount in advance in spirituality. The guardian represents
all the initiate's past karma. Steiner's Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and It's Attainment gives a good account of the subject of initiation.
Edouard Shure in his series, The Great Initiates, written in the 19th century
gives one of the better interpretions of the Eleusinian Mysteries.
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ERIC'S BLOG SEARCH
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MY GOOGLE PHOTO ALBUMS: Sculpture, Paintings, Digital Art, Stamps.
Click on above photo to access files. These images were formerly known as Picasa Web Albums. An archive of images used on Blogger.
NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBAL STAMPS
This link will take you to a philatelic article about Native American stamp issues.
ALBUM OF CYBER ART STAMP COVERS
These covers are paraphilatelic digital fantasies. Click on image above to access this album.
FIGURATIVE CERAMIC SCULPTURE: Hand Built Creations by Eric Whollem
'Seated Figure.' Oxides on white earthenware clay. Click on this image to view my posts on sculpture.
EARTH PIGMENTS GATHERED IN NATURE: earth paints used in painting and ceramic sculpture
'The Brothers' by Eric Whollem. This painting was painted with a stick brush. I used milk glue as a binder. This image is a link to my posts on earth painting.
MIXED MEDIA PAINTINGS
'Garden of the Turtle' by Eric Whollem. This image is a link to my posts on figurative abstraction.
CONCOW MAIDU LORE: Faux postage stamps from Maidem Kodom
Spirit of the Deer Man: 'Nem Sumi' or 'Big Deer' by Eric Whollem. An earth painting showing a shamanic mythographic image. This icon is a link to my gallery of Concow Maidu cyberstamps.
GEOMETRIC ABSTRACTIONS: nonrepresentational visions from the twentieth century
'Box Blocks' by Eric Whollem, 1981. Gouache and found earth pigments on paper. Image links to my gallery of abstract art.
MYTHOGRAPHIC SCULPTURE: A post on Myth as it is used by sculptors and artists
'Bean Sidhe' a Goddess figurine by Eric Whollem. This image is a link to the article above.
CONCOW MAIDU FAUX POSTAGE STAMPS: cyberstamp editions from Maidem Kodom
'Ooti, the Acorn' by Eric Whollem; Concow Maidu Language and Culture. This image is a link to my Maidu artist stamp gallery.
ALBUM OF CERAMIC SCULPTURES
This album shows the range of sculptural art that I have created over the years. Click on photo to access the album.
'Stratosphere' by Eric Whollem
THE KING OF THE WOOD: an earth painting celebrating the legendary King of Nemi
This painting from 1974 was painted in natural earth pigments, charcoal, and ash paint on panel. The subject of the painting is the guardian of the Golden Bough. This image is a link to my post on this painting.
'The Divine Expression' by Eric Whollem. This image is a link to my posts on Expressionism.
VILA/ A figurative ceramic sculpture rooted in images of Bird Woman from ancient Eastern Europe
'Vila' by Eric Whollem, a ceramic interpretation of mermaid lore from the Adriatic Sea. This icon links to my post.
CYBER ART MAIL/ Eric Whollem
This link takes you to my new blog for my fantasy stamp covers and postcards. Virtual cancellations. Fantasy postal markings. Unusual mail courier systems.
ARTISTAMPS for the New World: Visionary Metaphysical Art
A faux postage stamp from the United Aethernet Nations, a micronational organization dedicated to world peace. This stamp will take you to my 'Aethernet Stamps.'