About Ladder of Planets

Ladder of Planets

(Ink and paint on paper)

 

 

Color is the dominant force in these pieces. Each of the original seven paintings attempts to express the personality of one of the classical planets and its corresponding alchemical operation. They are also invitations to the planetary forces to act as guides in my life. All marks made on these were intuited in the hours rules by each planet. Two additional pieces (Earth and Fixed Stars) were added to this series later, further representing the alchemical concept of "as above, so below."

Prints and postcards are available here.

 

 

Saturn/Calcination

Burn yourself away.

 

Jupiter/Dissolution

Dissolve in a flood of expanded awareness.

 

Mars/Separation

The will to pull apart and purify.

 

Sun/Conjunction

Joined in the center of the Journey.

 

Venus/Fermentation

A womb, a temple.

 

Mercury/Distillation

Rise and fall, refine and elevate.

 

Moon/Coagulation

Solidify and share. Start again.

Earth/Projection

My feet on the ground, my head in the Stars.

Fixed Stars/Projection

The poem in this piece is adapted from Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy.