Isra and Mi’raj in the Zubdat-al Tawarikh

First and foremost, I’m fascinated that a book on the natural world is prefaced with a painting of how that world is both sustained and came into being. The Celestial Map or Macrocosm above is the opening miniature in the Turkish Zubdat al Tawarikh or History of the World commissioned by the Ottoman Sultan Murad III. […]

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The Return of the Sun King

What, you may ask, does the Philosophy of the Renaissance Neo-Platonist have to do with the Winter Solstice and Christmas? The key is in the image and nature of the Sun itself. Astrologically, the Sun is King and the Moon is Queen. At the time of the Winter Solstice, we have the longest night, to be […]

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Stellar Iconography of the Black Madonna

  I’ve been  drawn to all things Polish of late and any fascination with Poland will soon lead you to the Black Madonna. The word icon has been disrespectfully assigned to graphic links in computer technology or we use the wo5d iconic to refer to a famous building and even to the owner of Virgin Airlines. […]

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