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Dream by Marc Chagall

Dream by Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall was a Russian painter known as a colorist for his effervescent use of the palate, specifically his love of monochromatic blues. Henry Miller named him “poet with the wings of a painter.”  His world renowned reputation is unlike that of any other.  Perhaps it was his versatility and bewilderment of life in and of itself that makes him so universally revered.   The Dream, created in 1978 was part of his private collection.  This is not unusual for Chagall who was notoriously private, and often even denied he was a painter. The title itself, The Dream is a clue as to where this painting may have been inspired from.  […]

February 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Self Portrait with the Neck of Raphael

Self Portrait with the Neck of Raphael

Self Portrait with the Neck of Raphael Salvador Dali is one of the most interesting characters in history due to his larger than life personality. Though his surrealist paintings are extremely memorable Dali is also memorable for stirring the pot, for being unafraid, for being unapologetically eccentric and inherently rebellious, for actually embodying surrealism. Self Portrait with the Neck of Raphael symbolizes a humble Salvador Dali.  The light colors which make up the backdrop of the painting give a feel of calm which is a strong juxtaposition to the man who seemingly lived life as a party.  His heavy eyelids symbolize his sleep deprivation and the shadows used by his […]

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Theatre of Dionysus

Theatre of Dionysus

By: Grace Murphy -Find the Theater of Dionysus on Amazon Symbolism and the Theater of Dionysus The Theatre of Dionysus was set in the precinct of Dionysus Eleuthereus, near the Acropolis.  Not uncommon to many theater companies today, performances were mostly presented outside, letting the audience decide to sit or stand, but around 498 B.C.E. it is thought that wooden seats were utilized. Exact formation of this type of arrangement is known today as a proscenium thrust, and can be recognized in major theaters throughout the world. The earliest asset of the Theatre of Dionysus was the orchestra, “The dancing place,” and smack dab in the middle of the orchestra, […]

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Taurus Symbol in Astrology

Taurus Symbol in Astrology

Let the spirit of the goddess shine upon you with a free sample Goddess Within Reading! The Taurus Symbol Meaning The Taurus astrological sign is represented by the Bull.  Like the Bull these people are patient until they are pushed too far, and then they stampede.  Those with the Taurus horoscope symbol also push through issues in their life most people would walk away from. Stubbornness The Zodiac sign of Taurus is one of the four fixed signs, and that makes them stubborn and stable; resolute in all their decisions and actions.  Those with the Zodiac sign of Taurus do not like to deviate from their routine, and use the […]

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Cancer Symbol in Astrology

Cancer Symbol in Astrology

Let the spirit of the goddess shine upon you with a free sample Goddess Within Reading! The Cancer Symbol in Astrology The glyph of the cancer astrology sign are two simplified claws of the crab, that look much like two number 9s intertwined,  and is also interpreted as two breasts honoring to the nurturing qualities of those under this sign. Sheltered Much like the crab that represents the cancer zodiac sign horoscope those with this sign have a tough exterior.  Often, when those with the cancer zodiac symbol fell threatened they retreat into their shell or attack. They do not show their weaknesses, but would rather let the cancer astrological […]

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Passover (Jewish Holiday)

Passover (Jewish Holiday)

-Find Passover on Amazon What Does Passover Symbolize? The Passover narrative can be found in Chapter 12 of the Book of Exodus. I have taken part in my fair share of Passover Seders in 22 years (I have Jewish god-parents). Passover Seders are full of symbols that come directly from the text of the Exodus. •    Karpas- some kind of vegetable dipped into salt water. The salt water is symbolic of the tears of the Israelite slaves when they were in Egypt. •    Yachatz- breaking of the Matzah. Recalls God splitting the Red Sea. •    Maggid- the question is asked: Why is this night different from all other nights? The […]

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Torah (Book)

Torah (Book)

-Find the Torah on Amazon Symbolism in the Torah Myths tell people who they are. The Book of Genesis told the Israelites who they were, where they had come from, and where they were headed as a people.  The books of Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy continued the myth of the Israelite people. The Book of the Leviticus does carry the myth as well but is a book of laws and regulations rather than a book of creation myth. The Book of Genesis told the Israelite people why they were in Egypt and where they were headed as people. The Book of Exodus gave details about the captivity of the Hebrew […]

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Mountains in the Bible

Mountains in the Bible

-Find Biblical Mountains on Amazon What Do Mountains Symbolize in the Old Testament Bible? Mountains are another symbol of the sacred. Mountains are not mentioned in the creation myths found in the Book of Genesis.  The first mention of a mountain in the Book of Genesis was part of the narrative of the great flood.  As the floodwaters receded from the earth, “the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat…in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains began to appear.” Mountains become a symbol of struggle in chapter 19 of the Book of Genesis. After the destruction of Sodom and […]

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Mountains in Exodus

Mountains in Exodus

-Find Exodus on Amazon What Do Mountains Symbolize in the Old Testament Bible? In the Book of Exodus, mountains were symbols of the sacred. In chapter 3 of the Book of Exodus, Moses encountered a burning bush on Mount Horeb, the mountain of God. In this narrative God charged Moses with the task of, “…I [God] will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” Moses, argued with God about his task because he did not believe that the Pharaoh would listen to him nor would the Israelite people. God told Moses, “I am who I am… Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I […]

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Mountain Psalm (Bible)

Mountain Psalm (Bible)

-Find the Bible on Amazon What Does Water Symbolize in the Old Testament Bible? The psalmists used imagery found in the books of Genesis and Exodus to provide hope for their audience. In the books of Genesis and Exodus mountains were symbols that God was sovereign and that God had not forgotten his people. The psalmists used mountains to symbolize the sovereignty of their God. Examples of this include: 1. On the holy mount stands the city he founded; the Lord loves the gates of Zion
 more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Psalm 87:1 2. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, […]

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