Sunday, January 17, 2010
TWO WINGS OF THE PHOENIX
The two wings of the fire bird represent the two aspects of Nature and
Culture. In the wing on the left of the painting, there is the wilderness, in particular the forests which are burning, and the tree that is dead. Below, feeding the fire, are the thorns and also the broken empty vessels that are destroyed by the human greed which wants to control nature, and just use it for providing a source to stoke the flames.
The second wing of the phoenix is the city, and culture, which is also part of the process of transformation that the fire bird symbolizes. Here we are also conscious of the poor who are hungry, and want to be given the shelter which they look for in the "healing wings" of the Divine.