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Happiness is the open capacity, rain or shine, tiredness or uplift: to let it happen.

Priestess, 1988

Heavy rain and cold autumn equinox – the coolness of the air liberates me;  the grey sky yesterday moved with beauty.   Dion Fortune writes (in The Sea Priestess) of the touch of mind on mind.  This is so much deeper than seeing appearances.   The touch of mind on mind comes to the boundless space between – as the maggidim alighted upon her School, Society of the Inner Light; and got written down by trial and error.

Lucita, a medieval Moorish sage 2005.

Come Isis.   Come, my guides, Lebecq and Zofira.

Let us draw together that space where the sky blows around wild Brean – invoked as it was before it got built up and farmed over;  in the dip of strata beds, the tail thread is so strong and pulsing, that Glastonbury Tor is near enough to touch.   In the astral dimension, the map conforms to VISION and the currents;  and the work is One Form.  The Great Seas roll in, even though it is the Bristol channel.

The touch of mind on mind:  be still.   Words and images ripple from it, but are secondary.  The touch is silence.  This was Ramana’s balm.  It is the Cave of the world;  O Lord of caves and of the meeting rivers…  tailor of the field.

The sufi sews in and out of life, a thread whose core is fleecy white.   Loud white wings beat behind the plough.

By notarikon, the word Kabbalah compresses in its syllables, these traditions:  the elder Egyptian Ka, the Father and the Submission to grace.   The Cultural versions converge to silence: a pyramid tip.




The Empress in Tarot is called the Luminous Intelligence.   The Empress gives birth to what the Priestess broods.  Their paths cross in the Great Spirit Kite.  The Priestess probes:  the Empress bridges.  Together they gestate, vertically and horizontally, the White Brilliance from Kether.

The Tarot Keys on the paths of the Tree’s upper Face

  The Empress (horizontal path, Hokhmah – Binah) and the Priestess (vertical path Kether – Tifareth) are colour coded respectively green and blue.


My scroll post is vertical, a long, long anchor of the Sri Chakra anchor in the deep.  That Yantra contains all the laws of Nature, and is thus the base.

tree yantra

A little local intelligence by long habit draws near to the One – upadesa – and ties the boat-cord to a ring in the harbour wall;  the pin goes into the socket.   The One – I say this again and again – bridges and connects everything, as the very air we breathe, which comes from beyond the stars.  The One lightly tosses my form, as in this sketch of the breeze before storm in 1987  The One, connecting all places, sees and is and swirls.

The mother tells a frightened child:  “those poplars aren’t crying,  it is the wind singing in their thousands of little leaves.”


Copper is NChSh in Hebrew.  It shares the same gematria value – 358 – as the Serpent and the Redeemer.  Venus Aphrodite here, has a heart shaped shield, the soft, conductive metal.  It is golden bronze, and turns green with chemical age.

Tarot Key 3 – The Empress (B.O.T.A.deck)

Temptation – the ageless wisdom says – transmutes to protection, as the white dove of peace  is formed and grows.

When I painted the Sacred India Tarot‘s “Lovers” card, I armoured Kaccha’s genitals with a dove.  Reflect on that;  the linga doesn’t stab but is alive, abundant with love and seed.   A tantric lover “nests’ his shaft in the yoni, sense of touch.  Reflect on ZAIN.   This is the Hebrew letter assigned to Key 6 The Lovers;  it carries two meanings:  “sword” and “penis”.   Its psychological function is to penetrate, to part the waves, to discriminate error and judgement.

With archetypal spontaneity, here, the dove’s depth and flight bridges west and eastern wisdoms:  the pregnant Empress in BOTA … to the Sacred India Tarot Archive(SITA).

The Sacred India Tarot:  Kaccha and the demon Princess Devyani

Adam and  Eve …

…  after my very distant ancestor Lucas Cranach (a copy from Durer’s portrait of him.)


The Copper Serpent

Botticelli's Aphrodite   
on the waves   
has red copper tresses.   
Through the copper coil   
her living snake    
warms the soul, the Sun   
reddened by the iron of Ares.   

Earth, so warmed   
is the Son she loves   
giving birth.   

The Copper Serpent 
is a game of snakes and    
jacobs' ladders. 
Saints gave to it their Sol, 
and to the nonresistant   
metal of Venus,  
their body by fire or wood
as martyrs.


Copper in the ancient world, as today, transmits the current through minimal resistance.  It is a “soft metal”.  A metallic alloy of gold and copper was used for mirrors.  The venus symbol – circle over cross – is a looking-glass!

The mirror is essential to creative imagination.

The hebrew for Dove happens to be YONAH!   ( Sanskrit yoni is the female organ.)

The hebrew root from YIN yayin, wine suggests: to be warm, effervescent like the foam of the sea which fermented into Aphrodite.

Sperm, yeast, yoni, come, ferment, goddess.

YNVH (yonah) dove translates to sexual warmth, a dove to dove magendovid.  The magendovid, correctly translated, is not the star, but the shield of David – warrior and poet of the psalms.


There is a waterfall behind the Empress (see illustration above, of Tarot Key 3) – the masculine vertical to her female pool:  sivalinga in yoni:  Chaiah the life force.

The wheat is the development and multiplying of the seed.

Kama’s wheel

She …

Like snakes in the wind   
some of Aphrodite's tresses   
are bound, and some are loose. 

Medusa is her shadow 
precipitation onto stony waste - 
when clung to as possession.   

Tempter and advisor  
warm the soul   
like the Sun on stone's

Nature, warmed by the Son   
thinks she is   
the Sun, and loves   
and gives birth.

From The Masters’ Eye, 1992-2009



When I copied the Durer drawing of Cranach, I turned it round to draw upside down.   I did the same with this sketch of “Zofira”, using a photo of Anandamayi Ma, whom she is said to resemble.  The resulting freedom of the line – as seen and followed objectively, rather than  the “short-cuts” of visual habits – achieves an anatomical observation and accuracy. Similarly, drawing with my left hand is slower and more difficult, but much more conscious:  the attention now.




My adventure invites fellow travellers.  I am a poet, an artist and a seer.  I welcome conversation among the PHILO SOFIA, the lovers of wisdom.

This blog is  a vehicle to promote my published work – The Sacred India Tarot (with Rohit Arya, Yogi Impressions Books) and The Dreamer in the Dream – a collection of short stories (0 Books) – along with many other creations in house.  

I write, illustrate, design and print my books.   Watch this space.

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