Subconscious structure in the Paradise illustration in a book by Doctor Dahesh
Lebanese mystic and miracle worker Doctor Dahesh collected art, and probably had some illustrations of Biblical metaphors of spiritual themes made by collaborators. Naturalistic figurative styling by Arabic-speaking artists is rare, after the iconoclast ban imposed by Islam.
Structuralist analyses of illustrations in the books of this transmuter or alchemist, reveals many of the universal, collective subconscious typology of features, in the standard sequence, on the standard ocular (eye-to-eye) axial grid, with the standard polar features marked by certain limb joints, relative to Age of the artist’s culture.
The artist of some illustrations may have been Mrs Mary Chiha Haddad, sister of Laura, wife of Besharah el Khoury, former president of Lebanon. She was imprisoned in a mental institution for some time.
Type labels; Characters in the Paradise design of Doctor Dahesh (noting archetypal features):
2 Builder or Taurus; Peacock (bird) in a tree (tree).
2c Basket; Branches (weave) from a truncated stump. See the Mayan cacao tree engraving at Izapa, in Mindprint.
3 Queen or Aries; Small bird.
4 King or Pisces; One of two (twins) swifts (birds. See Persian images of Pisces as birds flanking a field. See the Mayan Izapa engraving’s type 4 as birds).
4p Gal.S.Pole; A swift’s wing (limb joint).
5a Priest or Aquarius; A swift (hyperactive).
6 Exile or Capricornus; A nymph, nearest the centre (ingress), emerging from the tree (tree. See the Mayan Izapa engraving of a tree person). With an extra woman on the left.
7 Child or Sagittarius; A dark man or baby? (child) head outline, under hair (rope).
7g Galactic Centre; Water (water) where a nymph emerges.
9 Healer or Scorpius; Spotted deer (more often an antler).
10 Teacher or Libra; Antelope, next to a butterfly (arms up). Some additional figures are ‘determinants’ of adjacent figures.
11 Womb or Virgo; Eve’s abdomen (womb). The goose is a supporting ‘determinant’.
11p Galactic Pole; Adam’s shoulder (imb joint).
12 Heart or Leo; Adam and Eve, eyes obscured (invert).
13 Heart or Leo; Eve’s chest (heart).
14 Mixer or Cancer; A bird (bird).
15 Maker or Gemini; A peacock tail feather ‘eye’, sin of Pride.
The axial centre is unmarked as usual. The 6-14 axis is slightly off the axial centre, implying some rework of either character 6 or 14 (see rework in Blake’s Dante Meets Beatrice in Paradise, in Mindprint). The work is a print (see the paper tear down the middle). It is signed G Davis or Pavis, or a similar name. It is uncertain whether this is a design after Dahesh, or dictated by Dahesh.
The celestial pole is on a branch knot (juncture). The celestial south pole is on the horizontal plane (orientation). These markers place ‘summer’ in Leo-Cancer, implying spring and the cultural time-frame in Age Taurus-Aries, about BC 1400. Most artworks are framed in the time of the perceived formation of the culture of the artists, thus always one or two Ages prior to the work. Creation themes are usually framed in transitional eras.
The general theme in this Paradise scene could be type 10 Teacher or Libra, typical of nature-culture balance and abundance. Creation themes invite cosmograms. All five levels of structural expression are subconscious to artists, architects, builders and members of any culture.
Subconscious structure in the Inferno, in a book by Doctor Dahesh
Naturalistic figurative styling by Arabic-speaking artists are rare after the iconoclast ban imposed by Islam. Structuralist analysis of illustrations in books by the Lebanese sage, reveals many of the universal, collective subconscious typology of attributes, in the standard sequence, on the standard ocular (eye-to-eye) axial grid, with the standard polar features marked by some limb joints, relative to the cultural Age.
Type labels; Characters in the Inferno design in a book by Doctor Dahesh (noting archetypal features):
1 Builder or Taurus; A devil on a pinnacle throne, sideways (twisted), horned? (bovid).
2c Basket; Souls entering hell (container) in a vortex stream (weave).
3 Queen or Aries; Fallen angel B.
4 King or Pisces; Fallen angel D, lashing souls.
4p Gal.S.Pole; Angel D’s shoulder (limb joint).
5a Priest or Aquarius; A purified soul emerging? (ascend).
6 Exile or Capricornus; A soul in torment (sacrifice or scapegoat).
7 Child or Sagittarius; Incarnated woman B.
8 Healer or Scorpius; A soul rising (strength).
9c Basket Lid; Abyss of hell (container).
10 Teacher or Libra; A soul with arms raised (arms up).
11 Womb or Virgo; Incarnated woman A’s abdomen (womb).
12 Heart or Leo; Incarnated woman A’s chest (heart), escaping hell (invert).
14 Mixer or Cancer; A soul escaping, against the stream?
15 Maker or Gemini; Fallen angel or devil A, near another (doubled), prodding souls (smite, churn) with a staff (sceptre). See Tarot trump 15, Devil, as a soul churner.
The axial centre is in the cave interior, but unmarked as usual. The celestial south pole is on a hip (limb joint), placing ‘winter’ in Capricornus-Sagittarius, thus ‘summer’ in Cancer-Gemini, implying ‘spring’ and the cultural time-frame in Age Aries-Pisces, about BC 80. The subconscious structure of any artwork is usually framed in the Age prior to the work. All five levels of structural expression are subconscious to artists, architects, builders and members of any culture.
The general theme here is type 15 Maker or Gemini (see Tarot trump 15, Devil, or worldly creator), and its opposite, type 7 Child or Sagittarius, often a formling or ‘buck bag’ of physical manifestation, next to the galactic vortex, here on the abyss of hell (see vortexes in Blake’s art, in Mindprint).
Doctor Dahesh worked miracles
Duktur or ‘Doctor’ Dahesh was a gifted miracle worker. Some witnesses tell how he transformed parts of paintings to life, leaving blanks in the paintings. These artworks express general themes related to incarnation and excarnation, manifestation and transmutation, or the archetypal axis between types 15 Maker or Gemini, and its opposite, type 7 Child or Sagittarius.
Paradise trees are vertical vortexes (vortices, or churn groups in art), often expressed in the galactic gate between types 15 Maker or Gemini, and its adjacent type 1 Builder or Taurus, decan Auriga-Orion (here on a peacock tail of eyes).
Infernos are fire vortices, sometimes expressed at type 7g Galactic Centre lies, a little south-west of this gate. Rock art sometimes uses cracks in rock as a kind of veil from, or into, which animals or people emerge or move out of view (see Mindprint p164-169).
Miracle workers intervene in the mechanism of manifestation, or in perception of manifestations, via our fickle thoughts. Paintings are typical of manifestation, and of a vortex of images spun out of perception and inspiration.
Structural analyses reveal that some artworks express the moment of inspiration, when some of the characters are still ‘buck bags’ of moths manifesting from their limbs, and from the vortex at the ‘galactic centre’ of the work. All five levels of structural expression are subconscious to artists, storytellers, ritual liturgists, and users of cultural media.
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