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A village scene showing women washing clothes in a stream and hanging sheets up to dry or laying them on the grass. On the frame are birds, flowers, butterfly, fruit. Alchemy is just "women's work", like cooking and washing. (Stephen Skinner's Splendor Solis commentary)
Women's Work vs The Achiever
Daily tasks of life, addressing problems in various ways - "Once is not enough and that is simple the way it is with this kind of process. The image of women washing is like saying: ‘Work with nature to do it’. There is no special ability required and certainly no cause for inflation."
My drawing of the Achiever show three beavers building their lodge for the winter. Beavers are one of the only animals to shape their environment and typically symbolize hard workers, putting consistent effort into achieving their goals. Normally this forms a single drawing with the otters seen in the previous plate, and was meant to represent the need of artists to seamlessly merge work and play.
Note: the quotes in italic are from the book by J.L. Henderson and D.N. Sherwood, Transformation of the Psyche: The Symbolic Alchemy of the Splendor Solis

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