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A bearded man in armour with a translucent white tunic and a large sword has dismembered another man's body on the ground before him. He holds the golden head in his left hand. The background, showing an open-sided Renaissance-style building next to a canal, is reminiscent of Venice. A pillar base show knights riding into battle. (Stephen Skinner's Splendor Solis commentary)
The Golden Head vs The Sufferer
My drawing of the Sufferer started out as an exploration of the conflict of anger and sadness, as an angry lion hiding in the shape of the cypress tree screaming to get out and unsettling a bird (seagull) flying away from home, lost in a fog. But what I see now underneath this apparent conflict is the unconscious psyche splitting itself to preserve the essential spirit.
At this stage, separation involve a sacrifice. Psychologically, the rendering of false integrity is often experienced inwardly as bodily dissociation or dismemberment. The patient may suffer with physical pain, numbing, intense sensation of heat or cold, or hypersensitivity to sensory stimulation. This destructive energy of the shadow is essential: the inner experience of the body and all its symbolism must be taken apart so it can come together in a new way.

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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