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Within a crowned flask, sealed and not heated, is a three-headed green-winged dragon. Its crowned heads are white, red and black, repeating the colour scheme of Plate 13. The chariot of the Sun (crowned) is drawn by two horses with golden harness. There is only one wheel, which represents Leo. Solar scenes depicted: duelling, disputing, wrestling. At the bottom there is a diplomatic scene showing a Turkish envoy and a mounted horseman. (Stephen Skinner's Splendor Solis commentary)
The Triple-Headed Dragon vs The Observer and Interpreter
We have here a peaceful scene of cooperation in the diplomatic meeting of a beneficient king with his courtiers. Instead of actual fighting, we have sporting scenes. In the background to the right, we see a large, arched bridge spanning a river, perhaps symbolic of a new connection between two sides.
"This plate might represent a stage where conflict and shadow no longer threaten to destroy the process itself. Still, the breadth of view required for the work at this time is well represented by the panorama afforded by the Sun in a clear sky. The analyst must maintain a broad view, supporting but not directing the particular course of the patient's newly emerging energies and developing talents."
In my drawing of the Observer the hawk may represent this objective stance that Henderson and Sherwood talk about since he observes the apparent division that's at play between the cat and dog, without getting involved. On the other hand the crow in the other drawing plays the role of interpreter, similar to the diplomatic envoy in the Splendor Solis, that may begin to bring the two sides together.
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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