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A crowned flask with a sealed top holds a crowned three-headed bird with wings outspread. Here the three birds are fused into one. The flask stands upon a red wreath of leaves, or tongues of flames. The chariot of Mars (who is fully armed) is drawn by two wolves, with a coiled serpent on the forepart. The wheels are Aries and Scorpio (half-hidden). Martial scenes depicted: soldiers, a burning house, a battle, slain warriors, the taking of cattle (the spoils of war).  (Stephen Skinner's Splendor Solis commentary)
The Triple-Headed Eagle vs The Mover and Idler
Psychologically, the three-headed bird could represent a situation where the intellect feels ungrounded, dissociated, and thrown into an immobilizing state of confusion. Things that used to make sense just don't.
"At this point, a person may fall into utter despair, regress back to intellectualization or frantic activity, decide to join in the spoils ('Living well is the best revenge'), or trying to renounce the world and lead an ascetic life."
My drawings of the Mover and the Idler express a conflict of will in the face of change. In this stage of the Splendor Solis the patient feeling ungrounded is like the house of the Mover wanting to push ahead despite obstacles while the dog has no choice but to go along with it, and the patient having to refrain his will and try to stay in the process and allow the unconscious to move it along is like the dog in the Idler remaining stable in the midst of the moving ocean with the help of the whale and by fixing his gaze on the stars.
"The analyst, as well as the patient, must bear this new darkness and not try to move out of it with suggestions or impatient withdrawal of interest."
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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