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In a bleak wintry landscape with dead trees, a dark sun is setting behind a hill. On the frames are butterflies, caterpillars, snails, birds, frog, dragonfly. This represents the gold obscured in the earth, in nature, awaiting the alchemist. (Stephen Skinner's Splendor Solis commentary)
The Dark Sun vs The Sufferer
Loss of energy, depression - "a turning inward often precedes a new conscious attitude or change in personality. The Dark Sun also symbolizes the fundamental inseparability of death and renewal in nature, including human nature. The absence of humans and other animals suggest that instinctual and intellectual activities have not fully revitalized in terms of action and will."
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 struggle of a part of the unconscious psyche wrestling to separate from the binding of Nature (the cypress tree) to live in the light of consciousness.
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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