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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 Vanisher
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 Vanisher represents the conflict of anger and sadness. The angry lion is hiding in the shape of the cypress tree and the bird too vanishes, lost in a fog.
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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