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Day: November 27, 2013

Alchemy: Spirits in the Earth

Alchemy: Spirits in the Earth

    Things on earth, especially the metals in the earth, are in touch with the gods; they bear mythical messages. There is a spirit in the iron, in the lead, a spiritus rector, a guiding principle that teaches the artisan (Hillman 477). It is not the artist alone who creates the masterpiece. Materials, brought forth from the earth, also contribute to the work. As with alchemy, art is never an objective work of the artist upon the materials. The…

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