Anthony · Ariana · Aurelia · Belle · Couriers, The · Dennis · Eagle, The · Galatina · Humphreymagus · Iris the Betrothed · Isadore · Jefferson · Jeselima · Junior · Mantic Woman · Nestor · Ore · Roland · Tibble
Anthony is an hermetic angel. He may be one of the 300-or-so Enochian angels, though his name does not appear on any of the known lists. This, he feels, serves him well, in his interactions with the participants of various earthly events.
Hermes can so convincingly hover before us, lead us on our ways, show us golden treasures in everyone through the split-second timing which is the spirit of finding and thieving… (Karl Kerényi, Hermes Guide of Souls, p51)
Ariana holds the star/sunburst and the vessel, the sun and the moon, and the knowledge of their relationship. She is often pregnant with Ore.
Belle has a deep and hard-won understanding of the importance of events that take place near the sea. Her travel was long and arduous to find the place of these events. She was often accompanied by knowing animals.
“I left the East and went down
With two Couriers [with me];
For the way was hard and dangerous,
For I was young to tread it,” – The Hymn of the Robe of Glory
The Couriers are twins. They have also been known as the “two men in shining garments”. In the Series The Robe, they can be seen as twins in this Plate and in this Plate. In this Plate, each is triplicated to manifest as the six pallbearers.
Dennis is the early dawn rooster, the intrusive cock, that heralds a new day. Above, we see him in the Tableaux series, announcing a Rising Dawn, an Aurora Consurgens. This heralds a full day of events at the sea-side setting.
The Eagle is, obviously, wild, and as such does not have a personal name. Attracted to Isadore, he exclaims and lifts his powerful wings to her dancing. The Eagle appeared as a double in Isadore Dancing.
She may be connected to the mediaeval ritual of tarantism (YouTube link), associated with the town of Galatina in Puglia Italy.
Humphreymagus casts spells, reads auspices, attends auguries (such as in Augury), whispers wisdom, points out salient details.
Humphreymagus is in the process of marrying Iris the Betrothed. The duration of this process is known only to himself and Iris the Betrothed.
Iris the Betrothed
Iris is betrothed to Humphreymagus, hence her name. She appears shrouded, in the way of some traditions relating to rites of marriage. Betrothal, for Iris, is the part she plays in events near the meeting of land and sea.
The mazurka began as a dance for either four or eight couples. Eventually, Fokine created a female solo mazurka dance dominated by flying grandes jetés, alternating second and third arabesque positions, and split-leg climactic postures.
Isadore’s dancing is often accompanied by The Eagle.
Jeselmina periodically gestates. She is known for her external womb, and famously appeared (in a still-wet form) in Reconception of Ore. You can see another view of her, incubating, in Gestation; and she also grieved in a cave in The Robe.
Bruised by the schisms within Post-Lacanianism and by the schizoanalysis of Deleuze and Guattari, Junior while still young retired to the Medieval realm painted so exquisitely by Fulcanelli in his Dwellings of the Philosophers. From here he surveys the ruin of the post-gothic, our contemporary lives.
Yet he has also constructed for himself an imaginal realm in which the gothic, the hermetic, still flourishes. He ascribes to Fulcanelli’s view that:
“Gothic art is in fact the art got or cot – the art of light or of the spirit.” – Fulcanelli, Le Mystère des Cathédrales, p43
In the photomontage Sensing, Junior was wrestling with this realisation; he was surprised and overjoyed to find vestiges of the living gothic in the dark fish, which were its portents.
Junior was tossing Roland in Roland Tumbling, but you cannot see him in the image.
We know little of the biography of Mantic Woman, except that she was originally from Egypt. However, we know of her presence – the sense that when near her there are subtle emanations of a deep, dark, feminine truth.
Mantic Woman is quiet, shrouded, perplexing in some ways. Much of her time is spent on the shores near where performances are held. In the image above, she appears as a double. This is not uncommon.
In the series A Tale About Ore, Nestor encountered the baby Ore on a Northern Slope and provided succour (image above).
Ore is a newborn. He comes bearing “streamers” from an unknowable realm. He has been swaddled, but is now naked.
Ore has his own series, A Tale About Ore.
Roland’s joy is to tumble. He does this in the Tableaux series, and his act is important in the performances that occur near the sea. Junior told him about Deleuze and Guattari and the idea of a Body Without Organs and he doubts that this applies to him.
It’s been said by some that when Roland executes a particularly light and exquisite tumble he forms the outline of the ancient Ouroboros, symbolic of mythic depths being made available, to be consumed and assimilated by a conscious mind.
Tibble is the articulate tongue of the soror mystica. Tibble spoke the revivification of ore in The Rewombing of Ore.
Tibble, multiplied to a grove, also appeared as Ore, in Ore as a Tibble Grove.