UFO Conjecture(s)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

What is this? What's the Source?

I stumbled upon this during a Google search of images, looked at its origination page but didn't copy the URL.

It purports to be an image from the Middle Ages, according to the woman's page where I found it.

Does anyone know that it pertains to? Chris Aubeck?



  • Hi, This link gives the book the image is from
    Guess you may have got the image from http://janeadamsart.wordpress.com/2012/12/
    Still not the Roswell alien photo! Tick tock tick tock

    By Blogger Chainsofthesea, at Saturday, August 10, 2013  

  • Thanks, Chain....

    The image came from a woman's blog, but I'm sure it was Janet's.

    Nonetheless, I'm wondering if the image is only a (alchemical) symbol or the picture is meant to portray a sighting/event.

    The Roswell alien photo?

    I think the Dream Team has missed the boat on that one.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, August 10, 2013  

  • Looking at the image in its context it is clearly symbolic, I am interested in the search for potential historical accounts of UFO's over water.
    With regard to the dream team it seems a rather unproductive exercise so far. I guess I will stop waiting for new information, the only easy day was yesterday.


    By Blogger Chainsofthesea, at Saturday, August 10, 2013  

  • It's emblem XVII from Michael Maier, Atalanta fugiens (Oppenheim: Hieronymus Gallerus, J. Theodorus de Bry, 1618). The drawing appears "as is" with no explanation and is given an alchemical interpretation. Whether it was based on a vision or event or not is unknown.

    "Four Ways of Measuring the Distance
    Between Alchemy and Contemporary Art" James Elkins:

    Here is an example from alchemy (figure 1). Over a Lowlands canal four fiery spheres appear, representing the four Fires of the Work.[51] This time the text, Maier’s Atalanta fugiens, offers four interpretations: the four fires are Vulcan, Mercury, the Moon, and Apollo; or true fire (ignis verò), natural fire (ignis naturis), unnatural fire (ignis innaturalis), and antinatural fire (ignis contra naturam); or fire, air, water, and earth; or the dragon, the menstruum, water, and Sulphur & Mercury.[52] The fires build skyward, just as the alchemist aspires to the height of the phoenix’s pyre and its eternal regeneration. In this way the commentary compounds the four spheres with a fourfold interpretation, instead of explaining the single mystery by a single meaning – a typical gesture.

    Here the landscape is a larger player. It is only partly drawn into the meanings of these apparitions: the outhouse may allude to the earthly origins of the alchemical process (which was often connected to the four humors, and began with black, the bilious humor, and the materia prima), and the canal water suggests the menstruum and, as Maier says, it indicates that alchemical fires are "waters that do not wet the hands", as quicksilver does not. Yet these are only details in the landscape. There is still the basic question, not meant to be asked but impossible to squelch: Where is this? What landscape, what country? The only available answers – that it is a dream, a fable, or a vision – are all cut off by the picture’s commentary, which proclaims symbolic meanings. The mystery of four flaming spheres on a canal is not resolved by a list of allegorical meanings, and we are thrown back on the apparition. We begin again, looking into the flames, watching the reflections, wondering if those people on the boats see the spheres at all. An earthly flame or storm engulfs the right half of the sky. Is it, too, a symbol? Or a conventional device added by the engraver? Is the entirety of the plate a vision? (The darkened foreground makes it seems as if the spheres glow, but they sit in a pool of shadows.) What forms are ‘natural’, and what is to be included in the enuntiagraph, the symbolic sentence that must, in the end, pronounce the meaning of the picture?


    For UFOs seen over water check out Waterufo.net

    By Blogger Chris Aubeck, at Saturday, August 10, 2013  

  • Thanks, Chris,

    Erudite as always.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, August 10, 2013  

  • I suspect it's a disguised condensed down version of the Sephirotic Tree with the lake or river reprsenting the Abzu/Shekinah/Malkuth the whole scene implying all the mundane activity occurring round it proceeds blithely unwitting the engines of Creation or the abyss of the void could at any moment swallow up or destroy everything in less than an instant even as others more heeding use that same arrangement to raise themselves up through the worlds to become Sons of God.

    By Blogger alanborky, at Monday, August 12, 2013  

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