土佐光重 - 道成寺縁起絵巻 [1400年頃]
Kiyohime (Woman who transformed into a serpent-demon out of the rage of unrequited love) from the Dōjō-ji Engi Emaki
Nature is an infinite sphere, whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere is a dictum attributed to Blaise Pascal. It is featured in his Pensées.
Petrus Biverus S. J. - Sacrum oratorium piarum imaginum immaculatae Maria (1634). [x]
”This shows a none-too-happy alchemist sitting in a hole in the earth. The stars are the seven planets. The two birds in flight are doves, birds of Aphrodite, representing the exhaled soul and spirit. The black bird at the bottom is a crow or raven, showing that this is the domain of Saturn, whose glyph represents the dominance of matter over the soul. The raven has a long association with Saturn. The nigredo is the ‘dark night of the soul’, a soul-less state, and is an extremely dangerous and difficult phase.”