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 Descent of the Goddess


Design Rationale

The sculpture tilted 'Decent of the Godess'  displays  design characteristics consistent with architectural and natural features of the setting  in which it is located. The sculpture is located in the grounds of an enclosed residential tower in Darling Point, a peninsula suburb on Sydney  harbour.  The circular design of the work compliments the circular plan  of the adjacent  tower. The  choppy characteristic of wash on the surface waters of the  harbour is reflected in the free flowing form and dynamic appreance of the   sculpture.


Abstract Symbolism


In a modern contemporary way, some ancient symbolism has captured in this work.  An  interpretation is provided below.

The sculpture brings to mind some traditional ideas  regarding the god and goddess, death and reincarnation.

Looking at the work and starting at the top and working down, we have 3 points. The number 'Three' in numerology is a masculine symbol of god - in particular his genitals, in relation to creation. Veiwed from any one point  two of the three points  become prominent  to look like horns and are reminiscent of the pagan 'Horned God'. The body of the structure is circular; the circle being symbolic of the goddess - in particular her womb in relation to recreation.


Pictorially the body spirals down into the ground - "a realm of great mystery" and symbolic of death. On the ground the light represents - fire - another symbol of death from the 'realm of great mystery'. But, turn it around and start from the bottom up. The light now become inspirational, the body of the goddess is spiralling upwards recreating, and at the top emerges the 'Horned God'.

The Mythology

In ancient times, our Lord, the Horned One, was, and still is the Consoler, the Comforter. But people know him as the dread Lord of Shadows, lonely, stern, and just. But our Lady, the Goddess, would solve all mysteries, even the mystery of death. She journeyed to the Underworld. rld.

The Guardian of the Portals challenged her: “Strip off thy garments. Lay aside thy jewels; for naught mayest thou bring with thee into, this, our land”. So she laid down garments and jewels, and was bound, as all living must be who seek to enter the realms of Death, the Mighty One.

Such was her beauty that Death himself knelt, and laid his sword and crown at her feet, and kissed her feet, saying: “Blessed be thy feet that have brought thee in these ways. Abide with me; but let me place my cold hands on thy heart.” She replied: “I love thee not. Why dost thou cause all things that I love, and take delight in, to fade and die?” “Lady,” replied Death, “it is age and fate, against which I am helpless. Age causes all things to wither; but when men die at the end of time, I give them rest and peace and strength, so that they may return. But you, you are lovely. Return not, abide with me.” She answered: “I love thee not.” “As you receive not my hand on your heart, you must kneel to Death’s scourge.” “It is fate, better so,” she said, and she knelt. Death scourged her tenderly. And she cried: “I know the pangs of love.”

Death raised her, and said: “Blessed be.” And gave her the fivefold salute, saying: “Thus only may you attain to joy, and knowledge.” Then, he taught her all of his mysteries, and he gave her the necklace which is the circle of rebirth. She taught him all her mystery of the sacred cup which is the cauldron of rebirth. They loved, and were one: for there be three great mysteries in the life of man; and magic controls them all. To fulfil love, you must return again at the same time and at the same place as the loved ones; and you must meet, and know, and remember, and love them again.

But to be reborn, you must die, and be made ready for a new body. And to die, you must be born; but without love, you may not be born. Our Goddess ever inclineth to love, and mirth, and happiness; and guardeth and cherisheth her hidden children in life. In death, she teacheth the way to her communion; and even in this world she teacheth them the mystery of the magic Circle, which is placed between the world of men and of the gods.

From The Gardnerian Book of Shadows, by Gerald Gardner, at sacred-texts.com


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