Water – of all things indeed most divine.
Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive.
It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.
In dwelling, be close to the land,
In meditation, go deep in the Heart.
Tao Te Ching, Chapter 8
(36) Thawing at the Glacial River
A friend looked at this drawing and said he felt sad for the person frozen in the ice.
I remember feeling some optimism when I made this image; to me, the person’s head was next to the Water of Life, and the process of thawing had begun. The river flowed out of a dark, mysterious place.
The alchemists talk about ”whitening,” a lunar process of purification through which the soul is given back its body. Early alchemical writings eerily describe aspects of this drawing:
Take the whiteness and dismiss the darkness…
Until it looks like a naked sword, and make by whitening
the body as white as snow...
The full moon of the white re-birth.
March 21, 2007