The Chronicle of the Fireheart

 

Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others.
Unfold your own myth, without complicated explanation,
so everyone will understand the passage, 
‘We have opened you.’

~Rumi

A PERSONAL MYTHOLOGY

 “The Chronicle of the Fireheart” is a way to explore my inner world in order to balance my outer one. This is a comprehensive project that will use all of the journaling that I have done (and will be doing) for the purpose of constructing an illuminated manuscript for myself. In essence, it will be a personal prayer book, complete with personal poetry, art and poetic wisdom from history that has comforted and guided me, original visual interpretations of the archetypes of my personal unconscious, as well as the archetypes from the stories that influenced my culture and my youth.


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Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.

~ C.G. Jung

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“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
~Carl Jung

“Look to your own earth for the answer to your restless questing.”
~ Sallie Nichols, Jung & The Tarot

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 ~Liber Novus  (The Red Book) C.G. Jung

~Astrology and the Tarot, A.G. Thierens
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    Over the course of history, scriptures and other holy texts were preserved through the painstaking work of monks and scholars, who recorded them by hand on pages of vellum and compiled them into beautifully illustrated manuscripts. The style was called “illumination” not only because of the ‘divine’ quality of the information being related (and not only because gold leaf filament used in their production), but because the aesthetic combination of patterns, words and images brings an extra layer of meaning that subverts reason and conveys meaning abstractly through beauty.
  While Bibles and Alchemical texts were being created by scholars for the sake of preservation, wealthy noblemen paid artisan monks to create Psalters for their daily use- books of daily prayer that contained the tenets and practices required of their religion. As a long-time admirer of the incredible skill and ingenuity required to make these books, (armed, as well, with the new-found knowledge that I required new, sustainable habits) I decided to make one for myself.
I wanted a book that was every bit as beautiful as one from antiquity– except this book would contain rituals I myself chose to enact, and the words I chose to daily influence me. Like Jung, it gave me a chance to externalize and enact my  quest for owning my inner life.

 

‘I think what we are looking for is a way of experiencing the world that will open us to the transcendent that informs it, and at the same time forms ourselves within it. That is what people want. That is what the soul asks for…To have some kind of instruction that will enable us to experience the divine presence.’

~Joseph Campbell

 
In our field of knowledge “truth” always and only unveils itself intuitively, by way of an intense interrogation of a horoscope or person.
~Richard Vetter

 

And so the universal may elucidate the particular
and throw light down in the world of phenomena,
darkly veiled by the maya of matter.

~A.E. Thierens