Eyes the Window of the Soul

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Eyes the Window of the Soul

“Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.” – Paramahansa Yogananda

Our eyes are guides in life. They teach us color, distance, dark, light and they clue us in on the millions of activities that are going on each minute of every day. A doctor may check your health by peering into the eyes. A friend may feel the love in your eyes. An enemy nay feel the scorn in your eyes. Our eyes guide us through the traffic of every day life.
Next time we see a friend maybe we should look them in the eye and give them the attention they deserve. Maybe the gaze of a loving eye could make the day much brighter.

Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse – Winged Disc

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Everybody is excited about the total solar eclipse happening tomorrow August 21, 2017.   We can relate!  Enjoy this article relating the winged disc to the solar eclipse.

Solar Eclipse

Egyptian Wings “How The Winged Eye Symbol Was Inspired By Total Solar Eclipses By Synthesizing The “Eye of God” And “Winged Sun Disk” Symbolism

The Internet Archive could have done a better job of archiving the illustrations for my ‘The Winged Eye Symbol’ but I am not about to complain. I am thankful that anything at all was preserved for posterity. Here is the full text with new embedded links and some appropriate illustrations some of which are new –

It should be quite evident from the captioned pictures of the “winged eye” symbols shown above (Author’s note: Sorry not currently available. . .) that the ancient “winged eye” religious symbol is a composite symbol which synthesizes the so-called “Eye of God“, that is dramatically manifested in the skies above our planet Earth during most total solar eclipses, with the “winged disk” or “Bird of the Sun” that is readily perceivable within the sun’s corona during those total solar eclipses during which the “plumes” and streamers of the sun’s corona are concentrated into the sun’s equatorial regions like “angels’ wings”. This idea is perhaps most readily demonstrable in terms of the ancient Egyptian versions of the “winged eye” symbol, although it should also be quite evident that the Mayans and Aztecs of Mesoamerica, the Nazca of Peru, the “Southern Cult”, and a diversity of other ancient cultures developed their own “winged eye” religious symbols as a result of their own observations of the awe-inspiring “Eye of God” and the radiant “Bird of the Sun” that are manifested in the heavens during total solar eclipses.

Well over a century ago, the British astronomer Edward Walter Maunder published his theory that the winged sun disk symbol of ancient Egypt, as well as what he called the “ring with wings” solar disk symbols of Assyria and other ancient Mesopotamian civilizations, were inspired by a remarkable bird-like pattern that is quite readily perceivable within the sun’s coronal halo during total solar eclipses that occur during the minimum phase of sunspot activity. Besides inspiring ancient Egypt’s ubiquitous winged sun disk symbol, this coronal “Bird of the Sun” was quite evidently the inspiration for Horus, the solar falcon god of Egypt, as well as the Egyptian bennu bird which we know as the Phoenix bird of classical Greek myth.

The Egyptian religious myth of the cosmic battle between the solar falcon god Horus and the sun eating serpent god Set (or Apop) was also evidently inspired by the total eclipse of the sun as E. A. Wallis Budge, Curator of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities at the British Museum, proposed in his translation of ‘The Egyptian Book of the Dead’ at the turn of the 20th century. In fact, the solar falcon god Horus is quite literally described as taking on the form of a “great winged disk” in some versions of this ancient Egyptian religious myth inspired by total solar eclipses.

Two Egyptian winged eye symbols in a screen shot from my
archived ‘The Winged Eye Symbol’ eclipsology “web sight”.
The Egyptian version of the winged eye symbol is thus essentially little more than a modest variation of the “Eye of Horus” symbol or the very similar udjat eye symbol (aka wadjet eye) to which the wings, and sometimes even the talons, of the solar falcon god Horus have been attached. In fact, it might actually make rather more sense, and perhaps even strike considerably closer to the actual ancient truth, to propose that the “Eye of Horus” symbol of Egypt is actually a total solar eclipse inspired “winged eye” symbol that has had the bird wings, tail, and any other body parts of the solar falcon god Horus, removed from it in order to emphasize the god’s attribute of divine watchfulness and protection that was inspired by the genuinely striking similarity in appearance of the totally eclipsed sun to an “Eye of God”.

A rather murky but still quite viewable scientific astronomical illustration of the 1878 total eclipse of the sun that was drawn by Ettiene Leopold Trouvelot at Creston, Wyoming, also reveals how the “winged eye” symbol is a composite symbol which synthesizes the total solar eclipse “Eye of God” (aka “Eye of Horus”) with the sun’s coronal “wings”. The much “cleaner” astronomical line drawing below, that was also done by E. L. Trouvelot, was used by British astronomer Edward Walter Maunder to illustrate his article titled ‘An Old Record of the Corona’ which was published in ‘Knowledge’ magazine on New Year’s Day 1897. Maunder astutely pointed out how the “fan of light” formed by the corona’s polar rays had a “practically perfect” “resemblance” to the “kilts” worn by Assyrian deities which also formed the bird-like tail of most Assyrian “ring with wings” religious symbols. Maunder commented, “If this be a mere chance coincidence it seems to me to be a most extraordinary one.”

This astronomical drawing of a 19th century total solar eclipse
observed at Creston Wyoming by Ettiene Leopold Trouvelot
reveals the origin of the winged eye symbol of ancient Egypt.
It would appear that E. Walter Maunder either completely failed to notice, or chose not to point out, the “most extraordinary” “coincidence” of the “practically perfect” “resemblance” of the totally eclipsed sun’s coronal “fan of light” surrounding the black pupil-like disk of the moon to the iris of an “Eye in the Sky” or “Eye of God”. ”  posted by Robin Edgar


Sculpture of Ancient Wisdom by Jan Hazelton

Lesson #11 Ancient Wisdom Sculpture

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Sculpture of Ancient Wisdom by Jan HazeltonAncient Wisdom is a sculpture that I created in 1988. The night sky, bejeweled with stars, inspired me.

I had this idea and really, really wanted to make the sculpture.  So, I first made her in clay.  It took every last penny to my name to have her cast in bronze.  I just knew it would be fine to spend the money and have her cast.  Every thing turned out to perfection.  It’s a long story but she was sold within two weeks and I had enough left to have a second sculpture cast in bronze.  That’s what happens when we follow our knowingness.  I love this piece and am so happy that I listened to my inner voice that said, “Go for it”.  I am forever grateful for the inspiration I felt to create this piece.

Poetry and Imagination - Nautilus Shell in Pen and Ink

Lesson # 10 Poetry and Imagination

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The Poetry and imagination within us speaks from a place within that we hold as extraordinary and symbolic.  It expresses the dance of life and our relation to it.  Well,  I never knew how beautiful a shell could be until I began to draw it in pen and ink.  In class we were asked to use several different styles available to the process.  I chose to use the six in the drawing below.  The exercise seemed simple enough at first.  Just draw a shell using pen and ink.  As I began to draw the life of the shell began to speak to me.  It held the patterns of an eternity and yet it was absolutely unique.  The pattern of the Golden Mean made curves and turns that captured my attention in a most unusual way.  The shell began to dance in my mind and we became “friends”.  It was poetry in motion.  So I suggest that if you sit quietly and begin to focus your attention on nature, the dance of life may just begin to fill you with the poetry in motion. Enjoy!

“Poetry is lofty thought or impassioned feeling expressed in imaginative words”


Pen and Ink Sea Shells

Scratch Board Sheep

Lesson #9 Scratch Board Teaches Patience

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                                           “Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” ~ Saadi

Scratch Board SheepScratch Board was a new experience for me. First apply ink to a special coated paper and then scratch the surface to produce a picture.  It’s like drawing in reverse.  O.K. fine.  This should be easy enough!  That’s until I got started.  It was a real challenge and I kept goofing the lines up.  As I was ready to give up on the project, my teacher, LeLand Stanford Morgan (born on a train) suggested that one never rush the end.  Yes, that was it.  I was rushing to the finish line.  He commented on how many artists are doing great work and in the final stages they rush it and ruin the whole effort.  So I started all over and you can see my first scratch board above.  Patience was the golden key.  I have never forgotten to stay calm, patient all the way to the finish line. This Golden rule helps me out every day.  Whenever I’m feeling hurried about my daily life, I remember to slow down and consider the big picture.  I apply this to the least of activities like doing dished or gardening.  It’s not always the finished product but the experience of the journey that matters.

Merriam-Webster: Definition of Patien

“able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people”

Tara Bodhisattva of Compassion

Lesson #8 Tara

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Tara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion

The Phoenix is a sign of change, rebirth and new beginnings.  Well, I certainly experienced that when my sculpture of Tara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, long life, healing and serenity, just fell apart before my eyes.  Wow!  I had worked on her late into the wee hours of the morning for days and there she was, lying in pieces.  I have to admit  that I had never done clay sculpture before and didn’t know the basics of preparing a piece for firing.  Especially a three foot high, dense, and heavy piece.  So, I would suggest that when working on a new medium, get help if you need to.  On the other hand, my life completely changed after Tara fell apart.

Yes, it was for the better.  Everything began to shift and change like sand beneath my feet.  I am ever so grateful and even though it seemed like a mistake at the time, I can now see that the falling apart, meant that I would come together again.  All new and excited about the change.  So if you think you’ve made a mistake or goofed something up just know that sometimes it is just a sign of new horizons to come.

Enjoy the journey!

Golden Mean Shell

Lesson # 7 Golden Mean

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The Golden Mean

Golden Mean Shell


Let’s start this out with a some dynamic video

This is absolutely one of my favorites

A movie inspired on numbers, geometry and nature, by Cristóbal Vila · Go to www.etereaestudios.com for more info about movie · Music by Wim Mertens – “Often a bird” from the album “Jardin Clos”, 1996 – © Usura – Published by Usura 2010 


And Now a Disney Cartoon from the 1950’s 

Donald Duck gets taught about Pythagoras, sacred geometry, and the fibonacci sequence!

Walt Disney being a 33rd degree free mason puts his knowledge in plain sight in this eye opening cartoon!

I was first introduced to the Golden Mean in an advertising design class in Eugene, Oregon.  The beauty of it all took my breath away.  Here was something that was everywhere, common, and yet so amazingly genius.  In the videos, you learned about the golden ratio,   the mathematical expression of this commonly perceived pattern in nature.  People are naturally drawn to designs that incorporate the Golden Mean.  Yes, it’s big in the advertising world.  Even a playing card is a golden ratio. I suggest studying the subject as much as possible and you’ll see the magic of it all around you!

One aspect that intrigues me is: What is the mind or consciousness behind the mathematics?  How does a flower know to grow in this sequence, or a sea shell, or for that matter. even our own bodies?  It must be a frequency or a code, like the genetic code.  The ratio is passed on from generation to generation and yet no two are exactly alike.  It is a living treasure with a mind and a focus.  Now contemplate that and let me know your thoughts.

 Happy Drawing!

Crossing the Delaware Cartoon by Artist Gene Hazelton

Lesson #6 – Gene Hazelton

Gene Hazelton is the wonderful artist of this well-known comic strip.

The Flintstones, Daily Comic Strip,


Hanna-Barbera Original Artwork: Crossing the Delaware, by Gene Hazelton

Crossing the Delaware Artist: Gene Hazelton
Crossing the Delaware by Gene Hazelton

The definition of  a role model is:  A person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people.

As a child I was “wowed” by Gene Hazelton.  Micky Mouse, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Fantasia and all the magical Disney characters were amazing to me.  Gene Hazelton began as a cartoonist for Disney and I wanted to be just like him.  He was my Dad’s first cousin and he could not only draw cartoon characters but animate them.  My first drawings were cartoons and they were inspired by Gene.  We just never know who and how are lives may touch another. He had a huge influence on my child mind and I know he stirred the desire in me to begin drawing.  I am forever grateful.

Gene Hazelton

Gene Hazelton

News From Me by Mark Evanier

Published Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 5:53 PM

“Sorry to report the recent passing (I don’t know precisely when) of the great cartoonist, Gene Hazelton, whose career stretched from Fantasia to Flintstones. Gene was born in 1919 and by his teenage years, he was a good enough cartoonist to get a job assisting Jimmy Hatlo on the popular newspaper panel, They’ll Do It Every Time. In 1939, he took a low-level job at Disney and set some sort of record for working his way up to gag man and animator. He animated the goat kids and cherabims in Fantasia and a number of sequences in Pinocchio.

When a strike was called at Disney in 1941, Gene moved on to other studios, including Warner Brothers where he did the main designs for the legendary short cartoon, Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs, directed by Bob Clampett. He also began doing a lot of magazine gag cartoons and commercial art.

Gene spent many years working with Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera at MGM on their Tom & Jerry cartoons and with Tex Avery on his highly-acclaimed shorts. When Gene Kelly wanted an animated sequence for his feature, Invitation to the Dance, Hazelton designed the “Sindbad the Sailor” sequence. There were also commercials and commercial jobs: The animated titles for the I Love Lucy TV show were also designed by Gene Hazelton — one of many such projects he handled for the studio.

When Hanna and Barbera started their own studio, Gene was a key artist in the establishment of its style and the development of the early H-B programs. He is often credited with the main design work of certain important characters, including Pebbles and Bamm Bamm. (It is said he based the image of Bamm Bamm on his own son.) Beginning in 1961, one of his main duties was to supervise the production of — and occasionally write or draw — the syndicated newspaper features of The Flintstones and Yogi Bear. Around 1974, he took over the writing and drawing of both strips full-time, doing them until 1988. (The distinctive inking on them was usually the work of Lee Hooper.) Following his retirement, he drew many of the Hanna-Barbera “sericels” that were sold through animation art galleries and also did some teaching, but his main interest became his golf game, which he honed until illness forced him to quit.

Gene was enormously well-respected by his peers and by many younger cartoonists who cite him as a personal and professional inspiration. I’m sure there will be more obits and tributes that will list his many other impressive credits. I’ll try to link to them as they appear.”

Jan Hazelton Artist Sculpting Painting

Lesson #5 – Sculpting Unexpected Adventure

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I love sculpting. When I began sculpting, dolphins absorbed my attention and I studied everything I could about them. I watched movies, read books, drew pictures and of course sculpted dolphins jumping in the water. It became an obsession with me. Then one night the unexpected happened. I had a dream and in the dream I WAS a dolphin, swimming in the ocean and jumping and diving. It was as real as my everyday life. I will never forget it.  I know now that there were several key elements to my experience.  My focus on dolphins was a daily, avid interest.  I was asleep and my mind was clear of the usual internal chatter and I was open to new understandings.
Now how cool is that!
I suggest that if your attention is intent on any one subject, the unexpected can happen. I will never forget the experience and suggest that something unexpected can happen for each and everyone of us.  Hold your dreams close to your heart and life will respond in the most amazing ways.

Grow Dream

Lesson #4 – Dream – Garden – Art

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Grow DreamGrow your dream! I imagine that my thoughts are like a beautiful flower. First the seed is planted watered and nurtured. Before long roots begin to take hold in the soil and green shoots pop up in the sunlight. Everyday I water my little plant and watch it as it grows.  I notice new leaves and the buds begin to form. One day I awaken to find that the seed has grown into a magnificent plant.  It’s all dressed up with flowers and the aroma is intoxicating. I’m in absolute joy.
Everyday I tend to my drawing and lend to my growth. One day I awake and my dreams have grown and blossomed. The roots are strong and deep. Thelesson is to never give up. Just love your dream, stay with it, and one day you will be in full bloom. Remember that every drawing begins with one single dot. It is like the seed and from that starting point, you can create anything!

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