Sunday, January 16, 2011

Huginn and Muninn Atop the Oracle

I finished my latest painting...

"Huginn and Muninn Atop the Oracle"
11 x 14 inches, framed
acrylic on wood board

And here's the progress shots again in order...

Like I wrote before, this painting depicts Huginn and Muninn, the two crows (I made them a two-headed crow here) from Norse mythology who fly around the world everyday and report the events to Odin, the chief god. I love learning about Norse mythology and have always been interested in crows, so when I found out about Huginn and Muninn I couldn't wait to do a painting about them. And, like I said in my previous post, the color scheme of the painting was inspired by Dimmu Borgir's video for their self-titled song, "Dimmu Borgir", which I love.

The imagery also contains tarot cards with the original design that I've had for a long time. They belonged to my parents and I always loved using them as a teenager. The crystal ball contains a goat skull, a symbol for Satanism, which I've also been reading about a lot lately.

It's so interesting (and unfortunate) how society sets up so many roadblocks against understanding Satanism for what it really is, which is not evil at all. Unless you consider believing in yourself and celebrating life instead of death to be evil. I for one, do not, and am enjoying reading The Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey. I was pleasantly surprised to find that many of the beliefs discussed within it are beliefs that I myself hold.

The flowers, narcissus, represent self interest (hence the name) in Victorian Flower Language and I felt that was rather appropriate with other Satanic symbols.