It is your omen, only you know the meaning.
To me, it is but another star in the night.
~ Gerald R. Stanek, The Eighth House
This tile set focuses on sybils and oracles, women who foretold the future. It is part of the Pre-Raphaelite Women of Magick series.
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From top left: Evelyn DeMorgan, Cassandra; Waterhouse, Circe at her Grimoire; Burne-Jones, Astrologia; John Collier, Priestess of Delphi; Dante Gabriel Rossetti Rossetti, Helen of Troy Burne-Jones, Sybilla Delphica; Frederick Sandys, Helen of Troy; Waterhouse, The Crystal Ball; The Crystal Ball
Frederick Sandys' Helen of Troy is interesting on several counts. Helen is not the vain beauty we expect. Rather she pouts childishly, as if in response to Cassandra's prophecy.
Rossetti's accusations of plagiarism seem more plausible here. Rossetti painted his Helen in 1863, Sandys his Helen in 1967 during the year he shared quarters with Rossetti on Cheyne Walk. Rossetti accused Sandys of stealing his idea and the two men never spoke again.
A well-dressed medieval woman holds a crystal ball. Behind her grows a laurel, indicating prophecy and poetic. inspiration. In the Days of Creation, he would take this to a whole new level.
This is the first of many crystal balls that were to appear in Burne-Jones's future.
Cassandra was the most beautiful daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. Apollo gave her the gift of prophecy on the condition that no one would believe her. She was seen as a liar and madwoman by all. She foresaw the fall of Troy, and her own downfall. Cassandra warned Paris against traveling to Sparta but failed to change destiny. She warned of Greeks hiding inside the Trojan horse.
During the sack of Troy, she was raped in Athena's temple, where she should have been guaranteed sanctuary. Athena punished the disrespect of her temple by sending a storm that sank most of the Greek fleet on its return voyage. Evelyn DeMorgan shows her standing before a burning Troy. When the spoils of Troy were divided up, Cassandra fell to Agamemnon as a concubine. Both she and Agamemnon were murdered by his unfaithful wife, Clytemnestra.
In The Sorceress, Circe has already enchanted the sailors and turned them into beasts. Here, in the planning stage, she consults a grimoire.
Glaucus, a Greek mortal turned sea-god, fell in love with the nymph, Scylla. He asked Circe for a potion to make Scylla fall in love with him, but Circe fell in love with him instead. Glaucus held fast to his love for Sylla, so Circe poisoned the waters where Scylla bathed, turning her into a monster with twelve feet and six heads.
This is the original version of The Crystal Ball wherein a young woman in a red dress gazes into the ball, as if weaving a spell with the aid of a book and a skull. As paintings do, it changed hands several times and eventually hung in the dining room at Glenborrodale Castle, Highland. When the castle changed hands in 1952, dining with the skull did not suit the new owner who had it covered by curtains. In 1994 it was put up for auction at Christie's. Martin Beisly, head of the Victorian picture department at Christie's, and his team researched its background and came upon photographs of the original. An X-ray of the painting showed the skull behind the curtains. The original surfae was still protected with a layer of varnish allowing the curtains to be removed and the painting restored.
Unlike other Pre-Raphaelite Women of Magick, the Oracle at Delphi did exist. The Priestess of Delphi was the single most influential person in all of ancient Greece. Actually, most influential people, as there were at least two and usually three at any given time. She was Apollo's human lover, moaning and crying out when he came to her, and it was at these times that she received her visions and made her inquiries. The communal visits were infrequent, with the god only appearing on the seventh day of each month.
Collier finished The Priestess of Delphi in 1891. At that time, all that was known about the Oracle at Delphi was from Classic writing. Then in 1892, French archeologists, following the descriptions in the ancient writing, unearthed the temple. It was several more decades before they resolved the sources of the intoxicating smoke and fumes that we see in Collier's painting.
Burne-Jones worked in several media. Sybilla Delphica was originally a design for stained glass. His Morgan Le Fay painting in gouache was originally a cartoon design for embroidery. His wife, Georgiana, embroidered another version.
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