Books, Illustration

Miracula Rei Unius

Janice Duke shares her thoughts on ‘Miracula Rei Unius’, art she created for Chemical Serpents.

Janice Duke Illustration

The fifth chapter of Chemical Serpents is titled “Macrocosm and Microcosm”. With my image for the chapter I primarily wanted to explore the chakra system of seven and the system of seven planets as symbolic ladders, connecting the individual with the all via meditation.

Miracula Rei Unius Miracula Rei Unius © 2012 Janice Duke

Miracula Rei Unius means “miracle of one thing” and is part of a phrase from the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, the syncretic combination of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth, said to be the author of the Hermetic Corpus, a series of sacred texts that are the basis of Hermeticism. The full phrase goes: “Quod est inferius est sicut quod est superius, et quod est superius est sicut quod est inferius, ad perpetranda miracula rei unius”, which means “Whatever is below is similar to that which is above. Through this the marvels of…

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