Books, Illustration

Solve et Coagula

Janice Duke shares her thoughts on ‘Solve et Coagula’, art she created for Chemical Serpents.

Janice Duke Illustration

The second chapter of Chemical Serpents is titled “Eggs and the Androgynous Child”, carrying the general theme of serpent symbolism from the previous chapter into its relation to eggs, their offspring and serpent-like mythic beings, with specific reference to the Philosophers Egg, the Cosmic Egg, the Monas Hieroglyph, and the figures of the Androgyne, Baphomet, N’Aton and Sophia.

Roman Caduceus

At this stage I would like to point out the smaller illustrations I created to accompany the entire text. Each image is different but unified with the others by being contained within a golden egg. The egg theme also extends to the full page images, which each reference eggs and form egg shapes within the image. To me, the egg is a powerfully spiritual symbol. It is a cocoon in which disparate elements merge and transform into a unified whole. It is a protective shell of limitations within which we grow and…

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Books, Illustration

Hen to Pan

Janice Duke shares her thoughts on ‘Hen to Pan’, artwork she created for Chemical Serpents.

 

Janice Duke Illustration

Over the next few weeks I will be posting a number of the sketches I produced for the full page illustrations I created for Chemical Serpents, along with the fully realised images. I was commissioned to illustrate this book by When Illuminated Press for Anton Channing, and enjoyed it thoroughly as it explores symbolism and themes that I find fascinating. The first chapter of Chemical Serpents is titled “Serpents”, introducing serpent symbolism in general and more specifically the Caduceus, the Asklepian and the Ouroboros. My image “Hen to Pan” sets the stage for these themes.

Hen To Pan Hen To Pan © 2012 Janice Duke

Hen to Pan means “One the All”. With this piece I primarily wanted to explore the ultimate Western serpent symbol, the Ouroboros. Those of you who know my work know that I love the symbolism of ancient Egypt. The first known appearance of this symbol comes…

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Anton Channing, Books

WhIP Presents: Chemical Serpents

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Our first book, Chemical Serpents by Anton Channing, is available once again: [Click Here]. The third edition is a paperback, featuring full colour interiors beautifully illuminated by the stunning visionary artwork of Janice Duke, with several new illustrations by her.

Ubiquitous throughout human history, the serpent has been with us in many forms and guises, wending its way into our earliest rituals and imaginings.

With the serpent as guide, chaos alchemist Anton Channing explores the alchemical, mystical, magical and mythological symbols of the path to illumination found throughout the world’s mystery schools and religions. A journey that spans the practises of meditation, contact with spirits, astral journeys to the heavens and the underworld, sexual mysteries, entheogenic sacraments and the discovery of one’s own true will.

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“A feast for the eyes and mind…would not be out of place in any esoteric library.” – Freeman Presson, Spiralnature