This one is inspired by Paul B. Rucker’s piece, “Melek Ta’us” that appeared on the cover of the (now defunct) Pagan magazine “Green Egg” back in (I think) 1995. It was, in fact, his piece that first inspired me to begin making art as a devotional to the Blue God of the F(a)eri(e) tradition.
I present, “Melek Ta’us, the Peacock Angel”:
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I took the ideas for several elements from Paul’s composition: giving him peacock feather wings… him sitting facing the viewer meditatively before the sunrise… Venus (the morning star) directly overhead… the (Promethean) flames burning brightly as his command… And then I added something new… the black heart of Feri burns bright in his chest, while the flames that he hold are the blue fire of our tradition. Further, I incorporated the stars from below to represent his association with the Luciferian Gnosis; the claiming of Divinity within matter. I also added earthen jars, reminiscent of the myth of how Melek Ta’us collected his tears in them to later extinguish the fires of hell.
I had originally intended to use this piece in my Tarot deck… but now an a bit unsure. But the good news is that I can always decide to include it later. For now, back to the art room to work on my next piece!