Summer Liminal Picture

acrylic on canvas (50x40cm)

Ok something bit different from me. No elaborated details and so on, just simple symbolic picture. I made it before Lughnasadh (which is on August 1-2) and full moon that was at the same time. This is and was significant time connected with several mythologies. In Celtic mythology it was the time when god Lugh arranged the funeral games in honour to his step-mother Tailte (Tailtiu), who died after finishing great work of preparing Ireland for agriculture.
According to some sources it was also the time when goddess Aine (my personal goddess btw) used to take her devotees to the Otherworld, if their time was coming (other sources state it was during the summer solstice, that difference isn't really important here and I think it could occur because of the fact that Celts used moon calendar and started the year with the beginning of November, furthermore it- festival was probably shifted according the agriculture rhythm, so that's why all the mess). Moreover the full moon of August was the time of Roman festival- Nemoralia in honour of Diana Nemorensis (of Nemi- of Wood). The one of most significant symbol of the festival were torches. All that made several people associated the celebration with Hekate- goddess of magic and Otherworld (she and Diana share many similar traits and she was often depicted with torches).

I'm writing it all to explain to You some of the aspects and meaning of that moment in year.
It is nothing new to associate the summer with the passing (rather quite and painless) and I wanted to reflect that idea with the symbolism of the objects in the painting as the lilies are one of most often picked funeral flowers as they carry a meaning and a wish of restoring hope and innocence to the soul of deceased, it is also a flower dedicated to the goddess Diana in Roman world.

Meaning of pomegranate is probably easy to understand specially in context of myth of Persephone, who in fact was relative to Hekate, so I don't need to bring it all up here. It was also known as the "fruit of the dead" (but also it was kind of royal symbol of Hera). And I guess it could be worth of mentioning that this dry fruit was found in tomb of Hatshepsut's butler (I mentioning that because all the objects placed with deceased where to serve her/him on their journey- whether they had ritual meaning, or were of favourite of their owner, whichever it is, it was certainly a symbol of prosperity and ambition and a remedy)

This work was also much inspired by a digital painting of "Virgo" by Soanala.
So here it is the whole meaning behind the paining
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