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Western Thought II

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BC: Your journey continues on

FC: The Journey of Man and Nature | Sydnee Wood

1: Spirit Animal | Wolf | “Who keeps company with wolves will learn to howl” -Unknown

2: A PRINCE had some Monkeys trained to dance. Being naturally great mimics of men's actions, they showed themselves most apt pupils, and when arrayed in their rich clothes and masks, they danced as well as any of the courtiers. The spectacle was often repeated with great applause, till on one occasion a courtier, bent on mischief, took from his pocket a handful of nuts and threw them upon the stage. The Monkeys at the sight of the nuts forgot their dancing and became (as indeed they were) Monkeys instead of actors. Pulling off their masks and tearing their robes, they fought with one another for the nuts. The dancing spectacle thus came to an end amidst the laughter and ridicule of the audience. -"Not everything you see is what it appears to be."- | The Dancing Monkeys

3: Chaonian acorn for the plump wheat-ear, And mingled with the grape, your new-found gift, The draughts of Achelous; and ye Fauns To rustics ever kind, come foot it, Fauns” Georgics book 1

4: For all things that are conspicuous to our eyes, which are neither fortuitous nor necessary, nor have a divine original, nor acknowledge any such like cause, are called natural and enjoy their proper nature. Of this sort are earth, fire, water, air, plants, animals; to these may be added all things produced from them, such as showers, hail, thunders, hurricanes, and winds. -Plutarch

5: Gladiator fighting lion in arena

6: Sacred Grove of Bomarzo

7: Pliny's Natural History | The tail of the lion gives indication of the state of his feelings, just as the ears do in the horse; for these are the distinguishing signs which Nature has given to each of the most generous of animals. Hence it is that, when pleased, the tail is without motion, and the animal fawns upon those who caress him; a thing, however, that very rarely happens, for his most frequent state is that of rage.

8: Elementals | Gnome: Earth spirits | Undine: Water spirits

9: Sylph:winged Air spirits | Salamander: Fire spirits

10: Pagan Wheel of the Year

11: The Green Man

12: Sacred Trees | Oak | Ash | Holly

13: Hawthorne | Willow | Rowan

14: “"But especially he loved to run in the dim twilight of the summer midnights, listening to the subdued and sleepy murmurs of the forest, reading signs and sounds as a man may read a book, and seeking for the mysterious something that called -- called, waking or sleeping, at all times, for him to come."” -Call of the Wild | THE FOREST IN LITERATURE

15: Sermon to the Birds | "My little sisters, the birds, much bounden are ye unto God, your Creator, and always in every place ought ye to praise Him, for that He hath given you liberty to fly about everywhere, and hath also given you double and triple rainment; moreover He preserved your seed in the ark of Noah, that your race might not perish out of the world; still more are ye beholden to Him for the element of the air which He hath appointed for you; beyond all this, ye sow not, neither do you reap; and God feedeth you, and giveth you the streams and fountains for your drink..." -St. Francis Assisi

16: Doctrine of Signatures | Bleeding Heart Plant This plant is shaped like a heart therefore it is thought to be beneficial to the heart.

17: Medevial Hunting

18: The knight was thus gaily dressed in green, his hair falling around his shoulders; on his breast hung a beard, as thick and green as a bush, and the beard and the hair of his head were clipped all round above his elbows. The lower part of his sleeves were fastened with clasps in the same wise as a king's mantle. The horse's mane was crisp and plaited with many a knot folded in with gold thread about the fair green, here a twist of the hair, here another of gold. The tail was twined in like manner, and both were bound about with a band of bright green set with many a precious stone; then they were tied aloft in a cunning knot, whereon rang many bells of burnished gold. Such a steed might no other ride, nor had such ever been looked upon in that hall ere that time; and all who saw that knight spake and said that a man might scarce abide his stroke. | The Green Knight

20: Hayward Coat of Arms | Knight stands for wise defense | Black stands for constancy | Shield shape represents defense and wisdom | Gold stands for elevation of mind

21: Representing nature | Thomas Cole's “"The Oxbow"

22: Bestiaries: Phoenix | The phoenix is a bird that is found in India. After it has lived for 500 years, it goes to the cedar forests of Lebanon and bathes in the fragrance from the trees, then signals the priest in the city of Heliopolis (the city of the sun), who prepares an alter. The phoenix flies to the city, alights on the alter, and ignites a fire that completely consumes it, leaving only ash. The next day the preist finds a worm in the ashes, on the second day a small bird, and on the third day the full-grown phoenix, completely renewed. The phoenix greets the priest and returns to its home in India.

24: Woman as Nature | "Association with mother earth; because so many aspects of nature are 'born' from the earth, this can be likened to the opening of the womb to produce life; there are several literary references to reproductive terms such as womb and bosom, eg. "Paradise Lost".

25: Nature as Good | Nature as Evil

26: Aesthetic appreciation of Nature | These and similar reflections occurred to me, my father. I rejoiced in my progress, mourned my weaknesses, and commiserated the universal instability of human conduct. I had well-nigh forgotten where I was and our object in coming; but at last I dismissed my anxieties, which were better suited to other surroundings, and resolved to look about me and see what we had come to see.

29: Botanical Realism

30: Cabinet of Curiosities

31: Man over Nature

32: Managing Nature | a parklike area in which live animals are kept in cages or large enclosures for public exhibition. | vs. | the natural world as it exists without human beings or civilization. | ZOO: | NATURE:

33: THE BEAUTY OF NATURE | by Caspar David Friedrich


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