|Madonna di Firenze|
a piece in the style of the Florentines
A wearable sacred altar dedicated to Rosa Mystica, the Mystical Rose of the World. The Rosa Mystica is a powerful manifestation of the transformational power of Grace and Love. The three swords which penetrate the heart with sorrow, betrayal and loss is transformed into three roses. These are archetypal images found both in Catholic mysticism and the esoteric teachings. We see the The Three of Swords in the Tarot and the three roses is well-known as the Fleur-de-Lis or the three strands of Light of the Sacred Heart, symbolising the eternal weaving of Love, Truth and Beauty.
This shrine is handcrafted and all parts are soldered on. Inside is a beautiful image of an Italian Madonna and on the back an original holy card of the Christ child. The three roses of the secret heart are pink, blue and gold and they represent the masculine, the feminine and the child. The Christ child is born from the Hieros Gamos of opposites within the human heart. As Light and Dark meet and merge, the eternal Light is revealed into this world.
Under the shrine hangs a vintage Rosa Mystica medal. Gorgeous faceted crystal beads in a stunning champagne colour is combined with pure crystal and a piece of vintage chain that reflects the Renaissance colours of the entire piece.
As part of my spiritual practise I travel at least once a year to places sacred to the Divine Feminine and especially where she is known and worshiped as Mary. I bring items back with which i create pieces of art to be used and enjoyed as items to remind us of the Divine power of healing, Grace and peace available to us and within reach. The beauty of Her images and sacred symbols soften our hearts and open our minds and Divine Inspiration reminds us that She is as close as our own breath. All it takes is hope and faith and Grace will flow.