ALCHEMY: Any seemingly magical process of transmuting ordinary materials into something of true merit.
|Salamanders performing Alchemy by Go Insane.deviantart.com|
|Salamander - Galerie - Fontainebleu|
|Royal Elephant - Galerie - Fontainebleu|
|Mila & Dan's 14th Arr. apt.|
|La France Renaissante - France Reborn, Le Pont de Bir-Hakeim|
With Mila as my tireless guide and companion, we quickly found the statue that Thomas had photographed for his Alchemy card above. "France Reborn" is on the island next to the Bir-Hakeim bridge in the 15th arr. The rider astride the horse is Jeanne d'Arc, a political symbol in France since the time of Napolean. A channel named Lazaris told me many years ago that I had been burned at the stake for heresy, so I feel a special kinship with Joan; an additional charge against her was "cross-dressing" - they didn't pin that one on me. She was burned at the stake in 1431 at the age of 19.
Seems unfair to place Jeanne so near to the happy couple, but she's earned her place in history.
|Joan of Arc Death at the Stake by Herman Stilke - 1843|
Next I dragged Mila to the Musée de l’Armée at the Hôtel national des Invalides to find the salamander emblem that Thomas hinted was on one of the canons amongst the 500,000 artifacts of military hardware, armor and weapons in the collection.
|Musée de l’Armée|
|Me & my Arsenal|
We took dozens and dozens of photos, mais hélas, could not find the salamander "badge". Oh la la, I never thought I could fall for a canon, but I did. They are works of art, created and christened by individual artisans, with names like Le Souffleteur (the boxer of ears) made by J. Bérenger, 1772, and Le Gentil, 2782 kg of canon par Jean Maritz, 1746.
Time to say goodbye to the canons & all the pretty horses...
And the papier mâché Napolean...
|"I want to go ever deeper into the poetry of it" - Niki de St. Phalle|
...to be continued in Part II
Upcoming tarot events for those in France:
I will be reading cards at Le Perroquet Verte Noel Fete in Chalais, November 29th
and at Aubeterre-sur-Dronne Christmas Market on Nov. 30th - Cartomancy & Tarot
Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in USA, save us some leftovers.