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Rossetti, Dante Gabriel - Golden Water 1858



Type of Spiritual Experience


The drawing is an allegory of the kundalini experience and of sexual stimulation techniques.  Rossetti even shows a decorative pattern on the dress which looks like the spine ascending from a trigger point [in red].

The barrel is symbolically equivalent to a lake - a reservoir of energy from which one can tap [he intended the pun] spiritual input.  The barrel looks like a wine barrel because wine is also symbolically spiritual energy.

The use of a cup or bowl and not a chalice is symbolically important.

There are levels and layers on the bowl - half an egg.

The model is Elizabeth Siddall.

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Rossetti, Dante Gabriel

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Sex magick
Sexual stimulation