Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Translated through the human heart through a garden of understanding often foreign lands appear to have a different resonance for example, in early 15th Century drawings of the Boucicaut Master of monsters such as a blemmyes, sciapods and monocoli in the Livre des merveilles du monde, now housed in Paris at the Bibliotheque nationale de France, one wonders what they are describing or medical drugs they were consuming. These monsters appear to have a symbolic reference to psychological states maybe even physical illness curbing the tale of the devil, perhaps that they were trying to find a cure for. In other gardens of the heart fantastical monsters and creatures appear to take our love on another journey, for example, with the unicorn. The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries at the Musee national du Moyen Age in Paris, take you on a mystical journey through the garden of the heart to where love exists with God. The unicorn is described symbolically here too, even though in the garden of the heart of philosophy unicorns would appear to a woman in love. Such gardens of the heart have God take your hand and lead you to somebody else and a journey takes you to the forest.