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Cup of St. John

Cup of St. John


10 x 15 Relief Print. Oil based ink on 100lb bristol.

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10 x 15 Relief Print of Cup of St. John. Oil based ink on 100 lb. bristol. 

There is an old myth that when the Apostle John was at Ephesus, he was given a cup of wine to drink which had been poisoned. The trap was not overlooked, and John spoke a blessing over the wine. The potency of the blessing was such that the poison congealed into the form of a serpent and rose up out of the cup. Viewing the story from an oblique angle, one may discern that by the blessing, the poison was not only rendered ineffectual, but such a liquid once intended for harm was transformed into a venom capable of transferring Gnosis. Traditionally, the serpent is symbolically connected to knowledge of the beyond, and of a cunning constitution. The once mundane and deadly cup morphs into a Holy Graal, both concealing and revealing a subtle mystery; Coincidentia Oppositorum. The cup of silent death rises as a serpent into the cup of life.  Nunc benedictio adest mortis. 

Perhaps it is significant that Ephesus was home to the Temple of Artemis, considered one of the seven wonders of the world. Equated with the Roman goddess Diana, she was associated with the wild, having the power to talk to and control animals.