Saturday, May 9, 2009

Lord and Lady of the Age of Pisces

Lady and Lord of the Fishes
(c. 1250). Metz, Alsace-Lorraine, France. Image courtesy of Sacred Union in Christianity.

Margaret Starbird writes on her website:

This unusual image from c. 1250 is displayed in a regional history museum in Metz, a town located in Alsace-Lorraine, France. Ancient legends come together in this painting from the seat of the Merovingian power in Alsace-Lorraine. It appears to be an ancestral portrait of the Lord and Lady of the FISHES (Pisces). A recent discovery of a mosaic depicting two fish at a 3-4th century church in Megiddo confirms that the "partnership" of the Fishes was an early emblem of Christianity. The mandala is reminiscent of the Zodiac symbol of Pisces, the "Fishes"--the New Age dawning at the time of Jesus. The linking of the geometric square and circle depicts the "marriage of irreconcilable opposites" in geometry, the square represents Earth/matter and the circle, Heaven/spirit.
SOURCE: Margaret Starbird, "Lord and Lady of the Age of Pisces," Sacred Union in Christianity (Retrieved 9 May 2009).

Of interest is the similarity of the original Starbucks logo to the mermaid above left:

Original Starbucks Logo (1971). Image courtesy of Synthstuff.

New Starbucks Logo (1992). Image courtesy of Synthstuff.

It's interesting to note that on the new logo the ends of the tails and the crown form double "MMs."

For more information on the evolution of the Starbucks logo see: "How the Starbucks Siren Became Less Naughty," Deadprogrammer's Cafe (17 June 2005). The author shows how the original logo was derived from a 15th c. woodcut of Melusine found in J. E. Cirlot's A Dictionary of Symbols. I first read about this connection in Starbird's article, "The Little Mermaid and the Archetype of the Lost Bride

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