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To Dream of Unfulfilled Desires by AnnEnchanted To Dream of Unfulfilled Desires by AnnEnchanted
For Witches of East End contest;
I wanted to create a highly occult piece that pulled from both Poe and Witches of East End.

The raven acts as a messenger and carries a mirror, objects often used for scrying, and shows the heart's true nature. It's lament, as a symbol. The mirror is framed in an Ouroboros, which is a sigil of integration of ones self and opposite nature. Devouring and consuming force which swallows you and feeds you at once. Death, and then new life, endlessly. I also chose an Ouroboros because Witches of East End's use of a "Serpens Calvem" - a serpent key. This allowed me to use the ouroboros as a key and guardian of a gateway, where the mirror is that gate, leading to inner wisdoms and secrets. This piece was inspired by both The Raven and the Tell-Tell Heart, for the threads they have in common. That is.. torture by your own regrets and grief. I expanded upon that with an Icelandic Magical Stave called 'Draumstafir', shown in the heart. It means "to dream of unfulfilled desires."

My favorite lines from the two --
Leave my loneliness unbroken!- quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!

And have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over acuteness of the senses? --now, I say, there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I knew that sound well, too. It was the beating of the old man's heart. It increased my fury, as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage.

Info about medium -
Heart and Mirror Glass - Watercolor pencils.
Mirror Frame and Bird - Sharpee, Bic pen, & Watercolor brush pens.
Background - digitally-altered version of a texture painting I did, acrylic on canvas.
Editing - image was tinkered and clean up in GIMP.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Beautiful and certainly one of the more original entries that I've seen.  Good luck in the contest!
AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Original use of the themes was my priority. Witches of East End has a pretty cool creative team already (they make their own tarot cards and such) so I was hoping to catch their eye in that way. But ya, fingers crossed.
aFanofanArt Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014   Artisan Crafter
:tip-hat: Thanks!
aFanofanArt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
ravenstromdans Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Is that a lupine Ouroboros?
AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014   Artisan Crafter
:D It is a bit, ya. I wanted him to be a little.. beasty, rather than a snake.
ravenstromdans Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
I like's actually kinda reminiscent of the bearded Chinese dragons too.

Actually, I like this whole presentation; the raven, the wolf-like Ouroboros, the glyph within the scrying glass, all of it speaks to me. The only way it could have spoken more was if it had been Elder Futhark or Ogham within the mirror.
AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! :TipOfTheHat: I wanted to make something that spoke in an occult way in addition to abiding the contest stipulations. I agree, about the glyph. If I were creating a piece purely for personal reasons the Futhark or Ogham would have suited me better. The stave just happened to suit themes within the Witches of East End show.
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July 26, 2014
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Date Taken
Feb 1, 2011, 1:52:31 AM
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