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a Lightworks blog

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to find the post you've clicked on!

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William Blake's flowers
An illuminated etching inspired
by a dream of a drawing by
Blake with this name

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Golden rosy cross
A rosy cross made from
Venetian Murano glass,
millefiore and 24 carat gold

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Holy Mountain
An illuminated Kalachakra
porcelain mountain overlooked
by Padmasambhava

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Dreaming Lilies
A fused glass inclusion of
Pilea Peperomioides

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the sun never says to the moon
a little sketch of a beloved Hāfiz
poem about unconditional love :)

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The sacred flame fed by music
The creative potential of humanity to
be a force for good in the world

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wishes fulfilled
by the jewelled wind horse,
well-loved as a for its power
to bring blessings and good fortune

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porcelain Padmasambhava
Also known as ‘Guru Rinpoche’,
the image of this Tantric adept is
a potent symbol of awakened mind.

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Wind Horse, River Horse
A cast glass Wind Horse,
revered for its auspicious qualities.

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yarrow spirit
A fused gass
inclusion

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sunflower
A CD cover for Amp
from back in the day

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Healing power of the Ancient Ones
A cast glass piece inspired by the
mystical land of Shambhala.

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running, flying
A wee porcelain commission
featuring two flying dogs :)

    Wind Horse, River Horse


    Centre of the Windhorse


    Though known as a Buddhist symbol, the Wind Horse has been well-loved in East and Central Asia before Buddhism flowered there.

    "the word [windhorse] is still and often mistakenly taken to mean only the actual flag planted on the roof of a house or on a high place near a village. In fact, it is a symbol of the idea of well-being or good fortune. This idea is clear in such expressions as rlung rta dar ba, the 'increase of the windhorse,' when things go well with someone; rlung rta rgud pa, the 'decline of windhorse,' when the opposite happens. The colloquial equivalent for this is lam ’gro, which also means luck."

    ~ Samten Karmay, The Arrow and the Spindle: Studies in History, Myths, Rituals and Beliefs in Tibet.



    The Windhorse in the sunset...




    ...and from the other side.


    Karmay also suggests that the Wind Horse was originally the River Horse ~ tying in with ancient Chinese myths of dragons and dragon horses emerging from rivers.

    Whether a Wind Horse, a River Horse, or a synthesis of both, this magical being carrying flaming, wish-fulfilling jewels on its back brings peace, contentment and harmony.

    This Wind Horse was cast in glass from a Tibetan prayer flag woodblock; the plaster has been left in the crevices for its 'just unearthed' quality.



    The Windhorse just lit with reflected light...



    ...and from the other side.


    Windhorse has now found a home over the moon in New Zealand :)

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