Artificium Arcanus





As the higher octave of Venus, the planet that rules art, Neptunian influence represents artistic and creative genius. Art that depicts mythology and mystic themes is a definitive product of Neptune and the 12th Gate.


One of the most prolific painters of the mythical and arcane was John William Waterhouse (April 6, 1849-February 10, 1917). Waterhouse belonged to the Pre-Raphaelite movement and was famous for his paintings of female characters from mythology and literature.


Pictured to the right is one of his paintings of Circe titled Circe Offers the Cup to Ulysses.

A commissioned painting titled The Crystal Ball which appears on the third page of this selection was unacceptable to the client upon completion. It was suggested that the skull be painted out to make the concept more politically correct. Modern collectors prefer prints and copies of the original painting.




Circe Individiosa by John Waterhouse



The Crystal Ball by John Waterhouse


 William Blake 1757-1827
According to William H. McKegg (in the Rosicrucian Digest of 1937), "Among all the famous Rosicrucian painters and poets who flared across the artistic and literary horizons in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, William Blake stands out as one of the most illuminated minds through whom Cosmic Wisdom flowed. In being able to symbolize great Truths, in art and writing, Blake is without a peer." Blake was an English poet, painter and engraver whose style was so graphic that it defied 18th century convention. He is often called a preromantic because he rejected neoclassical modes of thought and always stressed imagination over reason. 
The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun by Blake


The Ancient of Days by Blake
Divine Comedy: Pity by Blake


waltercrane.jpg Walter Crane (August 15, 1845-March 14, 1915) was born in Liverpool and was an English artist and book illustrator. He is considered one of the strongest contributors to the child's nursery motif that the genre of English children's illustrated literature would exhibit in its developmental stages in the latter 19th century. Crane was part of the Arts and Crafts movement and in addition to painting and illustrating he also worked with ceramic tile design and other decorative art forms.


Neptune and his Horses (or Steeds) by Walter Crane
Pandora Opens the Box by Crane