OSIRIS
Acrylic on canvas, 28 x 22 in.
and also as an
Archival print available in multiple sizes
Osiris, an ancient Egyptian deity associated with
both the sun and the moon, is a god of death
and rebirth. In this image, I have portrayed him
as a Native American because I believe that all
cultures share a common ground. The ancient
Egyptians saw both the sun and the moon as
symbols of death and resurrection. The moon
has a twenty-eight day cycle in which it appears,
disappears, and appears once more. After the
sun dips below the horizon each day it rises
again the next morning. In this image, the
skeletal foot of the dying deity is seen walking
away on the lower left.  In the center, dancing
after him playing a flute is the new young god,
and on the upper right Osiris enters, full grown
and radiant. Osiris, who symbolizes the trials of
life, is both a symbol of perseverance in the face
of difficulties and the inner resurrections that
come to us as the result of our challenges. The
Jungian analyst, Marion Goodman, called life a
series of birth canals.