“ We create the world anew by creating a contemporary iconography which, because it is also ancient, penetrates the psyche. Such magic must be placed in the here and now for it to be powerful, or even to be understood. This is how the Feri artist must stand, between the worlds, the ancient and the contemporary. To blend what we know with what we can dream. Working our magic to dream a new art, a new world which is the same as the primal art, the primal world. Such experimentation is the groundwork of Feri art.
Art as magic is an intervention in reality with the aid of symbols. Although we use symbols, Feri art is neither representational nor symbolic, it is naturalistic. That is, it places into form the actual living entity whether that be a deity or Their attributes. For the Gods are real, They are not merely symbols or imaginings. They exists in our world as naturally as we do.
Abstraction, and therefore symbolism, is the natural result of our vision. The Gods appear to us in the guise They choose, much as a parent would appear to their child as Santa Claus, fulfilling a certain purpose and expectation. They put on Their party hats, if you will. This in no way diminishes Their power or our relationship to Them. These visions are actual occurrences in Nature and are as real as we are.
Symbolism in Feri is not the same as in other traditions, where one thing may stand in place of another. One thing actually is another. It is not arbitrarily based on a system of beliefs. If it has not been directly observed in nature, it cannot be directly correspondent to a thing in Nature. The Iron Pentacle does not represent, Sex, Pride, Self, Power, Passion. It actually is Sex, Pride, Self, Power, Passion. “
For me, the caduceus is the icon that best illustrates this “penetration of the psyche” and that understanding that it is not a symbol but actually deity. And it can be observed in nature. Modern scientists now know that our DNA exists in a double-stranded, helical state just as the caduceus has the two snakes coiled in a helical form around the staff. This icon of life/divinity was observed in nature by pre-science peoples without the aid of modern lab equipment. There are things in nature that mimic this (as above, so below) but it is likely shaman saw the structure of DNA in their visions. Each strand is the opposite of the other (as in mirror images) yet both are required for life, just as our Divine Twins are apparent opposites yet identical and a necessary pair.
I also have my own "symbols" that were given to me in my dreams and it is the same story. These symbols are the Gods. And I enjoy their "party hats."