The theme for my workshops in 2019 is Quintessence: The Fifth Element.
We've all heard of the ancient Greek's four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. But how many of us know that there was also an indispensable fifth element, without which those four could have no ability to combine into the infinite variety of forms we see around us? the The Greeks called the fifth element aether. The medieval alchemists had a different name: quintessence.
Makers are ignited by the "fifth element", the intangible something else that works through us. The Greeks provide a brilliant background for the origin of aether. Erebus, which means darkness, was the monarch of the realm of the dead. Erebus united with Nyx, the goddess of the night, and gave birth to Aether. Aether is translated as radiance: "to burn, to shine". In Homeric Greece ether meant "pure, fresh air" or "clear sky". It was "the pure essence that the gods breathed".
The Goddess of the Night is also The Mother of Light. What an image for where inspiration and imagination comes from: emptiness, darkness, the night, mystery. Out of dark necessity Nyx gives birth to light, radiance, Ether.Read More