The Amorous Influence of the Grail Goddess

Horned Mercury Symbol

The Star of Venus

Love, Empathy and Compassion are the greatest of all human affections, and Friendship the noblest and most refined improvement of Love. It matters not in which order they flow. By Friendship I mean the greatest Love and the greatest usefulness, and the most open communication, and the noblest sufferings, and the heartiest counsel and the greatest union of mind and spirit of which two souls are capable. At its heart lies Intimacy, for when we are intimate with someone we are simultaneously being intimate with ourselves. What emerges from this exquisite seduction is the Elegance, Grace and Splendour of a flowering Radiant red Rose.

Thou fair-haired angel of the evening,

Now, whilst the Sun rests on the mountains, light

Thy bright torch of Love, they radiant crown

Put on, and smile upon our evening bed!

Smile on our loves, and, while thou drawest the

Blue curtains of the sky, scatter they silver dew

On every flower that shuts its sweet eyes

In timely sleep. Let thy west wind sleep on

The lake; speak silence with thy glimmering eyes,

And wash the dusk with silver

~ William Blake, ‘To The Evening Star’ ~

DN – 07/03/14


9 thoughts on “The Amorous Influence of the Grail Goddess

  1. Hey Polly,

    Thank you very much for presenting this site to a wider audience, it is a very generous act. Please forgive my absence over the last day or so. A number of urgent matters have needed my attention and I would not want to be found wanting in my duties. I will reply to all of your posts and kind comments within the next couple of days. I hope all is well with you? I’ll very much look forward to catching up shortly. And of course, I hope your Blog is performing well at:


    DN – 02/04/14

  2. Dear DN –
    I cannot adequately explain how perfect it was to find this today, yet, I get the sense it is unnecessary. “Friendship the Noblest” and the words of William Blake, just so Divine. Thank you for this.

    • Hey Amanda,

      Whilst personal matters, both convoluted and necessary, may have dragged me away unwillingly from WordPress for several long weeks I have endeavoured, albeit from a remote perspective, to ‘stay in touch’ with the wealth of wonderful writing and personal expression to be found in abundance amongst the WP community with whom I had only just begun to associate. And I do of course include Dreamrly within that list, which I find insightful, purposeful, illuminating and absorbing…your recent post, Dreams of Compassion, and the comments that follow are wholly self-defining. After such a period of woeful neglect on my part to sustain and nurture such valuable and infant friendships, it is especially kind to have you visit my ailing blog, find something of ‘benefit’ to you, and leave a comment, to which in light of the words of the above post, to say ‘thank you’ seems somehow inappropriate if not wholly inadequate…I have not been the noblest of ‘WP friends.’ But thank you!

      As an Artist, I have long held a fascination for the work of William Blake, and on numerous occasions shared a natural affinity to the deeper meanings hidden within his mystical writings. He was a man many years ahead of his time, a human being gifted with a level of awareness rarely attained by the ordinary man to which the phrase ‘cosmic consciousness’ would be most appropriate…the ability to transcend self-consciousness, to perceive the world around him from a totally different perspective – to envision the world beyond! Blake revealed numerous instances of the extraordinary realm of the cosmic mind, a mind that may well have been and still is the embryo of the mind of the future. His work undoubtedly proves that man has the ability to transcend his earthly existence but only if one is willing to grant the mind the fullness of its vast potential.

      As an aside, and if interested, I was led to read a fascinating book called ‘The Outsider’ by Colin Wilson: a classic study of alienation, creativity and the modern mind. (Taken from the book jacket) The book was ‘an instant literary sensation when first published in 1956. Wilson rationalised the psychological dislocation so characteristic of Western creative thinking into a coherent theory of alienation and defined those affected by its type: the Outsider. Wilson supports his theories by offering numerous samples from works by Kafka, Camus, Hemingway, Hesse, Lawrence, Van Gogh, Shaw, Nietzsche and Dostoevsky and in doing so explores the psyche of the Outsider, his effect on society and society’s on him. It is the seminal work on this most persistent of modern-day preoccupations.

      Thank you Amanda for your noble comment.


      DN – 10/09/2014

      • Thanks… BTW, I’d love to ask you about the star in the centre of the Grial.. Isn’t it a symbol related to Evilness (pentagram)… I heard so!~ Aquileana πŸ˜‰

      • Hey Aquileana,

        From a chivalrous perspective, I don’t think any worthy Knight sets out on an artistic Grail quest having anything other than honourable intentions to pursue a noble end! And always he does so beneath the unfurling banner of Venus’s virtuous 5 pointed form rather than beneath the celebrated folds of her sybaritic misdemeanours πŸ˜‰

        When used in this image, I viewed the pentacle as a virtuous symbol of totality denoting harmony, balance, proportion, beauty, aesthetic, and ‘health’, and as an emblem describing the marriage of heaven and earth: combining the number two (terrestrial and feminine) with the number three (heavenly and masculine). The resulting number five representing the microcosm of the human body and mind. I recall accepting this as an adequate description of the mystical nature of the fifth element that seals the combining of all other elements: that of Love. And how better else to visualise that than by imagining the chalice residing within the bosom of the Goddess. Additionally, the inclusion of the pentacle within the series of alchemical butterflies also pursued the use of ever-present Masonic themes by referencing the aspirational Flaming Star as a symbol of divine Light, and of direction in the journey through life. In Masonic tradition, it symbolizes the heart of the initiate who, by striving to perfect themselves in the way of truth, become like a blazing Star. In English lodges, the pentacle symbolizes the sun which enlightens the earth, dispensing its golden blessings to all humankind and giving Light and Life to all things.

        It’s always a pleasure to muse over a symbol or two with you. Thank you for bringing insight, perspective and energetic curiosity with you when you call πŸ™‚


        DN – 16/03/2015

  3. “Love, Empathy and Compassion are the greatest of all human affections, and Friendship the noblest and most refined improvement of Love.”
    Dear Dewin.. What more can I say, you said it all. and the poem choice a wonderful compliment to your already profound thoughts.
    Blessings.. I have enjoyed browsing today..
    And I investigated into why no updates.. 😦 and can find no reason why alerts are not getting through, as I have you set for instant updates.. Maybe its me and I missed them in my crowded email box.

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