Journey- Sagittarius, Swallows & Comfrey

Sagittarius- November 22- December 21
Animal- Swallows
Herb- Comfrey
Planet- Jupiter
Element- Fire
Number- 9

Astrology & Geometry: Sagittarius is a sign associated with adventure, luck, freedom, and learning. Sagittarius is the ninth house of the Western Zodiac, concerned with spirituality, education, long-distance travel and philosophy. The ninth house is represented with nine lines radiating from the bottom center of the image, a nine- sided gem, and a nine-sided shape containing the Sagittarius symbol.

Zoology: Swallows are among the fastest flying songbirds and can fly up to 45 mph. They need this swiftness during their epic annual migration, which can span over 6,000 miles as they make the dangerous journey South for the winter, all to do it again in the Spring when they return home. Swallow families can recognize each other by their songs, allowing them to keep track of their families while flying.

Herbalism & Magic: Comfrey has been used in European folk magic to ensure safe travel. It is also used in medicinal herbalism to heal wounds, sprains, and broken bones.*

Folklore: Sailors have gotten swallow tattoos for protection on long journeys or to mark a return from a journey. The sight of swallows on a sea voyage signified being close to land signified the journey was nearly over.

*Herbalism information disclaimer- Never take medical advice from a painting.

2019, 8×10″, Acrylic paint, collaged fabric, ink, embroidery floss & nails.

Original painting available through Ghost Gallery.

High quality reprints are available for purchase.