022 "Fire, Son of Fire"
Fire, Son of Fire Full Image
x 60" / Oil on Canvas
by John WorldPeace
FIRE, SON OF FIRE
A partial interpretation
from the artist's transient perspective
The full title of this
work is "I am the Great One, Son of the Great One;
Fire, Son of Fire." The title is from a clause
in the Egyptian Book of the Dead and is written in hieroglyphics
on the two gray walls on the edge of the green reality
in the painting.
The three prevailing
symbols of God evidenced in this work are the two gray
walls, the silhouette of Horus, and the burning bush.
The first symbol of God,
the gray walls, symbolize God as the frontier between
man’s dwelling place in earthly reality and the
infinite universe of which man sees very little and
understands far less. They are a marker between the
green reality of the earth and the maroon of our infinite
universe. These walls not only separate the foreground
from the background of the work, but also separate the
top from the bottom. "As above, so below."
The walls are the key to man's understanding of the
unknown. The wall on the left says, "I am the Great
One, Son of the Great One." The wall on the right
says “Fire, Son of Fire”.
A second symbol of God
is the silhouette of Horus at the bottom right of the
work. Horus was the all knowing and powerful God of
the Egyptians, represented as a hawk. The hawk is perched
on a ball that appears to be embedded in the green reality
of earth. Horus and his sphere are both black. Black
represents an omniscience of things on earth. The sphere
is the earth. Horus is not connected to the universe
but only to the earth. The walls, however, touch the
symbols of both realities of heaven and earth. Horus
touches only the reality of the earth and its potential.
Even though Horus is
a symbol of god, he is not as great as the God represented
by the gray walls. Horus is a god of man. He evolved
as a god in the Egyptian myth. Horus is embedded in
the earth. He is not suspended like the gray walls and
the burning bush.
Horus in the Egyptian
legend damaged his left eye in a battle to rule Egypt.
This damaged eye is represented by the crescent moon.
The sun represents his perfect eye. The earth on which
Horus is perched is also in the shape of a crescent
moon. This would symbolize his partial understanding.
Since the sphere on which
he is perched represents the earth and that earth is
not whole, Horus does not have a perfect understanding
of the earth. It is true because he is a fiction created
by man. It is therefore understandable that his vision
A third symbol of God
is the burning bush in the center of the work. It is
a bush but also a tree. It is strong and enduring like
a tree but also transient like a bush. The burning bush
is a reference to God's revelation of himself to Moses
in the Old Testament of the Christian bible.
The third symbol of God
is the burning bush at the center of the work. It has
three sections, the base, the trunk and the top.
The base is red and appears
to protrude up through the gray clouds. This entire
work seems to be a view from above the earth. The green
and gray spheres form a cloud that separates the reality
above from that below.
The red base is like
a volcano protruding through the clouds. This base is
also one of the six references to fire in the work.
The earth's core is made of molten rock or fire that
explodes onto the surface. The base of the bush is the
fire of the earth.
The second part of the
bush is the black trunk. This represents the tree that
was once a part of the earth and at the same time the
black symbolizes the total infinite potential of the
tree or bush.
The third part of the
burning bush is the top that is consumed in a pure yellow
flame. This yellow is the light of God or knowledge
of the universe.
Together these three
parts comprise the third symbol of God in the form of
the burning bush.
The next most recurring
symbol is that of fire. There are six symbols of fire.
The first symbol is the
gray wall to the right of the burning bush. The inscription
is "Fire, Son of Fire". This wall along with
the wall on the left form an equation; God equals Fire.
Therefore, this work
relates one aspect of God and that is his relation to
fire. God is more than fire but this work speaks to
that part of him.
Fire is an aggressive
cleanser of all things. Fire converts energy from one
form to another. In this process, it takes impure elements
and converts them into a new pure element. The green
of earth burns and becomes smoke. The smoke returns
to the earth to again become green. The rainbow represents
this cycle of continuous change.
The second symbol of
Fire is the volcano that is the base of the burning
bush. The volcano represents the earth reality. The
core of the earth is fire. The volcano protrudes through
the gray clouds or smoke and represents those of the
earth reality exploring the higher levels of existence.
The third symbol of fire
is the top of the burning bush. This is the central
part of the heavenly fire or God's light manifesting
on earth. It is the primary symbol of God on earth.
As fire, God can be understood on the earth.
The sun is the fourth
symbol of fire. The sun is alone in the maroon universe.
The sun is finite in the maroon heaven which is contrary
to our view of God.
However, this work is
only one view of God. It is not a view of God in his
infinite totality. The infinite All There Is universe
is represented by black, which contains all colors.
This Universe is the maroon component of that black
The fifth symbol of fire
is at the base of the rainbow. It is black and therefore
represents the infinite fire of the All There Is.
The water of the rainbow
both arises from the fire and disappears into it. Fire
converts water to steam. The steam condenses and returns
to the fire.
The black fire reaches
up from under the green clouds causing one to wonder
what is truly below this cloud plane.
The sixth and most obvious
symbol of fire is the ring of fire itself. The red base
of the burning bush and the yellow top combine to form
the orange of the ring of fire. This is a metaphysical
fire; part heaven, part earth.
The fire is a ring that
relates to the infinite nature of God and the never-ending
cycle of all things.
The fire does not seem
to move outward. Instead the earth moves into the fire.
The fire is stationary. It is the green earth plane
As the green moves into
the fire, it is converted into the smoke which falls
back to the earth to become the building blocks of the
The ring of fire is a
barrier, which the burning bush has erected. No one
comes near the bush without first being cleansed or
converted by the fire. The earth reality can never know
God. God is of another reality and we must shift to
experience an understanding of his universe.
The moon represents the
partial understanding of All There Is. The black moon
represents the infinite all. The white represents the
spirit of God in the universe.
The white light of the
moon represents knowledge and the yellow light represents
the spirit of God in the universe.
The rainbow is the third
dominant symbol of the work. It is blue because a rainbow
is made up of water.
Humans are 98% water
and so in this work of fire and God I have included
water to represent man. The rainbow arches above the
burning bush. This represents man's desire to be more
than God. It is an illusion that God permits.
The truth is that the
burning bush is God's manifestation of himself to man.
Therefore, the bush is only a symbol. God lies in the
universe outside the rainbow in a ball of yellow light.
Although man thinks he
understands God, the truth is that he does not. Man
understands what God allows him to understand.
The fire or light of
the burning bush reflects off the rainbow and creates
the rings of red, yellow and blue, green, orange and
violet. Through God's light, the infinite beauty of
the earth is revealed to man. These colors represent
all the perceived colors of this reality. Therefore,
God manifests all things for man to see.
There are four separate
rings of the rainbow. Four is a foundation number and
so these four rings represent the foundation of man's
existence in this reality. Man's foundation is the earth.
He is part of the earth. He is a product of the earth
and without it he will cease to exist.
The rainbow is also a
symbol of a promise; God's promise to man. It is a promise
that as long as the earth endues God will to continue
to reveal himself and the wonders of the universe to
man. It is through his light that we experience and
expand into the universe.
The last symbol is the
staff. Inside the head of the staff is an open hand,
symbolizing WorldPeace. The staff is implanted in the
black sphere representing earth. This represents the
dream of peace on earth in all its dimensions.
The staff and sphere
are suspended and are not attached to the green earth.
Horus who is grounded in the earth looks toward WorldPeace.
He considers why there is no peace on earth.
The message of this work
is that there can be no peace on earth as long as God
is viewed in terms of fire. Fire is hellfire. It is
war and violence. In the name of God, many have died.
As long as God represents fire, there will never be