Radiate Thirteen

Updated: Feb 18



The Vision


The 13 petaled-flower appeared in my mind’s eye during a client’s soul plan healing session on April 22, 2021. The flower opened inside her mouth and burst out rays of light that filled her head and poured out and around her like a toroidal field. The petals were yellow and the light was very bright. It was so beautiful and radiant. The stem, which went straight down her esophagus and through her solar plexus, felt very strong, precise, and rooted. I understood from this image that her vocal airways were being cleared to help express herself with more clarity and establish stronger boundaries.


The 13-petaled-flower reminded me of an outpouring of information that needed to be shared with the world. When we clear old, stagnant energy or energy that is holding us back from expressing ourselves we are releasing what no longer serves us and what is no longer in alignment with our essence. The outpouring felt like a ‘purging’ through the mouth.


The principle meaning of this image is the new life that comes from death. What are we releasing, what are we finally putting to rest? What patterns, thoughts, identities, masks, and illusions are now gone?


When I looked up 13-petaled flowers, I found the Marigold that resembled the shape and color of the leaves in my vision. I decided that the flower in my painting would be a marigold. I loved all the symbolism that it represented.


Below, I share some information and insights on the number 13. I touch on the following topics that I find relevant to my painting:

  • Sacred Geometry - Flower of life and fruit of life

  • Soul Plan energy #13.4: Divine Mother - water, wisdom, and love

  • Astrological and elemental reference

  • Marigold symbolism and medicine

  • Divine mother cosmology

  • Major Arcana Tarot Card #13 - Death

  • Egyptian Mysticism


Sacred Geometry

I knew I had to use the Flower of Life as the basis for the vision of the flower to unfold. I just didn't know how it would unfold. I started drawing the flower of life pattern in August over and over again until it finally clicked and came together in the image you see in the painting. It took time and I didn't start painting it until October.


The energy of this painting felt feminine, very strong, and rooted firmly ‘within’. In sacred geometry, the feminine principle is represented in the Fruit of Life pattern, the 13 circles found within the flower of life pattern. The Fruit of Life is the basis for the masculine principle to emerge forming Metraton’s Cube. From Metraton’s Cube, we get the platonic solids, which are the building blocks of our physical world. Thus, we journey 'within' to connect to our ‘inner' or 'hidden’ wisdom, which emanates from the void and made visible by the light, in order to express our essence in physical form.


"This pattern of thirteen circles is one of the holiest, most sacred forms in existence. On Earth, it's called the Fruit of Life. It is called the fruit because it is the result, the fruit, from which the fabric of the details of the Reality were created." The Ancient Secrets of the Flower of Life by Drunvalo Melchizedek


In the book Drawing Geometry by Jon Allen, you can find instructions on how to draw a thirteen-sided figure and he shares information on the Labyrinth of the Chartres Cathedral in France. Below I share the images of this incredible geometric wonder drawn by the author with the detail of the thirteen-pointed center of the labyrinth. Labyrinths are inner circular journeys symbolic of the descent and rebirth. I find it so fascinating that the 13 is in the center, the moment and place where we meet death and new life emerges.



On the spiral of life, John Martineau writes in The Little Book of Coincidences, "Most plants on Earth produce alternate leaves at Fibonacci fractions of a full rotation. For example, some plants produce leaves along a stem every 1/2 rotation, in hazel and beech trees the angle is 1/3, in apricots and oak trees it is 2/5, in pear and poplar trees it is 3/8, and in almond and willow trees it is 5/13. Pineapples display 5-, 8-, and 13- armed spirals. Count the number of buds along a sprig of pussy willow and you will find a spiral of 13 buds in 5 turns. Humans use the same numbers in a four-fold manner. The most common number of petals in flowers is 5, and the most commonly used phyllotaxis numbers in plants are 5, 8, and 13. As above, so below - for these are also the numbers of Venus!"


Soul Plan

Soul Transformation Therapy Archetypal Deck

In Soul Plan by Blue Marsden, the number 13 is called Divine Mother. The 13th Hebrew letter is Mem and it is one of the triad of Mother letters that stands for water and wisdom representing what is revealed and concealed. It seems that so much of what is and has been hidden is being revealed to us now; individually and collectively.


The celestial body of this energy is Neptune, God of the Sea. It is the planet of inspiration and is known to rule over our dreams, subconscious, illusions, and all things magical. Water enhances our intuition and teaches us about compassion. Neptune helps the soul to break free from the restrictions and limitations of reality.


In Soul Plan the number 13 is always paired with the number 4, which is related to ‘Fertility and Abundance’. The Hebrew letter is Dalet, the celestial body is the sun, and the Direction is East. In the East we find the rising sun, marking the birth of a new day, and illuminating what is on the horizon. After the sun has disappeared at the end of the day, it travels through the underworld, the world of the hidden and subconscious, getting ready to be reborn again in the East.


Marigold Symbolism & Medicine

Photo by Woliul Hasan on Unsplash

When I looked up 13-petaled flowers, I found the Marigold. I decided that the flower in my painting would be a marigold because of its resemblance to the petals in my vision, but also because there was so much symbolism that resonated. Marigold is often linked to the sun and represents the power, strength, and light that lives inside of a person. The name itself, full of symbolism, is the combination of 'Mary' and "Gold'.


I finished this painting on October 27th and then learned that the birth flower of October is Marigold which I found to be extraordinary synchronicity. Here are quick links I found that offer some interesting information about Marigolds (Petal Republic) and (Lovingly).


According to the Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham, Marigold is masculine, its planet is the sun, and its element is Fire. Its powers are related to protection, prophetic dreams, legal matters, and psychic powers. Cunningham writes, “Marigolds, picked at noon when the Sun is at its hottest and strongest, will strengthen and comfort the heart...Looking at the bright flowers strengthens the sight...if a girl touches the petals of the marigold with her bare feet, she will understand the language of the birds.”


Divine Mother Cosmology


According to womb cosmology in the book Womb Awakening by Seren & Azra Bertrand, the sacred feminine numbers 7 and 13 are associated with the celestial womb...the celestial spheres were the realms of brilliant light and ascending consciousness - born of the cosmic womb of the great mother in a scintillating show of divine creative power. The number 13 is the number of the moon. There are 13 new moons and full moons in a year, and thirteen lunar months of twenty-eight days. Bertrand's books are amazing and dive deep into this topic, so if this is an area that intrigues you, then I highly recommend their books. Another great reference is The Great Cosmic Mother by Monica Sjoo & Barbara Mor.


Major Arcana Tarot Card #13 - Death

Wisdom of The Tarot by Elisabeth Haich

The major arcana card #13 is Death. This is the card of the great transformation. I share the card image depiction from the book Wisdom of the Tarot by Elizabeth Haich. I love her interpretation of the Greater Arcana.


As I write these words I find myself with butterflies in my tummy from the excitement that sharing this information brings. Interestingly, before I knew much about Tarot and initiations one of my favorite cards in the tarot deck was #12, The Hanged Man. I would look at that card and find peace, calm, and the desire to be in his place - a place that prepares us for #13.


Another little anecdote is that my favorite yoga pose has always been Sirsasana. A pose that could represent the inverted attitude, when all thoughts and actions are diametrically opposed to those of the ordinary men. I share my love of yoga (for over 18 years) and what the variation of this pose looks like below with a description from the book Light On Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar.



We find peace and stability when we know we are ready to transform. We welcome Death with eyes wide open despite the emotional and physical discomforts or pain that death may bring because from death comes life. During Death (transformation) man is still conscious in his spirit. Thus, he is fully alive in his consciousness. His consciousness lives, only the person with his physical desires has been destroyed. Elisabeth Haich shares in her book an old saying that is fitting:


Long did I resist,

Finally, I gave way

When the old person turns to dust

The new one greets the day.


One of the most exciting parts of our spiritual journey is when we release the old stories, the old versions, the old identities, and the illusions. It is not easy to go through the transformation process but on the other end, there is freedom.


In The Qabbalistic Tarot by Robert Wang, the path of nun, Death, is one of the three paths leading from the Personality to the Higher Self. He writes, “The Personality undergoes a willful “death”, surrendering everything that it believes itself to be. Most difficult is that this total surrender of life, this initiatory sacrifice, must precede the experience of cosmic awareness. One is required to give up the totality of one’s being, one’s very life, in relative darkness, yet in the faith that there will be a resurrection into the Light. As Jung puts it: “By descending into the unconscious, the conscious mind puts itself in a perilous condition, for it is apparently extinguishing itself.” There is so much symbolism and incredible depth in this book by Wang. I highly recommend it.


Egyptian Mysticism


I do not know much about the “Opening of the Mouth Ceremony” in ancient Egypt, but I kept feeling it was related and necessary to share. I was thinking about this ceremony while painting even though I do not know much about it. It was believed that Ptah opens the deceased’s mouth and allows him to eat, drink, and speak in the Netherworld. Ptah was the god who created the universe, including all other gods. First, he conceived them in his heart, the seat of the intellect, then spoke his thoughts.


It was important for the ka to be kept intact to allow the magic of rebirth to take place when the deceased’s ba returned as a bird and merged with the ka. As with Osiris and Re, the deceased was reborn, a better, idealized version of himself.


Conclusion


I touch on a few insights that I hope will stir your imagination and desire to explore further for yourself. The vision of the flower that I saw in my mind’s eye is an archetypal healing image that was channeled during a healing session.


With most of the images I channel, I feel a strong ‘calling’ to paint them. I find that there is then a healing process or journey that unfolds intuitively and embodies a combination of alignments between Spirit, the individual, and the collective. My healing journey (or that of a client) is an aspect of (or similar to) the collective healing journey, it is just experienced or expressed uniquely through each person. We each contribute to the greater whole.


While I was painting Radiate Thirteen I felt sensations of strep throat that would come and go. The sensations were quite intense and it would hurt to swallow but it would shift quickly. I have come to understand how I feel and transmute healing energies in my body. The quicker I come to a place of surrender and acceptance without worry or fear, the faster it shifts and leaves my body.


To conclude, Radiate Thirteen is an archetypal healing image that depicts the emergence of life that comes from death. It is the resurrection. It is the birth of a new expression of ourselves.


 

Limited Edition Prints of Radiate Thirteen, hand-embellished with 23ct gold leaf, are available to purchase in my shop.


Radiate Thirteen by Yassica Ferrer



About the author


Yassica is an intuitive and visionary artist and healer. Her artwork captures the images that she sees in her mind’s eye. They reflect an inner journey of exploration and discovery that uncovers what is hidden, providing clues into the subconscious and revealing deeper aspects of the Self.


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