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Vokal Engel A1.pngInterpretation of the "A" Angel in the Crucifixion Scene*

When I'm overwhelmed with pain I'm only aware of myself. Loss and disappointment dominate me, and I lose contact with the present.

Where can I find strength and support when everything around me is terrible? Should I stretch my hands to the sky, wailing or beseeching help? Or, in tragic moments, can I still feel connected to the earth, to earth as the place where life and death are fatefully intertwined?

When I, like the angel, seek contact with the earth with an open arm gesture, I turn to the deeper forces of life. I feel the ground. Maybe what I'm experiencing now can become a seed and get roots to eventually flourish and produce fruit? I can not change what happened. But I remain open to overcome my paralysis and continue on my way.

The "A" is associated with Venus, with the feminine, receiving power. Openness, beauty, love, dedication, resilience, and art are some of her key skills. As an organ, the kidneys are assigned to her.

* Picture excerpt from Giovanni Donato da Montorfano, Crucifixion, Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. Explanation at the beginning of the course.


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Vowels are forces of rest, heart forces. Where there is restlessness and chaos, they order, form, point to the essential. Actually, they have no external movement. Their principle is radiation, the presence, the role model. They act as invisible magnetic fields that structure the space and even give support when the exterior is removed.


In the painting by Giovanni Donato da Montorfano you can see the vowel gestures for "U", "E", "A" and "O", in the gestures of the four angels from left to right. Each of the four angels gathered around the crucified Christ represents a different quality of soul with his gesture. Mary Magdalene, huddled at the foot of the cross, and Christ's open gesture, together express a central aspect of the "I" gesture.


450 Years before the birth of eurythmy, the  basic eurythmic gestures of all five vowels of the alphabet have already been displayed in this painting on the south wall of the dining room of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. As we explore the individual vowels, I will try to interpret the painterly execution of these five gestures and relate them to the events of the Crucifixion.