Welcome to the game! This is digital part of the interactive installation in the form of a game inspired by folklore, archetypes, mythology and symbols.
This is a journey of the hero, it's your quest to find some new meanings and valuable insights.
This game has a metaphorical approach, to start the game you need to formulate your intention, question or problem.
Roll a dice, then you move the number of squares the dice shows across the playing field counterclock-wise.
Each circle with the number is connected to an art work with the same the number in the space and has a message to the player.
First you should find an art work connected to the number in the game field and check how it's correlate with your intention or question.
After you can go the the virtual game field and click the same cell number and read message this art work is caring.
1. Cosmic Fire
’Animus ex inflammata anima constat’ – ’The soul is made of burning air’’
Rose offers a glimpse of a masterful creator's active presence in creation. As this fragrant flower blooms, its buds gradually open to reveal blossoms with lovely layers—an illustration of how spiritual wisdom unfolds in people's lives. Fire as Intelligence or Mind. The story of Prometheus in Greek mythology exemplifies the meaning of fire as human intelligence. Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to human beings.
This fire is intelligence or the mind.
2. Orphic Egg
The egg is a germ of life with a lofty symbolical significance. It is not just a cosmogonic symbol — it is also a “philosophical one”. As the former it is the Orphic Egg, the world’s beginning; as the latter, the philosophical egg of the medieval natural philosophers, the vessel from which, at the end of the opus alchymicum, the homunculus emerges… the spiritual, inner, and complete man.
This egg represents the cosmic egg from which Phanes, a diety, was birthed. Phanes was the diety of procreation and life. Phanes was a hermaphrodite, male/female, deity of light and goodness. He was one of the first gods born of the watery abyss of time. He in turn created the other gods.
The egg and snake represent the cosmos circled by the creative spirit.
3. Womb. Divine Mother Goddess.
The womb is also a symbol of the Great Mother. It is typically symbolized by the CAVE, and it is the sum total of all possibilities, all potentials; it is fertility and abundance. The womb is the primordial feminine symbolism, mirroring all that divine feminine energy represents. The womb is the gateway between worlds moving big energy and big magic. Sexual energy. Sensual energy, creative energy. Primal, raw, intuitive, otherworldly awareness. The womb wisdom is the wisdom of the primordial mother. It’s the wheel of fortune in tarot, it’s the constant spiral from dark to light, from joy to struggle, from birth to death.
Pearl symbolism is all about wisdom, especially wisdom gained through experience. The gems also symbolizes calmness, integrity, loyalty, purity, and serenity. For example, white symbolizes innocence.
4. Woman with a bison horn.
The woman holding a bison horn is pregnant and the shape of her waist and hips suggest that she had already had children. Many scholars believe that these female figures were used in fertility rituals or as representations of goddesses of fertility.
The holistic point of ancient women’s religion was that the Mother is not one’s personal maternal parent solely, but the entire community of women, the entire living earth, and beyond this the entire surrounding and ongoing cosmic process. One could not be alienated because one is always within this process, as it is always within the self. Unless, of course, such knowledge is suppressed from the outside, by patriarchal conditioning.
Truly, our very sanity is at stake with continuing patriarchy and the denial of the cosmic self—the Goddess—within us all, and within her. The Great Mother was the projection of the self-experience of groups of highly aware and productive women who were the founders of much of human culture. In this sense the Great Mother is not simply a mental archetype, but a historical fact.
The Great Mother everywhere was the active and autonomous creatrix of the world . . . and, unlike the aloof and self-righteous patriarchal gods who only recently usurped her mountain-throne, the ancient Goddess was always there—alive, immanent—within her creation; no ontological scapegoater, she was wholly responsible for both the pain and the good of life.
5. The alchemical symbol of apotheosis.
The transformation of man into god, is traditionally represented by an image of a hand with other symbols, including skulls, crowns, stars, fish, keys, lanterns, astrological symbols and the all-seeing eye.
Thumb. First look at the thumb on which a crown stands below the quarter moon. By this is meant saltpete. For just as the thumb vigorously finishes off the hand, saltpetre does in the alchemical art, for he is the King and Lord of all salts. He is the mill through which everything must be ground.
Index finger. The second sign and secret of the philosophers is the star with six points, standing above the forefinger next to the thumb. It is compared to Roman Vitriol, because no work that is to be perfect can be completed without vitriol, for it is the greatest and strongest salt after saltpetre.
Middle finger. The third sign is the Sun standing above the middle finger. By it, Sal ammoniac is designated, for, apart from saltpetre and vitriol, nothing more powerful is found.
Ring finger. The fourth sign of the philosophers is the lantern standing above the fourth finger of the Hand, whereby alum is indicated. For without alum, no perfect work can be accomplished, because it is required for the red and the white. It has an astonishing nature and a most subtle spirit.
Little finger. The fifth secret and sign is the key of the philosophers, standing above the little finger. Simultaneously, it is the lock of the Hand. That is why the key is standing on it. By it, common salt is designated, for salt is the key in this art.
Middle of the hand. The sixth secret sign is the fish. It stands in the middle of the Hand and signifies Mercury, for without Mercury or the fish nothing can be done. He is the beginning, the middle and the end, and he is the priest who must marry everything. He is the male and the seed; he is the water out of which all metals have originated; and he is the principal factor of all arts, and the greatest of all secrets.
Palm. The seventh sign of the philosophers is fire. By this Sulphur is indicated. It is the earth and beginning of all metals. It is the female who brings forth the fruit. For no seed can grow unless it be first thrown into fertile soil. Then beautiful fruit will come from it. Thus it also happens that when a pure Mercury is joined to a pure Sulphur, this brings forth pure fruit. Thus, they are man and woman, father and mother, fire and water, seed and earth.
Alchemical metaphor that refers to the transformative structure of the unconscious and the process of coming to consciousness, known as individuation.
Mermaids symbolize change; they represent transformation from one state of being to another. Mermaid symbolism changes across different parts of the world just like the sea changes itself. In some regions, they may represent the calmness of water and beauty of the sea whereas, in others, it may indicate the thrashing face of water in the sea.The mermaid is a symbol of the soul. She is in tune with her emotions and she uses intuition as an important tool for decision making, but also to create harmony within herself and others around her.
But this mermaid have a balloon instead of the head. Which in one hand symbolize freedom and creative lightness, but in the other hand it's "head in the clouds". It is let go of your emotions, the balloon will take off and travel to different places. Daydreaming and being disconnected with your deep intuition, which actually is awaiting for you , as a mermaid.
"What we resist, persists."
- Carl Gustav Jung
It is important that we recognize the archetypal nature of the fear that is at the root of our current world. Archetypal fear is ethological, based on the study of animal behavior.
Newborns express instinctual cries of protest, and many a mythological god has wreaked archetypal havoc. Cultural norms around anger range from keeping a stiff upper lip to highly extraverted forms of expression. There are overall differences in how men and women tend to express anger; differences in temperament as well as situational stressors contribute to the intensity and frequency of angry feelings. Anger, like other emotions, is a source of information: it tells us when we feel violated in some way, and is linked to self-preservation. If fiery feelings can be understood first as a call to containment and self-reflection rather than reaction, it can fuel strategic thinking, emotional maturation and productive action.
When the flame of your greed consumes you, and nothing remains of you but ash, so nothing of you was steadfast. Yet the flame in which you consumed yourself has illuminated many. But if you flee from your fire full of fear, you scorch your fellow men, and the burning torment of your greed cannot die out, so long as you do not desire yourself. ~Carl Jung, The Red Book, The Way of the Cross
Chains - the prevalent modern symbolism is oppression, due to the use for a mechanical restriction of the liberty of a human or animal.
9. Crocodile Eats the Sun.
“Listen, listen, everyone,
The crocodile’s gobbled up the sun!
It got dark as dark can be,
Not a thing could people see."
- Korney Chukovsky
African tribal belief holds that an eclipse of the sun occurs when a crocodile eats it: “This celestial crocodile, they say, briefly consumes our life-giving star as a warning that he is much displeased with the behavior of man below. It is the very worst of omens.” When a Crocodile Eats the Sun is a stirring memoir of the disintegration of a family set against the collapse of a country. But it is also a vivid portrait of the profound strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of love.
Solar eclipses often align with exciting new beginnings, twists of fate, and the arrival of unexpected updates. Eclipses bring about events that are part of the cosmic plan. These are important times for reflection upon your life, whom you need to forgive, or what you need to let go of and move on from. Eclipses are rare because they can only take place when the Sun, the Earth and the Moon are all aligned.
We need to be mindful of our shadow sides. If we’re not aware of them, they will show up more strongly for us during an eclipse.
9. Ritual Crying and funeral of the past.
An emotional expression such as crying must be viewed merely as a spontaneous result of inner physiological processes, but also means of social communication, a language.
Crying is a ancient tradition of purification, cleansing. In Slavic tradition the bride for 40 days was wearing the same clothing and headscarf and didn't dine with her parents. She was constantly crying and wail, using this headscarf to wipe her tears. She was doing the transition, she was saying goodbye to her family house, parents, habitual way of life. She were doing it very dramatic and sincerely, it was like a small death of her previous personality. So she can enter another period of her life without regrets. She mourned her careless childhood, freedom, so she can transfer to a grown up period of her life. When she was ready, tormented, exhausted by tears and grief, on the border between her former life and a new self, before the wedding, she took off this headscarf, bitter from tears, which absorbed everything that she grieved. She burned this headscarf and after went to the bathhouse (banya) to clean everything and come back renewed.
Any change in our life - marriage, new job, moving to new country, starting of a new project and change of the life circumstances - it's transition. Each change needs it's time for transition period. You need time to cry, mourn, let it go, say goodbye for something that is goes away forever. Build in change within yourself.
11. Lighting of inner fire. Death & resurrection. Revenge.
In a certain kingdom there lived a merchant. His wife died, and he remained with the only daughter Vasilisa the Beautiful, who was then 8 years old. Dying, the mother blessed her daughter and gave her a doll, saying:
– Take care of the doll, and when you have some kind of grief, give her food and ask for advice. She is tempted – and will say, than to help misfortune.
The merchant was burned for some time after the death of his wife, and then married a widow with two daughters. He hoped that the widow would be a good mother for Vasilisa, but she was mistaken: she turned out to be a wicked and greedy woman. And she, and her daughters envied the beauty and good nature of Vasilisa, tortured her with work, offended. Vasilisa tolerated everything without resentment and every day she grew prettier. And she helped her to do the hard work and protected the doll-sorceress – mother’s gift.
One day, when the merchant left for business for a long time, his stepmother moved to a house that stood near a dense forest where Baba Yaga lived in the hut. In the new place, the merchant often sent Vasilisa to the forest in the hope that she would lose her way or Baba Yaga would eat it. But the girl always returned safely.
One day, in the autumn, the stepmother gave everyone an evening job – to weave lace, and she went to bed, turning out the light everywhere and leaving the girls with only one candle. But the daughter’s stepmothers put out this single candle specially to send Vasilisa to Baba Yaga. Vasilisa gathered, put the doll in her pocket, crossed herself and went at night to the dark forest to Baba Yaga for the light. Vasilisa is walking through the forest, trembling. Suddenly he sees a white horseman riding a white horse, then a red horse on a red horse, and finally a black horse on a black horse. Soon I saw Vasilisa the hut of Baba Yaga. A fence is around the hut, and people’s skulls with burning eyes are on the fence. The orphan was trembling with fear, not knowing where to run.
But here I heard a terrible noise in the forest: the trees crackled, the dry leaves crunched – and Baba Yaga appeared in the mortar.
Vasilisa explained to her who she was and why she came here. She listened to Baba Yaga and agreed to give a fire, but on one condition:
“Live with me and work, then I’ll give you fire.”
And every day, flying away on business, began to ask Baba Yaga Vasilisa work one harder than the other. But with the help of the pupa, the girl managed to do everything.
Vasilisa was a smart and inquisitive girl, and she really wanted to know who the horsemen were, whom she met in the forest, coming to the hut of Baba Yaga. And once Vasilisa dared to ask his mistress about this.
“It’s morning, day and night,” Baba Yaga replied.
And then she asked how the girl managed to cope with all the problems. Vasilisa explained that her mother’s blessing helps her.
– So that’s it! cried Baba Yaga. “Get away from me, blessed daughter!”
Then she took a skull with burning eyes, gave it to Vasilisa and said:
“And this is fire for your stepmother’s daughters.”
When Vasilisa returned home, the eyes of the skull so menacingly began to look at their stepmother and their daughters and burn them, that by morning they had turned into coal. And Vasilisa, waiting for her father, settled in the city with a friend of the old woman, she learned how to weave a very thin cloth and sew a shirt from him. These shirts so pleased the king, that he decided to get acquainted with the needlewoman, fell in love with her, and soon married.
This story is actually a reflection of maternal wisdom and feminine intuition, full of symbolism of light, darkness, and the feminine face of power. “Vasalisa” is a woman’s initiation story with few essential bones astray. It is about the realization that most things are not as they seem. It's about the way to use all our senses to wring the truth from things, to extract nourishment from our own ideas, to see what there is to see to know what there is to know, to be the keepers of our own creative fires, and to have intimate knowing about the Life/Death/ Life cycles of all nature.
12. Wreath. Equinox.
The equinox is the representation of new life and light, new beginnings, path, and seeds. The day and the night is equal on equinox, so it's also the representation of our needs for balance during this period. It is the time of new beginnings, renewal, and growth. The spring equinox, or vernal equinox, has been celebrated for centuries. Historically, the spring equinox has represented more than just the first day of spring or when the flowers begin to bloom. It has become a symbol for rebirth, fertility, and new beginnings.
The vernal equinox marks the turning point when daylight begins to over take the darkness and the North Pole begins to lean toward the sun again. This is the time of year when we begin to experience more life force creative energy within our minds and bodies.
The relationship between the conscious behavior in front of a mirror and the unconscious meaning of mirrors. Physically, mirrors reflect light and thus reflect the world around us. Spiritually, light has symbolic attachment to illumination, awareness and wisdom etc. Therefore, in terms of spiritual symbolism, mirrors reflect truth. They reflect what we project on it.
While the mirror is a symbol of wisdom, enlightening us by reflecting our true selves, it also distracts us from seeing our true selves when we get stuck inside of it. Through the positive aspect of the mirror, we can move towards individuation, which is a process of self-awareness. Self-awareness is the process of realizing the elements of the unconscious; such realization is not only an intellectual one, but also a process of being “enlightened” through emotional insight (Seong, 2015). By consciously reflecting on ourselves and thus finding the balance between our inner and outer worlds, we come to be able to take care of both worlds.
Look in the mirror to your own eyes for 5 min.
14. Love. Sensitivity. Communication.
Lips are often viewed as a symbol of sensuality and sexuality. This has many origins; above all, the lips are a very sensitive erogenous and tactile organ. The mouth utters the word, the sign, and the symbol.
The tongue may have both serpent and phallic symbolism, or it may simply suggest language, as in "many have fallen by the sword, but not as many by the tongue" (Sirach, 28:18). Tongues are also indicative of the voice of the gods; In medieval Christianity and Oriental art, large, protruding tongues are often the sign of demons or the devil. The mouth represents the devouring, demanding aspects of yourself; it can also signify your need to communicate about something that is upsetting you.
15. Listen to your inner fire.
The ear has long been considered the seat of memory, receptivity, inquisitiveness and awakening.
The most common problem in communication is not listening! To listen is to give attention to sound or action. When listening, one is hearing what others are saying, and trying to understand what it means.
Listening to yourself means noticing the voice in your head and your intuition or gut feeling. When you are in a situation, be aware of the wisdom that your body, mind, and spirit are offering you. Sometimes the emotions and thoughts that come up when we try listen to ourselves can feel so utterly heartbreaking, overwhelming, and even chaotic, that we'd rather not listen to ourselves. We also might not listen to ourselves because we assume that everyone else knows better than we do.
But it's a time to listen to your inner fire!
Main message of the game to all the players.
Live and do the things in a true way, from your heart. Do it with passion, with fire. And at the same time, keep your eyes open to see an opportunities around you.