Drawing: The Lion’s head

Corda Leonis / Al-Jabbah

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsI love drawing the mansions of the moon in an ephemeral material like whiteboard marker.

Today’s mansion is Al-Jabbah, or Cor Leonis, the heart of the lion.  It represents the conjoined power of Mars and Jupiter: assertiveness and masculinity joined to rightful authority and responsible use of power.

And of course, I incorporated it into today’s lesson on drawing and visual thinking.  If you look closely at the image, you can see the two diamonds nested inside each other, which form the basics of the drawing.  You can see the essence of Mr. Dave Gray’s teachings on visual thinking and drawing, how all of the shapes and images are formed of straight or wavy lines, solid shapes like triangles and squares, or angles and loops and cloud shapes.  It’s all very simple stuff, ultimately.  And yet it contains tremendous possibility.

The image of Cor Leonis brings power, success, aid, healing, recovery, improvement, help, and increasing strength.  It indicates recovery from injury or illness. It represents the recovery of that which was lost.  It also represents the strengthening of buildings and their completion, and for the love of allies and their mutual help.  The mansion is associated with the indicator star, Regulus. Of course I had my students draw this: I want them to have allies in the world, to complete the construction of the building of knowledge which they have begun, and to recover from their injuries.  It also makes a great way to teach some of the elements of visual thinking.

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