Eye Test Chart
( c. 01907 )
the eye chart
— measuring 22 x 28 inches
with a positive version on one side
and negative on the other —
is the work of George Mayerle,
and American Optometric Association member
who was working in San Francisco
at end of the nineteenth century.
The chart was a culmination of
his many years of practice and,
according to Mayerle,
its distinctive international angle served also
to reflect the diversity and immigration
which lay at the heart of the city
in which he worked.
The White Hole In Time
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" . . .When the usually flaccid penis becomes engorged with blood at the instant of erotic excitement, filling the corpus cavernosa (erectile tissue) that runs along the dorsal length and the corpus spongiosum that forms the ventral shaft and urethral passage, it takes on the ithyphallic form that is worshipped as a numinosum. Seed-bearer, penetrator, begetter, the phallus was also wonderful for its association with not one, but two sacred fluids--golden urine and the semen of life. Representations of the phallus are extremely ancient. Human beings were making stone phalli almost 28,00 years ago. Ithyphallic figures were etched on cave walls such as that at Lascaux, France, as early as 17,000 B.C.E. The phallus and the ithyphallic god or divine shaman were often identified with the sun and its far-reaching rays, and with the crescent moon as the Bull, the Horned God or the cup into which the divine semen was poured. The serpent rearing up, the bird in ascent, the vigorous bull, lion, horse, cock, and goat, the proliferating, elongated fish are all vehicles and animal forms of the phallic god. The primordial mound, or omphalos, or upright stone, the pillar, herm and obelisk, and the plow that enters and fertilizes the earth are images of the phallus. The ancient Lord of Animals or Lord of Plants personify it. So do spermatic deities of logos, creativity, virility, fire, lightning, anger, and lust.
And, to be sure, the phallus is also the violence of the creative impulse and 'the sudden, obsessive invasion that plucks away the flower of thought'. . .The brutal violating aspect of the phallus is manifest in the rape of the individual, in the rape of the earth. Phallic power can shatter, uproot, and lay waste. There are interior forms of coercive penetration, like self-destructive compulsions and invasive thoughts ; or intellectual or religious transfixion, where the phallic presence overwhelms its vessel. . . "
- _The Book of Symbols : Reflections on Archetypal Images_ (02010)
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" . . .Vulvas --external female genitals-- are distinguished by a dark opening loosely covered by labia. Through this deep orifice emerge menses, birth waters, birth blood, and newborns. Similarly, water emerges through clefts in stone, plants sprout from seeds opening through the earth, and souls and spirits enter this world from the other side ; souls reenter the hidden world in spirit journeys and at death.
Etymology observes what is inside the vulva, what is held and covered in the womb, about to be born, is not visible from the outside. Every new birth is replete with the mystery of the other side. Technically, the vulva includes the mons pubis and labia majora, of adipose and fibrous tissue, and the smaller, darker labia minora, cloaking the sensitive, erectile clitoris, its prepuce and frenulum. The vestibule in the cleft between the labia minora has, opening and closing, orifices of the urethra and vagina, and the ducts of four glands.
Perhaps among the most ancient carved symbols, going back 30,000 years, the vulva/yoni honors the sacred power of birthing. It reminds us of our embeddedness in nature, in the mystery cycle of life and death. Temples and cave shrines replicate the female body with its deep sanctuary for darshan, sacred seeing. . .
Prayer, meditation, ritual arts, and dreams awaken remembrance of the hidden side from which all things come, which they carry within them, to which they return. . .As a mystical symbol, the yoni circle holds the introspective body one enters through meditation. At the center is the womb-space, the heart cave, where the inner spirit dwells. . . "
- _The Book of Symbols : Reflections on Archetypal Symbols_ (02010)