VISIONARY REVUE

ARIES
1975

TAURUS
1975

GEMINI
1975

      According to Johfra, there were primarily three esoteric systems which inspired the symbolism in his Astrology Series:
      “These systems are precious treasures from our past, offering the artist unlimited creative possibilities. Above all, three great philosophical schools have strongly influenced esoteric thinking in Europe from the Middle Ages to our present day. Taken together, they constitute a secret science. They are: Neo-Platonism, Hermeticism, and the Jewish Cabbala.”(Astrology p. 3)
      What Johfra says here about his Zodiac Series is true of his Hermetic works as a whole: all of them are designed for indepth meditation, so as to gradually reveal - through images - the vision of hidden unity that Hermeticism, Neo-Platonism and the Cabbala describe.
      The artist spent years studying these texts, both at the Lectorium Rosicrucianum in Holland and alone in his cabin in the South of France.



 
 
 


PARIS - SPRING 2003

CANCER
1974

LEO
1974

VIRGO
1974

      In the end, he devoted himself to painting Hermetic images which would not only illustrate those themes, but become a means in themselves to spiritual awakening.
      Successfully penetrating his Hermetic imagery seems to be, at first glance, a rather daunting task. We must first familiarize ourselves with the Ancient texts, and the complicated language they use. But, as Johfra himself noted:
      “The deepest truths come to us through myths and symbols. They cannot be conveyed through exegesis or philosophical treatise. The truth can only be hinted at, and will be understood only by those who already know it to a certain degree. Such a seedling of knowledge lies dormant in each of us.” (Astrology p. 2)
      
And he adds.
      “A truly universal and archetypal symbol digs deeper, it touches man in his unconscious core, where he recognizes it from the inside.”
(ibid)



 
 
 


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