The face we show on the outside and who we are inside are always different. That shell we build over our hearts exists to gird us against the barbs of the world. As we grow, that shell hardens, but the need to let others past it becomes equally as valuable. The essence of this sign is not only a shield that holds harm at bay, it is also the warmth that brings life and healing into our lives. Muriel is the protector of our deepest truths and the caregiver of our inner most selves.
Ruled by the Moon
This piece was made possible thanks to my patrons:
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Additional funding by Mr. Suicide Sheep
Great art though.
In some mythologies "Muriel" was the angel that collected the dust that God then turned into Adam. Then he fell off His grace and got turned into the demon Abaddon.
Maybe he wanted his broom and dustpan back?
I was wondering, are you planning to do the more famous angels (the archangels and Lucifer) ?
I love your work, angelarium is great!
I kind of like his story.
The concept of the shell and the inner self is for me a much more important aspect of this sign, more abrangent. And I love to see it so beautifully represented. Your text description is delightful, too.