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17 He means that her photographs of the town of God signify a pixellated disturbance of the sight view universal to migraine victims, and describes her ‘Head of God’ as depicting a ‘typically migrainous fortification figure…radiating from a significant element, which…is brilliantly luminous and coloured’. 18 This additionally seems to be in ‘The Tower of Preparation’. That Hildegard may well or won't have suffered from migraine, and even if we will be able to think her whilst she says that she was once an uneducated girl, her writings belie wisdom of a few of the real texts of the day. 19 the 2 groups she based (each of round twenty nuns following the Benedictine rule) have been at Rupertsberg and at Eibingen, close to Mainz, and have been very with regards to the nice libraries and centres of scholarship at Worms, Metz and Trier. The egg-shaped picture from Scivias, entitled ‘The Universe’, follows the modern Aristotelian realizing of the makeup of the earth and planets, even though in a very attractive approach. 20 The earth on the centre is made of the 4 parts, earth, air, fireplace and water – every one represented within the similar method as in ‘The Fall’, similar to a type of elemental key. Surrounding the earth are the fastened stars and planets – proven as fiery shapes, the smaller ones in white, the bigger in yellow gold. either the entire and crescent Moon is obviously obvious amidst the celebs; at once above the Moon are fiery shapes in orange and white representing Mercury and Venus. Above this, the sunlight is proven as a R E AL S T R E AM S / ninety three huge orange and gold fiery form surmounted by means of 3 extra planet types that signify Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. one of many strange features of this mandala-like photograph is the absence of an visible photograph of God. in basic terms the flames piercing the very body of the image element to a numinous measurement. In ‘The God of Illumination’, additionally from Scivias, the wings of the writer God pierce the body. the picture is in 3 components: on the most sensible is a golden snapshot of the Divine; within the centre is a mountain with humans; on the backside, on an summary history of stars, are conceptual figures. within the backside left is an apocalyptic determine that we all know from the textual content is named ‘Fear of the Lord’. This tall determine, giving a key to the image as a complete, is roofed in a trend of eyes. it really is a picture of illumination, of imaginative and prescient. the good Illuminator is at the best of the mountain, which itself is roofed with a development of apertures within which are printed the faces of individuals observing the spectacle that unfolds sooner than their eyes, like such a lot of little tv units. A river of gold runs down from the determine at the mountain to hide the pinnacle, eyes, ears and mouth, and all the determine on the backside correct of the image. this can be a picture of a bit lady, referred to as ‘Poverty of Spirit’. The implication is that the senses will be stuffed up with a picture of the Divine. the belief of the golden flow connecting the 3 degrees of the area, the divine, the earthly and the internal adventure, or non secular essence Hildegard of Bingen, ‘The Universe within the form of an Egg’ (detail from Scivias), 1141–1151.