Plate 3 Plate 4
The 4 plates above come from a treatise published by Johann Georg Gichtel in 1696: EinekruzEroffnung und Anwesung der dreiPrinzipien und Weltenim Menschen – (“A brief Opening and Demonstration of the three Principals and Worlds in Man”) As I explained in the last blog, the illustrations and accompanying text by Gichtel depict planetary symbolism and the process of spiritual transformation on the body - from a darkened earthly state to a higher regenerated state.Another way to think of Gicthel’s publication is to think of it as guide along a spiritual path that he himself followed from the dark or wrathful world of fallen man to divinely regenerated man.
This illustration shows man in the unregenerate state. Man is subject to his elemental self.
Here we have “Awakening Man” – engaged in spiritual struggle.His body is now only partly subject to the “finster welt” or “Dark World”.In this illustration man is striving toward spiritual illumination. He had made vast improvements, but he still has a way to go towards full spiritual illumination.
In these 2 plates we see Illuminated Regenerated Man, from the front and back. You will notice that there are 4 plates, but only 3 Stages.