Carlo Crivelli, The Madonna of the Swallow (after 1490)
In The National Gallery. Getting a bit tired after spending some time there. As I walked past a painting unattentively, a small white feather caught my attention. It was falling down gently from mid air and landed on the frame of the painting I was giving it a pass.
There was an art description beside the frame. So I took a glance at the description, “The Madonna of the Swallow: This altarpiece represents the Virgin and Child enthroned with saints Jerome and Sebastian…”
Immediately I was struck with awe – not only that “Sebastian” bears a personal significance, this was the first time I came to know of St Sebastian and his life story.
The way he lived a secret life as a Christian in the Roman army (which at the time was hostile to Christians) and later survived the arrow sentence was rather Scorpionic. Then he went on to publicly rebuke the Emperor for his cruelty and unjust to Christians (which he paid with his life) was no less Sagittarius.
With a triple Scorpio and a stellium in Sagittarius myself, it was no surprise I found his life story both captivating and resonating.
Later out of curiosity, I cast a chart with his supposed date of death, 20 January 288. Interestingly, Jupiter was around 16th degree in Sagittarius! This placement holds a personal connection as I have South Node conjuncting Jupiter in 16th degree Sagittarius.
Without reading too much into this, am already finding the synchronicity amusing and amazing…