Return of the Prodigal Sun (Analysis of a Neo-alchemical Emblem)

"Return of the Prodigal Sun" is a multidimensional pun in which a well known biblical parable (that of the return of the prodigal son) and an allegory of pre-christian origin (the rebirth or return of the Sun after its symbolic death on the winter solstice) are fused into something different and yet, pointing to the common astrotheological roots of both stories. One more dimension of meaning to this play with words refers to the cyclic nature of time. The passing of the world through different Ages, Aeons, or - as some ancient cultures called them - "Suns".

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