[Tidbits] The Eye of Time

The Eye of Time

I don’t know what I like best about Salvador Dali…the fact that he
was a Surrealist artist who created jewelry that was not only
beautiful…but also as offbeat as offbeat can sometimes get–or-- the
fact that he was a bit of a rebel…and was expelled–for reasons one
can only guess–from the Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid. No matter me
lad and lassies…for today I speak not of the artist…but of his
creation…The Eye of Time.

I am not a deep delver into the arts or the artists…but rather a
seeker of those creatures and creations who live off the beaten
track… the fringe herd members of this world–of which I am an
ardent admirer and part. Which brings me to Dali’s Eye of Time. A
quick thing about the graphic for those who–I suspect–will leave
this Tidbit dead in its tracks to go take a peek before returning. I
gleaned the picture of it from a black and white and colorized it–as
best I could–according to description. For those of you far more
knowledgeable in the works of Dali than I am…please overlook image
errors if my translation in color is not one hundred percent accurate.

That said…why an eye you may well ask. For those of you
mythologically oriented…I present these tidbits for this Tidbit. The
Eye…as you all know…is often seen as the ‘window of the soul’. It
also…invariably… represents power. It is the omniscient eye of the
all-seeing gods. A pearl set in the middle of the forehead represents
the eye of the mind as the third eye of Buddha. The eye in the
triangle is also an example of the omniscient all-seeing eye.

Atum…the creator god of the Egyptians (is this where the word
‘atom’ comes from?) had a detachable eye which could see when it was
sent out on errands. It is said that humanity was formed from the
tears of Atum’s eye. Horus… also an Egyptian god…had an all seeing
eye that struck terror. Then there are the single withering eyes of
similar monsters–different mythologies–like Balor or the Cyclopes or
the Eskimo sea-goddess Sedna. And let us not forget the eyes of
Medusa…whose gaze turned men into stone.

There is no end to the stories connected to the eyes. I can not tell
them all…I would bore you to the point where you would no longer
read Tidbits. Let me just add one more last thing before turning you
to the graphic. The ten thousand eyes of the sky-gods are nothing less
than the stars in the heavens…for those of you who might have
mistakenly thought of these stars as burning suns and such. But enough
of this for now. Let us go forward.

For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at www.tyler-adam.com where you will
scroll down the table menu till you get to the box that says
Tidbits…and inside the box where it says Tidbit Graphics…click on
the link that says: Eye…where you will see a graphic of an eye that
sees deep into your soul.

And there ya have it. That’s it for this week folks. Catch you all next
week. Benjamin Mark

TYLER-ADAM CORP.–Jewelry Manufacturers
Tel: 1-800-20-TYLER
E-Mail to: webmaster@tyler-adam.com