Wednesday, January 22, 2014


When I painted this humorous picture I had nothing special in my mind, I just painted it and enjoyed the process and the colors.

It was only after it, when during one of our outings, I saw THIS placed in an old deserted cemetery, that I started to think about the image I drew and colored.

Some research on the Internet led to a lot of interesting discoveries, matters I had never thought about before. It turns out that a rams head stands for many things. The similarity of the female reproduction system - the anatomy of the uterus and the fallopian tubes - to the outline of a rams head is quite obvious, but using this originally pagan symbol in occult satanism is a very negative way to belittle and ridicule women's sacred cycle. 

In many ancient civilizations the sheep played an enormous and important role in the daily life of the people, delivering milk, meat and wool. Sheep gods have been worshiped in their cultures, and rams heads were often used in their rituals. Khnum, was the Egyptian god of rebirth, depicted with the head of a ram. In many societies from far back in time till today the rams head stands for power and energy, for leadership and fearlessness. Antlers and horns are associated with male power. The god Ammon, the Greek rendering of Amun, is often shown with horns of a ram.

My head is spinning with all this new information I learned, and there is so much more which is spiritual in a bad sense, mysterious, sinister and eerie, that I do not want to touch upon. I find my own painted rams head, so not physically correct at all, the nicest and friendliest, and I am not curious to know the meaning of that genuine rams head stuck on a pole in this old ruined and forgotten (or not forgotten?) cemetery. As a matter of fact I do not want to go there again, too creepy. :-)


Jutta said...

Liebe Yael,

Deine Malerei ist super schön. Wie Du das so hinbekommst. Ich bewundere Dein Talent.

Liebe Grüße

wanda miller said...

OH, so very interesting yael! and I get it and am chuckling at your marvelous humor even when serious. and I LOVE your ram with all it's whimsy and no evil vibes! xo

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

It's a mystery that will remain--and your ram's head is lovely, happy, and beautiful, Yael.

Smilla said...

Spannend...und einmal mehr echt toll dein Bild! Ich glaube ich habe alles verstanden was du zu deinem Rams Head geschrieben hast! Als Schaffreundin werde ich diesem Theam in deutscher Sprache noch weiter nachgehen.
Herzliche Grüsse
Ja, du hast mich wirklich ein bisschen gesehen heute unter den Gummiköpfen!
Dein Kommentar hat mich sehr gefreut♥
big bisous Brigitte

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful painting, and the story, sounds really intriguing.

Irmtraud Kesselring said...

Liebe Yael,
eine sehr schöne Malerei.
Deine Fotos und Ausührungen sind sehr interessant und nachdenkenswert.
Einen schönen Abend wünscht dir

Sacramento Amate said...

So good to see you, dear Yael

Friko said...

A dead ram’s head cannot hurt you!

I love old cemeteries, particularly the forgotten ones. The dead sleep peacefully and nobody comes to tidy them up.

I bet your painting gives you a lot of pleasure. Nur weiter so! Und viel Spass dabei.

Beate said...

Ein kurioses Erlebnis, liebe Yael!
Dein rums-head hat ein freundliches Wesen und steht ganz im Gegensatz zu dem düsteren Zeichen auf dem Friedhof. Alles braucht sein Gegenstück.
Die Malerei ist wieder sehr gelungen und wie immer speziell.


Lisa Zinza said...

this world is full of strange and interesting things ... when you go deep .. you unravel mans dark side ..
how big is your bright fun piece. you definitely have a talent you didn't know about until now .. I am so glad you started painting and sharing :o)

Marilia Bavaresco said...


Susan Lenz said...

Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and support left on my blog post! I had to laugh, however, about the possibility of back pain due to an unnatural posture. Believe me, I actually don't sit much at all. I even stand at my sewing machine. When I do sit, I'll often assume what looks like an uncomfortable position. I'm very lucky to have a great deal of flexibility. Anyway, I like your painted rams head and enjoyed learning something about the ancient symbolism it has represented in various cultures. Like most people commenting here, I don't see yours as being very sinister. I also liked reading all the nice German comments here. My father is German. I have a sister living in Munich. I've forgotten most of the language but the words here just seemed to sparkle with meaning. Thanks for sharing!