An alchemical engraving of the “Allegory of the Five Obstinate Monsters,” made in 1575 – 1618. In its country of origin, the Netherlands, it is actually known as De Warminiaen.

All these words are in Latin. The meaning of Aeoths is”Godlessness” or “Atheism. “The meaning of Seditio is “a conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.” Avaritia means greed.  The meaning of Opinio is “a belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge.” Invidia means the sense of envy or jealousy, a “looking upon” associated with the evil eye, from invidere, “to look against, to look at in a hostile manner.” A bellum is “a state of open, armed, often prolonged conflict carried on between nations, states, or parties.”

Symbols - Allegory of the Five Obstinate Monsters

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