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  • "Revolving Revelations" Jigsaw Puzzle

    "Revolving Revelations" was recently cut for my son Jeremy, as a gift for his 9th birthday. The art is from a print I purchased, and is approximately 18" x 9", and mounted on 1/4" oak ply. I used a bit of a swirl-like cutting style for this one, which I think went well with the space theme, and since there is quite a bit of similar looking background between the planets, I decided to cut the pieces on the larger side. In the end, the puzzle consisted of 168 pieces, with 27 Figurals.







    Since I'm a bit of a science fiction and fantasy nerd, I really had a lot of fun going at this one!

    Each of the planets and Earth's moon in the artwork contain Figurals of the astronomical symbols which have represented them throughout antiquity. In fact, some of the symbols can be traced to forms found in late Greek papyrus writings.







    Here, you can see the symbols for Saturn and Jupiter. Saturn was a Roman god, presiding over agriculture and harvest, and the symbol represents him holding his large, curved sickle. Jupiter was the Roman god of sky and thunder, and the symbol is believed to represent perhaps his thunderbolt, or the letter zeta, for Zeus, who was the Greek god analogous to Jupiter.







    Although the planet Uranus is represented by a symbol used in alchemy for the metal platinum, some believe it is a cross between the symbols for the Sun and Mars, since Uranus was a sky god. Neptune, the Roman god of the sea, was always depicted carrying a trident, and that influence can readily be seen in the planet's symbol as well.



    Shawn Ferguson

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    Venus, the planet seen on the top of the picture below, carries a symbol which represents a hand mirror, fitting for Venus, the Roman god of love, beauty and fertility. The symbol for Mercury is that of the caduceus which the winged god always carried. Through it's use in alchemy, it has also come to denote the elemental metal of the same name.




    The symbol for Mars, which many of us will quickly recognize as that of the male gender, is actually a depiction of the Roman god of war's round shield and his spear.





    Finally, the symbol for our own planet Earth represents a globe, bisected in two directions, giving it both an equator and a meridian.





    But what about Pluto?! ......What's that? ...... It's not here because it is no longer considered to be a planet?

    Well, it wouldn't be fair to ignore a friend we all grew up with.

    There he is!


    Last edited by Scrolling Days; 02-19-2012, 03:19 PM.
    Shawn Ferguson

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    • #3
      Nicely done as always Shawn...I removed those unwanted posts for you.
      "Still Montana Mike"

      "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
      Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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      • #4
        But that's enough of that astronomical/astrological Roman-Greco stuff! Let's have some fun!


        Jeremy has hopped on a rocket ship and is out to explore the stars. I wonder if he'll find evil Quazars to do battle with, or perhaps he'll discover the secret hidden planet of Doofenshmirtz, with it's two moons, Phineas and Ferb!






        While he's gone, though, two sinister flying saucers observe the Earth with curiosity. They are looking for a messy bedroom to land nearby where they can hide out in.







        No worries, though. On the other side of the planet, the Starship Enterprise boldly rests in orbit. Stardate 02051.2.







        Farther off into space, a beautiful double nebula has attracted the attention of Buff the Magic Dragon.



        Last edited by Scrolling Days; 02-19-2012, 03:17 PM.
        Shawn Ferguson

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        • #5
          Many other cosmic Figurals have come into the puzzle in appreciation of the interstellar theme.


          ........



          And a star Figural has located itself in an appropriate position as it shoots across the night sky.



          Shawn Ferguson

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          • #6
            Here is the puzzle with all of the Figurals taken out......










            Finally, here is the box which contains the cosmic adventure......







            Nine good years spent on Earth.....and looking forward to the years ahead spent on this planet....and beyond!



            Last edited by Scrolling Days; 02-19-2012, 03:21 PM.
            Shawn Ferguson

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            • #7
              Thanks for the help, Mike.....I got all discombobulated as I tried to put this thread together.
              Shawn Ferguson

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              • #8
                Out-of-this-world beautiful, Shawn

                Carter

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                • #9
                  super nice, Shawn - there really isn't much more to say
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                  • #10
                    AMAZING!!!!!!.....wonderful puzzle and story...i just loved the planet figurals and your explanation......wish jeremy a happy birthday and we'll see you guys in july at the parley.....super great job and i really like the image.....

                    bob
                    "The Journey is the Reward"

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                    • #11
                      Absolutely stunning Shawn...!!!!!!
                      what a fantastic adventure it will be to assemble...!!!

                      I never realized that Pluto was Greek. And all this time I thought he came from Walt's imagination...
                      ...Ya learn something new every day...<smirk>

                      Thanks for sharing with us Shawn...
                      Jim

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                      • #12
                        Happy Birthday Jeremy, I'm sure you will have fun putting your Dad's gift together.
                        What fantastic cutting Shawn.......love the narration that goes along with your puzzle projects.
                        Gloria ............... Two memorable things to say in life, "Hello" for the first time, and "Good-bye" for the last.

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                        • #13
                          As always, a fabulous puzzle!

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                          • #14
                            Wow! Wow!

                            It's all fun
                            Terry
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                            • #15
                              Sure was allot of Love cut into that puzzle
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