mirros: the astrology clip
the astrology clip
ΜΙRRΦS – The Messenger of Self Discovery & Warrior Of Darkness or what is commonly being referred to online as ‘The Astrology Clip’, is the creative horse clipping that followed the 2 year gap in my work , or, as I call it, ‘The Void’ of 2019 & 2020.
This was my ‘comeback’ clip of sorts in the sense that, I had something to prove to myself. I needed to know I could still do it, whatever ‘it’ really means. Graves disease had shattered my confidence in my judgement. Although The Cupid Clip of 2021 went down a storm, I still wasn’t settled in my mind. I felt like I hadn’t challenged myself the way I had before everything ‘happened’. The Astrology Clip was the first time I had worked to my ‘creative design process’ that I follow, from the initial idea, concept development, through to the finished product. I wanted to ‘replace’ The Healing Horse. As no longer could I show off what was once my proudest work. The Healing Horse was tainted and it needed surpassing. I felt like I needed to implement the lessons I had learned in life and show the ‘new’, post-covid, post-void Melody.
The only person I was truly trying to prove something to was myself.
I decided on the concept actually in March 2020, I would combine Astrology with Greek mythology and I would bring to life a mythological horse character – Mirros: The Warrior of Darkness. Mirros would be a messenger, a powerful tool for bringing awareness for self help and self development. On him would be things that helped me through my transformation during The Void.
I spent the next two years starting and stalling, starting and stalling, navigating Graves Disease, hyperthyroidism and a ruthless skin condition that I have, until in November 2022, it felt ‘right’, Romeos winter coat was in full force & it was the perfect time to do the clip! I spent the final 6 weeks of deign development, sketching out ideas and designs, digging deeper into the ‘why’ of what I was doing, in order to create Mirros. If I ever get stuck during my clip development stages, I will spend time asking myself the questions ‘what do I want to achieve with this clip?’ & ‘if I had the opportunity to speak to the world through my art and deliver a message, what would I want to say and why?’ This approach helps me to get ‘unstuck’ when I start overthinking and hitting a creative block/wall. It’s the curse of the creative, we can be our own worst enemy.
I collaborated with the fantastic Flo Photography, I don’t always like to be the ‘model’ in my shoots and when Flo said she had someone in mind I was most relieved and I trusted her judgement wholeheartedly! We did a shoot with Georgia Plimley and the results were phenomenal. I also asked Katie Amos to get some images of course.
THE ASTROLOGY CLIP
The clip itself consists of the following;
What’s known as Birth Chart Placements, these are astrological placements to do with the sky at the time of a persons birth. The birth chart is an exceptional source of information, it is a blueprint to our existence and full of guidance. Romeo has Chiron on his near side hind quarter near his tail, The North Node, which represents the future and where we are headed, on his neck and The South Node which represents the past and where we come from, on his hind quarter. Next up we have the twelve Zodiac Signs , as well as The Sun & The Moon. There are six Zodiacs on each side of Romeo, with the ‘Sun signs’ or masculine signs on his right side (off side) and the six feminine or ‘Moon’ signs on Romeos left side (near side).
Both sides balance each other, a nod to the notion I heavily remind myself- everything has a counter side, an opposing side, it has to to ‘balance’. Night and day, happiness & sadness, good and bad. Light and dark, neither can exist without the other. When I realised this, I stopped trying to run away from the darkness, thinking I was ‘failing’ each time it crept in. I wasn’t failing, it was always there. It was such an enlightenment when I accepted this.
There are also three dots, these three dots were a reference to P-A-C, which is a theory in transactional analysis, its a psychoanalytic theory and method of therapy, something that I covered in CBT in 2019. I will go as far as to say that the CBT in 2019 saved my life. It helped me gain a great understanding of why I thought the way I did and why the patterns in my life were repeating in the form of anxious attachment. Which can be hell on earth truth be told. Learning about the attachment styles helped massively and if I can share my experience and bring awareness to the next person along who needs it, I absolutely will.
I also included some Greek designs as a nod to the concept of Greek Mythology, the warrior strength of the Gods , and the power our belief systems hold. Plus, I just really like some of the patterns and think they look pretty cool on my horse!
ΜΙRRΦS name reflects his key message – The World as we know it is simply a MIRROR back to our own projections and thoughts, we create our reality by the thoughts that we have and we shall forever mirror back what is in our mind. This is where we can empower ourselves with spiritual guidance and in turn, transform our very own thought process, to one that serves us in the very best way.
Please don’t confuse spiritual practices and lessons with religion, they are mutually exclusive. You do not need to be religious at all, to be spiritual however you can follow religion and learn aspects of spirituality . This is a common misconception and one I used to hold.
ΜΙRRΦS shows us that ANYBODY can seek help from spirituality , it isn’t exclusive to religious groups.
For those who need some direction, you will find clues carved into ΜΙRRΦS coat, the answers you seek can be found among the stars, and the spiritual guidance you may need to navigate the rough terrain on here on Earth.