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peacock

An unusual representation of a naked woman (=the matter) lying on a peacock' tail. It is situated in between a black raven and white swans, with a golden sun high above.

 

peacock

The black raven is lying upside down, as if dead. The first stage of the great Work, Blackness of Nigredo is over.

The white swans represent the second stage of Albedo or Whiteness.

The Sun is the third stage of redness or Rubedo.