Introduction / Using ARAS: The Symbolism of the Cross

[aras-image:5Gs.573,,9,,,Alchemical drawing of woman with earth womb]
  The globe is a total circumference which encloses a three-dimensional Greek cross. In the alchemical drawing of Michael Maier, a woman, whose womb is the earth itself, suckles a child at her breast
(5Gs.573,). 'Earth is the nurse of heaven not because it resolves, washes and moistens the foetus, but because it coagulates, fosters and colours the latter and changes it into sap and blood' (MAIER 8).