Today we stand before the Alchemical Portal of Massimiliano Palombara 1614-1680; at his wish it was moved after his death to the garden side of his Roman home. In 1880 two flanking statues of Bes were added.
Aside from the whole subject of alchemy what remains is a man who has gone to a great deal of trouble to find, get, know, more. Sometimes we learn and see things we wish we'd not, but the search for knowledge and two opposing thumbs is all that keeps us from being classed with the pig which is our closest biological equal.
"Today the Alchemist is an allegory of the erudite; the garden was the place of meditation and the door a symbol of passage from ignorance to wisdom." ~ la Rocaille
Tarot opened previously closed doors to my own heart with it's merciless quest for the truth, nothing but the truth. They flay the soul and make me say thank you afterward. Each hour spent with my cards is a new lesson to be learned. Viva la Journey.