noun, plural -nies.
( initial capital letter ) a Christian festival, observed on January 6, commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi; Twelfth-day.
an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity.
a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.
a literary work or section of a work presenting, usually symbolically, such a moment of revelation and insight.
I doodle in my sketchbook all the time, as it sits just to the right of my wacom tablet. Chatting on the phone, waiting for photos to upload to my computer, simply responding to my day dreamy impulses....nothing amazing or frameable ever comes of it. But when I made this little absent minded sketch - at the moment I drew that intersection, I was somewhere else. My simple description of it doesn't give it the impact it had. For that fleeting moment I felt some kind of perfect truth, not just in my mind, but in my gut.
I had an epiphany!
I tried to think of historical forms that I've seen in the past that created such a feeling and the first one that came to mind was this one.
It resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, and although I walk through this room often, this time it just wouldn't let me walk away.
A strange and wonderful thing, epiphanies are, and I'm glad I had the presence of mind to revel in it for the few moments that it presented itself to me.
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