The green lion devouring the Sun.
In alchemy, the green lion describes a chemical reaction but also represents a midpoint in a spiritual transformation; it symbolizes a step towards perfection. In mystical terms, it’s a step out of darkness (winter) towards some final transformation.
"I am who was the green and golden lion without cares; within me lie all the mysteries of the philosophers", from Rosarium Philosophorum (c. 1550).
When you live in the dark for so long, you begin to love it. And it loves you back, and isn’t that the point? You think, the face turns to the shadows, and just as well. It accepts, it heals, it allows.
But it also devours.❞