Photos of Eva by Turgay Dokak

Why Lamassu?

I identify with the lamassu as a cosmic guardian. His crown of florets and feathers made of stone, as well as his body, suggest a castle, stable and everlasting, yet able to fly, take off into the sky with the power of the stars, the wind, the movement of the earth. The three horns that surround and protect his crown hold spiritual power, and perhaps, as an instrument, the breath of life, a source of music. 

Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius occupy and define the zones of the sky that the sun would traverse on the vernal equinox, summer solstice, autumnal equinox, and winter solstice, respectively. The eagle serves as the astrological equivalent of the scorpion, and thus, the lion, bull, man, and eagle represent the complete cycle of the year, and the four quarters of the earth.
— from The Tetramorph: The Sumerian Origins of a Christian Symbol

Lamassus are an amalgamation of lion, bull, and eagle, plus man. I have strong fixed influences in my own astrology chart: my 4 angles are in the fixed signs; I'm a Sun in Leo (Lion), Moon in Aquarius (Man, thinking sign), Scorpio Rising (Eagle wings) with my Mars in Taurus (Bull) on the Descendant. On the plus side I'm strong, reliable, patient, and loyal; on the other hand, I can be stubborn, get stuck in a rut, and avoid change! These are just the basics; of course, there are so many aspects to personality that one can explore in the birth chart. 

The animals that represent the fixed astrology signs also correlate with tarot; they are present on The Wheel of Fortune and The World cards. In the series of 22 Major Arcana cards, Wheel of Fortune comes at the middle of the cycle (X), and The World comes at the end of the cycle (XXI). (One arrives at 22 cards by adding The Fool (with a value of 0).)

  The Wheel of Fortune is from the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, and The World is from the Tarot of Marseilles.

The Wheel of Fortune is from the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, and The World is from the Tarot of Marseilles.