Arcana Coelestia (Elliott) n. 5559

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5559. I have been shown in a representative manner the pattern produced by the interweavings present in different parts of the skin. With those spirits among whom those outermost coverings of skin corresponded to inner realities - that is, material things acted in agreement with spiritual ones - a beautiful pattern existed that was formed from coils wonderfully linked together like lacework that defies description. They were azure-coloured. After that forms still more continuous, neat and attractive were represented, which is how the skin of a person who has been regenerated is seen. But among those who have been deceitful persons those outermost coverings look like clumps consisting solely of snakes, while magicians look like foul entrails.

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