I send the warmest greetings, Gentle Readers,
I am writing to you from the time of the Full Sturgeon Moon and can attest to the clear, bright nights with warm breezes that have come to me from the far away plains of the MidWest’s farms and prairies. Here in Western Illinois the leafs are already starting to drop yellow on the ground, fluttering through the broken sun light like whispered promises of a warm and constant Autumn. The Church down the block, the one with the giant pecan tree shading its parking lot, had a Love Festival over the weekend. I could hear the music and the milling crowds through the neighborhood and even over the sounds of roofers laying down tar paper: Bathing us all in a surreal mix of high heat and happy people.
Over a week ago I started the search for places to find stones that doesn’t involve parking lot filler. Near us is the majestic joining of the Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers called Chain of Rocks and this has been recommended for my first beach foray. We poured over local guides and Google maps and chose a quaint little island accessed by a one lane bridge. We found some pull over sites and carefully picked our way through the mud patches to the River’s shore. There were many early fisherman sitting idly in their folding chairs watching the brown waters go by and listening listlessly to the cicadas sing. Now, Gentle Readers, I hate to decry any one place on first impressions but… Eeewww! I felt as though I was an old timey Thames River mud-lark searching for lost wallets and dead bodies. The amount of garbage left by past visitors was shameful and the smell of dead fish was impregnated into the mud. I did find unique pieces of River glass and can supply artists easily with these worn and time muddled pieces. My treasure was finding a largish, palm sized stromatolite! If I had never been in the Great Lakes area for five years I would have never recognized the specific stone, and the Great Lakes was definitely where it washed down from. Every piece found was soaked in Oxyclean twice then soaked with a cap full of bleach for good measure. (A MAGMA member suggested putting the stromatolite in vinegar to bring out the details better. I tentatively dipped an end in and was so surprised at the results I soaked the whole piece!! The lacy look in the first photo is almost all over the stone now!)
As the nights slide by the moon becomes a waning gibbous shape and the shadows grow just a touch deeper and longer through the darkness. We walk our dog, Sorcha, late at night around eleven or midnight and we have come to the conclusion that while her eye site is just fine by the veterinarian’s opinion, she is an extremely, very, near sited pup. Any object that appears to stand out in a dark yard must be chased, like water meters, food wrappers, hissing cats, large leaves, and gazing balls. Our biggest concern at the moment is our discovery of several black, bushy tailed, white striped ‘kitty cats’. If I turn to Face Book and ask where to get large quantities of tomato juice at midnight you will know what happened. So far Sorcha has not met the new fuzzy play mates in the neighborhood and our good luck and the good luck of our ‘Psycho Potato’ is intact.
Sometimes the world is an overwhelming collage of sounds and thoughts and desires. Try as one might ya’ can’t block out your own personal stress and fears. Not until you identify the internal source of these fears and anger can a person get back onto their specific path. So I, specifically, after having identified the fears, turn to the ground under my feet and the ebb and flow of the unseen and mysterious: Yep, gettin’ metaphysical here so hang on. And as Earth-centered as I am I open my Third Eye to the Other Space around me: Then slowly it seeps in; the world unseen or ignored, the shadows and ‘creatures’ of the Other Space which happens to also be right here in the Tangible; on walking paths, grocery stores, around homes, in parks, and slipping and roiling among crowds. So one tries to incorporate both types of Eyesight and keep life running on an even keel but they intertwine and blend so that seeing and sensing the world becomes a confusing Reality of interactions. I am trying to keep ‘those blinders off’ which in and of itself is a frightening experience. To quote a beloved therapist “just lean into the discomfort. You do not have to take any baby steps just lean into it as much as you can.” I truly doubt he ever meant for this wisdom to be applied to the Other Space-Reality but it works. For all the artists, introverts, mediums, intuitives, and wanderers: You are not alone.
Near the end of September comes the Autumnal Equinox and the light becomes less than the darkness and the Winter Season begins in earnest. May God Keep and Bless you and until the next post: Be well.