Monday, November 30, 2015

know thy Self

"Knowledge does not enrich us; it removes us more and more from the mythic world in which we were once at home by right of birth." ~ C.G. Jung: Memories,Dreams, Reflections, Chapter 9

This plate, engraved by Merian for Johann-Daniel Mylius,
Opus Medico-chymicum, 1618, is one of the most complex
and symbolically satisfying from the heyday of learned alchemy.
In essence it is designed to portray the relationships
that subtend between the Higher and Lower worlds,
between the Macrocosm and the Microcosm. 

As we move away from Nature and what is natural - fueled by an insistent drive for "better" and "more" - can we remain in touch with our original being, with who it is we are truly meant to be? 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

wonder! wonder?

Last week I was looking forward to the 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching live broadcast on November 13 and 14.

I was to happily join this group in bringing the planet together to call on world leaders to create a global climate agreement at the upcoming UN talks in Paris.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

poet shamans

I am a longtime advocate and ardent fan of the female authors and poets the Brontë Sisters, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Emily Dickinson. I truly believe they were women of substance, feminists, and shamans.

Tuvan Shamaness

Jung has written that "the psychological inference that may be drawn from shamanistic symbolism [is] that it is a projection of the individuation process" (Alchemical Studies  341).

The shaman-poet who lives in both the natural world and the supernatural world and experiences both genders is thus able to know each of these pairs of opposites intimately. (Clifton Snider, "A Druidic Difference": Emily Dickinson and Shamanism)

Monday, November 2, 2015

ghosts & past lives

November 2 is All Souls Day or Day of the Dead - a feast to honor, celebrate and remember our ancestors. 

One of countless colorful ways to celebrate.

It is a commemoration to recall and honor all who have come before us and contribute to who we are now. Ghosts and past lives forming the foundation for a better and brighter future for us all. 

For the relocated and nomadic, we carry our ancestral altars with us.