"The Great Bear is placed at the Winter Solstice on 21 December. Its element is Earth and it is associated with the dark sun, the gateway of the dead and their rebirth, and the still point of renewal and healing."~The Wildwood Tarot
"The initiate has been laid to rest, covered by earth and stone, and now waits to be reborn, guarded by the shamanic sentinel of the mound."~The Wildwood Tarot
"The Moon on Water signifies the first steps beyond earthly awareness across the primal emotional void of creation. She also encompasses the dark-moon aspects of fertility, sexuality and initiation as well as the irrational fear of the creatures that are associated with the night such as faeries and demons and other hidden or unseen shapes of ancestral memory."~The Wildwood Tarot
"The Pole Star of prophetic guidance and inspirational knowledge has risen and will guide you on your forthcoming journey through the forest. If you hold this ancient and basic truth near the core of your being and navigate by it you cannot go far wrong; it is there as a talisman as well as a symbol of the universal cycle of nature."~Wildwood Tarot
"The top of the tree ends at the north star. Maybe that's why we place a star on our Christmas Tree? The second image of the illuminated Christmas Tree is a bit of a noodle baker. Am I seeing double? Can you find Isis?"
"A challenge has arrived in your life. The situation may be very complex. It may even have profound implications for your life and how you deal with the world. It may manifest itself in the form of a profound inner realignment or the facing of some physical outer predicament. Whether from the labyrinth that is the human mind or from some external source, the challenges that presents itself now must be seen for what it is: an opportunity. If something has been hidden or repressed, if a situation has been left to decay or become unhealthy, now is the time to take control of your fears and deal with the insecurity with courage and integrity. Always be aware that however threatening or difficult this situation is, you can only become stronger and more resilient from the experience of understanding and accepting inner darkness."~Wildwood Tarot
"The guardian spirit of the beast challenges those who would enter the cave of ancestral memory without understanding the nature of their own darkness . . . Before the path may be followed, the Guardian must be faced and mastery of one's own fears achieved."~Wildwood Tarot
"If the Guardian is frightening, it is because we are frightened by our own reflection, our own dark shadow, and it is this element of ourselves we must master"~Wildwood Tarot
"the Woodward is a hunter whose prey is solutions to moments of crisis."
(this is Jack)
"The Woodward, an ancient guardian of the Wildwood, symbolizes the inner power that comes from facing fear and understanding the nature of darkness."
--suppose that JTo wasn't annihilated in room 237. A happy ending?
(What's on the dark side of the moon? Shining?)
sublimateverb |ˈsəbləˌmāt|1 [ trans. ] (esp. in psychoanalytic theory) divert or modify (an instinctual impulse) into a culturally higher or socially more acceptable activity : people who will sublimate sexuality into activities which help tobuild up and preserve civilization | he sublimates his hurt and anger into humor.2 Chemistry [ intrans. ] anothertermforsublime.noun |-ˌmit; -ˌmāt| Chemistrya solid deposit of a substance that has sublimed.DERIVATIVESsublimation |ˌsəbləˈmā sh ən| nounORIGIN late Middle English (in the sense [raise to a higher status] ): from Latin sublimat- ‘raised up,’ from the verb sublimare.
“The universe is made of stories, not atoms,” poet Muriel Rukeyser memorably asserted, and Harvard sociobiologist E. O. Wilson recently pointed to the similarity between innovators in art and science, both of whom he called “dreamers and storytellers.” Stories aren’t merely essential to how we understand the world — they are how we understand the world. We weave and seek stories everywhere, fromdata visualization to children’s illustration tocultural hegemony. In The Storytelling Animal, educator and science writer Jonathan Gottschall traces the roots, both evolutionary and sociocultural, of the transfixing grip storytelling has on our hearts and minds, individually and collectively. What emerges is a kind of “unified theory of storytelling,” revealing not only our gift for manufacturing truthiness in the narratives we tell ourselves and others, but also the remarkable capacity of stories — the right kinds of them — to change our shared experience for the better.~Maria Popova
THERE IS A WILD OF INFINITE dimension that exists outside of us, and a wild of infinite dimension within us. Paul Valéry: There is another world, but it is in this one. Jim Harrison: There is an invisible world out there ––and we're living in it . . .
There are subtle patterns in nature that correspond to subtle patterns within our deepest self. When we explore the wild world alertly, we perceive these patterns, feel resonations, and make vital discoveries . . . ~The Heart of The MonsterDavid James Duncan
The open ocean was a more formidable, serious world than the protected reef; it was not a place to linger. And so, getting back through the surf that battered the edge of the coral, you could easily get battered yourself with never-healing coral cuts as the surge raked your body over the rim of the reef and redeposited you into its quiet pools and corridors––where, if you happened to be me, you would find this first immersion in the mysteries of a coral reef working a curious transformation on your psyche. As you emerged from the waters of Hanauma you discovered a boundary no longer existed between inner and outer, between you and the creatures in the bay or even the bay itself, you and the elegant green and orange palm fronds hanging over the beach, you and the stray drifting albatross overhead, you and the natural world altogether: a loss of soul, a kind of drowning, had occurred.
What is the pathetic fallacy state? It is, first of all, the experience I had at Hanauma Bay, that moment when all barriers have dropped between the inside and the outside, when the landscape against all logic seems to mirror back every private mood and emotion. The possibility of such an archaic identity of Subject and Object has not been allowed in our culture, as reality or metaphor, for some centuries now.
. . . The lesson for my friends and me was clear: if you are the sort who must merge with the environment, then merge with splendor. If you use Nature as a psychic looking glass, choose a setting of unearthly beauty and maybe it will give you back more than your reflection. ~My Time In Hawaii Victoria Nelson
Abe's Axe is a symbol. Like the firey wand of Hermes, it is the conduit for bringing into action manifestations from the creative imagination. He is not killing vampires so much as freeing living dead men. The great emancipator would like to bring you into the 4th dimension of consciousness. He is going to have to kill you to do this, though. Or, actually, just annihilate your ego to transport you. In this instance, his axe is the craft. A craft is both a transport and a skill. The magician's wand is both. A pen can be mightier than the sword. What's your craft? Use your symbol well. . .