May you find your star in the depths of night,
Over whichever land it shines…
“Sure, ’tis a terrible thing to choose one or t’other.”
The Aurally Man
“Alchemy as process has a number of stages.”
“And nobody seems able to agree on how many!”
“This might not though be a disagreement of number but of measure.”
“An hour possesses sixty minutes and three-thousand-six-hundred seconds, after all.”
“If we make our focus three, we get…”
“A point worth considering: all the triangles are of equal size.”
“Individually this seems obvious but, perhaps, not quite so, relatively.”
“A shortcoming alluded to in the phrase, ‘vagaries of the human eye’.”
“Which is another point worth considering.”
“The human eye follows lines like a moth to flame.”
“This is one of the reasons why the ‘Blessed Head of Joshua’ is eyeless.”
First Man had many wives
among the Animal People.
The sacred beast, bird or reptile
was treated with reverence
and as totem was carried to ensure
guardianship of the spirits.
The two fundamental ceremonies of universal application
are the steam bath and the clay pipe.
Everything used in connection with the steam bath is regarded as sacred.
The aromatic cedar and sage, the water,
and especially the water-born boulders which are deemed to be ancestral stones.
The natural boulder is often reverenced
by the raising of the tobacco filled pipe.
This simple ceremony is the commonest
daily expression of thanks and grace.
Mother-Wild has not only the experience
of her forebears and the accepted rules
of the clan to guide her,
she seeks to learn also from
ants, bees, spiders and badgers.
She studies the family life of the birds.
To her and her child the birds are real people,
who live close to the mysterium.
The murmuring trees breathe its presence.
The falling waters chant its praise.