I haven’t written much lately. I should take more time for quiet contemplation.
Look deep inside
Seeking begins here
Within, not without
Be still and listen
Cry not “I am lost!”
But walk your own path
Take up lantern and staff
Hermit wandering the night
In quiet contemplation
Seeking here and there
New wonders await the one
Whose eyes are open
Amidst the fear
Of not doing
In the mental turmoil
A thought surfaces
And all is in stillness
A piece of the puzzle
Falls into place
An interesting thing I’m noticing is how a quiet mind can result in poetry. Whether it’s through meditation, knitting or repetitive computer games where I don’t really have to think. For example, last week I was sitting at my shrine meditating. In ADF we have the Two Powers meditation. I was pondering how easy the Two Powers are to access. Suddenly, I got this bit of poetry.
Does the sun not shine its rays upon you?
Do the stars not shine in the night sky?
Is the grass not wet with the morning dew?
Is the ground not moist after rain has fallen?
Other times something I’ve been reading about/studying becomes a poem. I’ve been reading about the Airts, their associations and uses in ritual. I came up with this while in the bath.
Turn to the West, to the Sea
Where the waves flow endlessly
Sun sinks below the horizon
Reddened leaves fall from the trees
A boat moves toward the shore
Propelled by neither sail nor oar
Who is the one who stands aboard?
It is Manannan mac Lir, of course!
One foot on land, one foot in the sea
Beneath the grey sky, we call to thee
Join your magic with ours to open the Way
As we do the work of the Wise this day
I know it has been a while since I have posted anything. I need to sit down and write more often.
Up many steps at the top of a hill
A bowl of fire sits on a pedestal
Standing in a circular stone pool
I climbed until I reached the height
Drawn on by a fire burning bright
To lay eyes upon the sacred sight
There I danced in joy and reverence
Feeling a hint of the Lady’s presence
Spirit lifted by divine radiance
Soon it was time for me to retire
Nudged I lit a torch from the fire
A divine flame that will not expire
I climbed back down to the land below
As the drumbeat continued to slow
I opened my eyes in the world I know
Well I didn’t get this written before the Equinox, which was 2 days ago here. I did a ritual for that using the ADF Core Order of Ritual. I only slipped up once, but managed to regain my composure and get the rest done without any further issues.
So, as the post title says, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Balance. With day and night being equal on the Equinox, it’s a good time to think about things in our lives that need to be brought back into balance.
A big thing for me is spending too much time alone. I do need my own space, but I can have too much of it. I need to spend more time out of the house. I go swimming a couple times a week, that helps. The local sport organisation just moved their small gym to a place 10 minutes walk from my house, so I can start going to that again. Plus I will get in better shape, which I need.
Have a think about what is out of balance in your own life, and what steps you can take to improve the situation.
This is one of those poems that comes out of nowhere saying “write me now!”
Dancer in the night
Daughter of the Flame
Birthed eons ago
Sun by day
Stars at night
See her many faces
Her light spans
Across the ages
Journeys to many places
Dancer in the night
The daughter of creation
Stalking through the forest
Muscles taut with power
Revelling in the chase
Hot blood fills the mouth
Feeling the prey submit
As its life fades away
Creeping through the forest
Alert for signs of danger
Snapping spurs to action
Sharp teeth grip skin
Body slumps in submission
Consciousness fades away