mounted up the hill, The music in my heart
I bore, Long after it was heard no more.
|Cumbria, Lakes District - July 2015|
|Heart+Mountain+Sun - Lenormand Revolution, Cartomancy|
|Illumination - Bank Ground Farm, Coniston|
June was a fluid, almost unnerving month of augurs, visitations and signs. The Holy Longing was slowly unfolding and each time a starling arrived, or I met a serpent on the road, I realized the messages were stacking up, along with the challenge of how to best interpret them? I had contracted to do some tarot readings in July in the UK, but the Lakes District was not in the mix.
My "Shining Prince" - Vital Energy, Elixir of Life,
|Viper on the road to Grassac|
|Le Serpent - Lenormand Revolution|
I usually think about shedding an old skin when I see a
snake; illusions and limitations, rejuvenation - wisdom
and knowledge on one hand, treachery & deceit on another.
Religious and mythical differences exist between snakes and serpents,
but I'm not going to get into that here.
Photos Guido Mocafico: www.guidomocafico.com
|In Revelation, Serpent = Beast/Devil|
|In Genesis, Snake jumpstarts the Sin-mobile|
In the Lenormand cartomancy tradition, it is the Queen of Clubs:
up, or show you something you haven't dreamed of, like Diaz's mural below.
|Mural - Alexis Diaz|
I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone. Rainer Maria Rilke
Earlier in June, we had three baby starlings on our window sill, making a racket, whistling and screeching. Vocally talented they can mimic a whole range of calls, songs & sounds like car engines, and fragments of human speech, weaving them into soliloquies. Mozart had a pet starling, purchased on May 27, 1784 from a pet store he frequented. He wrote down the melody whistled by the bird, which closely resembles his Piano Concerto in G Major, K. 453, the last movement. The bird did make a key change and later research studies showed that mimicry in Starlings is less frequent than improvisation. When his little songbird died after three years, Mozart gave him a proper and solemn burial, commemorating the loss with a poem.
|Starling waiting for his siblings|
For some reason, these talented creatures have been much maligned, though prized in Netherlands, Spain and France as a food source. I came across a recipe for Starling Pâté...eeeeeek! Though it does have Armagnac and Juniper berries in it.
|And it's locally produced|
I don't know why, but it made me think of Clarice Starling from "Silence of the Lambs" - Chianti & fava beans.
|Anthony Hopkins & Jodie Foster|
|European Starling - Isn't he beautiful?|
If you observe starlings closely, you can learn things about etiquette, social standing, family relationships. The intricacies of their vocalizations and nuances of communication, coupled with their clear, piercing expression, is a shining example of where one might take one's voice in the world. Their sensitivity to each other and how they work together as a unit in their airy world, reminds me of one of the interpretations of the Lenormand Oiseaux (Birds) card: "Divine Thoughts".
|Le Petit Lenormand, Dondorf Deck|
"Only we pass everything by like an exchange of air. And all is in accord, to keep us a secret, perhaps half out of shame and half out of some inexpressible hope." Duino Elegies, Second Elegy
|Photo - Fayez Nureldine|
|Murmurations of Starlings - Marseille, France|
|Bank Ground Farm, Coniston, Lakes District, July 2015|
|Bank Ground Farm - Coniston|
|Dolmen de Peyrelevade - Paussac et St. Vivienne|
|Sarl Constant et Fils|
|8 of Wands - Swiftness|
|Sarl Constant et Fils|
|The Tower - XVI|
|Lenormand Revolution 7 card line reading|
|Bank Ground Farm - Coniston, July 2015|
|Cumbria - Lakes District, July 2015|
|Slate Heart found by Kate on the Mountain|