Thursday, August 26, 2010

Pomegranates, Persephone & Full Moon..

Do you ever feel affected by the full moon?  For the past two nights, I have lain awake the full moon shining her light into the bedroom, illuminating the garden, the house, the trees..., my brain...

Full Moon Over Seattle...

Two nights ago, my mind would not be quiet.., I felt tugged at and called upon by the sheer brilliance of light coming in through my bedroom window, shining on me, as I tried to hide under my covers... - trying to ignore, trying to sleep..., it was no good, I could not, instead, I chose to lay there and bathe in the light of this insistent full moon.  I dreamt awake dreams of pomegranates... , richly painted, giant sized fruits on canvas, big and ripe and full... then  dreamt of them in delicious, opulent fabrics of velvet and silk, with gold thread and ruby red beads... and so my night went on,,, and on... wishing I could get up and have all the fabrics and beads and oil paints and canvas at my fingertips... so I might create with my hands what the moon was telling me...., or not...

Perhaps instead,  it was a visceral awareness that my body is having to the end of summer...  The air has that special smell to it..., subtle, but there... the gentle end of one season, the summoning of another...  Perhaps that is why I saw pomegranates...  In the world of myth, we are nearing the time when Persephone must go down underground to be with Hades, master of the underworld, after abducting her and wanting to make her his wife, he tricked her into eating food from the underworld - six or seven pomegranate seeds.. According to the law of the Fates, anyone that eats underworld food is doomed to live for eternity there...,  Persephone's mother Demeter 's love was so strong, and her grief so great at losing her beloved daughter, that Zeus took pity on her and demanded that Hades release Persephone...and so during spring she is released to reunite with her mother on Mount Olympus and the earth flourishes with life and beauty and great harvest, and then in the fall, when she must return to Hades (because of the curse of the underworld food,) all plants die back and return to the underground with Persephone till the following spring...


Do you feel changes in the air?

1 comment:

Carol said...

I love this shot, very nice composition.