Sunday, May 20, 2018

Arriving at a title

With a certain amount of unplanned spontaneity, the quilt starts to emerge in mirror image, at least of the two female figures, the Birdheaded Snake Goddess and the Sheela-na-gig, sitting diagonally across on the opposite borderlines. It then becomes apparent that the spiral can sit at the top or bottom of the quilt, unfolding in the anticlockwise direction with a new moon below, or a waning moon above. Of course at all stages of the moon’s cycle we are living “between the worlds”, which may become more visceral as we draw closer to the end of our days living with Mother Earth. The large green leaf at the beginning edge of the spiral reflects the changing light of autumn evenings as the sun sets over the gully below, all green, with patches of light dotted throughout the bush. Living between the worlds is a name that starts to resonate for this particular quilt, with its reversal capability. So I make pockets for hanging at both ends.
In the Daughters of the Moon tarot by Ffiona Morgan, in the Aether Arcana as the spiritual element, the card usually referred to as the ‘hangman’ in traditonal tarot is given the title “Reversal”, and makes strong reference to the changing nature of a flowing river, or ‘a voluntary surrender, or letting go of outworn ways of thinking’, which is found by being suspended in time, made entirely vulnerable by events that have us stop and listen to the inner for the metamorphosis to occur. And our reflection in water guides us to a new pathway, to validating ourselves as a changer and reverser of destiny offered by our new insights.[1]
As a sacred space for such communion with self, the spiral facilitates the surrender and the transformation, hence the second part of the title. I’m not sure where the little meditation came from; it may have been Jean Shinoda Bolen, but it is widely used in many circles. Here is the version I printed as dedication for Jan’s quilt to her croning process. It is enclosed by the orobourous, the snake making a full circle by grabbing its tail, symbol of rebirth and new beginnings.

"Between the worlds: in the Sacred Circle of Self"
'It is a private space, created by whatever makes you feel safe and protected.
You can make it as large or as small as you need, and fill it with whatever takes your fancy at the time. Fill it with whatever nurtures, supports and loves you. It is adaptable and flexible to your needs as they change and arise. Stay in your circle until you sense your boundary is in place, ready now and always to protect and nurture you.'
You can create this circle at any time, just by going there in thought and spirit. A powerful way to create this sacred circle to self in a deliberate way is to call in the cardinal directions of East, North, West and South, by welcoming the full cycle of Earth’s creative process (according to a Southern Hemispheric perspective, and moving anticlockwise):
East is the dawn air, the first breath of inspiration;
North is the spark that ignites and awakens courage and determination;
West grounds us to bring inspirational dreams into form;
South is the watery womb, from which all creation springs.

There is so much more I envisaged going into his quilt, but I am finishing this quilt in the spirit of the very old Japanese tradition of ‘wabi sabi’, that nothing is ever perfect or ever complete. It is also complete through the circle being... 
‘…open, but unbroken. Merry meet, and merry part, and merry meet again’, the way we “close” a circle gathering…in readiness for the next circle.

[1] Ffiona Morgan,1991, Daughters of the moon tarot. Daughters of the Moon: Forrestville, Ca., p.28.

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