or look directly into their sun
it’s all in the eye of the beholder
Chin Mudra – psychic gesture of consciousness.
The tip of the thumb touches the tip of the index finger, palm faces down.
The middle finger, ring, and little finger represent the three qualities of all of nature – the Three Gunas:
* the middle finger = sattva ~ beingness, purity, wisdom and true understanding,
* the ring finger = rajas ~ action, passion and movement
* the little finger = tamas ~ inertia, lethargy and darkness
These three major guṇas are also construed as the fundamental operating principles or ‘tendencies’ of prakṛti ~ universal nature.
* Sattava = Creation
* Rajas = Preservation
* Tamas = destruction/transformation
The entire universe and the process of evolution is carried out by these three major gunas.
Embrace the evolutionary process…. the impulse to create from the wisdom of one’s pure being, the impulse to love and actively maintain that which has been created, and the impulse to destroy, surrender, or transform that creation, leading to greater wisdom and the impulse create anew…
Enter the portal…
An image that I used in my post on June 18th bears a striking resemblance to a crop circle that appeared on June 17th.
To be sure, the potential significance of the crop circle itself is far more interesting than its connection to my writing; but of course I can’t help but wonder what personal meaning it might have, given the “temporal proximity” of its formation and my subsequent post. : )
I’m not the one that put these two images together. I never would have seen it. This was done by the folks over at http://www.cropcircleconnector.com.
Here’s a link to my blog post from that day:
In that post about doing sacred journeys into the sacred directions, I mentioned the necessity of having a reference point from which to anchor those journeys. For my reference point I choose to use the island located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, which the Dakota’s called “Bdote”, and which they considered to lay directly over the center of the Earth and immediately below the center of the Heavens. Thus, it was their axis mundi…and in that discussion used this image of Yggdrasil, the world tree from Norse Mythology:
Another image of the crop circle, which is located by the ancient hillfort called Badbury Rings, which can be seen in the background of this photo by Lucy Pringle, also from the website www.cropcircleconnector.com
Another photo by Lucy Pringle of the rings themselves. [I trust that it’s okay that I’m posting these]
One also wonders about the significance of this proximity, as if the crop circle were identifying the “fort” as an axis mundi. The earthen rings seem to ripple through the three dimensions of the lower world, middle world, and upper world, and resemble all three as depicted on the Yggdrasil image.
Interesting enough, the “fort” has an Arthurian Connection. Badbury Rings is one of the sites that is considered as a possible location for the Battle of Mount Baden, the site of the first decisive victory of King Arthur. Which of course connects to my series of Grail and Quest of the Knight Errant posts.
If this crop circle is authentic, in some sense of that term, (whether of other-worldly or inspired-human origin) does it point to Badbury Rings as a portal to other dimensions? If so, does my connection to this through use of the Yggdrasil image, point to Bdote as also a portal to other dimensions?
Mysteries to Explore…
Another depiction of Yggdrasil (note the rings in the middle world):
Of the world tree, Joseph Campbell says in The Power of Myth:
…. The center of the world is the axis mundi, the central point the pole around which all revolves. The central point of the world is the point where stillness and movement are together. Movement is time, but stillness is eternity. Realizing how this moment of your life is actually a moment of eternity, and the experiencing the eternal aspect of what you’re doing in the experiences – this the mythological experience.”
In The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Campbell writes about The World Navel (and world tree):
“The effect of the successful adventure of the hero is the unlocking and release again of the flow of life into the body of the world….
The torrent pours from an invisible source, the point of entry being the center of the symbolic circle of the universe… around which the world may be said to revolve. Beneath this spot is the earth-supporting head of the cosmic serpent, the dragon, symbolical of the waters of the abyss, which are the divine life-creative energy and substance of the demiurge, the world-generative aspect of immortal being. The tree of life, i.e., the universe itself, grows from this point. It is rooted in the supporting darkness; the golden sun bird perches on its peak; a spring, the inexhaustible well, bubbles at its foot. Or the figure may be of a cosmic mountain, with the city of the gods, like a lotus of light, upon its summit….Thus the World Navel is the symbol of the continuous creation: the mystery of the maintenance of the world through that continuous miracle of the vivification which wells within all things.”
Two WordPress sites that have info on the archeology and history of the Bradbury Rings site:
You can see more beautiful images (even a video) of the crop circle here:
And additional interpretations of the glyph here:
A special thanks to Anne over at http://www.exopermaculture.com , whose WordPress blog brought this image to my attention.
Check out her post about the crop circles of 2014,
which leads you to this site: http://augureye.blogspot.com/2014/08/2014-crop-circle-gallery.html
another wordpress blogger that posted info on the crop circle:
In the course of continuing his Quest, was led by the gleam of the rising sun to Dragon Gate…
For three days and three nights he readied himself to journey though the gateway.
When finally prepared, he let go his physical being and his disembodied soul entered the portal, and traveled through the winding passages of wyrm holes. Soon he found himself, not in a den of a solitary dragon, but within a dragons’ lair holding dozens of the creatures.
Uncertain of his purpose, he carefully snaked his way through the throngs of snarling beasts. There, a young dragonling befriended him..
With its aid, other dragons the knight met, and then was flown to the heavens, for an audience with, Draco, Lord of the Dragons..
And there what transpired cannot be told in the tongues of men.
During my walk this morning I was thinking of the opening lines to a novel that I’m working on, wondering if they would draw the reader into the story as they must, to entice the reader to continue reading. Then I began browsing through my memory of opening lines to books that I could recall off the top of my head. Of the several I remembered, my mind lingered upon the opening line from Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”.
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”
Later in my walk, the sun, still low in the eastern sky, broke through the clouds and illuminated this massive, twisted trunk of a tree
As I took this picture, a loon wailed from across the lake and another line from The Hobbit leapt to mind:
“Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks, and the setting sun with the last light of Durin’s Day will shine upon the key-hole.”
According to a fan site: Durin’s Day was a yearly event noted by the Dwarves, “when the last moon of Autumn and the sun are in the sky together” (i.e., until sunset) on first day of the dwarves’ New Year, which was “the first day of the last moon of Autumn on the threshold of Winter.”
I find it interesting that my experience is completely antipodal to this ~ we are still in the threshold of spring and it is the rising sun that illuminated this mysterious entryway, which does not at all promise the comforts of a Hobbit Hole:
As I studied this portal, one more scene from The Hobbit came to mind; that moment when Smaug’s eye opens and searches for the ‘burglar” Bilbo Baggins. The shape of the twisted trunk, and the scar in the bark, suggests a dragon rearing its head with the slit of an eye opening:
In this one formation, three scenes of the Hobbit are brought into one, a bird heralding the sun’s illumination of a hidden passageway that leads into a dragon’s lair, a hole in the ground where something dwells, and the waking of the dragon. Perhaps one need not wonder where this portal leads…. And, given the opposite nature of my experience to the “prophecy” that aids Bilbo, this suggests that it is not a hostile, but a helpful dragon that awaits on the other side of this gateway.