What a wonderfully evocative quote.
Last night’s full moon was the Honey Moon. Named so for the amber color we see at moon rise. The celestial orb takes on a honey glow because it shines through the thick layers of atmosphere at the horizon as it sits at one of the farthest points south on its orbit.
We didn’t see moon rise and witness Night walking down the sky with the moon in her hand, but last night as we left our friends’ house, the moon shone bright between dramatically moonlit clouds. I just love when it does that ghostly galleon thing. I refer to The Highwayman — a poem by Alfred Noyes (1906).
The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding—
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.
Boy does that imagery tickle my imagination. It always has. That was one of my favorite poems when I was a child because the illustrations that went with it were just perfect. I can’t believe I found a page from the old Childcraft book online to show you. Proof again that the internet eventually has everything.
I mention the full moon because tonight we’re hosting our second Full Moon Labyrinth Walk of the year. Back in 2001, we built an 11 circuit Chartres-style labyrinth (patterned after the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France) one stone at a time — 1004 stones to be exact. I’ll do a post sometime on the various studies done that show “for a majority of walkers (66% – 82%), labyrinth walking increased levels of relaxation, clarity, peace, centeredness, openness, quiet, and reflectiveness, and reduced levels of anxiety, stress, and agitation. The experience of labyrinth walking supports recovery, renewal, integration of the whole person, and facilitating a sense of harmony.”
There’s just something about the switch backs on the path that do a left/right massage on the brain. Our reasons for building it weren’t to get those results, they’re just a bonus. I’ll share why another time.
Our Chartres is large enough to be seen with Google Earth. I’m of two minds on that. On one hand how cool to have your creation seen from a satellite and projected around the world. On the other hand how creepy and invasive to have your creation seen from a satellite and projected around the world! Here’s a winter view from orbit. Notice the size compared to the garage. It’ll take us about an hour to light the candles that illuminate every turn and corner. Imagine it outlined by little flickers of light at night.
My fingers are crossed for a breezy evening even though that may snuff out some candles as soon as we light them. A nice breeze will keep the mosquitoes at bay though. There’s no contest as far as I’m concerned — lighted walkway vs. newly hatched mosquitoes. Like I said, no contest. But the weather is on my side tonight, not theirs. The forecast says breezy and a cool 55°. I couldn’t ask for better. I’m sure we’ll have a lot of walkers.
For 100 days, I’ll post something from my chosen topic: Clichés.
There are 94 entries to come.
Here’s a cliché for today:
Walk on the wild side
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