Queen of Night, Queen Mab of the Fae

The Fairies have inspired many stories and pieces of art.  Sometimes, the words and images seem to write and compose themselves.  This is one such poem, written by myself, accompanied by a lovely portrait from the talented Angelica Jonni, the creative mind behind Whimsickal Creations.  You can find her work at: Angelica Jonni Creations.

“Rest for the Weary”

Queen of Night unfolds her wings

of raven sparkling with dew.

Night searches for those who toil.

She’s been looking for you.

You have earned the respite.

You have finished the score.

You’ve endured the labor.

Right now, there is no more.

The seed will ripen,

the ripe bud will burst.

All in perfect time,

but rest must come first.

Let spirit drift the moats

of silken velvet night.

Surrender. Take rest for

labor’s relentless light.

Let the Queen take her due.

Let morning glory fall

in favor of vining

moon flowers’ graceful pall.

Sink into your pillow.

Surrender your glance

to the fairy-like orbs

of the moths’ floating dance.

Sail your mattress into

the world of Night’s deep ink.

The Moon waves as you pass,

gives you a saucy wink.

She’s in a hurry—
on her way to a tryst,
cannot do a thing with
her hair of silver mist.

Let the stars’ serenade

now soothe your weary ears.

Release to each of them

all your worldly fears.

For in her dark realm the

Queen always has her way.

We all get peace from Night

and strength for dawning Day.

Original Art by Angelica Jonni at Whimsickal Creations

Original Art by Angelica Jonni at Whimsickal Creations

 

Spring is Finally Here– Celebration of Daffodils

Finally, it seems that spring is here, and we got the chance to pull out the sunscreen and an occasional floppy hat this weekend.  There was even some sunburn to be found!  After all the cold, the burn felt good.  Today isn’t exactly the picture of the spring warmth here in the NYC area, but I’m sure it will be back soon. Since the daffies have made their appearance, it seems like the perfect time to share their most famous poem:

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
1804
sunny-daffodil-bill-wakeleyDaffodil fairy

 

Waiting for the Magic of Spring

Soon enough the last bits of winter will fade, and nature will offer the enchantment of spring beauty.  I wanted to share the following poem by a pretty unknown turn-of-the-century Russian poet that really captures that sense of magic.

Konstantin Balmont “Spirit of the Winds”

Дух ветров, Зефир игривый         The Spirit of the Winds, a playful Zephyr
Прошумел среди листов,             whispered among the leaves,
Прикоснулся шаловливый           Playfully caressed the
К нежным чашечкам цветов.       Tender bells of the flowers.

И шепнул неуловимый,                And he elusively whispered,
И волною шевельнул,                  Stirring a surge upon
К арфе звучной и незримой         The sweet, unseen harp,
Дланью быстрою прильнул.        With a nimble hand.

И с беспечностью ребёнка,         And with the ease of a child,
Не заботясь ни о чём,                   Without a single concern,
Он играл легко и звонко               He played lightly and audibly
В ясном воздухе ночном.             In the clear evening air.

И влюблённые наяды                  His beloved Nymphs
Показались из волны,                  Revealed themselves on the waves
И к нему кидали взгляды            and threw longing glances at him
В свете гаснущей Луны.              In the light of the fading moon.

Нимфа с нимфою шепталась,    The nymphs whispered to each other
О блаженстве говоря.                  Speaking of blessed enchantments,
А за Морем пробуждалась          As the Rosy-hued dawn
Розоперстая заря.                        Stepped out above the Sea.

Translation by Zhenya Amditis

Aurora is the feminine embodiment of the dawn, and Zephyr is her lover, the summer wind.

Aurora is the feminine embodiment of the dawn, and Zephyr is her lover, the summer wind.

St. Patrick’s Day, Green Beer, and the Fairies

We’re all Irish for one day.

Many of us share in rituals that show our love and support for the Celtic community, such as drinking green beer, attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, or even dying our hair green.  The same zest for life, stewardship of nature, and boundless joy that we celebrate on March 17th also comes through in the Irish belief in the fairies. No, I’m not talking about fabulous, flamboyant men in sparkly shirts– I mean the tiny little people with wings who according to Celtic folk belief take care of the environment, our animals, and our homes.

Also known as the “Little Folk” or the “Good People,” the fairies offer an inspiring antidote to this era of electronic isolation and cubicle living.  The great Irish poet, W.B. Yeats captured the joyful nature of the fairy folk in his words:

“Come fairies Take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you
Upon the wind and dance
Upon the mountains like a flame.”

We as busy, worried adults can take a lesson from the kids who recognize the value and wonder of the fairies. Through a connection to the beauty and joy around us, we feel better, and we get in touch with our childlike hope for the future. The concept of the fairies is a powerful reminder that worry does not help to improve any situation, and through excitement for life and nature, we can tap into a powerful vision of healing and abundance in our lives.  The positive energy we experience in drawing inspiration from the fairies helps us to bring about happy changes in our life. Happiness, play, and wonder are not only good for children– they are important for adults, too.

Their ecological mission to care for the planet is a powerful part of their message: in order to keep enjoying the beauty of the environment, we have to do our part to protect and preserve the world we live in. It is an investment in the future and in our current comfort and happiness. Besides, the grass feels good on your feet.

 

My friend Barbara dressed up as a fairy princess.

My friend Barbara dressed as a fairy princess.

 

Biography of a Psychic (Part One)

There are two biographies to include here, the spiritual biography and the mundane one.  These are the two threads that run parallel and intertwine throughout the days of my life.  However, they both begin in the same place, a small town in northern Illinois, near where the country meets the city.  It was a completely average childhood for anyone in the same place, with lots of watching cartoons, bike riding, school banquets at the tiny community center, and driving along the corn fields while the sun set beautifully in the background.  In that land of 1970s fabulous split-level ranch homes with wall-to-wall shag carpeting and avocado colored refrigerators filled with homemade, hand picked mulberry pies, and three layer jello molds, there was a more mysterious side that few could see.

From the age of 3 years old, I saw spirits.  Like old friends, they came to see me in my playpen.  I talked with them. I asked my mom about them, but for her, they were imaginary friends (Isn’t that cute?).  People in small towns in Illinois don’t have that kind of imaginary friend, so I learned early on that it was best to forget about it.  In the meantime, I was good at school, and I was curious about other people, places, and cultures.  I studied hard, and I knew a lot about the material we were studying.  However, I also knew a lot of information we weren’t studying, for instance who “liked” who, who was sad, who was sick, who was going to die.  It was sometimes a lot for a kid to know.

It was also at this time that I started noticing that people I scarcely knew would strike up conversations with me about their private struggles.  I was flattered that older people, adults even, would want to talk with me, but at the same time, I wasn’t sure how to help them.  What did they need to hear?  How could I understand what they were going through?  When you’re 12 years old, how can you understand what it means to lose a loved-one or go through a divorce?  I had lots of sympathy, but the experience to really understand and encourage people came later, through my own learning and suffering.

In the meantime, I studied hard and participated in as many drama and choir extra-curricular activities in high school as possible.  Our school, which was on the national historic register has an amazing theater, with a beautiful carved ceiling, seats for over 2500 people, several musical practice rooms, and a huge balcony.  Of course, there was always some practice for some performance to attend, which meant many late-night rehearsals in the huge theater at my school.  Unbeknownst to most of the other students or the coaches, we had spectators at those performances.  I had more “imaginary friends,” who liked to sit and listen to the music.  Fortunately, for me, this time, there were others around who could see our guests, too. Some of us would see them in the balcony. It helped me to see that it wasn’t all in my head, that I was only first to see what others could also witness.

Around this same time, my mother, who has never been terribly spiritual, decided to buy me a tarot deck.  She never saw it as some mysterious way of talking with the spirits or some creepy occult paraphernalia. Her reasoning was that since I was going away to college in the next couple of years, it would be fun for me to have something to entertain people in the dorms.  I am sure she never thought it would lead to me sitting with groups of friends of friends, with me reading an entire room of giggling strangers, who would fall silent as I suddenly touched on facts that were known to everyone in the room but me.

I entered the University of Illinois with a major in political science/pre-law, but I learned soon enough that languages were my gift.  French was soon followed by Russian and German, then literature, then film, then religious studies. For me, each of these fields became an intriguing new way to express meaning and unite us all as human beings.  The connections between different people and different cultures became my passion, and I was fascinated with the ways that people conveyed meaning through languages, both spoken and through visual signs.  After completing my degrees in French, Russian, and Political Science, I went on to study comparative literature and Russian literature.  Because of my experience with literature, I am able to connect visual signs and create a story to help people to understand their own stories in a new way. The symbols of the tarot or from my contact with “spirit friends” connect in my mind to uncover meaningful information that helps clients to understand themselves and their lives more clearly.

Future is plain to see