Silent Eye Workshop – Summer 2019 – Scotland…
‘Within the Forest of the Work are found
the Twin Natures, Mercury the Stag and Sulphur the Unicorn.’
The Philosophers Stone – Lambsprinck, 1625
With almost prescient clarity
we commenced our summer workshop in a graveyard!
Except, not quite, for before we entered the graveyard,
we stood by the swiftly flowing waters of the river Spey
and entered into a guided meditation.
The Unicorn of Spirit
sailed down the Spey
disembarked from its boat,
and invited us all astride its back
for a tour of the elements…
our first pentagram was that of Spirit,
which could be called the ‘parent’ of the elements.
Have the bodies buried in the earth,
hereabouts, had their constituent parts
returned to spirit?
One might well hope so!
In Macbeth, the Bard uses the three witches
to represent the spiritual realm.
As with a lot of things he wrote
this is simultaneously;
a reflection of characterised psychology,
and can also allude to something far deeper…
We all enjoyed ‘hamming up’ the witches
as we are meant to.
Does the feminine aspect of the spirit appear
‘bearded’ to those with purely political ambition?
Whatever our perceptions,
this realm moves and motivates all…