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Dear Don: Jonah…

hardwick (35)Dear Don,

Well, Jonah is an interesting story in its own right, and ties in with the whole ‘devouring beast’ affair. Devoured or eaten… either way, an interesting consummation, you might say. Especially when you bring the star-beasts into play.

The animal connections seem to run through all our myths and stories, don’t they? I just looked through a load of images of the stained glass bible at Addington and it is surprising just how frequently beasts feature… and each of them a symbolic story in themselves that we immediately interpret and understand.

14 sept 377I was actually looking for the Jonah window we had seen. My usual method for the Buckinghamshire windows was fool proof… there is a site that lists every one by subject and location so all that needs to be done to locate a picture in my files is nip over there. Trouble is, they’ve taken the site down, so I am relying on memory until I can get in and catalogue every picture… if that ever happens! Can you imagine a more Herculean task and how much time that would take?

14 sept 414Have you noticed that the whole ‘time’ thing seems to be cropping up a lot lately? Time, death, rebirth… the spiralling patterns at the portals of life. Something or other is hovering on the brink of realisation there…

14 sept 423You could look at the devouring beast as a symbol of the incarnation of the soul, you know; the higher being passing through the belly of the beast and being transformed by the organic life process into the fuel of Life itself. That isn’t phrased at all right, the idea is nascent… but there is a possibility there.

Image source
Image source

You know there is a solar eclipse due? Well, I was thinking about that too… the face of the sun is devoured by the moon… and if you look at the footage of it, the sun appears to become the moon, travelling through its phases as the shadow passes. Now, most cultures have a devouring myth associated with solar eclipses… bears, giant frogs, dragons… even the floating head of an escaping god are said the swallow the sun. Or perhaps it is Crow trying to steal it 🙂

From 'Mister Fox:The Legend'
From ‘Mister Fox:The Legend’

books 019The Beast, however, is simply busy devouring the recycling… so I may have to go and put a stop to that.


Wen and Anu x

6 thoughts on “Dear Don: Jonah…”

  1. I was thinking that many animals provide a sort of means of transportation from one phase of life to another. They carry humankind in battles, and they carry them as “beasts of burden” along with the things we have. They are often used to carry people to special occasions such as marriages, coronations and similar events, and when people die, they also carry them to a location where they are put to rest. They provide nourishment for mankind (I don’t believe there is barely a part they don’t give us to help provide some form of nourishment), and they help man to plow fields, etc. They have provided their very skin to help mankind survive the coldest weather, and their skin has also been used to help us to have everyday clothing and coverings for our feet. Parts of the remnants of their wastes provide fertilizer for our crops. And their bones have been used for tools and even weapons. Some creatures, upon bonding with mankind, will defend to the death his life. And some are tamed and trained to perform interesting tricks that connect them with mankind. And so yes, it makes a lot of sense that they are creatures of transformation for mankind. I think that creatures have been used as navigational tools when we see those creatures in the night sky used to give us characteristics that are from the stars. They are, I believe, gifts the Gods have given us to help us with care of the earth and of mankind itself.

    Thank you kindly for this excellent post.

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    1. I agree with you on all points except one, Anne… I do not think the beasts were given to Man, which implies we are in some way more important than they. We too are beasts and how we treat the creatures in our care says a great deal about what we are.

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      1. Excellent point, Sue, and I certainly agree with that. I must remember how I talk, for I love the creatures as much as any human being. Our creatures are treated with the utmost love, and anything that makes it in our door becomes an immediate part of our family. We call the pets “our children,” and treat them the same as we treat each other, and that is always with kindness and love. I stayed up most of the night nursing our little Ratatouille when he first got rescued from the rain and cold and he was so ill. I nursed him back to health, and when my cat, Yufasa, was dying, he too came in the bed with us and I cuddled and nurtured him all night to try to comfort him in his last time. I have never been without animals my whole life and I would not want to be. And perhaps they don’t belong to us either, but live here beside us. At any rate, they are always treated kindly and with love as much as we can. Thank you kindly for reminding me of this.


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