Colours of the Rainbow

black sweaterThey say black is the absence of colour. Or is that white, that holds all the colours but is not, in itself, a colour?
I am thinking of black as I’m packing my bags for a funeral and I’m throwing in everything black I own cause I don’t know what I’ll actually want to wear once I’m there.balloon in treeRather than sink into the deep pool of sadness at this death – a sweet sweet boy lost much too young – I’m doing my best to compartmentalize my brain and focus for the moment on the solstice that comes tomorrow, on the blazing light of the sun at its zenith, the beginning of summer, my blossoming garden, and the idea of intention setting.
smoke in abaloneTough times out there in the world these days, so many difficult events surround us, but the days are long and glorious and bright, and summer calls…so how do we take the heavy events and find ways to turn towards the sun in its glory?green leafAccording to astrologers, on top of the big solstice event, we have the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in the skies, which means that now is an excellent time, a lucky time, a big heart-filled generous time for tuning in, knowing, feeling, thinking what it is you want, and planting the seeds.
A time to dream a new dream of a better world – to believe anything is possible.
According to Ohki Simine Forest, the summer solstice is the entrance into the southern direction on the Medicine Wheel, where the sacred Deer is the main totem.young deer in the swamp

Deer brings the medicine of trust and gentleness, and teaches us to align with our heart and to walk in our lives in a sacred manner. We can call on Deer medicine to bring a sense of magic to our lives and to call a sense of joy and innocence.

According to Sergio Magaña, we are currently in the 13 day period of the Flower, a time for a flowering of personal enlightenment.

Flowers are definitely happening where I live these days. Even here in our modest little garden there is so much colour – and each colour feels like a blessing, a gift bursting into the lily backlit
red geranium
yellow butterfly on lilacs
tiny blue flowerI think of how all these colours exist as reflections in the light – the way a rainbow is fractals of light, colours within the light revealing themselves, so we find all these colours around us almost anywhere we go, lifting us up, reminding us of how glorious it is to be alive…

“Make of yourself a light”
said the Buddha,
before he died.
I think of this every morning
as the east begins
to tear off its many clouds
of darkness, to send up the first
signal – a white fan
streaked with pink and violet,
even green.
An old man, he lay down
between two sala trees,
and he might have said anything,
knowing it was his final hour.
The light burns upward,
it thickens and settles over the fields.
Around him, the villagers gathered
and stretched forward to listen.
Even before the sun itself
hangs, disattached, in the blue air,
I am touched everywhere
by its ocean of yellow waves.
No doubt he thought of everything
that had happened in his difficult life.
And then I feel the sun itself
as it blazes over the hills,
like a million flowers on fire-
clearly I’m not needed,
yet I feel myself turning
into something of inexplicable value.
Slowly, beneath the branches,
he raised his head.
He looked into the faces of that frightened crowd.

– Mary Oliver, The Buddha’s Last Instruction

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16 thoughts on “Colours of the Rainbow

  1. It is sad what happens all around. But as you show it also with those beautiful photos, there is always at least one other side which is bright shining. We mustn’t deny the sad times but never forget that this is not everythin that surrounds us.
    I love the butterfly 😉

    1. Thanks Erika.
      I did mean to say something like what you are saying – that it’s in the contrast where we feel things more intensely – sorrow enunciates joy, sadness intensifies moments of happiness.
      An online friend who lives in California said: Oh, to be where you are where the seasons are changing all the time, not where every single day is the same goddamned blue sky… 🙂

    2. Erika, I completely agree with your sentiments, but what can we do, other than reach in within us for strength and reach out towards the positive energy around us and appreciate the beauty around us.

      1. That is very well said, Jacqueline. We need to reach within and align with the positive energy around us in order to never lose the beauty out of sight.

  2. Sorry for your loss. 😦 So interesting what’s going on astrologically- all makes sense to me. I can feel you through your post working with all the energies present in your life.

  3. Such delicate thoughts surrounding a loss. I am glad that you can see beyond the hurt by not focusing on the heaviness or allowing the negatives subsume you. Very pretty write up indeed.

    1. Well, I have yet to dive into the fire, and my thoughts may be less pretty then, but for the moment it is a long, gorgeous summer day… 🙂
      Thanks Jacqueline

    1. The event for the living – though I suppose it is one of those things people sometimes will plan for, choose poems and songs for, wanting to be remembered a certain way.
      Alas, this one was too young to be thinking ahead at all, and it is his mother’s pain that terrifies me as I get ready to go…

  4. So sorry for your loss, Kat, but yes… your photos always remind me of the beauty all around us. Glorious shots… I’ve been tuned into astrology lately; it’s been spookily accurate for me, and I’m ready for some change! Healing thoughts to you. xox

  5. Outstanding…… Words written by u r always based on truth n reality…. Your first lines about black r very nice n heart touching n I would like to say about black n white colours that Khana Kaba ( where Muslims go for pilgrimage n worship) covered in black cloth looks supreme, inspiring and heart touching while Kafan (after death Muslims are covered with white cloth n then buried) in white still looks horrible……….n the pics of flowers r really heart touching n it seems all world’s colours, reality n beauty have seen captured in one click:)

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