Archive for July, 2020

After an exhilarating time with the theatre troupe in the land of the Sweet Twilight a group of us have decided to stay from dusk to dawn and spend 78 days becoming very familiar with the people in this world. We are united!  In a blissful ceremony we celebrate our loving friendship and commit to supporting one another, to being open to the bliss of life, far removed from earthly concerns.

I found myself in Twilight Land. How I ever got there I cannot
tell, but there I was in Twilight Land.

When word reaches us that Rory, the Queen of Sceptres has decided to join us we make haste, drawn by her charisma and power to infuse us with fresh life. She is a seductive, powerful muse and we are overjoyed by her impending arrival. Given that the Twilight theatre troop, upon seeing signs of a new dawn rising, are making their way towards the dawn, it is clearly time to bid our farewells. There are many obstacles for them to encounter as they head towards the dawn but having done it before they are philosophic. It is their destiny to strive to meet the new dawn.

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). In some ways gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.

Our cups are brimming over. We have basked in the light hearted camaraderie on stage. Our time at the fair  in the Land of Sweet Twilight has been a sheer joy. We drink to the friendships forged, the wonder of nostalgic memories, to remembering playing theatre with our childhood friends. The Hierophant watches us and he presents a final performance. As he introduces a small child to a cat and points to fish that fly he reminds us all of just how fascinating, how diverse our world is. It feels like I am a child again and I drink in the moment – a reprieve from the real world.

Death is one of the most feared cards in a Tarot Deck, and it is very misunderstood. Many people avoid mentioning this card because it has that much power. Most times, people take the name of the card literally. However, the real meaning within the Death card is one of the most positive in the whole deck.

The Death card signals that one major phase in your life is ending, and a new one is going to start. You just need to close one door, so the new one will open. The past needs to be placed behind you, so you can focus your energy on what is ahead of you.

We linger with the troupe of performers in the Land of Sweet Twilight, acting out something akin to charades. I perform a Death ritual that speaks of descending into the underworld to regenerate and transform while one of the actors, surrounded by knives, depicts what we loudly applaud. Given the troubles that surround everyone on planet earth at the moment she demonstrates the best course of action – she has found a peaceful spot to lie and wait out the storm.

As she danced her arms floated lightly on the air, her hands and fingers undulating expressively, her feet gliding surely and nimbly.

After Violet gave so generously a dancer appeared for our encore. We watched in awe as this dance quite literally took on a life of its own. The dancers body turned in a parabolic, swirling, almost stately, rhythmic motion. She has become something entirely free – it is poetic. She is creating with everything she has.

Small band of performers like the troupe we just watched performed have historically travelled from place to place to entertain audiences from all walks of life. These nomadic groups toured countries and regions to tell stories and jests, play music or perform acrobatic acts. Festivals emerged wherever they went. A team gift from Violet brings energy to the group and it is the perfect way to give thanks for their hard work.

Violet is a sensual woman who was never going to be left behind on the Galleon when she could disembark and join us on the Land of Sweet Twilight. Violet has always believed that we need to embrace those things that make us happy. She has no problem ignoring the naysayers and embracing joy. Indeed, she has never concerned herself with the opinion of others and is often heard to say she only takes notice of those whose opinions she values. I envy her self assurance and self-sufficiency. As she joins us she discreetly passes one of her jewels to the actress who, along with the troupe is suitably impressed with this gift.