Letter from Cressida Pryor
March 21, 2015
A few thoughts this Equinox,
As I sit in the sunny warmth from the South facing windows here in the tapestry room at Huntington I am reminded of the vibrant history within these thick granite walls. A portrait of my grand mother, Olivia's mother, looks down and I am within earshot of two little boy's foot percussion as they excitedly career along the corridors; all this and a potential wedding party are shown around the grounds. This is all a reminder of 'life going on' as we are surrounded by those who have passed on, those who are very much here and those yet to come.
I am sitting drawing breath before the festival which will emerge in three hours time. A time of sacred gathering to nourish and strengthen our spirits for the work we will do in the world.
We will be planting a single birch tree in memory of Olivia. A tree native of Ireland; one of the first to emerge in the land's natural drive to form forest, clearing and nourishing the ground for the oaks to come. We had hoped to plant a grove of eight oaks at this festival too but their supply was delayed so we will stay with the single birch this afternoon.
Yesterday's eclipse was a reminder too of how easy it is to feel overshadowed by events. At the appointed time Pamela and I drove to a nearby high spot, parked up and to our howls of protest watched thick cloud obscure the sun. We felt excluded from the 'main event'.
Then the cloud thinned enough for us to see the sun's thin crescent from behind the moon's form. The cloud was a bonus! We could look without damaging our eyes...and saw the shift of lit crescent move from one side to the other as the planetary bodies danced for our pleasure and amazement.
So too will our fortunes shift for all our mutual benefit; I hope for peace and reconciliation within the FOI's split factions but if this is not possible then perhaps an 'amicable divorce' is possible. A recognition of our differences within a spirit of mutual respect.
With the blessings of Isis of a thousand names,
FOI Letters & Correspondence
(Our gratitude to Cressida for sending this letter.)
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