There’s a lot (a lot!) of pressure on the gazing bowl this year.
Unlike tea leaves, the assorted bits of foliage in the gazing bowl confer no psychic abilities upon the reader — well, not this one, anyway.
Handy as that would be. Especially this year.
While the future remains stubbornly hidden, time spent peering into its depths does unveil some ephemeral truths.
Pondering the ever-changing patterns gives me a different way to see the world, if only for a few moments.
This year, I’ve been finding in it metaphors for history and ideologies — one layer affecting another —murkiness in the complexity —shadows and light — one thing reflecting another.
But then, the bowl (and everything else) depends upon Nature — and I hope we all remember that in the coming hours, days, months and years, and steer our history and ideology to reflect that truth.
Geordie, who seems to think that my prognostication receptacle is actually his water bowl, has lately been hinting that the murkiness I am seeing in it is less metaphorical, and more a question of diminished drinkability.
Begging his indulgence, I think I’ll leave it for one more day and then tip it out and fill it with clean, fresh water.
- Reading the Leaves (2018)
- Reading the Leaves. Again. (2019)
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9 thoughts on “The Gazing Bowl”
What a cool concept – the Gazing Bowl! A lot of different reflections and collections!!! Love it!
On Mon, Nov 2, 2020 at 3:42 PM The Urban Nature Enthusiast wrote:
> The Urban Nature Enthusiast posted: ” There’s a lot (a lot!) of pressure > on the gazing bowl this year. Unlike tea leaves, the assorted bits of > foliage in the gazing bowl confer no psychic abilities upon the reader — > well, not this one, anyway. Handy as that would be. Especially ” >
What a wonderful post. It speaks to me on many levels. Fun, wise and profound about contemplating our time and our needs in the future. The photos of course are beautiful.
Beautiful, love the Geordie touch
HELLO JUNE, YOUR BLENDING OF NATURES GIFTS ARE SO LOVELY, THANK YOU!
GEORDIE, LOOKS A BIT CONCERNED ABOUT YOU WITH HIS LOVELY EYE EXPRESSION! I LIKE THE CARPET OF LEAVES HE IS SITTING ON, PATIENTLY AWAITING YOUR INDULGENCE!
THANK YOU FOR INTRODUCING ME TO THE GAZING BOWL. MORE REVEALING THAN A CRYSTAL BALL?! LYNN T. >
Thank you, June, for so much serenity and joy you have shared over the years. Like an oasis in the desert, at times.
Oh, and the adorable Geordie!
Lovely idea. I just don’t know if I have a bowl large enough to collect interesting leaves. One that would stand up to the cool weather in the NNW.
you have such a lovely way of expressing the world…thank you!
Both Geordie and his bowl are beautiful.
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