Monday, April 14, 2008

Mithraic Reya



So far, spring has been uncharacteristically gloomy. Even during chilly springs in DC, I expect lots of sunshine, but not this year. Based on how much more energetic I feel just by virtue of having to squint because of the light, I understand fully why it was so hard to live in Oregon when I did, way back when. I know there are those who feel soothed and happy under grey skies, but I'm not one of them.

It's handy to know that cloudy weather creates a sluggish, cloudy Reya. Also good to know that if and when the sunshine reappears, I'm likely to feel a surge of energy. The weather predicts me, as always. And, too, I worship Brother Sol, I really do.

Today the bright ball of fire and light, aka the sun, is shining at full mid-spring strength. The air is sparkling, birds are chirping and Jake is giving me a mournful look that means, "Let's get out into this dazzling day!" He's right of course, and so, I'm off.

15 comments:

dennis said...

Dennis is feeling better now that the sun is shining too! After winter and some gloomy rainy springtime, Dennis needs help from the sun!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

the title of your post today had me hitting dictionary.com!! thanks for the word for the day.

hope the sun shines during the day for you and april showers come at night....just like in camelot!

Barbara said...

What an interesting perspective on a tulip. Yes to SUN!

Reya Mellicker said...

I think tulips look good from many angles. Not so for iris. They're beautiful but hard to capture in digital 2-d, at least for me. Tulips are very photogenic, though.

Mithraic bro Dennis!! Let's go catch some rays together sometime.

Reya Mellicker said...

Kim - Modern day religions don't really work for me, even the alternatives, like wicca and post-modern shamanism. I'm always charmed by the old religions. Even old Christianity and old Judaism were really cool. Rumi era Islam was awesome!

Something very bad happened in the middle ages, damaging all religions in unfortunate ways. Maybe it was the mini ice-age. Or the plague? Something happened.

Reya Mellicker said...

I'm talking western religions, not Buddhism in all its forms or Hinduism or all the other religions practiced around the globe I don't know about.

Steve said...

Mithraic -- I had to look it up, too!

The tulip shot is exquisite. So perfectly balanced.

Reya Mellicker said...

Thank you Steve!

deborah said...

it's been gloomy here too--when Tovah visited we only had three days of sunshine over two weeks, but today the sun is shining

Hooray!

Energy and Warmth to you Dear Writer/Photographer and all good things.

Washington Cube said...

I shot my red tulips from that angle the other day thinking "How long will they last in this changeable weather. One good puff of wind and down."

Lynne said...

LOVE that first pic! Two sides of a wall; one in shadow, the other in light. wow.

I must admit to liking grey days, but even for me it's been a bit too dreary over the past couple of months. I don't mind it being grey if it's doing something (rain, snow, etc), but just grey is tedious.

We too are seeing more sun over the past week here in NJ and everything is popping out. I can look out my window to a sunny, deliciously yellow forsythia hedge! Finally.

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

After irritatingly balmy 80s in San Francisco, now it's 50s -- which sounds perfect to me -- but windy and crisp. There is no such thing as an ideal climate anywhere I guess except maybe Iceland.

Reya Mellicker said...

Iceland is a place I would love to visit, but the fact that the sun is never high in the sky would really unnerve me. I'm a temperate zone, mid latitudes kind of gal.

Thanks, Lynn. The first picture is one of those yin/yang junctures of one row house with another. The only way you know where one house ends and the next begins is that they're painted different colors. It was the same light shining through the same tree, on different colored houses. Love yin/yang house juncture!

Cube: When your tulips fall, what kinds of messages will spill out? Hope they're all good news, every one of them!

d. chedwick bryant said...

Sunshine is amazing. Those days in winter when there is a foot of snow on the ground and it's bitter cold, (not windy) and the sun is burning bright? I love those days! It can be sooo cold and yet the sun is working, melting snow off of mailboxes and rooftops, and you wonder how the snow could melt on such a freezing day--that's the power of the rays !

Reya Mellicker said...

And it's so bright on those days, too. Makes my eyes hurt to remember looking at sunlight reflected off snow.