Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Inverted Oak:

In the spring of 1998, shifting sands revealed a 4,000-year-old secret on the beach at Holme-next-the-Sea in Norfolk. Nicknamed "Seahenge", it was a circle of 55 oak posts enclosing a huge central oak stump - a tree which had been uprooted and planted upside down in the ground, its roots stretching out like fingers.


Cathy said...

They were crafty, those 'henge folk.

Dan Dutton said...

The oak was hewn with 50 some bronze axes - at a time when those were very cutting edge... (the beginning of the bronze age - lol!)

Mary Beth said...

Where the henge folk the first geneologist? We spend our every spare moment trying to entrench deep ourselves in our native soil and shine light upon our roots.

Great artworks and spiritual centers always shake me up a bit. They force me to examine, to take stock of who, what, and where I am.

Questions: If we came face to face(mind to mind? soul to soul?) with our ancestors, would our world (perception of reality) be turned upside down like Oak planted at the watery hendge? Is that water just a symbol for the unconcious mind? When the sleeper awakens and sees the sky reflected in the still waters, which way is up? Where is heaven when all that is within and without is at peace?

SBD said...

MB, you completely move me each time you write....Are the angels floating your fingers across these phrases?

Mary Beth said...

Thank you so much for the kind compliment!

Dan's work so deeply resonates with my own “spiritual quest” to know my second great-grandfather that, not unlike a sip from Pete’s magical spring, I’m healed in a manner that is quite unexplainable to the modern scientific community.

Each of us so craves to belong, to be part of something greater than ourselves. My “something” is a collective union of souls. Here on earth the closest one can get to that is being part of a family. Genealogy allows me to bridge the gap betwixt the here and there. Dan’s work feels like of blueprint of that bridge.

Dan Dutton said...

Thanks Mary Beth ~ I'm afraid that it's a blueprint that would drive a builder mad ~ (lines trailing off into mysteries, gaps, postulations....) but that's the nature of it. I'll keep at it!