Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’m sharing my thoughts and reflections on a lexicon (vocabulary specific to a certain subject) of unusual, obscure, or simply charming-to-me words. Ludic is defined as “playful, in an aimless way” and that’s my plan for approaching this challenge – keeping my feet on the joy trail and meandering wherever the daily word takes me.
L is for…
lapidarian – of, like or pertaining to stones; inscribed on stones
Our house is filled with stones. I’ve been a collector since I was a child. It’s safe to say I have an ongoing love affair with my stone friends. I have Rose Quartz in every room, I adore holey stones, and heart-shaped stones seem to find their way to me. I love garden pebbles and gemstones and everything in between. And it’s true I call them friends. I know stones to be vibrational beings with lots of wisdom to share with us, and so I invite them in like honored guests. I don’t think of them as tools, or things to be “programmed” or needing “clearing.” They aren’t here to do my bidding, anymore than I’m here to do anyone else’s bidding. But they are wise teachers and kind friends.
Here are a couple of stones I affectionately call scribe stones.
The one on the left is primarily Quartz in Feldspar, and has squiggles in it in spots that very much resemble writing. Little secret messages. The stone on the right is widely known as Chinese Writing Rock as sometimes the inclusions look very similar to Chinese script characters. It is a form of Basalt Porphyry with feldspar inclusions.
Last week one of the daily poems sent out by poets.org was Arthur Sze’s Rock Paper Scissors. You can find the poem here if you’d like to read it, but these couple of lines have been rolling around in my mind quite a bit these past days:
I suppose I’ve been thinking primarily in terms of our collective dance with the Covid virus, but I also think it’s a good metaphor for the spiraling cyclical nature of all things.
A couple of years ago I became fascinated by the Rock Paper Scissors game. It was when it was reported that Christie’s auction house won the right to sel off a 20 million dollar collection of art based on winning a rock-paper-scissors competition with Sotherby’s. Somehow I found that absolutely delightful, and I imagined how different the world would be like if we could settle differences in such a civilized and playful way. I was surprised to find the first reference to the game was in the Chinese Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD).
Because I am one who enjoys touchstones, who enjoys physical representations of what is beautiful for me, I love using bowls as blessing containers. Sometimes I’m inspired to write some of the blessings I’m most grateful for on little slips of paper, fold them and stick them in a bowl on my altar. When I see them it makes me smile. When I walk by they move a bit in the breeze and I think of it as activating a thank you that reaches out into the ethers. Sometimes I burn incense and waft it through the slips for the same purpose. Sometimes I simply breathe on them. It’s all the same. It’s all done in gratitude. It’s all done in joy.
The above is a photo of a paper bowl I made years ago that I like to use as a blessing bowl. By now it feels so full of joy energy it literally vibrates. I love this shot of it sitting on one of the staircase posts in my house. I often use these posts as little mini altars and love walking by them countless times during the day as I walk up and down the stairs.
So you can see I’m a lover of stones in all their varied forms. What about you? Are you a collector? Have a particular type you especially like? Ever play Rock Paper Scissors to make decisions? Do tell – you know I love to hear.