Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with creating a manifesto reflecting wonders, curiosities, and delights currently captivating me – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply charming-to-me words.
C is for…
coruscant – (adj) sparkling, gleaming; aglitter.
This beauty of a word is from the 15th century, and I’m more than happy to bandy it about.
I love sparkle and think our world is filled with it. For the most part though I’m not particularly drawn to over-the-top displays of glitter. More is not actually better in that department for me. I prefer the more subtle display that is just as coruscant, but is something that requires you to be present and paying attention. The sparkle is like a little cosmic reward – an unexpected treasure, and a true heart gift that delights.
Lord Byron wrote,
“Years steal fire from the mind as vigor from the limb; and life’s enchanted cup but sparkles near the brim.”
Frankly I think that’s a rather pessimistic view of things, and I whole-heartedly believe that “life’s enchanted cup” sparkles throughout. Furthermore, I think we need be careful how we hold and speak of things as it tends to solidify our position, often not in a helpful way. The true delight of sparkle for me is that it entirely depends on your perspective – a bit of light catches it this way, and then shifts and it’s gone. It’s such a vibrant invitation into staying open to flow, staying open to looking, staying open to letting your delight be captured.
This winter I re-ignited my love affair with mica and all its coruscant magic. I think it began when I purchased this magical body oil from Herbivore, scented with rose and jasmine oils and shimmering with tiny bits of mica.
I’ve often used mica flakes and sheets in my art, and I always have a stone or two that contains mica out somewhere where I can pick it and allow myself to be mesmerized a bit. I’m particularly fond of aventurine, and at the start of every Spring I put out a favorite piece of rubellite-included lavender-colored lepidolite whose mica sparkles seem like the perfect harbingers of the magic that Spring unfolds.
In Chinese medicine, mica is known as a sacred mirror, and I love contemplating this. Self-reflexivity and the ability to see ourselves as multi-faceted are important to me, and mica is a great ally in this.
But all things that sparkle, all that hold coruscant properties are invitations. To remember that we can all hold and transmit light; that we can always alter our position so that we receive those flashes of light from others; that there truly is beauty all around us, we simply need to pay attention.
Here’s what I know for sure: the world is filled with coruscant treasures that invite us into deeper awareness. All around us there is always magic and nuance, the bold and the only hinted at, all waiting to be recognized if we have the eyes to see.
What’s glittering for you these days? What are you reflecting on? Do you think of Coruscant (alas, pronounced a bit differently) as a planet in the Star Wars universe? Do tell – you know I love to hear.