“When that time comes, I try to be alone and silent for several hours; I need a lot of time to rid my mind of the noise outside and to cleanse my memory of life’s confusion. I light candles to summon the muses and guardian spirits. I place flowers on my desk to imitidate tedium and the complete works of Pablo Neruda beneath the computer with the hope they will inspire me by osmosis. If computers can be infected with a virus there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be refreshed by a breath of poetry. In a secret ceremony I prepare my mind and soul to receive the first sentence in a trance, so the door may open slightly and allow me to peer through and perceive the hazy outlines of the story waiting for me.”
The Twelfth Night is the night when the portals open and travellers can enter Lemuria with le Enchanteur.
In ancient times Kings and Queens, statesmen and commoners alike came to the Muses bearing valuable gifts. The Athenian Treasury House in Delphi is a testimony to the esteem with which the Oracle and the other inhabitants were held. The inscription which appeared on the Athenian Treasury said “The Athenians give to Apollo the firstlings of the booty taken from the Medes in the Battle of Marathon.”
Enchanteur’s cauldron is a place to leave an offering for the Muse.
Before departing, on the this Twelfth Night travellers are asked to follow Enchanteur’s lead and leave an offering for the Muse who watches over us all. This may be a hymn, a verse, a talisman or whatever you deem suitable.
Once you have made your offering find that portal and come on down!
Travel Safely! May your guides protect you!
Heather Blakey – January 5th 2008