On Wednesday, I wrote a poem based on the name given me during my Reflections initiation this last weekend.
Out of your womb,
Flow the waters of life;
Out of your eyes,
Flow the waters of our souls;
Out of your heart,
Flow the waters of love.
Teach us how to pour
Forth your compassion
To each other and our ailing world.
I will catch your love and
healing in my arms, in my heart.
And I will share it with
the dry, parched world.
I am RainCatcher.
The poem touched off the beginnings of an image that I am supposed to paint/draw, but I only saw the borders — abstracted ocean waves and river flows.
Yesterday, as I was walking back from lunch, it began to rain — droplets of water hitting my head and face. Yes, this is to be in the image as well — rain drops emanating from the center. But I still don’t see the center. I do some online reading about the Feri guardians, particularly Water Maker.
In Haitian Vodun, Simbi (also Sim’bi) is a large and diverse family of serpent Loa (Vodoun spirit) from the West Central Africa / Kongo region. Some prominent Simbi Loa include Simbi Dlo (also Simbi d’l'eau – Simbi of the Water), Simbi Makaya, Simbi Andezo (Simbi of Two Waters), and Gran Simba. Traditionally in their Kongo context they are all associated with water…
Milo Rigaud (City Lights, NY; c1969; “Secrets of Voodoo”) speaks of Simbi as the Vodou Mercury, the messenger of Legba (the Sun). In this aspect Simbi is the bearer of souls to all places, and the creative principle.
As I am reading this, I see the next layer in — a blue water serpent/dragon ouroboros that is spinning and sending off drops of rain from its skin in a whirlpool/spiral motion.
Yes. Yes! But what is in the center? I don’t know until I daydream and loosely word and image associate.
So, being at work, I go back online and do an image search for “spiral galaxy.”
With a quick intake of breath and recognition, I know. Yes. Yes! That is in the center. I sit and stare beyond the wall, slackjawed at the beauty of the full, moving, breathing picture. Oh! But I want to show it to you.
Now I have the vision, but it is blurry. I cannot see the details. Those will come with the actual drawing, as pencil interacts with canvas and paper.
But I am so excited.