Monday is the day of silence, day of the whole white mung bean, which is sacred to the moon.
~ Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Mistress of Spices
Did you know that the ancients (which ancients? I’m not sure) considered three Mondays of the year to be unlucky? The first Monday in April was one of them. (The second Monday in August and the last in December are the other two.)
I have to disagree with the ancients. I’ve found this first Monday in April to be quite an auspicious day. I had a lovely walk early this afternoon, and I was fortunate enough to share a little of my day with a beautiful red fox.
The first of April, some do say
Is set apart for All Fools Day
But why the people call it so
Not I, nor they themselves do know.
I’m afraid my photos of the fox are not all that great. S/he was moving almost constantly and there is some truth to the phrase “quick as a fox.” The Celts, in case you’re interested, believed the fox to be a guide, and they honored it for its wisdom. Some Native American tribes also saw the fox as representing wisdom and as a messenger, but other tribes believed it was a trickster.
What about Monday? That could be our one day we look at things the same way, and wear funny shoes.
~ Kevin Dalton
I like that idea. Especially the part about wearing funny shoes.
The muskrat was out and about, swimming around near the back of the pond.
The muskrat is known for its adaptability, its ability to reuse what others discard, and it is said to represent the ability to swim through emotional waters in order to return home. I like that idea, of returning home, because home has become a subject I’ve been pondering a lot lately. Home and sense of place.
And finally, the duck is the spirit helper of mystics and seekers, providing water energy that helps one see clearly through emotions.
Today’s walk was a little like a stroll through the Medicine Cards.
Or maybe it was just another walk on just another Monday.
Thank you so much for joining me for a Monday meander around the pond. I think we might have a good sunset tonight. There seem to be enough clouds to create some dramatic color without blocking everything out. Let’s meet on the deck (sunset is scheduled for 7:50 pm) in our funny shoes, and try to look at things the same way. Just for today.
Have a delightful day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time. 🙂