Kalin Art & Spirit

Inspiration & the Element of Air

As we turn our attention to the East, on this early Spring morning, I am reminded that all the spiritual traditions pay homage at this time of year, to rebirth. Holi was celebrated by Hindus recently~ with the tossing of colored powders reminiscent of the bouquet of colors the Earth will soon bring forth. Passover was celebrated by observant Jews, which celebrates the spiritual relationship between deity and the scattered peoples of the Levant. Easter will be celebrated by Christians tomorrow in many sunrise services and people of Earth based religions continue to celebrate the Vernal Equinox and the warmer days the sunlight brings to all creatures.

At this time of year, my attention turns to the East and the Element of Air, which is literally the breath of inspiration! The Egyptian deity Thoth, was a wise and powerful being who represented the gift of writing, especially inspirational writings, to the early people of the Nile valley. He is the most iconic of the bird-headed gods of Egypt. Bird headed beings were among the first images of god-like figures of the Caucus mountain area West to Egypt. The fact that birds can soar into the heavens and return to Earth, a feat man can only do in his mind, placed them into an envied position by early peoples. The Element of Air is their native habitat, as Earth is ours. The story of Icarus symbolizes man’s dream of flight, which would free him from Earthly confines, and allow him to soar into the realms of the gods.

Symbols of the Element of Air are birds, their eggs and snakes – whose rebirth after lying dormant in the Earth is a significant and universal symbol. The mystery of a serpent’s rebirth touches something deep inside all of us at a basic level. Hidden deep in mankind’s psyche is a fear and awe of these creatures. The snake is typically featured wrapped around an egg, symbolizing the concept of eternity. The oreobos is similar symbol which features a snake eating it’s own tail. As time progresses, it seems to swallow itself, just as a stream seems to remain the same even as the flow of water continues downhill. Time continues to pass even as the eternal serpent continues to consume itself. We are left as awestruck observers.

The colors of Air are yellow and light blue….the time of day, dawn, and the feeling of Air is light and flowing. An Air exercise is to greet the dawn with stretching, and slow, deep breathing while focusing on the quiet of dawn, and the rebirth of a new day, filled with all potential.
You are the magician, the creator of your life’s drama. What will you chose to do with today’s gift of time? Chose wisely. Bright Blessings!
originally published April 3, 2010

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