(….well technically the whole month is one big Sunday Gnomedays post. But still.)
Thinking about Story (Tales, the theme, that is) in terms of what we tell ourselves about a thing, or a space, etc. Which brought to mind this quote from “Mori Girls, Children of the Forest” (an article in “The Faerie Handbook”):
“The Mori Girl may in truth actually live in the middle of a busy city, and never have a chance to visit the countryside….. If however, in her deepest heart of hearts, the above descriptions [the idea of the forest lifestyle] sound like what she truly wants to be, then she is indeed a Mori Girl. And perhaps so are you.”
(Information on Mori Kei style here. Mori Kei being the more gender-neutral term, adopted in 2012!)
All of that to say, that got me thinking of imagery as a kind of spellcasting, again. What do we tell ourselves about what a thing means, or represents? What hope does that give us? What Story do we keep telling over and over and over, in the use of – or approach to – something, with that in mind?
That is energy. That is magic. For good, or for ill.
So, a Gnome of the city folk of “Tock the Gnome,” who would very likely never have set foot on the surface, forest or otherwise. And an acorn, and the idea of what that might mean, and hold.
…..Which leads me to “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, but this has already gotten quite diatribey (affectionate) so I am gonna stop there.
More on the Gnomes of “Tock the Gnome” here 🍄💕
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