Riding On Turtles
Driving Joan to church this morning at 7:00 AM, there wasn't much traffic on Easton Avenue or JFK Boulevard. Perfect time to cross the road . . . especially for a turtle.
I didn't even see it as I drove to church. But on the way back, it caught my eye. There it was, in the middle of the road, waiting patiently before proceeding.
Recently, having seen the movie The Golden Compass (where people have a "daemon," an animal as spiritual guide and companion), Joan and I were talking about what sort of animals we might have as daemons. She said a rabbit. I immediately said a turtle.
I've always liked turtles. With their slow gait, their ornate shells, and their dinosaurian skin and claws, I've been fascinated by these reptiles.
In a way, turtles seem to me to be distant cousins of dragons. Maybe turtles are their descendants?
Over at Dick Richards new blog, Riding On Dragons, Dick quotes poet Robert Bly:
~ "In ancient times, in the “time of inspiration,” the poet flew from one world to another, “riding on dragons,” as the Chinese said."
How about the lowly turtle?
According to feng shui, it's good to have a metal or stone turtle in your home. Turtles represent long life and good fortune. According to this site, a black metal turtle will bring good career fortune.
I think it's time I got one.
Posted by Terrence Seamon, April 26, 2009
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