sing we joyous all together
- Music is Magic -
There Are Pipers At The Gates Of Dawn - or - Dont Panic...
is the place of my song-dream, the place the music played to me...
Can we still learn from woodland spirits at the turn of the millennium?
In the old stories, whether fairy tales or myths, the woods are a magical place, full of wonder, but dark and dangerous. Though magic might be around any corner, they are not places to be taken lightly.
the city is the new forest. There are wonderful discoveries to be made;
adventures to be had; music bubbles up from underground. But remember-
the big bad wolf might be around any corner, the towering trees are made
of stone and cast long shadows, its easy to get hurt when youre
not paying attention, and if you drop breadcrumbs to help find your way
home, the pigeons are going to eat them.
Pan has given his name to that nameless dread we call panic, but also to words for bread and for thought. His syrinx is made of seven reeds - though they are weak alone, bundled together they have great strength, and have come to be a symbol for music and harmony. Reeds also stand for divine protection - Prometheus brought fire from heaven in a hollow reed, and the passion of the spirit has burned within ever since. Here, the music of the piper at the gates of dawn guides two friends on their quest, cradles a baby otter safe from harm, and later, gives everyone the blessing of being able to forget they were awed and afraid.
At this holiday time, we wish you all the Joy and Light of the season, every season in turn. Whether you are into hibernation or celebration, in your heart, as in the heart of the wheat, enjoy the fruitfulness of the past and nurture the kernel that is the promise of the future. May your Dreams be as Bright as the Northern Lights and your Hearts as Warm as Live Arctic Fur. We wish you the Brightest of New Years Safe Haven, Snug Harbour and Always the Welcome of a Loving Heart. As winter dances over the land, remember that you always have a warm, safe nest in our hearts.
At The Gates Of Dawn ©Gryphonsmith
Special thanks to Chesley Bonestal for designing those fabulous falcons on the Chrysler building.