Amulets, Charms & Totems

Talisman Reveries

Some places distinguish themselves,

first glance,

part curve & coastline roll,

nothing more,

still, slow

lift the veil

Rubha na Caillich

glimpse deeper,

feel texture, smooth unique forms,

practice geological crafts,

caressed ocean rise & fall

Bather

torso twist & turn,

with millennial restlessness,

some settle,

Congregations

in slumber,

life-form

aggregates,

flocks, herds, names & stories

Flocks and Herds

hover, rest, soar & plunge,

surge in your liminality,

 

flow land & sea

Cailleachs

sinuous figure,

washed & soothed,

rise paps,

taste cloud & rain

Sentinels

rest upon her

sanctuary

with gifts returned

Offerings

dive deep

 

seek

 

 

macabre collections,

 

 

offer chitin charms

share exoskeleton

amulets

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upon her flanks,

now she bares

palette pools

 

 

yellows,

browns

&

greens

 

mix & wash

Seascape

with cumulus brush

cyan coating

maritime hues

Recline

in time

we can drown,

 

draw down,

Submerge

wash & wave

Paps of Jura

escaping

solar bleached

realities

Enchantment

before

winters

first flurries

Feather Flight

with

gentle

poise

discover

new

totems

Totem


 

The distinctive point, Rubha na Caillich, is a weathered rock outcrop on the coast of the Kintyre peninsula.

To the north, the seascape soon leads to the Corryvreckan (Cauldron of The Plaid) Whirlpool,  where it has been said the Caillich washes her cloth at the end of Autumn and when cleaned becomes the white winter snow covering the land.

To the east, across the Sound of Jura, are the Paps of Jura (Beinn an Òir, Beinn Shiantaidh and Beinn a’ Chaolais)

Immediately, to the south of Rubha na Caillich, is Dun Cragach, where a small community dwelt beside the Caillich figure about 2000 years ago.  I am sure they would have recognised the distinctive form next to them and would in some way have incorporated her presence into their ceremonies and stories of the landscape they inhabited together.

They would have also interacted with the other birds and animals of the landscape, with perhaps different perspectives from today : how they understood, otter (or diving sea birds), who brought sea urchin and crab to eat on her flanks, leaving exoskeleton amulets, would be fascinating to explore further.

Travel south a further kilometer and you reach Carraig nam Bodach but that is another journey together.

 

 

 

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