There’s a space between the world we know, and the otherworlds of Gods, ancestors and myths, and this space is as thin as a slender golden thread. Filled with boundless light and endless tales, it shimmers in between our thoughts, in between the edges of our sight, between our breaths and between sleep and wakefulness. Spun by the gnarled fingers of ancient powers, this golden thread is a source of endless creativity, weaving new stories and dreams into being, from its dark core. Sometimes it’s creations burst forth like liquid gold, dazzling the whole world with their beauty. Bewitching all who watch the fiery water dance impossible shapes into our world. Sometimes dreams do come true…..
The lochs and lakes of Celtic Britain are ruled by the goddesses of water, daughters of the sea God Manananan. Holding the power of life and death, and creation and destruction within their waters, they give and receive treasures of the soul. As gateways between the worlds they can be places of danger, and places of blessing. Water monsters abound, guarding the waters and their spirits, and sometimes they burst forth startling all who see. Kelpies and each-uisge (water horses) have been doing battle with Celtic Saints since St Columba fought the beast within Loch Ness, back in the 6th Century, but many have received gifts and blessings from the water creatures. King Arthur received the legendary sword Caliburn (it means hard cleft in Brythonic, and is translated as Excalibur in English) from a Celtic lake Goddess……so who knows what magical gifts might tumble into your hands, or into you mind as you stand at the edge of water at the liminal times of day. When the veil between the worlds is thin all sorts of golden magic can bursts forth, and to see it you just need to be present with your eyes and ears properly open…..
For the fact lovers, this was taken on Sunday around 3pm at Threipsmuir Reservoir, in the Pentland Hills high above Edinburgh. There wasn’t a breath of air and the water lay mirror like offering perfect reflections of the sky. When my husband threw a stone into the loch for the dogs I saw the splash was perfectly reflected, and so of course he had to throw more for me….while trying to keep the dogs out of the shot…..there are more to follow with dogs included! The light and colours are just as they came out of the camera…..beautiful liquid gold. The gift of natures magic right before our eyes left me smiling for hours.