I’ve been thinking about Egypt and Opals a lot lately. Enough so that I keep seeing things that remind me of them. Those little synchronicity moments that make you believe the universe is trying to tell you something keep cropping up all around me. Is Egypt in the zeitgeist? We watched Aladdin, I studied hieroglyphs and Cairo street magic, I made a work of art inspired by the pharaohs. And then I looked at Opals on Etsy. (image from Hawkhouse)I’d always wanted an opal ring as a child and thought perhaps my psyche was telling me that I still do. I told my sister Lucy and she showed me an advert on Catbird for a whole slew of opal jewelry because opals are the birth stone for October. (I had no idea) She said my taste is ahead of the curve. But this type of thing happens enough that I know I must, MUST have seen something out of the corner of my eye and my brain told me I thought of it. At that point I started thinking it might be subliminal. I’ve been watching some Derren Brown shows (he’s a famous British mentalist) for the last few days trying to figure out if there is some reason why someone wants me to think of opals and Eqypt. How odd!
Then a friend sent me some Luna Moth wings from the east coast. And low and behold…they are the exact color of opals, even the shimmery iridescence. And they have eyes that look like Cleopatra! What does it mean!?Derren Brown would say that my mind simply wants to categorize and organize everything. There is no rhyme or luck, but that I have the innate personality trait of looking for opportunity. I think that’s partly true. I definitely do believe I tend to notice things others walk past. That’s been said to me enough times. But still. Sometimes there are things that happen that just cannot be explained by chance. Like writing about a fairy ring, then having one pop up in my front garden. (unless I saw it out of the corner of my eye without realizing it.) This one is of the moon, giving the Luna Moth its name. I love that they came right after the lunar eclipse!
If nature does give us subliminal messages what are we supposed to think of that? It’s not some advertisement screaming at us. It’s the natural world. It is a seemingly free enterprise with some seasonal reason, but not any driving force making us do things. We are also a free agent within that world. If I keep seeing opal colored things..like the pumpkin I bought, the luna wings, and the raw opal I cut out of a rock that I want to make a ring out of…what is the point of that? Why do we have these urges and needs for things like color, beauty, and places? Is my own brain catching and sending me subliminal messages? Or is God, with all the need and strife and pain in the world, choosing to give me an eye for opals. The latter seems ridiculous to me if you think in a broader sense than self. But perhaps an opportunity is about to arise, and I’ll take it, and will look back at all the little things that lead me to it and know without a shadow of doubt that it was all meant to be. For now, all I know is it’s opals opals opals everywhere. And a strange irresistible urge to travel to Egypt.