Dear Don: Jonah…

hardwick (35)Dear Don,

Well, Jonah is an interesting story in its own right, and ties in with the whole ‘devouring beast’ affair. Devoured or eaten… either way, an interesting consummation, you might say. Especially when you bring the star-beasts into play.

The animal connections seem to run through all our myths and stories, don’t they? I just looked through a load of images of the stained glass bible at Addington and it is surprising just how frequently beasts feature… and each of them a symbolic story in themselves that we immediately interpret and understand.

14 sept 377I was actually looking for the Jonah window we had seen. My usual method for the Buckinghamshire windows was fool proof… there is a site that lists every one by subject and location so all that needs to be done to locate a picture in my files is nip over there. Trouble is, they’ve taken the site down, so I am relying on memory until I can get in and catalogue every picture… if that ever happens! Can you imagine a more Herculean task and how much time that would take?

14 sept 414Have you noticed that the whole ‘time’ thing seems to be cropping up a lot lately? Time, death, rebirth… the spiralling patterns at the portals of life. Something or other is hovering on the brink of realisation there…

14 sept 423You could look at the devouring beast as a symbol of the incarnation of the soul, you know; the higher being passing through the belly of the beast and being transformed by the organic life process into the fuel of Life itself. That isn’t phrased at all right, the idea is nascent… but there is a possibility there.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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