Ostia Antiqua

by on Apr.11, 2009, under Uncategorized


I have come to Rome during the massive influx of Belgians. Apparently every year Belgian students take a trip to Italy, and there were scads of them all over the place this past week. As I was visiting the ruins of Old Ostia, the ancient Roman seaport, I found myself surrounded by red scarf wearing Belgian kids. One group decided to sing their school song, which somehow got lodged in my head. I took out my ipod to replace it with something else, and the most appropriate song came up.

The Shins – Young Pilgrims

…I watch the ice melt on the glass
While the eloquent young pilgrims pass
And leave behind their trail
Imploring us not to fail…

There was a lot of odd energy at this place. In one corner of the ruins (which were quite extensive, basically the whole city was intact) I found a small shack up on a hill. On top was a raven. As I approached, the raven launched itself from the shack and flew past. It felt very significant.


Finally, this shot had nothing to do with the ruins except that it was taken there, but I’m quite proud of how it came out.

2 comments for this entry:

  • C R Morrison

    Here’s what the Animal Shamanism page says about Ravens:
    Raven’s Wisdom Includes:

    Rebirth without fear
    Ability to tear down what needs to be rebuilt
    Ability to find light in darkness
    Courage of self-reflection
    Comfort with self
    Honoring ancestors
    Connection to the Crone
    Change in consciousness
    New occurrences

    So, do any of these sound relevant as a message?

    Also — love the wheat field picture!

  • dag

    Thanks Mom!

    Wow – yeah, that’s a lot of what is occurring for me I think – especially the renewal, change in consciousness, self-reflection, and of course new occurrences.

    When it happened the raven seemed like a spirit or deity of the place, greeting me and in some way blessing or acknowledging my visit. And some ideas harder to express in words.

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