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Ostia Antiqua

by on Apr.11, 2009, under Uncategorized


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tree-through-ruins-ostia-antiqua

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.

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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
    Renewal
    Ability to find light in darkness
    Courage of self-reflection
    Introspection
    Comfort with self
    Honoring ancestors
    Connection to the Crone
    Divination
    Change in consciousness
    New occurrences
    Eloquence

    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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