Magus

24 Dec

Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh – the three treasures brought to Bethlehem by the wise men of old, The Magi, to the crib of the baby Jesus.

Magus actually means ‘magician’ or alchemist, a person who transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.

I give you my own example of a Magus – seen here chatting up the talent and bringing joy and good tidings – my Dad schmoozing Clare, my bride on our wedding day. The dog!

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My father’s charm was pure gold – especially with women. He was always first on an invitation list, because he was such a fun person to have around. He loved Christmas and particularly liked to entertain his family with his wife Mollie, my step mum on the day. Here they are performing Irving Berlin’s ‘We’re a couple of swells’ as Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire.

Couple of Swells

Frankincense is an aromatic resin derived from the tree, Boswellia serrata found in North East Africa.

The costly scent of Kings and Queens: Nero’s widow burnt more Frankincense than the entire year’s production of Arabia at his funeral and The Queen of Sheba brought it as a gift to King Solomon.

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Memory is evoked by scent because it is a distillation – like truth. It is essence.

The truth of the matter is that my dad was very easy on the eye and mind – here he is in 1947 on a camping trip to Betws y Coed.

Sawdust evokes the memory of his smile for me – especially the scent of sawn walnut or ash from which this set of library steps is made.

‘Solstice’.

the longest night
is but a shy tilt
of Gaia’s Head – her Solstice Song

HL

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The solstice is that quiet celestial cusp – representing the moment when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is pointing furthest from the sun (winter and the longest night) or nearest (midsummer and the longest day). A moment of breathless anticipation and contemplation of when the good memory of summer returns.

Myrrh

A tree based gum derived from a spiny shrub – Commiphora myrrh and rather like Frankincense, but with an altogether different scent has long been used as a healing substance, having antibiotic properties.

Seen here with his grand daughter Polly and great grandson, Joseph, Dad was indeed the bringer of mirth – that greatest of alchemical healing emollients.

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Magi

Three Magi – Melchior (Persia), Gaspar (India) and Balthazar (Babylon)  travelled all the way from Parthia in the East to bring their treasures to a stable in Bethlehem at the epiphany, but our wise man brought all three within his person, all the way from Huddersfield.

Merry Christmas to the memory of David Stuart Littlewood who passed away 25th December 2017, leaving all his treasures with us.

Merry Christmas

H

 

2 Responses to “Magus”

  1. Adrian December 26, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

    Great words, Henk. Merry Christmas to you and Claire

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