I’m back from Southern California, both physically and mentally, ready to start posting again.
What I like best about the juggler, though, is the fact that he necessarily symbolizes both the beginning and end of the circle, the point where things come back to where they started, but continue on in a way that is both the same and different. The never-ending moebius strip of an infinity sign over the classic Tarot magician’s head.
As T. S. Eliot said in Little Gidding,
“What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make and end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from. …
… We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
I think this way of thinking really epitomizes my need for working in cycles. Each time I come back to perfumes long finished, perfumes in progress, or to my blog, I start over again, knowing each of those things for the first time.
[Fire Jugglers and Tarot card images from Wikimedia]