Floralia/Runic half-month of Lagu commences
Representing the flowing and mutable — yet irresistably powerful and necessary — forces of water, Lagu symbolizes the life-force inherent in all matter and in the organic growth and waxing power of this time of year.
— The Pagan Book Of Days, Nigel Pennick
4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. 5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. 6 The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.” 7 Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 So they asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?” 9 He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” 10 This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.) 11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?” 12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.” 13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. 14 Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.” 15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm.
— Jonah 1:4-15 (KJV)
“When there remained a little distance to traverse, there suddenly arose a roaring black devil of a rain-cloud with lightning tongue, and a wild hurricane began to blow. The ship at one moment went up, at the next sank down, as though showing how the rich alternately rise and fall, and the next instant it split and broke up. The merchant who owned it fell into the sea, but floated along upon a plank, and at length lighted up on another vessel. As Sakti-deva fell out, a great fish opened its mouth and throat and swallowed him down without hurting any of his limbs.As it was wandering at will through the sea, as fate would have it, the fish came near Utshthala [the island Sakti-deva had been seeking], and was caught by some searvants of the fisher-king Stya-vrata. They dragged it away in delight to their king, and he out of curiosity made his servants cut it open, and then Sakti-deva came forth alive from its belly.
— excerpt from the Sakti-deva story, as told in The Golden Town by Lionel David Barnett
Sonnets to Orpheus II, 29 — Rilke
Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,
what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.
In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.
And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.
Part Four: Time and Eternity, CXXXIII — Emily Dickinson
Water is taught by thirst;
Land, by the oceans passed;
Transport, by throe;
Peace, by its battles told;
Love, by memorial mould;
Birds, by the snow.
We might have to medicate you — Hafiz
Resist your temptation to lie
By speaking of separation from God,
We might have to medicate
In the ocean
A lot goes on beneath your eyes.
They have clinics there too
For the insane
Who persist in saying things like:
“I am independent from the
God is not always around