December 27, 2009
Christmas Eve at our house … friends have arrived, we’ve had a vegetarian roast dinner produced by yours truly, we’ve talked about the past year, visioned what we want for 2010, and now we are into opening presents.
It’s not long before we can identify the themes. My wife has three boxes of goodies for her pink kitchen – sponges, washing-up gloves, bin bags – all pink. Mine revolves around dragons and stars.
Here is a magnificent red Chinese dragon bedecked with sparkly gold flecks. It has a strong commanding presence. You might notice (if you have razor keen eyes) that it sits on a red and gold silk brocade that depicts a Tibetan dragon.
There is something compelling about being around dragons. You have access to a magical reality that’s quite stunning in its enduring breadth of possibilities.
Dragons do not mince words. They enquire as to what you are going to do next, nudge you in the right direction, and then tell you to get on with it. I love being a dragon.
Besides my dragon candles and dragon amulet, I also receive some delightful gifts that have a star connection. There are adhesive star gels that can be affixed to windows and mirrors, but what really attracts my attention is the ability to register a star with a name of my choosing.
“Name A Star” is a product from Gift Republic. You are given the co-ordinates of your star (good luck in finding it with your telescope) and told that the name you give it will be submitted to the British Library. Of course you also learn that the name will not necessarily be recognised by any official scientific or astronomical organisations, or astronomers. Ah well … it’s the thought that counts.
What’s that you ask? What name did I give “my star”? Well, it had to be The Santari, of course. Maybe I’ll visit it someday – on the back of my dragon.