Wednesday, October 31, 2018

SAMHAIN



Nicholas Roerich



In between autumn equinox and winter solstice, a doorway opens to the "otherworld."

It is a time when, sitting around a roaring hearth, family and friends exchange stories and reminiscences about those who have passed to that other-worldly place.

And maybe, just maybe, the spirits of those dearly departed will manifest and join the celebration.


From Folie a Deux:

Halloween was originally a three-day Celtic festival, commencing with All Hallows on the eve of November, which signifies the autumn transition between light and dark, day and night, life and death, and commences the Celtic New Year.

It was (still is, for some) a time to celebrate the dead, remember them, respect them, and hold close (for at least one evening) all that links you, the sum of your ancestors, to those who delivered you.

On All Hallows Eve, Celts (and pagans) tell stories of those no longer among us, be they relatives, friends or pets, and celebrate their spirits by bringing out heirlooms and talismans handed down through generations.








Saturday, October 20, 2018

UNIO MYSTICO





The early morning sun intensifies Yosemite's natural beauty.


The Majestic's Dining Room


The Great Room




Friday, October 19, 2018

YOSEMITE: CLEAN AIR







Stillness, quiet, majesty.




Yosemite, along with the Monterey Peninsula, is known for having the cleanest, purest air in the continental USA.

You can go a few weeks without food, a few days without water, but only a few minutes without oxygen.






MAJESTIC, YOSEMITE: ROOM WITH A VIEW












"The power of the solitude is great beyond understanding."

-- James Muir



And leads to the awakening of inner senses.





MAJESTIC HOTEL, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK





In keeping with COW Rituals, we had no reservation at Yosemite's premier property, which books up months in advance.

Just moseyed in.

And nailed a suite that someone cancelled thirty minutes earlier.

(The registration receptionist was astonished.)



Bar with a view


The last (and only) time I was here was when I was eight years-old.

We tented in Camp Curry, breakfast was an open-air buffet, I tried to catch a squirrel by luring it into our tent, and watched the fire-fall at nine o'clock sharp--and my grandmother got chased by a bear after taking out the garbage.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TAHOE (NORTH)

















Glad to be here.





NEVADA CITY CA





Finally, fall color.




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A swell lunch...






...and on to Truckee.





CHANDELIER CITY: SHEER MAGIC IN YOUNTVILLE






Opened just two weeks ago, Yountville RH is a masterpiece of art and design.

Its theme is chandeliers, candles and hearths.





The combination, partly set inside a 1903 stone house, is nothing less than magnificent.



The Wine Bar


There is something very magical about so much crystal and fire in one place, as if this were a theosophical place of worship for omnists.








YOUNTVILLE BY NIGHT







Hard to imagine a more charming town.