||Mountains express our ascent, our footpath into
a new scene, a journey which can be difficult, dangerous, but in
the end, might offer a new vista or viewpoint. In conclusion, the
Mountain Series leads us to accomplishments, which allow us to focus
on new directions.
||The Forest can express growth and luxuriance,
as the verdant path at our feet and the far reaches of green richness
above. The forest can be bountiful or, in the fall and winter, bare
and silent. It can lead to a sense of revelation, of the plentiful
and the barren, or to the mystery of losing one's way and entanglement.
||The Desert explores the path of the wide-open
way. Even though the horizon seems limitless, there's a path we
can follow. We need to choose our way, avoid the mirage, seek the
truth. This can be a pathway of parching discomfort or one of discovering
unforeseen wealth that is revealed only after a difficult journey.
||The Cave is a place of subterranean excavation;
we are digging in and uncovering. It is an inner world - a realm
beneath the surface - a cocoon of nurturing and maturation. It is
a place of foreboding and darkness, a womb of self-discovery.
||The Sea captures the spirit of liquidity and
flow. It is a symbol of resilient complexity and transition; with
moods ranging from quietude to surging change and chaos; it shifts
from the peaceful to the storm-tossed.
||The Air explores both lightness and darkness.
The aerious spirit is not only about purity and clarity, but also
cloudiness and mist. To live, we experience its sensate presence
all around us. We learn to appreciate the potent revelations of
the air, replete with the beautiful nocturnal darkness and the brilliance
of the sunlit realm.
||The Fire is about warmth of providing a nurturing,
comforting presence, but inversely, the firelight speaks to transformation,
and potentially, destruction. It is the crucible, its contact can
warm or burn. And the flame of humanity makes connections, melds
disparate forces, liquefies the frozen and annihilates the unprepared.