I don’t believe that I was led here by accident. How could I have been? Everything seems all too synchronistic for that. As the trail opens up, off in the distance I see a large cave. Curious, I move slowly to the opening of the cave when all of a sudden I feel a rush of goose bumps run down my spine and my hair stands on end. I become paralyzed and am afraid to move. I somehow conjure up enough courage to convince myself to keep moving forward. My heart pounding, I stand at the entrance. It smells of fresh wet soil and I sense a damp coolness kissing my cheeks. With one foot, I step forward moving half of my body into the shade and allowing the rest of me to remain in the sun.
I squint my eyes to peer into the cave and then all of a sudden a very large, fierce creature lunges out at me. I fall backwards onto my back, my eyes instantly blinded by the sun. As I try to come up onto my elbows the sky is immediately darkened to complete blackness and I see nothing. The creature stands above me and is so large that it blackens out the sun. As my eyes try to adjust to the darkness, I instantly find myself peering into the creatures’ eyes which burn like fire. I try to scream but find that nothing comes out. I am silenced and terrified. I reach out to the sides of me looking for an escape route and only find talons. Feeling as though my life has come to an end, I close my eyes and begin to cry. Seconds later, I feel and smell the warm breath of the creature nearing my face. I turn my head, tighten my body, and prepare for the worst.
After what feels like an eternity I begin to feel a light nudging of my body. I open my eyes and realize that the large dragon standing above me is nudging me ever so delicately with its large snout. Confused, I reach up with a shaky hand towards its face. I swallow deeply and am able to place my hand on its nose. It nudges its snout deeper into my hand. Feeling some sort of strange connection, I begin to make my way up to my feet. Standing now with the creature still above me, I notice a key tied to a green ribbon around its neck. I gaze at the key and then glance into the dragon’s eyes to see if it is angered by me noticing the key. The dragon then moves sideways and lifts its wings up into the air. Sunlight then peers down through its wings right onto the key making it glisten.
No longer afraid, I reach for the key. I untie the ribbon from around the dragon’s neck and the key slips right down into my hand. The dragon moves away from the cave and shoves me into it with a sweep of its tail. I trip a bit and try once more to adjust my eyes to the darkness of the cave. As the darkness fades, I am able to see a table standing in the middle of the cave with a large leather-bound book sitting on it. I walk up to the book and notice the key hole in the special lock that is placed around the book. I look around and also notice a chair next to the table and a candle. I then decide to light the candle and take a seat in the chair. I pull the key out of my pocket and slide it into the key hole of the book. Turning it to the left the locked pops wide open. With excitement I open the book.
At first, light pours out of the book, lighting up the entire cave. Then large mountains shoot up all around me in every direction. I smell sweet incense and hear voices of chanting monks as I gaze out at colorful prayer flags blowing in the breeze. I know now that I stand deep within the Himalayas. I feel completion, healed and contented. I look down and in my hands is the book. I turn the page.
I feel the floor beneath me rolling and notice within my hands that I am holding a wheel of a ship. The water is splashing up and over the bow. I am overwhelmed with sense of adventure and freedom. I face the ship into the waves and find that I am bellowing with laughter. Quickly gazing back to the stern of the boat I see that the floor is entirely covered with fish. With a shit-eating grin on my face, I turn forward and gaze into the sunset. I look down at the navigational guide only to see the book. I reach forward and turn the page.
I hear the crackle of a fire and smell the sweetness of wood burning. I notice legs and arms wrapped around me, my fingers interlaced with another’s. I feel a soft beard rubbing along the side of my face and I feel the warmth of the fire. I turn to gaze into the kind of eyes of the man I love and snuggle deeper into his embrace. I soon fall off to sleep and there within my dreams, I am taken to the back to the book. I reach down and turn the page.
Standing on a ladder, I notice a hammer in my hands and I am pounding in nails on the side of a building. I look down from the ladder and voice to some men where I want the remaining rocks to go. I come down off of the ladder and admire my home that is almost complete. I feel satisfied with the progress and filled with joy. I go in to get a cold drink and take rest. There the book lies next to the fridge. I turn the page.
It initially sounds like thunder until I recognize that it is the drumming of many men and women. Noticing that I too am drumming, I feel my feet beneath me dancing upon hollowed soil. We drum, dance and sing until the fire burns completely out. We rake out the coals and one by one we walk barefooted across the hot coals. Reaching the other side, we recognize that we walk in-between realms. Connecting to spirit, land and community we celebrate with a large feast. As the night comes to an end and the sun begins to rise, I once again notice the book. I walk up to the book and turn the page.
Sitting now back in the cave with the candle flickering, I take a deep breath. I close the book, slip the key back into the key hole and lock it. I stand up, push in the chair, blow out the candle and head to the entrance of the cave. There I am greeted by the large dragon once more. I thank the dragon for guarding the treasures of my heart and reminding me of the gems held within. I tie the key back around the dragon’s neck and head home.
Krystal Gauley ~
So why would I create this story to share with you, you ask?
Because it represents the solar eclipse that just happened yesterday, July 12th 2018 and the new moon in the astrological sign of Cancer.
Throughout many stories of old when a solar eclipse would happen it was told that a large dragon would swallow the sun and all evil would prevail. The darkness oftentimes is a representation of our shadow self and or our fears. Solar eclipses demand that we find our desires, dreams and purpose and with the New Moon in the sign of Cancer is asks of us to open our hearts. With a little compassion and some courage, we can face our fears and find that the sun will come out once more. Within this story the dragon initially was scary but was actually the guardian of my heart and when I change my perspective I was then able to find the guarded treasures within.
This solar eclipse and new moon in Cancer tells us to keep our hearts open and continue to attack our goals. If we have forgotten our heart’s desires, then perhaps we should visit the guardian of our heart and find the treasures that lie within.