There were eight white scallop shells carefully laid out around the chalice/bird bath which is circled by alternate dark and light pebbles. Eight shells for eight changes of season in the Celtic wheel. Four directions- North, South, East and West- marked with black pots filled with red and white begonias.
I called this place the ‘Circle of Wholeness’ where there is an integration of opposites; light and dark, masculine and feminine, heaven and earth etc. Where All is One.
I painted a small stone with the words ‘Cease All Againstness’ and placed it in the centre of the circle next to a small statue of two white doves of peace.
But…most mysteriously, the scallop shells started to disappear- one gone most mornings! Who would enter my very private garden in a rural wooded hillside to regularly steal a scallop shell ?
My husband Jono thought I was imagining it. But no.
There were eight- now seven- oh no, now six- how can it be? now five – this is ridiculous! now four,,, and so on – until only one remained. One left out of eight!
Then tell tale clues.
1 A puzzled friend found a scallop shell lying in the middle of a neighbouring field
2 She had seen black crows making a large nest in an oak tree in that same field
3 There was nearly always a long black feather lying near where the scallop shell had been in my garden.
4 The two white doves of peace statue had their eyes gauged out!
Mmmmmm…the truth became apparent …
Crows with incredibly strong, large beaks were making a scalloped home with my shells and were attacking the white birds to claim their territory for scavenging.
I decided it was a fair exchange and a mark of opposites sort of uniting?? So I inserted the black feathers as trophies in the dark cauldron plant pots and apologised to the doves whilst repainting their eyes.
White for black - beauty for practicality, strength for lightness.
And… er…peace with violence!
How very fitting in the Centre of Wholeness.