The starling double helix and the gravestone circle

Near Brentor, Dartmoor

First, a nightmare: a moorland stone circle made up of tombstones. Their inscriptions face outwards, the graves face inwards. On the far side are five demons, whispering to one another. One breaks away from the group and makes it way around the circle towards me.

Second, a mathematical dream: standing on a rooftop in the Barbican, London. Murmurations of starlings fly past, but not in their usual sweeping flocks; one flock makes the shape of a DNA double helix, its twists perfectly replicated. The other flock has taken the shape of a huge rectangular box with spiralling arms reaching out from each side. As one, the shapes split up and scatter and I am surrounded by millions of flying starlings.

I’m considering the first dream to be a warning. Not all sacred sites are ‘good’ places. Be prepared for bad energy, bad experiences, as well as positive ones. Doors open two ways. The dream ended before the demon reached me, and I woke up frightened but grateful that it had not gone further.

The second is a mystery. Flocks of starlings fly past my window at dusk each day at this time of year. I’ve seen small murmurations in Penzance harbour and a fairly large one in Liskeard, but nothing like the massive ones seen in, say, the Somerset Levels. The dream was mind-blowing, and the scientific/mathematical aspect is beyond me right now. Perhaps, if some dreams are astral-travel experiences in real places, it always will be. Or it may be somewhere I’ll go to again some night.

I’m writing a lot. Another week spent in the shadow of Brentor’s great energy not only helped me get another draft of my latest short story completed, but I also made some notes on my next story: Ravens (Darkworlds Part 2), which I’m really looking forward to writing. And whilst walking at the amazing Merrivale (stone rows, a cist, standing stone and stone circle) I found three owl pellets, each a mixture of fur and bone. I took one and it now sits in a glass jar in my bedroom.

[Listening to: Rosa Decidua by Coil. Very, very moving and quite appropriate for dream talk.]

4 thoughts on “The starling double helix and the gravestone circle

  1. Beautiful photography, startling images (murmurations of starlings), and what’s not to love about owl pellets? Find them occasionally in my own wanderings and they are fascinating. I’m a good friend of Dinnie Arroyo, who says I should say “hi” from her – small world, eh? Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks for your kind comments. Had a terrible nightmare last night, lots of startling images there too, but to a very different effect! I’ve been attempting to follow your blog without success. Will have another go – it’s bound to be down to my techno ineptitude rather than anything else.

      And DA is one of life’s wiser souls.

  2. Re: “Not all sacred sites are ‘good’ places…” In my recent snail-mail to you i referenced Maura McHugh & Robert Curley’s Róisín Dubh, in which—without giving away the plot!—that very concept comes to the fore!

    • I think I’m basically trying to remind myself not to turn into too much of a hippy with the sacred site thing. Just got your letter, will check out your references.

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