When Luna sheds her pearly lustre
Over the land of the midnight moon
Pale white wolves and gyrfalcon
Polar bear and snowy owl
Pursue the fleeting ptarmigan
And pale receding caribou
Then stalks ivory gleaming Death
Consuming glacial mountain, moon and stars
Moving the candle back and forth yeilded an uncanny effect. As a result the shadows of the three dimensional animals moved relative to themselves and to each other. Consequently they distinctly appeared to be vigorously alive and, for all the world, stampeding. We are little removed from those people who created the many breathtakingly beautiful cave paintings. What did they and their peoples experience inside those caves gazing at those paintings? Finally, what I experienced that night was nothing less than a paleolithic self-initiation. Believe it or not, I don’t care. I know what happened in those caves because it happened to me in a dark room one night.
From the root of the tusk to its tip the animals are a procession from those of the air to land and then water. For those with and interest in the fourth element, fire, it is in them all.