Light and Dark

I have been wanting to put a photo up of this stone for ages. I found it some years ago, on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales, in a tiny little cove known as Ram’s Grove. It’s coincidentally pretty close to the cave where the burial of a Neanderthal body took place, the so-called Red Lady of Paviland(it was actually a man!) It’s one of the oldest known human burials, where ritual took place using red ochre and flowering plants.

The time I found this stone, we were camping  a few miles away and had slipped down at the end of the day for a paddle. The tide was coming in quite fast and my husband spotted a large boulder with the very clear sign on it, of a white image embedded in black rock. I managed a quick and rather fuzzy picture of it before the tide covered it. I was very taken with it as it was an almost perfect natural yin-yang sign, but it was a massive boulder, embedded deeply among other rocks. I prayed out loud, that I might find a similar stone that I could take home with me and when I finished those words, I glanced down and by my feet was the stone above. I nearly fell over. I was shocked. So seldom are prayers answered THAT fast, after all.

I’ve kept it close ever since as a talisman and as a reminder that in light there is always dark and in dark there is always light, and also that just sometimes, you do get what you ask for in life, that prayer does work and finally, that God has a rather whimsical sense of humour.

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13 thoughts on “Light and Dark

  1. An extraordinary stone Viv, and a wonderful story of the intelligent cosmos all around us. I have a friend who was on a ferry when, in the sky, a cloud past in front of the sun creating the image of a luminous cross. He took a photo that is quite striking. What was most important is that it occurred in the exact moment when he was wondering about signs of the sacred in his life.

    • To quote from Ludo in “Labyrinth”, one of my fave films: “Rocks friends!”
      My home is littered with rocks and pebbles I have picked up and brought home over the years, not to mention the collection of crystals and minerals.

  2. I love it when our needs are met by the world. Perhaps the universe knows what is important and what is trivial.

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