Darkness project


In the middle of the dark winter time I found myself longing for images, portraits, that would reflect the darkness and quality of this time.
I LOVE this time of year with its calm and opportunity to be more introvert and reflected. Where it is natural for us to rest more and we feel the longing to hibernate, just as the animals and plants do.

So it became a photo project.
As it revolves around the feminine and Mother Earth, I have been searching for women willing to take part in this, to embody the power of the feminine qualities and the darkness.


Being a winter project it wants to happen during the dark time. As we are fast approaching the Equinox and the light is regaining its power I will let go of the project for a while with the possibility to come back to it in November.
Interested in taking part? Write me an email: dotseverine@gmail.com


Keywords:
mother earth
primitive life force
raw power
stillness
natural
inside / introvert / interior
wisdom
life and death
destruction
birth
change
hold the potential
nurturing
balance
the darkness and all that it contains of life giving as well as life threatening/, the unknown, the unseen, all that we fear and that which plays a part in shaping and developing us
the light in the dark

Keywords in Danish:
moder jord
urkraft
stilhed
naturlighed
det indre
visdom
liv og død
ødelæggelse
fødsel
forandring
at rumme potentialet
næring
balance
mørket og alt hvad det indeholder af livgivende såvel som livstruende, det ukendte, det usete, alt det vi frygter og som er med til at forme og udvikle os
lyset i mørket

Miso ramen in Himeji

Ramen, an originally Chinese noodle soup, was adopted by the Japanese and now a popular dish all over Japan with many regional and culinary variations.

Some years ago, in the city of Himeji I had this delicious bowl of pork miso ramen (buto miso ramen) before visiting the blossoming cherry trees evening spectacle by the city’s famous castle. I love the richness of the flavours and texture, the miso, the pork fat, the full-flavoured soup that all the other ingredients are soaking in.

The miso ramen type originates from Hokkaido, the northen part of Japan, and I can imagine the bliss of such a bowl of hot delight on a cold winter day.
Ramen-no-Horyu, this Himeji ramen restaurant, was of the classic, simple and slightly greasy kind, which I guess underlines its authenticity and tastyness of dishes. I had the place almost to myself this evening and loved it.


The pork pieces are wonderfully tasty and rich.


Ramen-no-Horyu, Himeji. Recommended in Lonely Planet’s Japan (2009 edition).
More on ramen here: Wikipedia and ramenadventures.

Autumn leaves lamp shade


Every year in the autumn I get so happy and in awe about the bright colours of the foliage, the leaves of the trees turning yellow, orange, red, burgundy, red-brown before falling to the ground.

This year I gathered the brightest leaves that I came across, from different maples, red oak and lime trees. Making them into a lamp shade brings back the luminosity that I so much adore when I turn on the light in my living room.
Oh colour!



Medicine Wheel

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_Medicine Wheel on Møn, Denmark.

The Medicine Wheel is a core element in Native American traditions.

One of the most simple Medicine Wheels is based on the Four Directions: East, West, South and North. These are connected to the Four Elements: Fire, Earth, Water and Air; the building blocks of Life and expressions of universal energies.
They can also represent many other things according to the specific tradition.

The Medicine Wheel of the Delicate Lodge has eight Directions and eight corresponding colours and energies or qualities. It is a map of the Universe and at the same time a map of the human.
The qualities and building blocks of life are the same in the the small human scale as on the scale of the Universe. A picture of oneness, how the Universe is inside you and me and we are in the Universe as well. We are one.

It is a sacred and ceremonial space to be honored and cared for.

Here are some different examples of Medicine Wheels.
Often they are built on the land of a circle of stones and with a fire pit in the center. They can take many other shapes however, in the form of an altar, of a work of art or a round calendar.

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_The large Star Maiden Wheel at Star Dance in New Mexico, USA.

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_Preparation to light the fire, Medicine Wheel on Møn, Denmark

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_The fire burning in the center of the Wheel

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_An altar in the shape of a small Medicine Wheel with objects representing the Four Directions / Four Elements.

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_Medicine Wheel in a Danish winter landscape.

Also see the post Opening the wheel.