The mycology of kindred

This one of those mornings where the sun is bright behind the fog, and the people spread out are extending their feelers in response. I took my cat Tiki Neale out around the side of the building on a bright yellow leash this morning, so he could sniff out all the smells in the fog. There were huge portobello style mushrooms blooming in the loamy bark, which didn’t excite him nearly as much as the possibility of slipping through the gap beneath the fence.

But those mushrooms reminded me of the vast network of spores lingering dormant in the soil, invisible until the conditions change and then springing forth in great abundance, popping up everywhere –

And in my mother’s wild garden, the root system from a maple stump hosted a great colony of fungi this fall. She was delighted, and spent hours out in the woods uncovering the old grown bones of a tree. Far off in the city, I like to think of her kneeling as the sun filters through the trees, with her hands in the dirt, communing beyond words in texture and smell.

There’s a page of notes from a book on Biophilia posted in Pages with some illuminating quotes, and Dale the neocappadocian sent along a poem in response to the I See a Darkness posting. Please scroll down to the comments to find it: and whether you like thinking of yourself as a mushroom or not, imagine the fecund possibilities.

Earth Ascending

From the whole to the part,
The whole is in the part;
Every part is holy.

For all you fans of nested holarchy out there, please check out this revolutionary old book by Jose Arguelles, first published 20+ years ago by Shambala press and reissued recently by Bear & Co. It is a book of maps and information, spanning a global perspective on just what DNA, the I Ching, and Resonant Field Theory have in common, anyways… There’s a little something to tickle everybody’s particular suspicions about the interrelatedness of everything, and while it takes a while to grok it, the implications begin to sink in immediately.
I’ve compiled some cliff notes – WoW style – from the introductory essays, for the page in the corner. Please to check it out. You’ll find working definitions of geomancy, holonomics, and a host of names and possibilities to spur you to fantastic leaps of understanding.
Have fun!