More Musings on Jersey Shore 2008

I wish I lived near the beach. It’s interesting because years ago I had my natal chart read. I found an astrologer and sent her the date and time of my birth and she in turn sent me a map of the alignments of the planets and stars at the exact moment of my birth. Fascinating. One of the things my chart told me was that I am deficient in Water, of the four elements, Earth, Fire, Water and Air. It advised that I should either live near water or drink a lot of water everyday. Even before this information was shared with me, I have always felt very drawn to the sea. So, someday, I would like to live by the beach so I could walk at the water’s edge every morning as I did when I was on vacation. It is at the top of my list of “well fillers”.

As long as I’ve been visiting the beach, I’ve listened to my Dad’s stories about his passion for fishing. Fishing is one of his well fillers, I think, and it really doesn’t have all that much to do with the fish or actually catching them, if that makes any sense. It is the whole experience of being at the water’s edge or out on the sea in a boat and interacting with it. My Dad’s passion, even though it is much different from my own, has inspired my passions for nature and art and photography.

As we look to our parents and those venerable elders who have influenced our lives, it is there that we can learn more about ourselves. I am grateful for so much my Dad has taught me about life.

I was sad to leave this wonderful place and week of Being but have come home with its wisdom of connecting, with myself, with my family and with Nature.

I am looking forward to my return next year…

10 comments on “More Musings on Jersey Shore 2008

  1. Frivolitea says:

    Your vacation sounds lovely. I like your notion of “well-fillers.”

  2. artandtea says:

    Thanks Lynn, it was great. What are your “well fillers”?

  3. Kathi says:

    mmmm that first pictures just dang near fills my soul. If only I could feel the wet sound and hear the ocean waves. Your vacation sounded wonderful! I need a trip to the shore asap I am thinking.

    My well filler is a trip north each year to the PNW/Seattle area. There I spend time walking the beach and smelling the salt air. ahhhh heaven.

  4. artandtea says:

    Thanks Kathy, I was trying to convey the power of the surf in that first photo and how it makes me feel. Glad to hear that you were able to connect with that feeling, too.

    Your well filler sounds great. I’ve never been to the Northwest but would love to visit that area someday. It does sound like heaven. Enjoy!

  5. Steph W says:

    Wow – that first photos is just absolutely breathtaking, and the others are none too shabby, either! Especially the sunset. Wow! Thank you for the encouraging comments on my blog, too!

  6. artandtea says:

    Thanks Steph! And you’re very welcome. I really enjoyed reading your poems!

  7. Judy says:

    Karen,, me again… as I am here by the ocean this week on the Cape.. your pictures are just beautiful. Your passion for photography really is showing.

  8. artandtea says:

    Thanks Judy, I hope that your vacation by the sea is as lovely as mine was.

  9. MrPuffy says:

    By the time I read over your last few posts, I was sorry your vacation was over too! Tea and art – what a delightful combination.

  10. artandtea says:

    Yes, I know. I’m going back next year so it’s always wonderful to have something to look forward to!

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