in stone


a petrified pinecone.

yes, really.

to see this pinecone
is to see an altar.
a special space
that’s nestled inside layers
of fierce protection
from the outside world.
a space filled
with layers
and lightning
and shifts
and color
and sparkle
and spaciousness
and i think yes,
that’s what an altar is.
a place –
even a place
in the center
of the usual daily hubub –
where we can go
to mark a space for ourselves,
where we can define
(perhaps to ourselves)
what’s most important
right here, right now,
where we can lay claim to
our most sumptuous selves.

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  1. Angela

    Layer, lightning, shifts, color, sparkle, spaciousness: yes, an altar. What a beautiful post, Jeanne. Thank you.

  2. Merry ME

    Agree in every way. Think this may be what I meant in my last post about the man raking dirt.

    • whollyjeanne

      i’ve been traveling so i haven’t made my blog rounds, but i’ll get by there and have a read first of next week. gives me something to look forward to!

  3. Karen Sharp

    gorgeous. 😀

    • whollyjeanne

      thank you, sugar. i see altars everywhere, and i’m ready to start constructing them again. but still couldn’t pass this one by.

  4. Sally_G

    Gosh, it’s so like the inside of a pomegranate, isn’t it? Which makes me think of Demeter and Persephone. Which leads me to the power of the Maiden, Mother, Crone Trilogy. So much reverence in your Altar item. Thank you …

    • whollyjeanne

      i’ve been thinking a lot lately about maiden/mother/crone. perhaps it’s because spring is upon us – the seasons of life and the seasons of life. or is it the seasons of living and the seasons of life? eh, you know what i mean. pondering here . . .

  5. Inktywig

    Fascinating and beautiful!

    • whollyjeanne

      thank you, sugar. earth art always fascinates me, intrigues me, captivates me, stuns me.

  6. ☆little light☆

    oh yeah…

    • whollyjeanne

      i was just thinking about you, sugar. clicking you a little digital note to fashion into an airplane and whoosh in your direction . . .

  7. Julie Daley

    such an altar… i’ve come to see that you are an altar, Jeanne, for so many of us. love.

    • whollyjeanne

      well that is the most affirming thing anybody has ever said to me, jewels. thank you. thank you for these words and so very much more.

  8. noelrozny

    Love! I wonder what mine would look like, frozen in stone like this. 

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