Welcome to Beamspun, a regular roundup about narrative, tech and magic for an old-future world. Published on a Sunday around the full moon. Bring your own tea.
Beaver Moon and the longest partial eclipse in over 500 years
Local sunrise / publish time: 0729 UTC (+12m)
It has been the season of seedheads.
They float of their own accord, but are seeds separate to the flower that grows them? Are the flowers separate to the seeds?
The seeds travel on the wind, and we travel past them, carried by our own senses. But at the core of us - pausing to put one hand on my navel while the other rests on the keyboard - this where we were attached before, so many years ago. Generation to generation. A rate, a rationing and a rationale of genes.
Parentage and ideas flow through underground wires, all our symbols hooked up to bellies, our greatest feats fed by the land, nourished by the sea, blessed by the sun.
An email to organise a rocket launch skims through copper, feet away from a predatory shark. A movie about love slides without caution though the gaps between the leaves of a nearby tree. Smiles and tears trickle down into clothing, get sucked into the warm air, find their way back to the rivers.
Stopping to think where it comes from, feeling the invisible links, everything becomes overwhelming. The beauty and simplicity of it all is too overwhelming, trained as we are to make a challenge out of everything. Accepting the everythingness of everything feels like cheating. Yet, there it is.
As easy as that. Seeds, floating in the breeze.
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narratives: Phoebe Tickell on the “Great Unflattening”
“But the important task for the 21st Century is to re-inhabit a full body of feeling, the capacities of intuition, imagination, warmth, creativity and a sense of what is important to us — perhaps even sacred.“
ambience: Sounds of the Forest
A freely-reusable library of recordings from woodlands and forests all over the world
dreaming: Paul Watson on “Acid Communism”
Counterculture, goths, The Left, and “the creative freedom to imagine” all in here.
offline art: Enormous Sculptures Rooted in Nature Take Over Arboretum
“Here, a woman’s face is split into two pieces as leaves fluttering across her body. People are encouraged to pass through the middle, where one side shows a human fingerprint and the other side a tree’s heartwood.“
alternatives: Jacob Olupona on the Spirituality of Africa
A reminder that we don’t need to all believe the same thing. “this type of binary thinking is simplistic. Again, it doesn’t reflect the multiplicity of ways that traditional African spirituality has conceived of deities, gods, and spirit beings. While some African cosmologies have a clear idea of a supreme being, other cosmologies do not.“
books: Penguin’s “Green Ideas” series has some beautifully simple cover designs
Something specially sacred about a book cover - on the one hand it invites you in and promises you ideas. On the other, it binds and hides the concepts inside, preventing them from escaping when nobody is looking.
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