“1492 - The Conquest of Paradise: Light and Shadow" - by Vangelis
From Donna's music collection. Her Sunday morning music. She could listen
to the Angels sing in her beautiful, secluded garden. The solemn cadence.
The massed choir in that Cathedral of Her Mind.
Sheer grace and power. AND she LOVED the idea of conquering Paradise. My shiny witch.
Donna loved her work. Continually at it. I watched her in wonder, every day, at all the phone calls, the faxing, the e-mailing.
She worked bloody hard; Writing. Preparing. Printing... for a consultation, a ritual, a ceremony, a festival.
She celebrated her life through her good work. Lived for her work.
(Above: Sirius and Orion over the Sassanid Palace at Sarvestan.)
Always there to help and to guide.
Try and cross her, or meddle in her work, work against her or conive behind her back? Many have faced her Fury and Absolute Wrath.
Have been scalded and singed by her whithering words... bruised and broken by her razor-sharp invective... and cursed until the very air turned BLUE.
Arriving at the North Face on the 10th anniversary of our first meeting: 1 November 2008. She always wanted us to travel to the Egypt she loved. Now we have.
After emptying her ashes on the sands of Egypt, I collected some sand to bring home. A reminder of Donna, timeless in the sands of the place she loved
The purple box of Donna's hair also contains a laser-etched steel plaque, identical to the ones on her bench, and Light Beacon 1 at Kalk Bay, along with a laminated photo of her. The steel will last for thousands of years. Who ever may find it can read about her on the internet.
Here is a map of the Pyramids and the Gizeh Necropolis. "City of the Dead". The launch-site for Donna's journey to Sirius A, starts at the physical representation, on Earth, of Orion's Belt - in the Orion System. Orions belt points at Sirius. The Dog Star. A Wolf is a type of Dog. Darkwolf travels...
A shirt Donna's mother designed and made. Donna's favorite. A Star Atlas. I told her, when I first saw it: "That's Orions Belt!", never knowing 10 years ago, that I would be writing this today. Prophetic? You might find this notion Ironic. But don't worry. You'll come around
Before she checked out, amongst her many writings, Donna said to me: "Find me in Sirius". Sopdet is the ancient Egyptian name of the star Sirius and its personification as an Egyptian goddess. She was combined with Isis as a goddess, the divine mother of the universe.
From The Pyramid Texts, amongst the oldest religious writings in the world, we know that the ancient Egyptians believed that the gods descended from the belt of Orion and from the brightest star in the sky, Sirius. Critically important to Egyptian cosmology, Orion was associated with the god Osiris, and Sirius was associated with the goddess Isis, who together are believed to have created human civilization.
Pictures of my Journey