06.21.13: Launching on the Summer Solstice

“In 9 hours I shall walk the path of freedom down the road of mystery … a pseudo-leap of faith from the salaried to the self-employed … no sir, yes sir, no more. Suits, ties, and business casual no more. Cubicles, numbers, and time clocks no more. I leave the world of being a proverbial sheep of the 9-to-5 world and walk the path of the freelancing mountain goat. Freedom (of sorts) is on the horizon … running my own businesses with my comrades, managing my own clients, selling my art, being creative, and spending time with my new son and family … we shall soar as eagles flying across this vast wilderness we call home. Ireland our front yard, Oregon or Washington our home, and Canada our back yard. It is A time in life to knock off bucket list items and manifest/weave our own destiny ….”
~ Sir Thomas Rhymer Oisin Leaf McGowan de Danann (June 2013)

Friday, 21 June 2013: The Summer Solstice

Fort Jackson / Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Sir Thomas Leaf awoke with less than 5 hours of painful sleep under his belt as he’s been over-burdened with packing, cleaning, and preparing for the upcoming journey … hopes of leaving today after work. He pulled his back lifting inventory over the driver’s cab of the vardo, and a few days earlier, sprained his left wrist while jamming in solar-powered fairy lights into the overhead. So much to do, so little time was Sir Thomas Leaf’s haunting curse the last couple of weeks. But 80% packed and prepared, he set off for his last day at work on Fort Jackson. He will miss the amazing team he works with as well as the satisfaction that he was contributing to keeping safe soldiers in their mission and battles by helping provide them with quality training applications to ready them for their jobs. Sir Thomas Leaf always holds dear to his heart work that has purpose, careers that have meaning, and incredible work places / staff. He will miss them dearly. At 45 though, it’s time for him to sieze the opportunity of this new adventure, to accomplish life’s bucket list items, and follow his dreams. A proverbial leap of faith it may be, but the gamble with a fantasy come true is sometimes worth the risk. Today is that day. What better day than to fall on the Summer Solstice for the adventure to initiate … for the Summer Solstice represents “Midsummer” – The longest day of the year. A tipping point: from here on out the days get shorter and the nights get longer. A time to plan, A time to prepare, A time to follow the natural cycles, follow the golden light of the sun out west. The first day of summer, the turning of the wheel of the year. A time to invite the seasons of waxing and waning, of birth, growth, death and renewal to reverberate more consciously in one’s lives.

    “This is the time of the rose, blossom and thorn, fragrance and blood. Now on this longest day, light triumphs, and yet begins the decline into the dark. The Sun King grown embraces the Queen of Summer in the love that is death because it is so complete that all dissolves into the single song of ecstasy that moves the worlds. So the Lord of Light dies to Himself, and sets sail across the dark seas of time, searching for the isle of light that is rebirth. We turn the Wheel and share his fate, for we have planted the seeds of our own changes and to grow we must accept even the passing of the sun. (The Spiral Dance, HarperCollins, 1999, p. 205)

Sir Thomas Leaf’s comrades at work took him out for a farewell lunch at Tokyo Grill in Columbia, South Carolina. The food was decent he thought. Back at the office he said his farewells until another day as his travels would bring him back into that realm. A whirlwind of packing, preparing, forwarding mail, picking up last minute provisions for the adventure, and getting the vardo (RV) into order. Darkness fell quicker than he could blink, as Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Faerie Prince Cian had last minute cancelled their plans of hitting Myrtle Beach enrout north to Chapel Hill, and decided to depart early in the morning as there was still much more to do. Sir Leaf never was able to do the ostrich oil soaps before departure. A evening of sleep fell to all.

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The Faerie Prince Cian ready for the journey

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