Some words from a genius which blew me away:

No other element has such accreted layers of significance for us, such complex archetypal meaning. The sea’s moods and uses sex it. It is the great creatrix, feeder, womb and vagina, place of pleasure; the gentlest things on earth, the most maternal; the most seductive whore, and handsomely the most faithless. It has the attributes of all women, and all men, too. It can be subtle and noble, brave and energetic; and far crueller than the meanest, most sadistic human king who ever ruled.”

– John Fowles, Shipwreck (1975) in Wormholes (1999)

As you will know from the About The Tricky Little Imp page, the Imp is mad about water. This has been a developing thing, year on year, a gentle erosion of my coastal regions, until my 70% inner water has developed such a whispering dialogue with the world’s outer water, that I don’t stand a chance.

So many cultures, histories, have had their sea (and river) gods and goddesses: from traditional Neptune, Enki, Proteus, and Poseidon, to Old Norse Aegir, Celtic Mannannan-Maclir, and the Incan Mama-Cocha. And they’re all very different; all embodying the sea’s wild variety. For example, Greek Poseidon’sposeidon_theoi-com.jpg the worst elements of an alpha male: raping, fighting, stealing, competing… Whereas Enki (God of Water, Wisdom, and Creativity) is wise, fluid and lubricating in all ways, giving life to wastelands, mischievous (aha!), breaking the rules, receptive and healing.

And this captures the allure of the sea for the Imp: as Fowles explains. In music, Britten’s Four Sea Interludes (from Peter Grimes) really capture the sea’s character better than anything else I know (some argue that the sea is the main character in the opera). Go on, really, listen. I can’t get you a freebie link, but seek it out on itunes: it’s there. The storm is the most exciting but the others are beautiful and should be heard together, for contrast and the calm after the storm…

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