was mid-March, only a few months after
we had moved into our Boulder House, when we first noticed the dazzling
six-inch-wide dagger of sunlight stretching slowly across the polished
concrete floor. The late afternoon sunlight entered through a narrow
split between twenty-foot-high boulders that make up the west wall
of our home. Each day the shaft of light on the floor lengthened,
and then it climbed upward over a low granite boulder,
moving slowly in a searching way toward a thirty-inch spiral carved
in the stone. At 5:25 p.m., the light finally
reached the petroglyph. Stone nodules at the
edge of the spiral glistened like diamonds in the sunlight to signal
the completion of the sundagger's journey. Then the sun vanished
behind the boulder wall."
were astonished to witness the sun interact
with the petroglyph, but even more staggering, this was happening
on March 21 - the first day of spring.
people see stones as silent sentinels.
Some say wistfully, 'If only the rocks could
talk.' A millennium ago, tapping sounds echoed among the cluster
of boulders as an artisan wielded a hammerstone
and created symbols in the granite to honor the life-giving force
the sun penetrates a symbol or enters
the cave, it is remarkable that a hole or entry has been created
to receive the sun, a feature that appears to honor the procreative
power of the sun. The sun enters the space, the womb of the earth,
as well as the vulvaform to symbolize birth and regeneration."