Red spotted Eft:
Many indigenous cultures believe in a concept I will call spirit doubles. Robert Macfarlane mentions in his book, The Underland that in the Sami* culture that lives in a mirror world at your feet.
Newts have the interesting feature of only some ‘choose’ to become land roving and turn into the brightly colored efts. Being amphibians, they can breathe and absorb water through their very thin skin. They are very susceptible to pollution and climate change.
The dark space between the two is filled with the word Ishk(q)*. My interpretation of this is the unnamable Mystery.
*Sami are the indigenous people of the northernmost parts of Sweden, Finland, Norway, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia.
* “Is Ishk love? Is Ishk life? Is Ishk light? It is none of them and all of them. Without comprehension of Ishk we cannot understand light, we cannot understand life, we cannot comprehend love.Knowledge of Ishk is called Ilm by the Sufis. This is the truest and highest knowledge there is, which may be called Love-Knowledge—not knowledge of love or love of knowledge but the absolute Union of the two. This is “the study” and “the religion” in the truest sense of the terms. ~Murshid SAM LEWIS
This piece is for sale but custody is not available until Sept. 2022 ($750)