As the completion of the renovation of The House at Rooster Ridge has arrived, how fitting to add the crown jewel atop the roof line—at the highest point available and the most prominent position—a rooster weather vane! Symbolism abounds at Rooster Ridge and I share with you an excerpt from Lessons from the Trumpet Vine, Afterword.
I surveyed my environment as a new observer. Things made more sense now. My eyes fell upon the images of the roosters—everywhere roosters. Proud painted images, ceramic statues with chests puffed up, preparing to crow, a poster of Picasso’s rooster, iron that had been melded into crowing beaks and majestic tail feathers. Dishes, cups and bowls, napkins, pillows, and towels. Roosters. Carved wooden roosters flanking each doorway. Now I understood my attraction to them, the way they called to me. The message to begin another day. To draw forth every ounce of life force I could muster and crow. I hoped I had crowed well.
Oil-on-canvas – 3′ x 3′
Excerpt from Lessons from the Trumpet Vine
Throughout your visits with us, the elders stressed, we will help you understand the importance of true self-value, which is presently a struggle for you. You have created the measurement of your value through self-proclamation or judgment of your actions, thoughts, or words. At other times, you seek the words of others to provide you with an appraisal of your value. These methods are inadequate, result in a false sense of value, and are destined for failure. With love and the highest level of integrity, we ask you to understand that you were born with intrinsic value, with or without your worldly accomplishments. You inaccurately believe that your value can shift and be altered dependent upon whatever you produce, create, or facilitate. This is why you find yourself requiring outside proof of your value through the words of others, or your transitory thoughts, or symbolic gain. In doing this, your self-value shifts, becomes precarious, and is subject to your most recent judgment. Your feelings of self-value and self-worth have been placed outside of yourself. This is not appropriate and will cause you to live in a way that will require the constant filling from without. You need to turn your view of self-value inward and to spirit, the highest source, or God, which accompanied you here, to equate your value.
Quiet yourself. Stop the feelings of panic and fear that you will not have something you need, that you will be without something important or, more directly, that you are inferior. Understand, trust, and accept that you have all you require to complete your intended journey. You are protected.