Edges contain the residue of magic. Where one system ends and another begins, lies a gray zone of mystery and discontinuity. We long for pathways from one place to another. Our mythology replete with magic caves, doorways, passages, transitions and guardians like Charon, the boatman on the river Styx who enforce the rules of the of the doorway to the afterlife.
Portal myths are out of fashion, but their stories continue in movies. In blues classic The Crossroads, Ralph Maccio meets Legba who takes him through the portal. Legba is the the West African Vodun god who facilitates between the mortal and immortal realm. Trickster and keeper of the crossroads. Ghostbusters featured time-traveling, returned-from-death mystic Vigo the Carpathian. His 1610 prophecy: “Death is but a door, time is but a window. I’ll be back.”
The Wizard of Oz. Alice in Wonderland. The Matrix. Stargate. Our spirits long to go through the special doorway that leads to greater mysteries being revealed and solved.
It’s no wonder that Keyhole Arch at Pfeiffer State Beach draws me in. Located at the end of the continent, the start of the Pacific Ocean and underneath unbroken sky. I had the deep pleasure of being bathed in the starlight of the Milky Way, and the glow of the setting crescent moon all converging at Keyhole Arch - a doorway of with slightly supernatural effects.
Friday November 4, 2018
Pfeiffer State Beach, Big Sur, California