'The Tanglewood' by Amber Caspian

'The Tanglewood' by Amber Caspian

Friday 30 March 2012


When the burgeoning force of spring meets the ardent heat of summer, our dazzling maid comes into being, to fill the lusting void with the heady perfume of feminine wiles.  Bursting forth, her willowing figure is formed from nine types of blossom - meadowsweet, broom, cockle, bean, nettle, chestnut, primrose, oak and the hawthorn that grow wild across the unsuspecting land.  Woven together by trickster hands, life breathed into her by kingly whims, her birth is as wild woman and her beauty all the more treacherous.
So she, whose destiny is undreamt of marriage, is born a companion to he who cannot take human wife, nor die so easily as man.  For him a blossoming woman made from verdant nature into unnatural ardour, untamed, with her own mind and desires.   Thus the story unfurls its buds into emerging tragedy, for always is free will temptation filled. 
Child as she is of lascivious Beltane, her red heart soon beats deep for a vital young warrior, as youthful and as tempestuous as she.   A potent mix of ingredients, for lovers entwined tie themselves in bonds of foolish acts, driven mad with longing. Together they plot to steal the life of unwary unwanted husband. 
Pretty pleading discovers the secret of death and hunter wields the spear forged over thirteen moons to fell their prey, seeming dead.  But what mystery unfolds when shape-shifter appears: wounded Eagle flying high to the magical Tree of Life. 
How unjust a punishment then when fragrant Face of Flowers is transformed.  Her innate power born of spring days and summer dances, now stilled to abide only in the darkness of the long, silent hours.
Now beware all, that bitter owl who cries in the night...

An old story retold by Amber Spring 2011

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