Hide in Plain Sight. It’s a 6.

Outside the earth and stone cobbled cottage, winds howled and screamed through winter bone trees, aged sentries silent in their solemnity stood witness to the bareness laid waste by the season. 

Inside, the venerable Alchemist, struggling to find focus long since abandoned in disillusionment, stood patiently in staid determination. As the hour, poised at midnight’s doorstep, exhaled 1 minute past 12, she walked to the carved wooden table with its time worn glyphs and began situating various jars and bottles, potions, liquids… and metal.

Hours drifted dreamlike; while the Alchemist’s work intensified, shadows joined each other to dance by the light of the hearth’s fire, passion reigniting as Devil’s Hour drew near. Punctilious, dawn was announced by the rambunctious warbles, chirping and cheeping of woodland birds, unusual only in volume and intensity; opening the front door to the cottage, the Alchemist stepped out and into a new day. 

Snow Moon, celestial ornament hanging low in the western sky, Sun ascending the horizon, golden light reflected off trees new with greenery, leaves dripping light dew as reddened rose buds opened shyly, daffodils and daisies dancing effusively in yellow along the garden path… “yes” whispers the Alchemist, “magic reigns once more”.

48 thoughts on “Hide in Plain Sight. It’s a 6.

  1. ladysighs February 19, 2022 / 8:25 am

    After I wake up and before I step out into plain sight of a new day, I focus on the magic potions and liquids in the makeup jars hidden in my medicine cabinet that are needed to repair the damage laid waste by my countless years.

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  2. Frank Hubeny February 19, 2022 / 8:35 am

    Nice description: “shadows joined each other to dance by the light of the hearth’s fire, passion reigniting as Devil’s Hour drew near” It makes me wonder what kind of magic has been restored with the dawn. Also good description of the “snow moon” in the western sky. I usually thinking of looking at the rising sun and forget the setting full moon.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge February 19, 2022 / 8:49 am

      Thank you. Only good magic, Frank. Only good 🙂
      It’s incredible when you can catch it. Last Wednesday was the full moon, the Snow Moon. I happened to catch a glimpse of it rising while driving back from work. Beautiful. And just so, setting in the morning.

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  3. Chris Hall February 19, 2022 / 9:07 am

    What a beautiful setting for her story! My moon goddess and I were watching that same silver orb, hanging in our warm velvet southern sky. Perhaps we heard that whisper…

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge February 19, 2022 / 6:48 pm

      I’m glad you found it so, Chris. Bet you’d enjoy walking along the garden path out towards the back of the cottage 😉
      Don’t ask me why, but I picture the view of your night sky clear of trees or tall buildings.
      “…in our warm velvet southern sky.” Love that.

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      • Chris Hall February 20, 2022 / 4:02 am

        The moon goddess and I love to wander in the garden.
        Much of the African sky is how you imagine, Denise, although we’re a little too suburban for a totally uninterrupted view (that’s the one in my imagination).

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  4. Liz H February 19, 2022 / 11:09 am

    Ah! What we won’t do to banish Winter’s grip and bring on the power of Spring!
    Beautiful write. I especially liked “as the hour, poised at Midnight’s doorstep, exhaled…”. Wow!

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  5. Zelda Winter February 19, 2022 / 4:38 pm

    Fantastic–it would be wonderful even if it was just the one word: Alchemist, which evokes everything magical the imagination can stir up!

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  6. Doug Jacquier February 19, 2022 / 6:16 pm

    Methinks the Alchemist is claiming the successes of another Force of Nature. 😉 Loved: ‘Snow Moon, celestial ornament hanging low in the western sky’.

    Thinking about the Alchemist made me dig out this piece I wrote over 40 years ago.

    The Alchemist

    In popular history
    the alchemist was a figure of mystical greed
    in dark workshops,
    forever reducing the base
    in the search for gold,
    ‘midst mumbled incantations
    and closely guarded formulae.

    Her history
    is one of worldly spendthrift,
    perceiving that gold
    is the base with the lights on
    and shouting the obvious
    to the oblivious
    from the rooftops,
    in words of one syllable like

    The alchemist of old
    was frustrated by the poverty of iron.
    is frustrated by the poverty of light.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge February 19, 2022 / 7:52 pm

      I don’t know Doug, there was some mighty potent magic goin’ on!
      Had the image in my mind’s eye from last Wednesday’s full moon 😊

      I really like this piece, Doug. In particular “shouting the obvious to the oblivious from the rooftops, in words of one syllable like “love”.”
      Did you submit for publication?

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      • Doug Jacquier February 19, 2022 / 9:40 pm

        Yes, tried a
        few publications
        no luck.
        You have to
        set out like
        to have any

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  7. Cassa Bassa February 19, 2022 / 7:30 pm

    Love the contrast of the dead winter and thriving magical scenery. It’s wondrous.

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  8. clark February 19, 2022 / 7:35 pm

    excellent word movie
    (some Sixes are like audio books* others, like a scroll unwinding a new world or an old sin and some are the rhetorical forms of tales…not so much iMax (that smothers the imagination the better to be the sole voice) as a small Technicolor production… human scaled, yet as transportive as any epic

    good Six

    *as sonorously executed by our more courageous Sixarians

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge February 19, 2022 / 10:11 pm

      Thank you, Clark.

      Yes, some are very much like that*. They are indeed!


  9. Spira February 20, 2022 / 8:23 am

    “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.”
    These words from Jung could very well be the thoughts of the Alchemist herself during the last minutes of the Devil’s hour…

    Evocative, enchanting with a dose of age old pain, so sublime it can only come from the remnants of endless prosecution and death of women who defied the norm, carved into the genetic memory of the brain cells of a female Alchemist standing before us.

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    • clark February 20, 2022 / 10:39 am

      damn! the line from Jung… no wonder despite being included in the top three of the early 20th Shrinkaverse, (with Adler and Freud), Carl would end up gettin all Pete Best-ified

      Carl yo! sex sells, power sells, divining oneself from self-removed emotional entrails? not so much

      PS. Dude, all us Sixarians be respectin’ your ‘I’m happy in other mediums, you writer folks don’t need me putting in my two sense’.

      …Second paragraph of your commentioan? yeah, no chops there…no sir


      PPS. ya gots to find a work around to get into the Doctrine… I’d appreciate some of your comments (Tried Chrome or Firefox yet? I’m using Chrome here, ’cause the Safari browser don’t be liking some other platforms like blogger and them)

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      • GirlieOnTheEdge February 20, 2022 / 12:11 pm

        P.S. What say we all copy and paste your comment, Clark – I mean, the man’s a Sixarian if ever there was one.

        PPS. And yes, the “work around”. Spira best be working some of his own magic in that regard.

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        • Spira February 20, 2022 / 1:48 pm

          My turn to be humbled milady! Thank you!

          Will do my best. WordPress spells activated!😅

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      • Spira February 20, 2022 / 1:45 pm

        Thank you sir.
        All credit though is owed to the Alchemist herself for inspiring said comment/thoughts.

        Will investigate Clark more thoroughly; in the meantime, is there any chance I may be in some kind of list for approval etc of WP admin page?
        I know that I’ve managed to comment once, so it’s a slim chance that’s the problem but it wouldn’t hurt ruling that out .

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge February 20, 2022 / 12:03 pm

      “…disagreeable and therefore not popular.” Because it is difficult, uncomfortable.
      I suspect the concept expressed in Jung’s words may very well have run through the Alchemist’s mind. Darkness acknowledged is not the same as darkness accepted.

      I am humbled by your eloquent words and pleased you enjoyed this piece.

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