The Center Pole: Circus Card #1
Yes, I’m back from my fauxcation!
But one idea did survive the time-off fog, and I’m still pretty enamored of it. The plan? Develop a deck of cards based around the imagery of The Circus Serene. Cool metaphors. Wacky explanations. Strange drawings.
So I’m setting up a challenge to myself to post a rough draft of a card each week – with the emphasis on rough. But if all goes well, this will lead to a loverly printed deck in the end.
And the very first card?
Yepp, that’s it up there above, featuring a circus tent interior and center pole.
The center pole of a circus tent is the tallest of the tent poles, and (I believe) usually the first to be erected. (Cue juvenile giggling. Go on, get it out of your system). It determines the height and overall dimensions of the tent, and provides the core support. And centering is a core concept around here, so how could I pick anything else?
Symbolically, the center pole is the axis around which our world, lives, and businesses turn. It’s the touchstone that holds it all together, supporting the whole-shebang. It’s the Axis Mundi, the place where all of the directions and dimensions meet, where every possibility exists. begin. The pole is planted in the earth, and reaches up through the canvas to the sky, open to inspiration and sunlight, connecting sky to earth, feminine and masculine, acting as much as a bridge as a support.
In my head, this center pole is decorated with symbols and phrases, incantations and inspirations that declare it’s core purpose. The messages shift and change over time – and the pole itself is moved and often replaced as the circus travels. But what doesn’t move is the idea of a center, the place that all the roads meet.
So here’s your challenge:
Because a card like this has to have a challenge, right? Close your eyes, and picture the pole at the center of your Big Thing – your business, project, venture, mission. What’s written on the center pole? Is it a guiding value, a specific product or service, the names of your perfect people, a mission statement, indecipherable doodles?
If you’re feeling brave, share your center-pole thoughts in the comments.
If you’re feeling shy, share anyway. The elephants are feeling very curious these days, and they promise not to laugh.« previous next »