This is an amazing missive from a Mystic subscriber, triple Aquarian, currently volunteering in the Ecuadorian Amazon!
For me having Sun, Moon, & Mercury Aqua in the 11th house with Aries on the rise in the 1st means wanting the whole world to get along and the oopmh to kick my own butt into following my dreams. It also means being an idealist with a strong suspicion that being seeded into a dysfunctional, cold family environment is some sort of alien experiment in consciousness raising.
Here in Yasuni I am constantly blown away by the elation of being connected to the forest followed by the despair that humanity sees fit to destroy this pristine and intense ecosystem for the love of a dollar. Looking at the cosmic joke where the lushest of natural environments are sitting atop mineral and oil wealth is like acknowledging the school of hard knocks where I must realise that every single fuqing human has to choose what they value and no one else can do it for them because every single fuqing human is part of this organism called life.
Luckily working with horses and kids when I was younger helped me realise that people are quite lovely given the chance so I keep working at being a happy human as somehow I figure that is my greatest mission. To ‘follow my bliss’, as Joseph Campbell, (JC), would say.
I’m volunteering at Tiputini Biodiversity Research Station. The magic of being here in Yasuni is a constant reminder to be inwardly aware, alive to the relationship between me and every single other thing. I spent 5 hours the other day perched in a Sabo tree at 45m. I’m a monkey in the Chinese calendar so I guess the bliss I feel up there is a given but when a male and female Saki monkey arrived in a tree near me and then moved into the tree 20m to the west of me I was astounded. Out of the ten species of primates here at Tiputini, (1600 hectares), the Saki was the one I hadn’t seen in the two and half weeks since I arrived. I was catching up on my diary earlier in my perching and had written ‘will I see Sakis today?’!
They stayed for 35 minutes, I recorded them, I filmed them, but even more amazing was being eye to eye with them at their preferred height. They left and I climbed down to the swinging bridges, I was going to climb down to the ground but intuition prompted me to go to the other end of the swing bridges, and when I got there I found two female Woolley monkeys sleepily lounging and being totally photogenic. They were 6m from me! At the bottom of the steps I sat almost in tears.
Tears because it was a big experience, tears because I can’t bear the thought of these animals being disregarded for oil dollars. The oil that would come out of Yasuni is the equivalent of 40 days usage in America! Why are we behaving this way? But then the Amazon gave me yet another gift. Collared Peccaries, 8 or 9 of them with babies crossing the path in single file about 10m away from me, with the sun shining through their spiky hair. Their presence in the forest is an environmental indicator, it means the trophic cascade or food chain is in excellent order. Also they have terrible eyesight but a great sense of smell. I like to think they couldn’t smell me because I stank like a forest being. Perfect
Brigid Prain is on Facebook here. The images are photos she took.