Momento Mori

A rare mini hay whirlwind was captured on video in a field in Minsterley, Shropshire.  You can view the story below.

Ominously, Minsterley is home to the parish church of Holy Trinity, built at the end of the 17th Century, by the Thynne family of Longleat and houses an internationally famous collection of Maiden’s Garlands. The exterior of the west end of the Church is notable for the stonework memento mori, which include skull and crossbones and hourglasses.

Momento Mori

Memento mori  is Latin for “remember that you have to die”. It is the medieval Latin Christian theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. Memento mori has been an important part of ascetic disciplines as a means of perfecting the character by cultivating detachment and other virtues, and by turning the attention towards the immortality of the soul and the afterlife.

The magician in The Earth Emperor’s Eye uses an hourglass to demonstrate his power over time and the futility and transient nature of our short lives on Earth. A skull also features in the tale to remind us of our mortality. Perhaps the Hay Whirlwind is another warning about the future of humanity as it continues to gamble wantonly with Mother Nature and her creatures. Let us not forget that in the tale Mother Nature is personified

Hay Whirlwind Minsterley, Shropshire



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Q: Do you believe in miracles?

Our ancestors believed in miracles too. Religions the world over talk of divine intervention and acts that defy belief. The Earth Emperor’s Eye is a maker of modern day miracles. NO FAKE NEWS here. Behold the wonder that is the Whittenbury Watch.

Q60a: Is Life Logical?

It's so much more than mere coincidence!

The Watch shows us the deep magic of The Haymakers Survey questions and themes revealed in the tale. Are we witnessing Gaia's Glory in a last ditch attempt to change humanity? The Watch now has 200 mysterious connexions between the story and real world events.

Spoiler Alert: The examples in the Watch reveal parts of the plot in The Earth Emperor’s Eye.  You are strongly recommended to read the story before exploring too many.

Note: The Watch examples shown here are being updated with stories migrated from the old watch.


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