As most of my mini adventures start, this one started with: what do you want to do? We have a Japanese Tea Garden here that is only open as long as the weather is not broiling hot. The last time I went, there was a beautiful exhibit featuring kimonos. This time the kimonos were replaced with scrolls. They were old, well preserved, and full of magic. As witches we know words, written and spoken, have power. These were well empowered over time, many eyes have fallen upon them and have taken in their beauty in shape and meaning and walked away with thoughts implanted within them from a different space and time. I know I did.
Winter was still shaping the garden, many of the trees and branches were still bare waiting for warmer air to bud out their new leaves, only the evergreens were brash enough to withstand the cold and hold onto their color. Myrtle was the first to catch my attention. I had to brush my hand through it and smell the scent left behind to be sure of her identity. The pomegranate was bare and brambly with dried pods left over from autumn’s harvest; some still on their branches, others dropped onto the ground to rot into new trees. A bamboo mini forest in the back and a crooked spirit bridge made me linger just to soak up the green peace that permeated the area.
All of this was magic enough for me, but there was an extra surprise. They were actually allowing guests to feed the koi. I spent lots of time in front of the koi on my last visit. This time, someone had courteously placed a bench, which I promptly ignored. I wanted to sit on the deck closer to the water, closer to the fish as I dropped nibblets of food on to the water’s surface. It was a moment I knew something was happening and a moment I didn’t try to analyze while in it. I just wanted to watch the fish break the surface of the water to get their treats.
Coming home, the question was asked: why are koi fish lucky??? I didn’t have an immediate answer come to mind. I knew very little about koi in that moment: ok google. . . As it turns out, feeding koi fish was probably one of the best pieces of magic I could have been doing. According to mythology the koi that swims upstream and reaches the Yellow River will turn into a dragon in Chinese lore. The Japanese think that koi will eventually evolve into a dragon, either way being a koi leads you to being a dragon.
Koi are respected because they swim against the stream. They are ceaseless in their motion. They overcome adversity with this motion, always forward and never just going along to get along. Which is probably why they are also symbols of courage and strength. There is also a break down of what certain colors of koi bring energetically, but I think I got what I needed in the moment. I was feeding little dragons to be.
If koi represent longevity, strength, spirituality and wisdom, then feeding them, and thus yourself, is certainly good luck. I love surprise magic! So the next time you find yourself on a mini adventure and you find everything to be hyper-crisp and sends a tingle through you, you may be finding yourself in surprise magic. Enjoy the moment; soak it in. . . research later. Good company welcome.
I don’t know precisely what was cast in the moment, sometimes I find that the Amakua and Unihipili have something in mind and just by pass the Uhane ( because the Uhane just asks way too many questions and insists that things make sense. . . ) pffft! I guess time will tell what is to come of that moment.