Strength resides in content and structure. Beauty takes time to form. Is strength part of beauty? Something fragile requires protection. Is beauty a protection? Are both fragility and strength essential to the structure of beauty? The fragile beauty of a structure arouses respect and sympathy creating strength in the observer. When contemplating beauty it is suitable to consider fragility.
Hematite rust red is common, not beautiful. In other contexts though, hematite builds crystals with shiny surfaces, crystals that form rosettes called ‘iron roses’. One mineral assumes many guises.
Strength is admirable. Strength is desirable. Strength is necessary. Without strength, everything falls apart, shattering. Too much strength though becomes resistance and nothing changes. When is enough strength too much strength? To know more, to attempt relationship, the structure is cracked or broken, its erosion quickened.
Erosion is an agent of change. Strength is an agent of change. Erosion both exposes the potential beauty of underlying form and destroys it.
To see inside, the rock is split open. Splitting it open destroys the exterior shape, but reveals the internal structure. To know, to have a relationship with the rock, the prospector breaks the rock, exposing it.
Exposure is painful. It requires cracks. It requires willingness to erode, to let go of the exterior form. Underneath might be the beautiful structures: gems, crystals, the veins of element or mineral.
Not all can crack the surface. It requires the right touch, the right approach. It requires wisdom and tenacity. It requires loves and firmness. It requires strength and sympathy. Whispers of wind move grains of sand. A torrent of water moves giant boulders.
The rocks resist or they crack. The strength is always the same: from the back, through the shoulder, along the arm, into the hammer. Without crystals, like obsidian, the rock shatters. Iron and silica resist. Crystals interlock holding a rock together.
To penetrate the rock, contact is essential. Heat and pressure penetrate inwards, agents of alteration, agents of change. In this case, it is the prospector who, applying heat and pressure with the blow of the hammer becomes the agent of change, another force of erosion…
NEXT WEEK: The Art of Prospecting: A Long Walk Over Uneven Ground…La Turquesa Rock