#OCCULTOBER: Pareidolia

pareidolia (noun) par·​ei·​do·​lia | \ ˌper-ˌī-ˈdō-lē-ə : the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern

apophenia (noun) ap·​o·​phe·​nia | \ ˌa-pə-ˈfē-nē-ə : the tendency to perceive a connection or meaningful pattern between unrelated or random things (such as objects or ideas)

synchronicity (noun) syn·​chro·​nic·​i·​ty | \ ˌsiŋ-krə-ˈni-sə-tē : the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (such as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected event before it happens) that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality —used especially in the psychology of Carl Gustav Jung

I have always felt a strong connection to the Mississinewa, its river and the forest surrounding it. It is the epicenter of the strange and unusual I have been chasing my entire life. I am tethered to those environs, preternaturally so.

As I was perusing google maps, investigating aerial views of particularly active locations, I noticed a strange anomaly. A trick of the eye? The remnants of long drowned roadways? Of course… Nothing to see here. It’s like the Sphinx of Mars, right?

Still, Ive never one to dismiss synchronicities…

I feel the need for a long stroll through those woodlands, like that symbols is an invitation to visit the strange and unusual while the veils still thin…

We’re two days out from Hallowe’en proper, but as I fondly share as often as I can find ears to listen, the state of mind that overtakes common folk this time of year is the headspace I occupy all year round. But I do enjoy this time spent when the rest of the world is on the same page.

So, while many become sad because this Samhain Season is almost past, I am content. The strange and unusual is always a part of me. When I look in the mirror each morning, my other self whispers “Happy Hallowe’en” each and every day.

Be safe out there, sleuths.

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