When the door became my symbol for 2015, choosing me as surely as my word, Journey, chose me, I thought it might be difficult to find representations of that symbol. Last year’s symbol, the empty bird cage, was everywhere and easily obtained. And the year before, dragonflies were plentiful. When I saw the scene in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies with the acorn, I almost changed my symbol to that brown nut. However, I’ve never done that before, changed symbols once I’ve been given one, and I decided to trust the journey and see how the door showed up in my life. The acorn can be a sub-symbol, if there is such a thing, and while it continues to have significance for me, I am finding that the door symbolism is appearing and with a frequency that is surprising.
I’ve noticed in the years past that major retailers, like Hobby Lobby, have, incredibly, tracked along with my symbol for each year, providing an ample selection of products that I can purchase. Checking out the new spring lines of merchandise recently, I discovered that while there wasn’t an abundance of door products, there also wasn’t any particular theme that was prominent either. Somehow, that made me feel like I was on the right path with my symbol. I purchased a full sized vintage screen door last week, to use in my garden or on my front porch. I’m open to finding other old or interesting doors as well. I have a couple of French doors that used to separate my living room from my dining room that could be repurposed into a new use, and this is the perfect year for that project.
Open doors are showing up in unexpected ways, such as when I shot pics at artCentral last week and captured the apple green front door standing open in such an inviting way. And a recent gift of a journal from a friend, a traveling companion, not only had a representation of a door on the front cover, it also contained the word “door” on the back cover, written in Dwarvish runes. Such occurrences trigger a deep sense of knowing that what I am receiving is absolutely meant for me and are guideposts for my journey, pointing me in the right direction.
Imagine my delight, then, when I found a necklace with a Hobbit door locket and tiny key attached. Several of my joys combined in one happy item! Even better, I saw the necklace on a Facebook page called Bilbo’s Acorn. How cool is that? It seems so fitting, that the acorn led me to the door. I love the connectedness of all things. Today, while traveling to Arkansas to check on Greg’s dad, I showed Greg a picture of the Hobbit door necklace. Greg ordered the necklace for me this evening, as a late birthday gift! That was unexpected, however, I am thrilled and grateful, and finding there are many unexpected journeys this year as I follow my heart and soul.
The locket actually opens, with the Hobbit sized key, and a picture can be placed within the locket. I will used the photo below, reduced down to miniature proportions, as a reminder that the open door is an invitation to step through….and journey out into the world. Like Bilbo, I am going on an adventure, and the adventure is….amazing!