Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ballsbridge Mist

It was misty this morning. It wasn't a pea soup fog or anything like it, but its lightness made the road kind of mysterious. Symbolically, mist is indeterminate - a transition between two states. Shapes are murky - and either the mist gets heavier and they disappear or it lifts and they become clear again. In Irish myths, mist is associated with the Otherworld and in the Voyage of Bran it symbolises indistinction. It's always a good moment in a film when the hero - or villain - slowly and formally steps out of the mist. Maybe mist is mysterious because it is often depicted as bringing a message or heralding some change. The mist is the prelude to something happening as in John Carpenter's film, The Fog. When we dream of mist it can signify a change from one state to another. Which way is the dreamer proceeding - in or out of the mist? Or being stuck in a mist might signify the obvious. On the other hand, it could be about something we missed ...