The Family Demon and Other Conundrums

Mercury is retrograde, according to what someone told me today. I don’t know what that means other than what the person said — that the retrograde is the cause of all sorts of things going wrong during the past three weeks. If this is true, things should get better now that the retrograde is over. Since Mercury is a big ball of iron (at least that’s what I read — I’ve never been there and taken a sample, so I don’t know for sure), it affects our electronics, which is why all the gadgets in my vicinity — smoke alarm, computer, phone, burglar alarm — went haywire.

fireIt’s also possible the unusual spate of recent problems in my life could be the family demon unleashing its powers. Not that I believe in demons, family or otherwise, but when my sister first mentioned the possibility of our family being infected by a demon, the stained glass cross hanging on the front door fell and broke.

Coincidence? Of course.

And yet . . .

There are so many things we don’t know — way more than what we do know — especially when it comes to the specifics of how everything is connected. Generally speaking, we are connected to each other and the universe in a thousand different ways because we are all beings of energy, all made of stardust (to put it romantically). I once came upon an intriguing theory that the universe and everything in it is made up a single electron. This speedy little fellow moves so fast and in so many different directions and dimensions, including backward and forward in time, that it gives the illusion of many particles. And if anything happens to one phase of that poor lonesome little electron, then obviously, everything else is affected.

I am learning — finally — that there are things we can never know. Our brains are wired to translate the energy of the universe into sight, taste, sound, smell, feel, so we can never experience life raw, but just whatever our brains present to us as real.

So what does any of this have to do with the way the things in my vicinity are malfunctioning? Maybe nothing. Maybe everything.


Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire,andDaughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.

9 Responses to “The Family Demon and Other Conundrums”

  1. rami ungar the writer Says:

    Either way, this post is giving me inspiration and food for thought, which can be a very dangerous thing.

  2. sumalama Says:

    Love today’s blog, Pat! I am a devout believer in the interconnectedness of being. I also believe there are no coincidences. Things happen because they happen. And they do it when it is least expected. We can’t know everything. We know almost nothing. And I am so happy at my age that I have so much still to learn and experience! That demon was probably only a concentration of negative energy that has since dissipated.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I feel the same way — its great to still be able to learn and experience. Life would be deadly dull if we knew it all. Or maybe not. How would I know? I am so very far from knowing much of anything.

  3. frederick anderson Says:

    Particles within particles within particles – right throuh to that charming theory that we are actually part of the leg of a chair in someone else’s world, and one day they are going to throw us on the fire? Nice thought. I love the idea of interconnectedness, it has a beautiful poetry about it, but I’m afraid I tend towards chaos theory. Still, Mercury’s on its way back. that’s good news!

  4. kencoffman Says:

    We’re trying to understand a movie when all we can see is one pixel.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Well put! I used to think of it like seeing a newspaper photo blown up to huge proportions where all we could see was an occasional dot, and if we could connect enough dots, maybe we could get an impression of the whole, but I think your way is more accurate.

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