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Pisces 19. A man tilling a field of flax.

Aaran Barsach was the high priest who’s duty it was to oversee the cultivation of flax, a plant sacred in Aab.  Daily he visited the flax fields and sang a song inviting the sky to  enter the blue flax flowers, and sat little bowls of white porcelain filled with rainwater in the fields, so that the surface of the water might become a mirror which would guide the sky down into the flax.

In ancient Aab it was said that flax had two purposes — to make clothes, and to stretch canvases for painting.  Clothing is used to cover up the body, and canvases are used to reveal what is hidden in the imagination.  And so flax, a fabric which, in its easy wrinkling, creates lights and shadows, is both a concealer and a revealer, and hence is associated with all the mystical traditions of Aab.

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