You cannot walk The Camino without coming across the frequent image of the Scollop Shell. It is painted onto buildings, tiles, trees, stones and reassures travellers that they are on the right path.
As we left the city of Aviles this morning, the shell clearly marked the way. .
The scallop shell itself is one of the most iconic symbols of the Camino de Santiago (The way of Saint James). It is no coincidence that the French call the shell ‘Coquille Saint Jacques’ and the Germans called it ‘Jakobsmuscheln’ (James mussels). It is said the multiple lines on the shell are a metaphor for the many routes one can take to Santiago.
Medieval pilgrims would wear the scallop shell attached to their cloaks as a mark. It also had a practical purpose and pilgrims would use it as an additional light bowl to hold food and drink. When they arrived at various churches along the way, the shell was used as a scoop to measure the food portion they would be donated. If I was a pilgrim back in the medieval days I would have be sure to get the biggest scollop shell I could find!!!
The shell I have been carrying along the Camino, is one I picked up on my home beach in Bilgola, NSW, Australia. On a morning shortly before I left for Europe I found it washed up on the sand. It feels like it represents a little part of my story and who I am.
The shape of the shell is also known to represent the setting sun. The sun itself was frequently worshipped in pre-Christian societies, and it is not a coincidence that many finish their Camino journey in the West coast town of Fisterre (which literally means ‘end of the world’ - Finis Terrae). In this place the ancient Celts used to worship the sun as it set over the ocean. They believed each day that the sun died here and the worlds of the dead and the living became closer. Prayers would be said and offerings would be made to please the gods. All done in the hope they would allow the sun to be born again the next day. .
At the end of this walk I also intend to go on to Fisterre. To me the sun represents the gift of life and this has more far more spiritual gravity that any specific religion.
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“...entre algunos momentos quietos, perdidos, quizás dormidos de la magia del mundo; entre la soledad del silencio y el sol que quemaba, la brisa del viento que jugaba con las ramas.” En un Mundo de Grises.
So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. ————————————————————————————— "Muchas personas viven dentro de circunstancias infelices, y sin embargo no tomarán la iniciativa para cambiar su situación porque están condicionados a una vida de seguridad, conformidad, y el conservadurismo, todo lo cual puede aparecer para dar una tranquilidad, pero en realidad no hay nada más perjudicial para el espíritu aventurero de un hombre que un futuro seguro. El núcleo básico del espíritu viviente de un hombre es su pasión por la aventura. La alegría de vivir proviene de nuestros encuentros con nuevas experiencias, y por lo tanto no hay mayor gozo que un horizonte sin fin, para cada día tener un sol nuevo y diferente."
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