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© 2006 Karen Speerstra & Joel Speerstra
[ from Hunab-Ku, pg. 209]

This Bronze Age boat rock carving dates to 1600 BCE in Ostfold, Norway. The Vikings called themselves “Ostmen”—men from the east. The Ancient Norse used the same word for “boat,” “cradle,” and “coffin.” Early Scandinavian graves were often marked by stones forming a ship’s image. Many early cultures made the connection between boat being carried off to the afterlife. Boats symbolize journeys, and water connects worlds. Let “boat” help you access more understandings of your particular journey. This image suggests camaraderie and joy at your leave-taking and at your return. Blue: Like the bluestones in Stonehenge and the blue in Mary’s cloak or the blue tiles in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, blue is a sacred color, worthy of great honor and attention. Blue gives an unrestricted feeling and is associated with both deliberation and introspection.