Rethinking mood and melancholy

A ground-mood is a mood as close as possible or as imaginable to the experience of our naked being or to the intimacy of our solitude…

Melancholy is a ground-mood because it is the state in which we will strengthen the unison that deepens our inner sensibility and sensitivity, and because it is the precondition for soul-work and soul-making…

Melancholy is anything but dark. It is like that November light in northern Europe, so still, in which the spring, the summer, and the autumn seem to be invisibly gathered and remembered…

Enchantment is only possible where melancholy can fall (see John Keats “Ode on Melancholy” here), which is not anywhere and not everywhere.

from The Work of Enchantment, by Matthew Del Nevo

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