Sunday, May 31, 2015


PHOENIX LANTERN: 1987 - The Present

The regenerated (Phoenix) Lantern was drawn through passage of the Catalyst implement at site of the 1818 Great Point Lighthouse on the island of Nantucket (where it had been created over thirteen years earlier) and was fashioned of cedarwood in the image of the original Lantern. I collected this wood from a branch used as a prop during the annual Christmas pageant at First Congregational Church in Nantucket, on December 20, 1986, and built this implement while Susan (my wife as of May 1st, 1986) carried my first child in her womb. I connected it to the birth of Mary Jesse Bryan, on February 10, 1987, in synchronicity by lighting its first spermacetti candle. It wasn't anchored to Catalyst Lantern burial site at Great Point.

On May 25, 1987, the Lantern Triad re-formed on the stage at Bennett Hall, next to First Congregational Church with Brother Jay, Brother David, and myself all coming together and forming "the clasp," a three-fold handshake of implementation, on the set for Philadelphia, Here I Come! which was Nantucket Theatre Workshop's current production at the time and I had designed this set. We three Triad members then came to my home with Susan, behind The Inquirer & Mirror newspaper office at The Milestone where I worked as an offset pressman, and lighted the Phoenix Lantern, witnessed by my wife and infant daughter, Mary Jesse. The folly of failure to anchor phoenix to catalyst, by bridging past into present, at site of the fallen lighthouse quickly became evident. On opening night of Philadelphia, Here I Come! the director of the show fell down the stairs at home, landing in the  hospital. Then, I received an urgent call by the stage manager that a false oak beam fell during performance the previous night, narrowly missing an actor! Also, being technical director, it was my job to see that the set I designed and built with volunteers was safe to use by performers, so I went over to Bennett Hall and secured the false oak beam into place. This, I knew, would not be enough to prevent further mishaps with the production. I needed to go to the source. The date was May 31, 1987.

Susan drove me to the end of Wauwinet Road where it turned to dirt (only 4-wheel drive vehicles are able to travel beyond this point) and I hiked alone, carrying the Phoenix Lantern to the Great Point site, where rubble from the fallen 1818 Lighthouse was still clearly visible not far from the new 1986 stone replacement tower (built in likeness of its predecessor) is located, as a beacon to mariners traversing Nantucket Sound. Somewhere in the the crumbled stone of the old tower lay the box containing pieces of the dismembered catalyst Lantern, above which I set the Phoenix Lantern and lighted the candle to stabilize the field through locus-fusion of the old and the new, thus enabling transfer of vital energy from the passed Catalyst Lantern into the Phoenix Lantern. No further incidents occurred with the show Philadelphia, Here I Come! during the remainder of its run at Bennett Hall. The energy field has been stabilized.

MATRIX LANTERN: 1992 - the Present

Susan and I moved off the island of Nantucket the day after Thanksgiving in  1987, as it was too far from relatives in the South Coast area of Massachusetts on her side of the family with ferry boat or airline travel being the only means for attending social events with them in their homes. We mutually decided upon Cape Ann on the North Shore of the Commonwealth and settled in Gloucester, the oldest seaport in the United States. Our first home there was on Marsh Street, not far from Addison Gilbert Hospital where  Susan gave birth to our son, David Blackshear Bryan, who now chooses to be known as Damian Blackshear.

The Matrix Lantern did not exist on the day of David's birth, September 21, 1990, so it  could not be lighted until after we moved to our second home in West Gloucester on Lyndale Avenue, where it was fashioned from fallen oakwood in the yard and this implement was first illuminated along with the Phoenix Lantern on March 22, 1992 at Emerson Point in Rockport, which was the Vernal Equinox. This illumination was for the purpose of energy transfer between implements prior to David's 2nd birthday, when it was lighted in his honor within our home, known by me as Twin Lanterns, in honor of the Phoenix and Matrix Lanterns.

Photo: "The remains of Great Point Light on March 30, 1984," taken by the U.S. Coast Guard

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