Falling, Dancing, Flying, A Trilogy by Jenenne Castor-Thompson … a grand, sweeping, deeply symbolic love story … Book One, the pristine Albedo of The White Rose, Book Two, the bloody Rubedo of The Red Rose, and Book Three, the death throes of the Citrinitas of The Yellow Rose.
The story spans the years from 1880 to 1999. A story of spirituality, sexuality, and reality in the most immediate moment and in the historical moment, as told by Mary, Michelle, Blaise, Cecilia, Estelle, and Melissa.
Book One, The White Rose from Falling, Dancing, Flying, A Trilogy a story inspired by actual events; an allegory of a journey of Individuation. The book chronicles the Alchemical transformation of Mary Bernard and her search for enlightenment.
A deeply spiritual story taking the reader magnificently into the bright light of enlightenment, while not fearing the shadow of that light. The story looks intently at the complexities of Lesbian love and does not shy away from those complexities.
Book Two, The Red Rose
Lost and alone Mary Bernard tries to put her life back together, only to fall prey to her inability to discern the motives of those around her. One disaster after another befalls her.
She takes a job outside her profession only to be harassed and then fired from that job. She meets and falls in love with a woman who betrays her. Knowing she has been rendered completely powerless by the events of the past eight months, and despite this, she discovers that she is to travel to England to seek the guidance of a woman who may be her spiritual master.
The darkness of the Void has engulfed Mary, and she cannot free herself. Drowning in her suffering, Mary's path has gone beyond the white, pristine Albedo, and has become the bloody Rubedo.
Book Three, The Yellow Rose
Mary Bernard travels on board the QEII to England to be with her spiritual master. Ill during the passage across the Atlantic, she is gravely ill when the QEII arrives in Southampton, England. She is taken to a London hospital, where it is determined that she must be returned to the United States immediately. Much to her dismay, she is put on a plane and flown to Boston where she is hospitalized.
Deep in the death throes of the Citrinitas, her disease is finally stabilized, but in denial about her disease, she decides to go home to Colorado.
Amid the rubble of her life and the profound depression caused by her disease, and not seeing her spiritual master, Mary falls in love for a third and final time.
Magnolia Dances, a poetic diary of unrequited love by Jenenne Castor-Thompson...grief, heart shattering, soul searching, dark nights alone, grief. Grief has a strange way of making one whole; whole in ways that all the happiness in the world cannot ever do for one. And, wholeness only comes after grief is faced with all of the self/Self. If one avoids the process, the gold of wholeness is never achieved. I did not know in 2001, while I was falling in love, that I would eventually go on a journey to wholeness; all I knew, at that time, was that I was not loved in return, that I would never be loved in return, and there was nothing I could do to change this. For some reason, at that point in my life, either due to age, or circumstance, I decided to walk on the rock filled path of grief to see where it might lead me. What resulted was wholeness, and Magnolia Dances, a poetic diary of unrequited love. For if we never face love in all of its glory and devastation, but only fear love, and run from it, who are we after all? The heart can only grow with tears that are allowed to fall...falling in love, magnolia dancing, flying home.