Whirling Rainbows


If rainbows don’t make you believe in magic, then I don’t know what will. 

Whenever they appear I become completely mesmerised by them, so waking up to one right outside my window was a pure delight. It began merely as a faded curve in the sky…. then the wind blew the clouds along and the sunlight poured through, revealing an entire arch with the colours glowing vibrantly. It was the first time in a long time I’d seen a rainbow from beginning to end. A second rainbow appeared moments later, behind the first like a shadow. The whole spectacle lasted only minutes long, and then it disappeared back into thin air.

I was dazzled by this one so much that it made me late to work. When my boss asked why, I told her I’d been admiring the rainbow and she looked at me like I was nuts. How can you not be captivated by a spectrum of light forming into a collection of colours in the air?

Another rainbow appeared a few days later. This one was fainter, just a glimmer that someone might happen to miss if they weren’t looking up. I had the English autumn weather to thank for providing the rain and sun to make it. The fact that the both are needed to create such a wonder, always reminds me of the saying: You must have the bad to appreciate the good, and vice versa. You can’t have one without the other. No rainbow without enduring the rain. There always has to be a balance.

Encountering two rainbows in a matter of days is something unique. They seem to appear a few times a year and even then, you might only catch a glimpse or perhaps you won’t be outside. You have to allow yourself some fascination at these rare occurrences.

Rainbows have been a part of folklore since the dawn of time – like the Irish say there’s a little leprechaun waiting at the end of it with a pot of gold. There is another old legend you perhaps won’t be as familiar with, told by the Native Americans long ago. It is known as the Whirling Rainbow Prophecy. This tells that a generation will come in which people of all creeds, colours and cultures will unite as one to return the peaceful ways, through the understanding that everyone is working towards the same cause – a better world for us to live in.

Next time you see a rainbow, take a moment to remind yourself of its beauty.


~ Waking up to a rainbow every day would be a dream ~


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