An Inventory of Dexter's OldeChest
1. A Clock , because
Dexter was a collector of timepieces
2. A Bunny, to receive hidden teachings
3. Dexter's famous "little book"
4. Scraps of paper , perhaps his writing
5. Gloves, to recall his onetime trade
6. Dragonfly Impression , a craft project
7. Dragonfly Incense Utensil
8. Dexter Spoon
9. Obsidian Scrying Stone
10. Sounding of the Bell
11. Tassels to adorn his hat
12. Frog Bank , a symbol of "magick "
13. A Pouch of Pennies
14. Lost Fugio Coins ~ "Times Flies"
The chest contains Articles such as :
A Clock ~ Dexter was an avid collector of clocks , obsessed with timekeeping ~ As a biographer once remarked , Dexter "out - Einsteined Einstein" on the theory of time & space ~ We shall test his theory.
A Bunny ~ Its movements sometimes used for divination , a Bunny or Hare is often associated with transformation , the receiving of hidden teachings & intuitive messages . Timothy Dexter followed the “Ould Wayes” & the Celtic Lunar Calendar ~ so perchance he himself saw the Bunny in the Full Moon . The Knowing Ones certainly do ~ Do you see the Bunny?
A copy of Dexter’s anthology , "A Pickle for the Knowing Ones" ~ first published May , 1802 ~ reprinted by the Historical Society of Old Newbury & soon available at the Cushing House Museum ~ Plus , virtually accessible on the "noue systom of knollege & Lite" at www.BrightiDear.com ~
Scraps of Script seemingly drafted by his Lordship himself ~ Messages left behind & submissions from the Otherworld ~ Instructions for Invocations from his Book of Shadows & towardly “thorts & axsions” to provoke New Beginnings ~
Gloves ~ to recall his former Apprenticeship & Trade as a Leather Dresser ~ Dexter's shop was at the "Sign of the Glove" opposite Somerby’s Landing on the corner of Green & Merrimac Streets , now the landscaped corner of the Green Street parking lot planted with crabapple trees ~
Dragonfly Impression ~ Dexter believed that he would reincarnate by transforming to human form through a Dragonfly Darning Needle ~ Plus, instructions on how to craft a knotted twine Dragonfly Darning Needle can be found at the link without: whatknot.tripod.com/knots/dragon.htm.
Dragonfly Incense Utensil ~ a most useful Tool for the Novate to measure & mix Incense & such during Invocations .
Dexter Spoon ~ to stir & properly measure portions for potions & concoctions . The engraving an obvious emblem & metaphor , The Ship is also found embossed on the lid of Dexter's old chest .
Obsidian Stone ~ All Obsidian stones share the characteristic of making the user aware of their flaws & how to address them , often in very visual terms ~ Excellent for grounding & for protecting from physical or emotional harm, it provides shielding from negativity in the environment.
While as a grounding stone Obsidian helps to stabilize ~ As a Scrying Tool , it can offer an accurate reflection of the changes that need to be made ~ Its answers can be quick and somewhat pointed , as Obsidian walks the Shadow Side of the Void . It will help to provide a clear course of action & let you know what challenges are the most necessary to face ~ not always the easiest or most pleasant lessons.
The Rainbow Obsidian is like a rainbow amidst the darkest storm . Rainbow Obsidian brings light into the darkness of self . It brings a sense of joy , energy & belief in the possible .
Employing this stone in pyramid form should prove the Waterside people’s optimal hope for transforming the very best in Lord Dexter & in ourselves , as well ~ preparing us to commence New Beginnings.
Bell ~ a favorite donation of Timothy Dexter, one such bell is still used today at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church ~ Listen for its clear tones ~ Cast in 1796 by the Warner Co. of London, England, the inscription on the bell reads "Given by Timothy Dexter, Esq. At the cost of $333.33 to the Second Presbyterian Society of the city of Newbury Port" ~ and was donated to the Harris Street Church while Dexter lived at the Tracy House.
Tassels ~ to trim & dangle on his Lordship’s preposterous "Bonney partey" Hat!
Frog Bank ~ Dexter oft made reference to the frog , symbolically comparing humankind to toads ~ It seems the frog was also held up as a kind of sign or omen , as mentioned on page 36 of "A Pickle for the Knowing Ones " ~
Actually, to many cultures, the frog
is a symbol of magick which can
teach you to leap swiftly from one
level of consciousness to
another ~ from this world to the
Otherworld ~ The frog can also help you
find the courage to accept new ideas, nuture yourself & find connections between ideas.
representation of the
bank is obvious :
Dexter was a wise & canny investor
with a Midas touch ~ someone who followed The Golden
Rule ~ Try the bank yourself , with
a coin from . . .
Try the bank yourself , with a coin from . . .
A Pouch of Pennies ~ two hundred in count , plus one Canadian penny ~ Using the conversion of the Consumer Price Index , this would be equivalent to about $28.00 (twenty-eight dollars) in the period Dexter lived at the Tracy House ~ Just how many coins will Charon charge Dexter to cross the River Styx from the Otherworld ? A Penny for your thoughts . . .
“ Fugios” ~ Designed by Benjamin Franklin , these were the very first coin of the United States of America . So-called because on one side of the copper coin the word "Fugio" is inscribed beside a sundial ~ " Fugio" in Latin means "I Fly," so with the sundial it implies "Time Flies" ~ below which is inscribed one of Franklin’s favorite mottos : "Mind Your Business" .
On the other side of the coin are thirteen entwined rings , one for each of the thirteen states . In the center of the coin , the words "United States" surround the slogan " We are one" .
Franklin's Fugio Cents were minted in 1787 and immediately entered circulation ~ By the time Washington was inaugurated as the nation's first president in 1789 , Fugio Cents were already in wide circulation ~ prompting the decimal monetary system to be later adopted by Congress ~ a fascinating history retold at the website www.collectsource.com/time.htm ~ with yet more insight at this (University of Notre Dame library collection) nd.edu webpage .
When President Washington came to Newburyport ~ staying overnight at the Tracy House October 30, 1789 & breaking fast at the Dalton House the following morning ~ Fugios were jingling in the coffers of shops & the pockets of the Waterside people .
Where are these fugios now ? While collectors place high value on these coins , the Fugio Cent's combined message continues to enrich us all ~ "Time Flies so Mind Your Business & We Are One " ~ Peace & prosperity can be found in the balance.