During my conversation with my Mum the other day about past lives, I mentioned that I occasionally get an image in my mind of an old galleon either coming in to port, or sailing away. It’s a strange thing to randomly think of, as I don’t live near to a port and I don’t think there are that many galleons left in the world – although I could be wrong. I also get the feeling of the year 1642.
Ever since I was little I’d have this image in my mind – not all the time – and it is all the more vivid whenever I hear the Christmas Carol ‘I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In’. I’ve just done a quick search on the internet for a little bit of information for this carol, and one site I visited says the words to it were originally published in 1666. The image I see is usually of one ship, not three, but whenever I hear the carol ‘my’ ship is there with another two, in my mind’s eye.
The galleon itself is huge, with vast white sails, and it quietly and effortlessly glides through the water. The woodwork is a deep brown in colour, and there are many windows on each deck. I don’t see any people on board, and I’m watching it from the land – I’m never on board it myself. With my Christmas image, the other two ships are considerably smaller, and both are very white, so my ship really stands out between them.
I’m not saying that I was around in 1642 or anything like that, I could have seen something when I was very little and the thought has just stuck with me throughout the years, but with me thinking about reincarnation it is just as possible that I was there (wherever there was!) and this is a memory from another time. I find the mind absolutely fascinating!
While I was looking for the information for the carol, I also did a quick search for the year 1642, and I found that:
Galileo Galilei, the Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher died this year. His daughter, Virginia Gamba, had been placed into a convent (back in 1613), and changed her name to Maria Celeste (after the Virgin Mary and Galileo’s love of astronomy). I’m not sure if this has anything to do with Maria or just a similar name, but a couple of hundred years later (well, 4th December 1872 to be exact), a ship called the Mary Celeste was found sailing towards Gibraltar, in sea worthy condition, only without a crew who were never seen again. Their disappearance is probably the greatest maritime mystery of all time.
Other events back in 1642 include the start of the first English Civil War, with conflicts between Charles I and Oliver Cromwell, and the birth of Isaac Newton on Christmas Day. The red coat of the British Army was adopted around this time (in 1645) – I’ve added that because I have some strange feelings whenever I see pictures of these uniforms (but again this must be my imagination!)
This delving back in time is certainly very interesting, and I never had the thought that Isaac Newton would be younger than Oliver Cromwell, or that Oliver Cromwell was alive at the same time as Galileo. I love learning new things!
I’m back in the present now. In the here and now. And I feel good!