As a child I was told that djinn roam the earth during sunrise and sunset. I was expected to be indoors “when the light changed” or risk capture or consumption by the spirits. I would stare out the window at sunset watching the light shift and imagine the high desert transforming into a parade of wild things. Bewildered and terrified, I had to see a djinn for myself.
I could only imagine what form the djinn would take. But I did have my ideas about about their shape, sound, and color. 1) animal-like: part coyote/part lion. 2) dust devil - at first organized chaos, then abrupt stillness. 3) that one sound that occupies the space between sounds. Light clanking of silverware. 4) one solid color all at once. Maybe lapis blue.
It was pretty clear I wasn’t going to meet a djinn from the confines of my home. I’d have to venture into the wilds of the desert when the shadows play. I’d gather the items needed to encounter shapeshifters; lava rocks, salt, a single falcon feather, and a handful of cactus needles. I’d draw out the string from my kite and wait.
It soon dawned on me that it wasn’t a time of day that the djinn came to life… it was the quality of light in which the djinn became visible. Djinn Light Study is an ongoing study on the quality of light that evokes the djinn.