Celtic Illumination, Part 12, Shaolin, the way of the master
Certain people are suggesting that the term ‘master candle maker’ is just too simple to describe a vocation that covers so many disciplines and demands such a high level and cross section of skills. It is true that one’s journey may only be beginning when the accolade of master candle maker is bestowed upon oneself. However one of the required disciplines in the armoury of a master candle maker is humility, like Grasshopper, or as you may know him Kwai Chang Caine.
Like Shaolin monks, master candle makers, themselves have a blind master, who not only trains them, but names them. Like Caine too there is no final exam, the path of learning continues and you can only leave when you can snatch the pebble from the master’s hand, however in the deadly world of candles we use an unscented, lit, tea light.
I had noticed that the amount of applications for positions as trainee master candle maker had quadrupled recently, many coming from the houses of parliament in London, England. However, as you may understand, I was disappointed to learn that these people may not have been completely honest in their expressed desire to become a creative genius, otherwise known as a master candle maker, but were more interested in the cross dressing aspect of being a master candle maker.
Now when I mention cross dressing, I don’t mean pulling on a jumper when you are in a bad mood. I am talking about wearing the correct attire for the correct occasion. Now not just anybody can don a skirt and pull it off. Pulling off skirts will be dealt with in another blog, here I mean having the legs to actually wear a skirt. This is one point in the master candle maker apprenticeship where a majority of people will fail because many men have ugly legs, this is why they wear long trousers. If you don’t believe me just go to Scotland