Hail is the whitest of grain;
it is whirled from the vault of heaven
and is tossed about by gusts of wind
and then it melts into water. 
Photograph: Alexey Kljatov
A sense of a delicate and fragile creation,
with a structure which can melt into flowing waters.
A metaphor of our world perhaps, familiar from eastern philosophies.
Things are not always as they seem…
…or perhaps a dance,
creating a world between the depths of the earth and the stars in space.
Perhaps a spiral dance like the one at the centre of The Dancing Floor Film.
Here the dance follows the patterns of the triple spiral and
the way they can link together to form the dancing floor.
Here is a way of contemplating the process by which this can happen,
from the book of Jubilee: The Formation of the Constructors.
In the Kabbalistic Book of Formation, the creation of the world was considered in terms of letters and numbers, abstract processes combining from the simple to the complex. In the first stage three mother letters are formed, and then seven double letters:
Seven double letters B, G, D, K, P, R, T, the height and the depth, east and west, north and south, and the Holy Temple stands firmly in the middle, and it carries them all.
From an unpublished translation of the
Sepher Yetzirah by W G Davies and G Zur.
The octahedral shape seems to have been of significance to our ancestors. Hundreds of stone balls have been found in Northern Scotland, carved in the Neolithic period – roughly 3200-2500 BCE. Of these, a recent study has shown that over half contain six knobs with the placement of knobs roughly on the front, back, left, right, top, and bottom of the ball.
All this in a snowflake…