Knot tying is an art form considered to be of great importance by the Ministry of Clouds on account of its strategic relationship with several things which come under the jurisdiction of the Department of Airborne Transportation, Engineering and Technology in particular. A kite for example played a significant role in Benjamin Franklin’s proof that thunderclouds (cumulonimbus) produce electricity and presumably several knots were key players in this experiment. Hot air balloons and dirigibles are always secured with important looking knots prior to an elegant turn around the clouds. Also deserving special mention are the ultimate knot tiers (no, not boy scouts); those riders of the storms, the salty dogs of the sea, those whale harpooning, plank walking, knot looping geniuses who for years have had the most intimate of relationships with the clouds. Mariners’ very lives depended upon the strength of their knots when the clouds got really angry.
Heavenly matters brings us to the announcement of the appointment of a Special Envoy of the Cloudy Spirit who is charged with the lofty task of being a liaison between the clouds in the heavens and our eternal search for meaning through theology, mysticism, religion, and soul music. This demonstration of How to Tie an Auspicious Cloud Knot is perhaps more of the school of spiritual knot tying than that of engineering and technology, in that its use is certainly decorative and perhaps meditative. One of the eight sacred symbols of the Tibetan Buddhist canon is the Knot of Infinity, the description of which bears a great deal of similarity to the way the Ministry feels about clouds in a mystical context; “an ancient symbol representing the interweaving of the Spiritual path, the flowing of Time and Movement within That Which is Eternal. All existence, it says, is bound by time and change, yet ultimately rests serenely within the Divine and the Eternal.”[wikipedia, sic, with apologies for weird capitalization from the MOC]