A little hop back in time for this one. It’s out of sequence, but it shows that the preparations undertaken before a Festival date like Lammas are done well in advance, and often with a certain amount of “unknowingness”, at what psychologists might call a subconscious level. I prefer to call this the natural unfoldment of The Path, like the descent of a hill might lead naturally to a stream at the bottom.
Here, then, is my account of some preparation work done before Lammas this year at Mitchell’s Fold stone circle in Shropshire. Having now gone through the Lammas work I can see how useful the preparation was! Hindsight, eh?
An Unusual Approach
I rode to the circle on my motorbike as the weather was still fine. We were having a long spell of dryness that was encouraging me to go further and out more often than usual. The track to the circle was fun on a bike! I left my things at the King Stone outlier and then took some photographs.
I used dowsing rods to determine the correct approach to the circle. Unusually, it was from the East – a direction I’ve never come to the circle from before. Was this a signal that something different might be about to happen here?
I found the Spirit of Place at a mossy spot to the northern side of the tallest stone. You’re never alone at this stone circle due to its position on the route for local dog-walkers but I managed to find a few quiet moments in between the rowdier parties in which to meditate.
One light meditation later and despite distractions of several visiting family groups I still managed to get a connection with which I could exchange information. In negotiation with the Spirit of Place I traded my recent experiences of Druid’s Circle in return for advice on what I might do before Solstice in order to be fully prepared for the experience.
It’s all in the Balance
I was given an idea – depicted through images of balanced black and white shapes, and then through the symbolic figures of Arthurian characters on different axes of a cross shape. This informed me that I needed to balance the forces of Gwalchmai with Gwalchaved. This year has been almost exclusively a Galahad year. I was shown that I needed to bring a little balance to that work with some Gawain energy too.
I felt that it wasn’t specifically any work, but rather that it was to achieve a state of mind wherein the forces were balanced,and that achieving this balance of mind would be helpful to my forthcoming Lammas work.. I set about trying to find out which energies the two characters represented. The best I could achieve was:
- Gawain = sympathy, empathy and feeling emotion – represents the West
- Galahad = Directness, focus and will – represents the East (interesting that I approached the circle from the East this time – in the year of Galahad)
The balance would be to be able to achieve the focus of the self’s will, but retain a sympathetic interest in others and the surroundings.
I later sat looking at Corndon Hill. It occurred to me that it may once have been used as a coronation place where the Kings of the region were crowned, and that its name originally meant “Coroned On Hill” or “Crowned On Hill”. I don’t know where that came from – it was just a fleeting thought.
On my way out I noticed the low embankment that circles the hilltop area. How had I never noticed this on previous visits, I wondered? Today it made a good point for me to thank the spirits at work in the circle and to dismiss my own energies before I left. Best to clean up as you go!
A short, sharp but informative visit. I would have to consider my Lammas preparations carefully now.