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The second place we intended to visit on Samhain this year was a newly-designated stone circle on the exposed side of Hay Bluff. Hay Bluff is a beautiful bracken-laden burgeoning hill which rolls gently upwards from Abergavenny until it tilts downward towards its English cousin Hay-On-Wye. As we rose towards the top of the hill we simply had to stop and take some photographs because the vista was so stunning.
The drive up revealed the autumn rust colours of the bracken contrasting beautifully with the remaining greenery. The narrow road gave us a few heart-stopping moments, but on the whole most people were very courteous in letting us past or negotiating a passing place. It was worth the treacherous and tortuous tiny road required to reach the top.
A Sad Little Circle
On arrival we found that the exposed ‘circle’ was too windy and wet to do much for any length of time. We had to work quickly. The circle has one standing stone a few feet tall and angled. Other stones are small, buried and often missing. The size of the circle is about ten feet in diameter. It doesn’t dowse as being very strong. No wonder it had gone unrecognised for so long!
My reason for visiting was that I thought we have some work to do here and I want to find out what that was. Were we expected to protect it, put energy into it, clean it up or restore its spirit of place? I got out of the car and began to dowse despite the howling wind that was causing people around us to pull hoods up tight and shuffle off on their walks with some element of doubt about why they had chosen this day.
The dowsing revealed that we should work to restore the circle’s part in a larger network by inviting back the missing Spirit of Place.
I turned to Kal and explained my findings. He explained his. They were the same! With that kind of independent correlation we knew we had to do something. We split up again and began to work how each of worked best.
Fort Marlborough, nr. Es Castell, Menorca - October 9th 2013
I recently went to Menorca - one of the beautiful Balearic Islands off the eastern coast of Spain. One of the ways in which I was persuaded to go there was that not only was it a great destination for some autumn sunshine, but it was also littered with megalithic sites. Well, this hedge druid only needs one such invitation. We were going!
After a few days relaxation and recuperation M and I hired a car and headed out into the island’s interior. We were based in the south-eastern corner of the island as S’Algar, and within half an hour’s drive there were a couple of places that I had already ear-marked as being potentially interesting. I had a print-off of the location and a brief description, We made our way along the main island highway stopping off at places along the way. First destination – Fort Marlborough.
I didn’t have any expectations of this place. For me it was just intended to be a sightseeing episode, but actually it turned into something more interesting.
Being Scared To Death
Our adrenalin levels had been sent sky-high – firstly M jumped at seeing a wax dummy of a solider when she rounded a corner on the tour path. Then I jumped when I was struck my a simultaneous blast of air and explosion noise when I ventured into one of the tunnels under the fort. It was a demonstration of how sappers sabotaged attempts to burrow under the fort’s walls, but it made me jump! It nearly scared me to death! And maybe that was the start of the whole theme for Menorca’s ancient sites – death.
I was scared, I have to confess. In my humble opinion, people take working with crystals without the seriousness it deserves. It is understandable. I used to be in that position myself many years ago. However constant experience has taught me that crystals have a powerful effect on energy.
As with many things esoteric, I have a theory. It’s my belief that crystals have two effects on energy.
- They shape and guide the flow of energy.
- They pass on a resonance to energy.
Oh and it seems that some crystals can amplify and attenuate energy too. I would mention something on crystals and water (particularly flowing water) but that goes beyond the scope of this post.
Over the last few years I have on four occasions used a crystal and intention layout in my bedroom. On each of those occasions, profound results have occurred almost immediately. The last of these occasions was two nights ago.
I had taken my substantial collection of crystals out of storage a couple of weeks ago, but had not taken them from my car to my room…see…fear!
This day, being the day before our visit to Mitchells fold I decided to move the crystals into my room and after a good deal of trepidation I decided to create a layout. My intention was simple enough.
Let this layout guide me to the best future for me
Or something like that. My crystals all come in a sectioned box, with about 20 sections and about 4/5 crystals per section. My method of selection was simple. I would have in mind each section at a time and then ask whether any crystals from that section was needed. If there was a need, I would then ask individually for each crystal in the section. Simple, right.
By the time I had finished I had about 14 crystals. Then taking each crystal in my hand, I asked where it should be placed. One after the other I placed each crystal at some point around the perimeter of my bed. The final one, which was a rose quartz by the way, ended up under my pillow.
Note: Giving you an exact layout of the crystals wouldn’t really be of use as I think, the crystals and layout are highly personal and also time dependant.
The rods determined that the layout had to be in place for about 6 hours and so it was time to go to bed. Now I want to do a flashback to a couple of days ago.
My contract of work was coming to a conclusion and with careful planning right at the time that I was due to fly out to California for a month. In fact my flight was due to leave in four days time. I was feeling good. One of the reasons I was on a particular high was that my manager had come to me only a day ago and said that he would like for me to return to the company for further work after I returned from my holiday. Can’t really argue with a blessing like that right. How could I say no? It was like having your cake and eating it. Awesome! Fresh with this feeling in mind and a bedroom adorned with crystals I fell asleep, contented and quite happy.
I awoke the next day, early and refreshed. I had forgotten about the crystals until I stepped on one as I went to the bathroom, ouch! I collected them up and asked the rods a quick, “was the work done” to which the answer was Yes. Today was three days before I flew out to the USA. I was excited. I drove into work and was seated at my desk when my managers manager walked up to me and asked whether he could have a word. Sure, I said.
A few minutes later he had told me that my manager had made an error and that they would not be needing my services after I returned. The guy, bless him, thought I had a sour feeling in my stomach. He was right, but for the wrong reason. I wasn’t upset with the loss of the job, that’s life. What had occurred to me in an instant was…
Had the crystal layout caused me to lose my job?
Of course it had to be a coincidence? So here I was at Mitchells fold ready to ask the all important question. Before I did so, I asked the preliminary one, “Could I ask questions about this subject?” The answer was a thankful Yes. So it came to the question…
- “Did the crystal layout have anything to do with me losing my job?” Yes. Oh blimey!
- “If I had not done the layout, would I still have had my job?” Yes
- “Was the best path for me to not return to where I was working?” Yes
I sat in my power place and meditated on these answers. A flash of insight occurred to me. I wouldn’t have been able to say no to the job offer (it providing me with food and shelter after all) so was this why the job had been taken away from me (so to speak)? The dowsing rods clinked a yes. Wow! What a strange turn of events.
Kal Malik – bedazzled
On our way to Lligwy chamber we decided to stop of at the nearby Lligwy village, why you might ask, after all it wouldn’t be considered to be a sacred site. True, however, as I have mentioned before. As we have places of worship in our villages, towns and cities. So did the ancients and although they might not be recognisable, their energy remnants may still exist and be of use. Thus here we were at Lligwy.
The question is, did we find anything of value or note at this place. Yes and it was a surprise to me too. I began by asking my standard questions…
- Was there anything I can do for this place?
- Was there anything I could learn or get from this place?
The answers were Yes and No, respectively. What to do then? Well, it turns out that I was to collect some energy residue from one part of the site and deposit it at another. That’s it. Why I had to do this and for what purpose are, as you know, unanswerable. Just for note really. The process was really simple…
- Get the dowsing rods to take me to the collection point.
- Collect the energy – using a visualisation.
- Get the rods to take me to the deposit point.
- Visualise a release of the energy.
Which it took about 10 minutes to do. Our stay then consisted of more time spent taking pictures than actual work. But it has been noted and logged.
Kal Malik Next Please!
Ooops…the car skidded to a halt. What was that sign? A well and a Church? Definitely worth a few minutes of our time. The name of the place turned out to be Boswarthen Well and Church. There was a lovely path leading up to the well and church and it was a delight to walk it. Often we find that others have recognised certain places as having energy worthy of note and this route was no exception. About half way from the car park to the site we found this magnificent tree…
You will note that I call it a sacred tree. Was it sacred? The dowsing rods proclaimed it to be so. Was it sacred before it was adorned with emotive gifts? No. Interesting, right? We bestowed sacredness (whatever you take that to mean) to the tree. Beautiful.
Continuing along the beautiful green path we arrived at the well. I got there before Gwas and had a mooch around for interesting energies. The usual spirals and power centres were found. Alas nothing for me to do or learn. So I sat by the exit beneath the shade provided by a great oak. As I sat there I heard a voice. Now, I am not a one for hearing unannounced voices and so this made me jump.
A curious question arises…what makes us see what we see? For what I saw was an impish type being sat to the right and behind me. Faery kin and I don’t have a speaking relationship so I was rather surprised at this meeting. Still, who am I to argue with an experience that may be entirely made up? “What are you doing here?” I asked. The imp responded, that he lived in the well but the energy wasn’t right in there at the moment and so he was waiting for it to change. A thought occurred to, I had had a conversation with Gwas re faery kind and he had said that he wanted to meet one. I asked the imp if this was something he would be interested in? It responded, “No, not unless he sees me.” Fair enough. As I waited for Gwas to arrive I mentioned to the Imp (casual conversation, you understand), “I’m a follower of Caileach.” The imp laughed. “No, you are not.” he said, “She is a follower of you.”
Rather shocked by this revelation, I sat in silence awaiting Gwas.He arrived and did his own energy exploration of the well. He found that he needed to do some serious amount of work there. I was able to help with it and the full tale is told in this post (Healing at the well).
Work completed and to our satisfaction we moved on to the Merry Maidens.
Kal Malik – being followed
It was the beginning of the third day of our Summer Solstice journey for 2013. The weather had been wonderful (counter to the lamented BBC forecast) and although still warm, it was looking slightly dubious this morning.
We parked the car and I noted that there was going to be a rather steep walk up to the castle that was named a rather innocuous, Chun. My experience has led me to question the term castle when it comes to ancient sites. Many of the marks on the map that say “castle” end up as being a raised mound or a few rocks semi-buried in the ground. The question that I am sometimes asked is, why do I say that such sites are sacred? The answer is that I don’t. Well not often, Gwas and I have visited many (castle/fort) sites and rarely do we declare them of value.
Here however is my thinking on the matter. As with modern social structures. Cities, towns and villages were built upon or surrounding older dwellings. Taking this to the nth degree, ancient origins could have been built on or around pagan sites of worship. Not only that but such dwellings would have housed places of devotion. So when we come across such a place we ask for such places. Are there energy centres, places of power, places of devotion, altars of ritual? In some cases useful remnants remain. In most they don’t.
As I said, It was a castle, so before journeying up to it I asked the dowsing rods whether it was beneficial for me to make the climb. Sadly they said yes, so it was off on the long climb up to the castle (oh and I forgot to mention, the Quoit – Dolmen).
At least I used the rods to take me via an energy trail and so I was less tired than I might have been. I let the rods guide me around the remains of the castle, which was a large area in cased in an ancient stone wall. Was there anything of value to me there? No.
Just a point to add here. I have changed my tack when visiting sacred sites these days. It used to me a me, me, me approach. I have evolved a sense of duty or giving if you like and now my visits are precluded by a question, “Is there anything I can do for this place and/or its inhabitants?” Much better methodology I have found.
So, nothing for me to do and nothing to learn. Not surprising, since there was a Dolmen nearby that I was sure would prove more interesting.
The Quoit was situated a further few hundred metres from the castle remains and I began the trek towards it. Gwas had been left behind at the castle. About half the distance to the Quoit the weather changed instantly and rain hit the hill top in almost horizontal waves. I was drenched immediately and pondered the worthiness of continuing. Grabbing the dowsing rods I quickly asked whether I should continue? The answer was YES! So I continued along the muddy path to the Quoit.
As you can see from the picture, there is a slight overhang that provided respite from the rain. I slid underneath it (the height of the Quoit was about 7 foot) and was able to gain a measure of shelter from the rain. Hunched and legs drawn in, I wondered how long the rain would last? Then another thought occurred to me, why was I brought to this place? As I let my mind muse on this question a thought occurred to me. Maybe I could use the Solstice Energy I had been gathering to change the weather. Bring the sun out? It had worked before, why not test it? The part of my mind that looks for evidence and proof jumped at the chance.
I let my mind empty and visualised the burning sun within my solar plexus (interesting now I reflect back on the moment. The Solar plexus chakra is known as the Sun chakra). I saw something open within me. Like petals of a flower (the image of lotus flowers and chakras is not lost on me) the gateway opened and a burst of light left my abdomen and hit the clouds. With absolute honesty a few minutes later the clouds cleared and the sun came out.
In astonishment I sat and let my clothes dry out. Happiness flooded my being at this confirmation. Wow! What an amazing power. Looking back I find that I didn’t have any thoughts of ego at this revelation of ability. More of surprise at it working. The sun was so hot it took only minutes to dry me out and feeling that my work was done, I began walking back to the castle. My spirit was soaring as I passed Gwas. Literally hopping and skipping down to the car. I sat within and awaited Gwas’s return, musing on my experience. Coincidence! Of course.
Kal Malik – breaking coincidences
It had been an excellent day so far and there was no reason why it shouldn’t continue as such. So it was a surprise when we arrived at the top of Cat Stone hill looking for a sacred site. From the picture that we had it seemed that this was both a large site and with good visibility. But we trampled a goodly amount of land upon the hill with no success. The dowsing rods suggested a direction in which it lay. But we couldn’t figure how that would be the case and so ignored them.
Whilst I pondered the problem, Gwas being more practical, wandered off to look further a field. After a while he shouted across that he had found it and (this should not be new to us know) in the direction the Rods had stipulated. Doh!
I followed Gwas’s directions and found the site about 100 feet from where I was looking. As I walked in and around the site I felt that it was devoid of energy. I mentioned this to Gwas and he confirmed that that was indeed the case. Since Gwas is more the Earth energy guy than I am, I suggested he do something about. After playing with the Rods for a few minutes, he concurred but asked for my help.
During his investigation I had examined the perimeter of the site and found a huge tree in the ploughed field next to the site. It seemed to me that this tree could provide a wonderful source of energy to awaken the site. I asked the rods to confirm this and they did. Here is where intuition really pays its way because as I walked towards the tree I felt that I could create a nice curved path of energy into the site behind me. But how to guide that energy? From experience I know that crystals shape energy paths so I found several large pieces of quartz in the field and placed them in order to create an energetic path. You might wonder whether the crystals were already doing this in the random places they were, however the secret ingredient is intention.
Gwas had brought along his single bowl which provided an excellent metronome for me to send energy along the path I had created into the sacred site beyond the hedge. So the scene was set. Gwas working on the inside, me working on the outside.
Gathering my intention I pulled together energy into a vortex and then as I hit the singing bowl, I pushed the energy with the sound into the crystal groove that I had created. Like water flowing into a tube I sent the energy in a Victor Schauberger spiral down and around into the sacred site. It was an awe inspiring experience both visually and physically.
I continued this for about 15 minutes and then felt a change coming back upstream. My thought was that Gwas had concluded his work so I stopped and walked back around the hedge into the site only to find that two young girls had come into the site and were sitting on a stone opposite Gwas. That was what I had felt, a change in energies. Nevertheless, Gwas had indeed stopped his work so it seems that our work had concluded. I felt the need to return to my seat outside the sacred area and walk along a more energised path back. Following a more curvaceous route into the site, the rods took me to a place just in front of Gwas and I laid some crystal pieces that I had collected at his feet as a sign of gratitude.
Measuring the strength and balance of the site concluded that we had indeed been of great benefit to the place. Job done and of course the sun shone bright upon the conclusion of our efforts. Fabulous!
Kal Malik sacred healer