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Courage and the Golden Key Beltane 2014 – 16

Courage to Jump the Stream

Courage to Jump the Stream

I am convinced without a shadow of a doubt that Brittany is a land of the Fay. Although I don’t get the sense that they are the same as what one might find in Ireland (I wonder if Fay have country divisions?)

As I walked deeper into the woods (Gwas had vanished on some quest of his own) I came across another grove. The fact that I came across it meant that it was by visibility open. Dowsing confirmed this and this time I was taking no chances. I asked all the appropriate questions and found that it was safe in all ways that I could detect.

There was only one problem. The grove was on the other side of a stream and as far as I could see there was no imminent way to cross it. Would it be to my advantage to do so? Yes, very much so. What to do? I walked along the edge of the stream and found the best place to leap across. It was still a very unnerving task. There was a slight out cropped rock on my side and what looked like a moss-covered (guaranteed to slip) rock on the side. The gap between the two left a lot to be desired too.

In my experience, rivers, waterfalls and streams where my Kryptonite. I always fell in. I could almost hear the Sidhe whispering….Come and visit us, we have a great gift for you… I know, sounds too inviting, right? But recall that I had triple checked my safety lines.

With Gwas no where in sight, I took out all my valuables from my various pockets and stowed them under a tree root. Better to be safe than wet. Then, with a huge amount of trepidation mixed with a goodly slice of courage I leapt across the water and…made it!

Euphoria hit me in a wave! Yeah! I picked up the rods, which I had thrown across, and walked into the welcoming grove. Since all my experience with Fay has been about exchange, I asked what they would like as a gift?

You have already given it to us. The courage you showed in leaping across and the faith you have in us comes from the heart. So we give you a gift of a Golden Key of the Heart.

What? What key? Was this another invisible – believe you have it – item? Even as I thought this they (I know, but it was a they) said Put your hand on your heart. I figured this was going to be some kind of pledge type thing so I did…

I was wearing a shirt that had a pocket right over my heart. As I placed my hand on my pocket I felt something in it. Reaching in, I had to laugh, inside my pocket was the key card to my hotel room. “I get it” I thought, “Key and Heart” very symbolic. I made to shove the card back in my pocket when it stuck on something. There was something else in my pocket. I drew it out in complete awe.

Golden Key to the Heart

Golden Key to the Heart

Along with the key card, my heart pocket held the golden coin I had purchased the day before. Forgotten about entirely, it had found its way to my shirt pocket. I stared at it for a long time. A key, a golden coin and a heart. How impossible is that?

Of course the Golden Coin was the golden key to the heart. But what an amazing synchronicity. I dowsed whether the coin had been imbued with some kind of power? Yes. What that was I don’t know as I could not get a yes to any questions that I asked.

But one more astonishing thing has to be revealed. Over the years we have come up with a scale for measurement purposes. On occasion we have asked what some energy level is based on a 1 to 10 scale. On a handful of occasions something has topped this scale and gone over. In my experience I have never measured anything over a 13 and in most instances it gives results between 3 and 7.

So, on impulse, I asked for the energetic level of this Golden Key. I was utterly astonished and had to triple check my answer. On a scale of 1 – 10 this item registered at a 17! Both Gwas and I have never come close to measuring a power item at this level. What was this key?

I thanked the Fay of this awesome grove (no pics I am afraid, my camera was not on this side of the stream). As I made to walk away, I felt a distinct laughter. Not a malicious laugh more of a playful one. What is it I asked? You still have to jump back across the stream and there was more laughter.

Fortunately I made it back safely too. But another surprise was left. When I placed the key card and coin in my pocket I found one other item in there. It was a 10 Euro note. I was sure that this wasnt significant, but for the purpose of completion, I asked. The rods took sides against me and told me that the note was symbolically significant too. Seriously?!?

Kal Malik – Gifted!

Arbor Low – Sunshine and penance

I am writing this post because I lost a bet. When I last went out with Kal to Derbyshire a few weeks ago the clouds were thick and black. All the way there we had persistent rain threatening to make our day out a rather damp one. We didn’t have much time and I only had tow things on the agenda – to take more accurate bearings at Arbor Low in preparation for my book research, and then to visit a cave near to Buxton to practise my chakra awakening using sound. As we approached Buxton it seemed like my second choice was looking like the best one – being in a cave seemed like the most sensible choice.

It was at that point that Kal made his bet – he bet me that he would be able to make the sun appear as he usually did, and that we would therefore NOT get wet at Arbor Low. Not get wet at Arbor Low? Today? With these dark clouds all around? And with Arbor Low’s reputation for wind, cold and rain? I took the bet. I said that if he managed to make good on his promise of sun I would write a post as penance, explaining how I should believe him, not doubt his faith, etc etc. Yeah, yeah. I took the bet.

As we got out of the car I was chuckling to myself – it was still raining and I advised Kal to take one of my spare waterproof coats. “No need” he explained, “I’ll be fine – the sun will come out soon and I won’t need it.” Unbelievable! The sky was dark slate grey with not a hint of the sun making an appearance for the whole day in any direction. We walked up to the large embanked circle and I began to take readings in the rain and freezing cold wind. It was not a nice experience and I may have hurried the measurements a little in order to get the exercise over with, and this may necessitate me going back again when the weather’s a little warmer. Hey – I’m human!

Johann Bode's depiction of the Phoenix constellation

I took some other measurements too – like finding out that the stone circle was built aligned to the star that Andis Kaulins had said it was – Altair in the Aquila constellation. I also got agreement from the dowsing rods that each stone was in itself a star map. This was very interesting, but it wasn’t making the experience any warmer of less wet. I dowsed for the current star alignment to see if it had changed. Using StarWalk on my iPhone I identified that the current star that Arbor Low is aligned to is … Ankaa, in the Phoenix constellation. Ankaa means Boat in Arabic. That was it – my hands were freezing – I had to stop now.

Kal was doing his own research with the stone circle, but when I called him over to mention this interesting information he reminded me that his book cover (see Active Enlightenment) is also a phoenix. Then, just as we were discussing that coincidence another one happened. Through the thick grey clouds the sun somehow managed to cut a hole and shine down upon us. It was like something out of a dream.. I couldn’t believe it was happening. Kal just smirked and said, “The sun, at a sun site, with a sun person…like a phoenix!”

The impossible sun

Just look at that picture! How…? Kal had won his bet. I knew that I would have to write this post, and that I would have to tell the whole Hedge Druid-reading public that yet again Kal’s faith in the miraculous powers of the sun are undeniable, and I should never doubt them. That is my penance done now.

Gwas.

A night in the forest

In my previous post “A mid summer nights dream” I was given 5 unshakable tasks. As I mentioned there I was told not to reveal the nature of the tasks until I had completed each of them.

Last night I completed one of the five tasks. by going into the forest alone and spending a wakeful night listening to forest, branch, creatures and earth.

It was about 8pm in the evening and I had figured that tonight would be the night to do this. I had my instructions…go as you would normally go, which meant to me that I shouldn’t take any extra gear.

I dowsed to see whether Alderley Edge forest or Delemere forest was suitable. They both were and so I picked Alderley Edge as it is one that I feel warm to.

I arrived at the “wizards” forest around 9pm and took:

  • my dowsing rods
  • some candles
  • crystals
  • lighter (and matches)
  • incense

Noticeably I didn’t take my mobile phone!

Dark and Silent

I guess that the sun was on the horizon if not below it when I ventured into the forest. The Edge being quite high relatively speaking there was still light penetrating enough to give it a magical feel and though it has been raining a lot over the last few days it was reasonably dry in the forest.

Honestly I wasn’t too happy going in but the promise (of the next level of the spiral) kept me from turning around and heading back out.

It was quite funny as I walked into the depths of the forest. I wasn’t scared of getting lost in the dark since my intention was to stay until the morning. That made me laugh as I walked deeper into the darkening gloom.

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