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Oak Dragon flights - Beltane 2007.
and visionary, and the original founder of Oak Dragon. He had already heard of our plans to develop the OD school, and supported us in this, so it was good to see him again, and stay the night in his cosy cottage, before heading off to Ilfracombe, and the ferry.
That night we went down to the beach and built a fire of the plentiful driftwood, and watched the full moon rise over the sea, a very beautiful evening. But the next day dawned stormy, with funny energies between folk too, so we decided to leave that day and head on down to Cornwall for the Rainbow gathering. I did my talk that afternoon, before the boat left at 4 pm, and enjoyed showing those there the Temple Druid megalithic complex, on big laminated photos I had prepared. I hope to take some of the folk from wales who were there to this site soon, and show them the real thing!
When we arrived, Will realised that his pentacle ring, that he had had many years, had broken, so we went into the witchy shop, and he found another, and also a fantastic Green Man clay face, that was to become an important part of our sacred space kit. All through this trip it felt as if we were guided to the right places and people that were needing to be connected to us and each other, and we also carried elemental items from place to place too. From Lundy we had brought some drift wood, for Fire, and some of the tiny quartz pebbles that were on the paths there, ground up in the island quarry from the local stone, for Earth. In Glastonbury we went to both of the sacred springs there, the Red and the White, and filled Wills’ water container, for Water, and our final gift as we were about to leave Lundy, was a pair of Merlin wings, still joined by the breast bone, that a woman called Pat had found on the beach there, for Air.
We sped on down to Cornwall, and reached the Rainbow that afternoon, where we set up our Sacred Space for the first time. Although we had only a small part of our kit, when it was all set up it looked good, and was the first sight as folk entered the field. We soon attracted visitors to our fire, and Wills’ fire show became a highlight of each evening, as folk sat round the central fire after the food circle. There were several highlights of this camp, including the Talking Circles that we helped to stay focused, and a trip to Truro Cathedral, where we listened to the choir practise, and saw an amazing painting. This was about 6 ft by 4 ft, and showed Cornwall from above, through psychic vision, with a beam of light coming down on Truro, and also many little points of light that were the myriad of stone crosses that exist down here. It was just like what I see when I lead my meditations on creating light circles to heal the land, and felt like a great blessing, especially seeing it in a christian church, not neccessarily the natural place for a greenwitch to be! It reminded me that All paths lead to the One, and that there are many excellent christian folk around now, including Roger the vicar, who comes along to Super Spirit, and with whom we had a good connection in the Forest of Dean.
As the moon waned the weather turned, and so we decided to head back up country, to Hurstbourne Tarrant, near Andover, where I teach my Meditation class at the house of my good friend Jon. On the firday morning, rested and refreshed, we agreed to visit the Avebury complex, and connect with the energy of this incredible place. First we went to the circle, and walked around, touching the stones, climbing them, and toning into holes, until we got to the beech trees, where we rested for a while. Then we went to the Cove, three large stones that stand together in one part of this giant circle, where we did a meditation like the one at Stanton Drew, linking hands with each other and with Jon and Will touching the stone. This was extremely powerful, and at one point when I opened my eyes I was aware of this fourth huge presence in our circle, the stone itself, looking at me. Once again we linked in with other sites, and in my minds eye I saw a dragon curling and flying along the energy lines that we were building.
Then we went on to West Kennet long barrow, where we did another meditation, and more toning in the wonderful acoustics of the five chambers and passage. On the way here we passed Silbury Mound, where a whole site of portacabins has been set up by archeologists who are working on restoring the mound. It was possible to see a door into the mound as we went past, and next day it was reported in the paper that it was on that same afternoon that this door was opened, for the first time in 40 years, with druids in attendance, one of whom was dressed as Herne the Hunter. It was good to think that we were feeding in our energy while this was happening.
Once more we took flight, this time to the ancient seats of learning at Oxford and Cambridge. First we went to a workshop on woodland management at Harcourt Arboretum, part of Oxford Botanic garden, then, after a quick tour of Oxford charity shops, on to Cambridge, where Wills’ brother is at Kings College. It was most interesting to go round these ancient towns, and see how important it is to maintain sacred space in order to create the right atmosphere for learning. Cambridge seemed much smaller and more beautiful than Oxford, where so many crass new buildings spoil the old town.
Then home! A great long journey across England, and into Wales, onwards and upwards, to the mountain fastness of Mynyddcerrig, the Stone Mountain, to rest and dream, and gather strength for the next dragon flight, to Sunrise Festival.
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