Though there’s still a few moments of Boukoklepteia left, this is a post that is 100% true–no, seriously, it is! 😉
Many of you may recall the post I made last week on a Floralia/Beltaine/etc. ritual at Mt. Erie that went particularly well. One of my students just sent some photos of the “grotto” that was made as a result of our floral offerings, although the specific spot we did it in is what I consider the “heart of the mountain” and its holiest spot, where there is a natural Shinto-esque torii-like formation of a fallen tree between three living trees, and which is the focus of all the rituals that I do on the mountain. I don’t know if I’ve ever posted a photo of that before, but if not…well, here is one now!
And, just for good measure and a further perspective on things, and because I love that place so much, here’s another photo of the same thing.
That conveys the height of it a bit more–when one stands there in front of it, the natural torii is actually above, and there’s an inclined nature to the whole thing–in other words, it’s kind of a natural altar (i.e. “high place” raised off the ground) in and of itself, even though it is still, technically, “ground” in and of itself.
In any case, it’s a lovely and beloved location, and I’m glad to be doing ritual there again. I can’t wait for Bendideia in about a week and a half, when we’ll be up there again! (I have some hymns to write meanwhile…)