Thursday, November 9, 2017

Pilgrimage of the Great Wheel: Standing Stone

Last fall, I took a job in California. It was a last minute assignment for the winter, and I was excited. I resolved to stop at a sacred site on the Pilgrimage of the Great Wheel on my way west, the Standing Stone. This sacred journey is something that has come to me in the past few years - I am visiting all the points of a great wheel of ley lines that covers the southeast of the US to experience their power and to honor these sacred places. Check out this linked post for details.

When I visit Jomeokee each year, the center of the Great Wheel, I am delighted to see it preserved as a state park. Thought most people who visit are not aware of its cultural importance or history as a sacred site, it is yet revered and cared for. Same for the Great Dismal Swamp that I visited last fall. But Standing Stone is not that kind of story. Standing Stone has not been so lucky. Visiting Standing Stone was so upsetting that I never finished this blog post.

Though I had done research in advance, nothing about this visit went as planned. I found Standing Stone State Park easily enough, and it was a lovely wooded place with a mountain lake and a campground. The one thing they don't have is the Standing Stone. Undeterred, I asked a ranger where it might be found and was directed to Monterey, TN. I'd driven through the town to get there, so it was easy enough to retrace my steps. 
Arriving in the town, I discovered that there was a monument to Standing Stone near the town library. This monument is not the original location of the Standing Stone either.

I went into the library and did some more research, trying to find the original location. Using GPS coordinates, I drove around the neighborhood nearby and looked for a likely spot. I was considering land elevation and orientation, trying to consider where a monument would have been visible before the creation of this town.

Essentially, what happened is that the Standing Stone was destroyed to make way for a new railroad. It was blown up with dynamite, and for many years, several large chunks of the stone were used for other purposes or intentionally preserved. When at last the monument was created, a small fragment of the stone was placed on top.
From my earliest research about this site, the Standing Stone marked the boundary between Shawnee and Cherokee nation territories. The stone also stood along an established trade route, which became known as an "old Indian trail" after the settlement of the area by Europeans. As far as I know, such a place would have been used for trading and council purposes between different tribes. This would have been a place of peace.

What upsets me is not only that the original stone was removed, but also that very little of its history is known. Reading the very brief information available about the stone, only a tiny portion of that refers to the native people who erected the stone. Most of it is about the Europeans who defaced it, and who eventually destroyed it.

I remember feeling so depressed and angry during this visit. It was a small town, and seemed ordinary enough. There was no tangible energy, no reminder of what was. A whole culture and history, erased.

So for this pilgrimage visit, there is no poetry. No beautiful sentiment of spiritual vision. What I did was fume, to be frank. I may have done some angry journaling, but I think that's best left where it lies on my bookshelf. When I calmed down, I just sat there, at the monument, and offered my presence. I offered my prayers of healing and acknowledgement for what happened in this place.

There are so many more things I could say about how this country has handled things, but I truly do not have the desire to do so at this time. People who know me know what my opinion is, and I'm sure many of you share it. As for me, I will continue on my pilgrimage. The next chance I get to speak with first nation elders, I will ask if any stories of Standing Stone are known.

This weekend, I go back to Jomeokee once again. This will be my third vision quest there. This year, I am in need of anchoring in the midst of all this travelling. I'm feeling a deep need to get centered and grounded before I leave NC once again. This feels like a pivotal time for me, a true turning point. My life is transforming, and I am so grateful. I am also afraid and full of doubts. I am like everyone else - trying to figure it out as I go along.

I honor you, Great Medicine Wheel of Jomeokee! Great Guide, this pilgrimage I make in your honor. This land I walk to gain your wisdom, each step trodden by countless ancestors who have gone before me. Fill me with your medicine. Teach me, Great Guide. Lead me on...

Monday, March 20, 2017

spring poetry

MAIDENS. I

Others must by a long dark way
Stray to the mystic bards,
Or ask some one who has heard them sing
Or touch the magic chords.
Only the maidens question not
The bridges that lead to Dream;
Their luminous smiles are like strands of pearls
On a silver vase agleam.

The maidens' doors of Life lead out
Where the song of the poet soars,
And out beyond to the great world—
To the world beyond the doors.

- Rainer Maria Rilke

Blessed Ostara

May this Spring fill your heart with the growing love of the goddess and the horned one. May the seeds of your intentions and your gardens be blessed with strength and fertility. May you frolic in the sunshine that is now overtaking the darkness. Let us celebrate and be joyful! Blessed be. Naho. Namaste. OM Shanti!




Monday, March 6, 2017

Upcoming Events: Mark Your Calendars

Spring is right around the corner, and as the land begins to reawaken, so too do we. It's time for some events! With my transition to full-time gypsy life, Clan of the Wildlings has become an internet-based coven. That means that most of our events are now open to all - we will practice at the same day and time, with a suggested format. In keeping with my mission of unity, some of these events are sponsored by international organizations. Each listing will contain our Facebook page for the event, as well as a link to the international event or organization.

Coming up this month, we are hosting the following events:

International Women's Day Meditation
Wednesday, March 8 at 7pm your local time
Sponsored by Unify.org and the Global Sisterhood.
Our Facebook Event Page

Join the Unify Global Sisterhood Movement as we rise together on International Women’s Day! We will gather at Supported by Angels in South Lake Tahoe, along with Sister Circles world-wide to unite for a global synchronized meditation, prayer, and action to transform, uplift, and inspire the world! The Global Sisterhood launched March 8, 2016 with 650 Sister Circles in over 65 countries gathering to cultivate sacred sisterhood, shifting competition, comparison, and jealousy into respect, unity, and upliftment. Since then, thousands of women around the world have been uniting both virtually and in local sister circles every new moon with an empowerment theme. Together we are a Worldwide Sacred Sisterhood of women devoted to transforming themselves and transforming the world.

World Water Day Blessing Wave
Wednesday, March 22 anytime that day, 11am in South Lake Tahoe
Sponsored by UN Water.
Our Facebook Event Page

Join the World Water Day event, along with international organizations like UNESCO, the United Nations, and All the waters of Earth are connected. We are all mostly water. We are all connected. Let us come together to bless the waters that surround us. Let us honor the sacred waters that nourish our bodies, grow our crops, and sustain the land.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Poem for Artemis

My power lies in silence
There is a wholeness, a harmony
From which rude speech
Can only detract
When I move in rhythm
Then I can connect
To all the rustlings and stirrings –
The soft and subtle sounds
That can so easily be missed
My power lies in silence
And I allow my body to speak
Muscles moving smoothly
Fully embodied wisdom
Flowing through me
Wild, unfettered and utterly free
Frankly sexual, yet totally pure
Sacred love, body of Goddess,
Gifts of flesh and spirit overflowing
From the endless cup
Still, what the maiden does
After the thrill of the hunt
Never can change her,
Never restrain her
Free
My power lies in silence
Ever virgin I am and will remain
Running under the Moon
Hunter and hunted
I live and die and live again
The sacred dance of life
That turns the Wheel
My power lies in silence
A silence greater than words
Beyond them as the stars
Are beyond the clouds

In the immaculate sky

Copyright Tanaria Lightbearer 1/29/17

Friday, February 3, 2017

Imbolc

A blessed Imbolc to all! I visited my home range of mountains, the Rockies in CO, this week. I skiied atop their peaks, drove among the valleys, and soaked in hot springs deep within the heart of the mountain. 

What I can share from this experience is the abiding wisdom of the mountains: 
Seek your center. Tend the flame that lives deep within. Stay connected to the Earth. Trust yourself and your ability to maintain your equilibrium. Trust the mountain and let go. Go slowly, but with confidence. Abide.
May the returning light bless you with the strength and drive to fulfill your self-dedications for this turning of the Great Wheel. May we come through the winter whole and healthy, ready to plant the seeds of spring. 
May we tend the flame for all beings everywhere, that we may bring a new way of coexistence into being. May all beings be filled with compassion. May we be at peace. Naho. Blessed be. Namaste. OM shanti!