sacred sites

’ A nemeton is a sacred place, a holy site which nourishes and replenishes the soul, offering both refuge and renewal through communion with nature and the divine…it is an experience of attentiveness, present-centredness, and overall communion with our life and the world in a fully engaged manner. In this way, any encounter has the possibility of being an abundant and fertile ‘nemeton experience’ and sacred awareness is no longer limited to just a particular holy place. Life itself is the nemeton, the sacred site that we commune with and which can nourish our soul. Slowly we come to the realization that, at every moment, our life is a pilgrimage to a holy place at which we are arriving.’

 ~ Frank MacEwen Owen

Photo & Quote from OBOD*

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On Thursday morning, law enforcement entered the Oceti Sakowin camp to do a final sweep before officially shutting it down, ending a months-long protest against the completion of the nearby Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Oceti Sakowin camp was the largest of several temporary camps on the northern edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Protesters have been living on this land for months, in support of members of the Standing Rock Sioux.

Supporters have said that running the pipeline under under a part of the Missouri River known as Lake Oahe would jeopardize the primary water source for the reservation, and construction would damage sacred sites, violating tribal treaty rights. The river crossing is the last major piece of the pipeline that remains unfinished.

PHOTOS: The Final Hours Of A Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp

Photos: Angus Mordant for NPR

Trump Supporters Demand Their Sacred Sites Be Protected

MOUNT RUSHMORE- Last week a native family was photographed flipping off Mount Rushmore and Trump’s supporters were outraged. Many of them demanded that the “illegals” be deported. They rallied around Trump’s toupee and his tough foreign policy.

“I’m not racist but these illegals need to be stopped. They are disrespecting our founding fathers and next they will be burning our flags and throwing away our cheeseburgers. They are inciting violence against the people who were here first, Americans”.

“I just want Mount Rushmore to not be defaced or dishonored” said a crying young Trump Supporter. “No one should be able to destroy our history and cultural significant monuments. I love the original Budweiser factory” he cried out.

One of the options that Trump supporters demanded was the protection of their sacred sites; Mount Rushmore, Statue of Liberty, the original Budweiser factory, Liberty Bell, and many other sites. They demanded safe spaces for their monuments and even went further by asking for rights.

Yet, many natives were quick to point out that the people were natives, the original “Americans”. The thought caused many Trump supporters to explode into red, white, and blue confetti. The thought of not being the “first Americans” was too much for their belief system and they chose self-destruction.

Others just choose to live with the contradictory nature of their being and they stopped commenting. It is common for Trump supporters to disregard historical facts as long as their comfort bubble is not popped. Trump has become a beacon for historical inaccuracies but he has shone on the true nature of the U.S.

Tlo’chi’iin spoke to Zinke, the Department head of Interior, about the plans to protect the sacred white sites.

“Our administration is working hard to protect sacred sites and it we are asking all brown and black people to accept our designation. I feel that it is not fair that our designations are rejected by tribal members. The resistance to our designation is bizarre. We are asking that people respect our sacred sites”.

Tlo’chi’iin spoke to Navajo Nation Republican Party about the sacred sites and they were quick to point out the importance of American Sacred Sites.

“We firmly support the designations. We believe that American history is just as crucial as Native American history. We have always been good to the white man and he has always been good to us. We fought and died in their wars and they repaid us with voting rights. Trump is learned in the old ways of conducting business. He represents our traditional Christian values”.

Tlo’chi’iin asked them about the “good” history between America and natives and many refused to elaborate on it. 

There’s no denying the unique attraction of Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming. Also known as “Bear Lodge” or “Bear’s Tipi,” the dramatic monolith is a sacred site to several Native American Tribes. Familiar to many in movies like “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” it’s recognizable to people around the world. But according to photographer Lori Eckhart, “There’s nothing like standing there in front of it. Its size, and the way it stands out and alone from anything else, just demands respect and fills you with awe.” Photo courtesy of Lori Eckhart.

A Reminder of Everything to Come in Lord of Shadows (5/23) : Courtesy of Shadowhunters Wikia

• As with Lady Midnight and its eponymous character, there is also a character called Lord of Shadows.
• The characters will visit London, specifically the institute. The ley lines and sacred sites of England may be discussed.
• There will be “tons of Centurions”.
• The Shadowhunters will hunt down a squid demon—a Teuthida—that has been snatching and terrorizing people going to the carnival at the pier.
• Emma is fake-dating Mark, and Cristina is aware of their deal.
• The installment will pick up where the last ended.
• A faerie arrives to tell Mark that Kieran will be executed for killing another faerie, forcing the Shadowhunters to journey to Faerie to save him.
• The rise of a company called the Cohort, a part—the worst part—of the Clave which believes that Downworlder rights should be restricted and that there should be a registry of werewolves and warlocks will be dealt with.
• They start coming down hard on the main characters, specifically Mark and their relationships with Downworlders.
• The previously-teased trans character, one that has been introduced before, will be featured.
• Ty will learn more about his nature—the fact that he is neuroatypical—and may start to explore romance.
• Jem and Tessa may or may not appear in this installment, and even if they do, they will mostly be background characters.
• Dru will make an important discovery.
• Cornwall will be visited.
• There will be some focus on Kit and Ty, Julian and Emma, Cristina and Mark, and Mark and Kieran. Cristina may “sort of” choose between Diego and Mark, while Mark will also have to make a choice.
• Cristina will have a romantic dance with an unexpected guy, and she will also dance with Mark.
• There will also be more Cristina, Dru, and Diana Wrayburn, who will have her a portion of the book told in her POV.
• Kieran and Kit will interact a bit.
• Livvy will be protective of Kit.
• A big, new aspect to the parabatai bond will be revealed.
• Jules and Emma’s parabatai bond, or the powers Jules may get from their love, may be affected when he finds out about Emma and Mark.
• Helen and Aline will make appearances. The Blackthorns’ goal of getting them out of exile will also be discussed.
• A part of the book will take place in Faerie where Kieran’s siblings will appear.
• Magnus, Clary, Jace, Alec, and Robert will make appearances.
• Magnus and Alec will be featured prominently in this installment.
• Jace and Clary will arrive at the Los Angeles Institute with a message from the Consul and will hold a meeting, for which they will request the presence of Emma and Jules.
• The reason for Clary turning down Jace’s marriage proposal will be revealed.
• Clary and Jace will eat Chinese food from Jade Wolf.
• Jessamine Lovelace will most like appear, and it is possible that Kit Herondale will see her.
• The last word will be “hour”, and the first is “Kit”.
• Mark and Helen’s faerie names will be revealed.
• Jaime Rosales will be introduced.
• The twist at the end of the book will be “brutal”, and Cassie has described the end with the word “blood”.
• Four characters who are relatively familiar to the readers will die.
• Rafael and Max will play and become friends with Tavvy in this installment.
• We will either once again see the Seelie Queen or just learn more about her in this installment.
• Marisol and Jon will be mentioned in this installment.
• Diana Wrayburn’s past will be explored.
• The terms Blackthorn Hall, Thule, The Eldest Heir, and The Riders of Mannanan will be featured in this installment.
• Gwyn ap Nudd will have a “surprisingly big role to play”.
•The book is longer than Lady Midnight, with around 700 pages.
• The book will have a special edition.

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Detailed studies of the geographic alignment of famous ancient world sites have revealed interesting correlations. According to the diagrams presented above, the Great Pyramid at Giza is aligned with Machu Picchu, the Nazca Lines, Easter Island, Ur, Ollantaytambo, Persepolis and Mohenjo Daro along a straight line that makes a great circle around the Earth. This global effort was performed within a margin of error of less than one tenth of one degree of latitude. This would suggest an ancient knowledge of the shape and dynamics of the plane by seemingly different cultures who existed at different time periods, according to the traditional Archaeological view. Most strikingly, this sort of grand scale engineering was well before current accepted thought allows room for human consciousness to be advanced enough for such beliefs. 

The Great Pyramid at Giza is not only located along this ancient “great circle” of latitude which many researchers speculate was an ancient “equatorial plane” of the Earth, but it was constructed at the geographic center of all landmasses of the Earth. All other sacred sites, including churches  synagogues and cathedrals, are geometrically tied to this physical point on the Earth sphere through an interlocking energy grid known as ley lines. These ley lines originate and end with the Great Pyramid at Giza.

Ley lines are one of the most enduring Earth mysteries. A network of prehistoric pathways perform a criss-crossing of the country-side. Some believe them to have mystical significance. Ancient cultures certainly knew of and utilized these connections. Ley lines, also known to some cultures as “dragon lines,” are a phenomena that most people have heard of but few really understand. Indeed it would be fair to say that no-one understands their complete function and workings, as their existence is driven by a force not currently understood by the prevailing scientific paradigm. Ley lines interact with and shift with the Earth’s magnetic field. They seem to be formed by geometric principles that may exist at a higher dimension of organization of light, sound, energy and above the material plane.

On an esoteric (focus on the inner workings of things) level, the soul form is thought to attach through these electromagnetic energy grids which create the the illusion of space and time. These higher dimensional forms of consciousness are drawn down from a formless state and are linked back to one source of creation — through a web of sorts — a myriad of grid energies governs all creation within the material dimension. This pattern of creation has been described as the same creational design — the Flower of Life —  which has been a concept described across mystical traditions. The tree of life is how mystics describe our connection into matter. This is described in different ways through different traditions. The soul is linked to physical reality through this grid matix pattern driven by sacred geometry and linked to the universe through a series of dimensions that serve to order reality.

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'The Last Jedi' Director Asked For a Big Change to 'The Force Awakens' Ending
Rian Johnson also says Luke Skywalker’s reason for self-exile will be the central story.

We know the vague details from The Force Awakens: After the events of Return of the Jedi, the Rebellion became a New Republic and Luke founded his own Professor X-like school for gifted students who displayed a sensitivity to the Force. One of them was his own nephew, Ben Solo, who became corrupted by the Knights of Ren (we still don’t know too much about them) and Supreme Leader Snoke (ditto.)

Taking the new name Kylo Ren, he helped slaughter his fellow students at the school. After that, his parents — Han Solo and Leia Organa — were driven apart, overcome by grief and shame. And Luke Skywalker retreated to a secret, sacred Jedi site on the island-world of Ach-To.

This is kind of buried, but I think this take on Kylo and his character evolution is easily the most intriguing element of this story. It clarifies two things:

1. That Kylo was corrupted by the Knights of Ren and Snoke (i.e. the KOR seem to have existed prior to Ben joining them).

2. Ben Solo was not solely responsible for the destruction at Luke’s temple.

I’m trusting Anthony Breznican to be precise with his wording here, but I think that’s a safe assumption given that he’s super in there with Lucasfilm and Disney. It’s interesting to see the narrative reinforce the idea that Ben was led astray and manipulated, instead of being some independent agent of evil.

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Ancient Shrewsbury sacred site 'oldest of its kind'

Archaeologists say a sacred burial site uncovered in Shrewsbury in February is over 4,000 years old.

They say the site, which was discovered at a Greek Orthodox Church, may be the country’s oldest-known continuously used sacred ground.

Finds suggest it has been used during every era since the late Neolithic period.

Carbon dating of a wooden post extracted during the dig showed it was placed in the ground in 2,033 BC.

Archaeologists expected the post to be Anglo-Saxon.

“The dates have shocked us all,” said lead archaeologist Janey Green.

“It appears the current Medieval church is built over the site of an ancient pagan burial ground that’s been in use from the late Neolithic period through the Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, Anglo-Saxon and through to today. Read more.

Cultural appropriation and cultural cannibalism may be defined as the buying, the selling and the consuming of other peoples’ cultural artifacts, images, values and beliefs as well as sacred sites without permission of the culture being used. Cultural cannibalism is an insidious and hideous part of colonialism as it is part of the process of assimilation, what I would call a deliberate attempt to eradicate those beliefs, values, attitudes, behaviors, language, religion and practices of a [native] culture that are in contradiction or in conflict with the dominant [society].
—  Lehua Lopez
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Tumblr, Hawai’i needs your support now more than ever.

Mauna Kea, one of our most sacred mountains, is under attack. Since the 70′s, telescopes have been built on its summit, destroying the ecosystem and sacred sites. Right now, there are 13 telescopes, and now, certain people want to build another one. Except this one will be 30 meters (98+ ft.) tall, and costing over $1.4 billion. Because of the mountain’s unstable surface, construction workers for the other telescopes have had to basically blow up certain areas and smooth it out to make it more stable. Mauna Kea is already over 40 feet (12 m) lower than before construction.

Even though many people were arrested after a series of peaceful protests, we are still fighting. Mauna Kea is sacred to our people, and it is not theirs to build on. This land is ancient and sacred, and it does not belong to the United States, or the State of Hawai’i.

So please, help and support our efforts to put an end to the construction by signing this petition - https://www.change.org/p/governor-david-y-ige-stop-tmt-construction-and-arrests-of-mauna-kea-protectors

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Remarkable freehand adornment on a Golden Demon 2013 entrant Green Knight painted by thebrushbrothers.blogspot.co.uk

Lore, from wikia.com:

“The Green Knight is a well-known figure of Bretonnian folklore - a common character in puppet shows and plays performed for peasants and kings alike, he is bedecked in strange ivy-covered armour and intones his famous line: ‘None shall pass!’ The traditional nemesis of the valiant Questing Knights, the Green Knight challenges them to duels so that they might prove their worth to the Lady herself, and thus sip from the blessed Grail. Little do most realise that these stories are bound in fact. The Green Knight is the sacred protector of Bretonnia, and his spirit-essence is intertwined with the land and the Lady of the Lake herself. He has appeared to many Questing Knights. They speak of the sky clouding over to create the darkness of twilight, and a green mist seeping from the earth, slowly taking the shape of a figure riding a snorting steed. The warrior brandishes a glowing blade, his eyes ablaze with fey light.

The Green Knight is the champion of the Lady of the Lake, and protector of the sacred sites of Bretonnia. As well as materialising to test Questing Knights in their faith, the Green Knight will appear when these sacred places are defiled by those with evil-hearted intent. Amongst the beast herds of the tainted forests, he is known as Shaabhekh, literally the ‘Soul-Killer’, for he has slain untold thousands of their kind throughout the centuries. He bursts from within the bole of the most ancient trees, or gallops furiously from still lakes or rushing waterfalls to wreak his terrible vengeance against those interlopers. As quickly as he appears, so too will he fade into mist once his righteous slaughter is complete. In some tales, he will disappear in one place only to reappear behind the enemy, slaying them without mercy before again disappearing and reappearing elsewhere.

He appears to those questing for the Grail and guards the mysterious glades, lakes and stone circles where the Lady of the Lake appears. He challenges any Questing Knight who seeks the Grail to mortal combat. This is the last and final test of the Grail quest. If the Questing Knight can match the Green Knight, he will eventually reach the Grail. Any Knight with a soul unworthy of the Grail will fail in his duel with the Green Knight and will either flee or be slain. The Green Knight himself cannot be slain, no matter how grievous the wounds inflicted on him.

Weapons have little effect on the Green Knight. Some say that blades and arrows pass straight through him as though he were as insubstantial as morning mist. In one epic tale, a Questing Knight cut the Green Knight’s head clean from his shoulders, but the spirit simply picked up his head and rode away.

What the Green Knight actually is has been much debated, and no one in Bretonnia, save perhaps the Fay Enchantress, knows the truth. Some believe that he is the spirit of Bretonnia given physical form, while others swear that he is Gilles le Breton himself, having devoted himself completely to the land and the Lady for eternity after he was taken from this world.

The Green Knight myth has its roots in Arthurian legend, most notably the 1300s poem ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’.

Faerie Path

It is a route taken by the faeries, commonly in a straight line and between sites of traditionally significance, such as faerie forts or raths (a class of circular earthwork dating from the Iron Age), mountains and hills, thorn bushes, springs, lakes, rock outcrops, and Stone Age monuments. 

Folklore 

In some parts of Ireland, Brittany and Germany, there were faerie paths that while being invisible, had been seen as geographical locations by the country people, and that building practices were adapted to ensure they were not obstructed.

The Corpse Roads of Europe are believed to be faerie paths. In Germany and the Netherlands, these tend to be straight invisible lines and are known by a variety of names including Geisterweg (“ghost-way” or “ghost-road”) and Helweg (“hell-way” or “hell-road”) in German and Doodweg (“death-way” or “death-road”) in Dutch. A similarly straight road did however run straight over various burial mounds at Rösaring, Lassa in southern Sweden.

In Ireland, people who had illnesses or other misfortune, were said to live in houses that were “in the way” or in a “contrary place”, obstructing a faerie path. An example of this faerie path straightness is provided by an account concerning a croft (now a cattle shed) at Knockeencreen, Brosna, County Kerry:

In an interview in the 1980s, the last human occupant told of the troubles his grandfather had experienced there, with his cattle periodically and inexplicably dying. The front door is exactly opposite the back door. The grandfather was informed by a passing gypsy that the dwelling stands on a fairy path running between two hills. The gypsy advised the grandfather to keep the doors slightly ajar at night to allow the fairies free passage. The advice was heeded and the problem ceased. It so happens that the building is indeed on a straight line drawn between two local hilltops, and is, moreover, at one end of a long, straight track.

It was believed that a house built on a faerie path would suffer from midnight noises or supernatural manifestations. Bad luck in the form of sick farm animals or personal illness could be the result and one remedy was to build small fires in several places along the faerie path, using fire from the blessed fire of Saint John’s Eve that was lit every year at sunset on 23 June.

Irish faerie paths are said to also exist under water, reminiscent of causeways in marshes at sacred sites and those to crannogs and other islands. These paths, only used by the faerie folk, ran from one island to another and were paved with coral, making them and their travellers visible to fishermen in their boats above.

Detection

Before construction of houses, builders used the technique of mapping out the floor plan in the earth and placing a pile of stones at each corner and leaving it overnight, if the stones were undisturbed it was safe to build, otherwise the work would not continue. There is another theme that states if one’s house is on a faerie path, one must leave the doors and windows open at night, front and back, to allow fairies to pass through. Builders were also advised against using white quartz in their stonework, as it is said to be a faerie stone.

A building placed on a faerie path would be demolished by the faerie folk, at least twice, often remaining standing however on the third attempt.

Walking Alongside The Paths

Although it is usually said that they should be avoided, some are reputed to be beneficial to humans - such as the “trods” of West England. These are a straight-line faerie path in the grass of a field with a different shade of green to the rest. People with rheumatism sought relief by walking along these tracks, though animals avoid them. Great danger was still very much associated with using these paths at times when a supernatural procession might be using them.

  • The Tylwyth teg of Wales have paths on which it is death for a mortal to walk. 
  • The Breton Ankou, who is king of the dead, and his subjects have their own particular paths along which they process.