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A bright spot in the weekend

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Eye see you

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One of the faces

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D and I introduced Di to the place we discovered on my first visit. http://www.leachgarden.org/ Leach Botanical Gardens. None of the articles online or the docent prepared D and I for what we discovered on our first visit. The magical spot with the stone crofters cabin. We had no clue until our feet touched the first step going to the altar. Someone was OTO or a Master Mason and did some serious work there. The unassuming little table is an ALTAR and I mean the capital letters. It will make any sensitive person’s hair stand on end.

The altar is covered in carved sigils and faces. Sometimes just eyes, sometimes whole heads. They’ve been there a very long time judging by the growth of the moss over them. The floor of the cabin has a tree of life mosaic in it and down a little way is a chiminea that is also pretty amazing but doesn’t have the blast of the altar.

The docent said it was the Leach’s party house, yeah right, not the kind of party most non –magical  people would think of.  The only problem is that it is an energy sink. You feel great while you are near it but after you leave you feel like you’ve been doing ritual for several hours. You automatically send roots down when you get there and it almost is physically painful to leave. Both times we’ve found the need to eat after leaving enormous to get the calories into the system again. The only other time I can remember feeling that way is after Faire or on retreat.

It’s obvious that this was a well loved and special place to the Leachs and I would be interested in how other Portland OR magic working/energy raising visitors feel when they visit. It made these druids very happy and very tired.

Today’s reading

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Respect

Nine of Wands 

When nearing the heart of a sacred quest, motivation and integrity of human desires are challenged. Ancient wisdom demands the seeker be humble and forgiving. 

Approach a sacred place or a sensitive person with consideration and honour. Respect the need for privacy. 

Ensure your own boundaries are protected, respect the value of your own space.

Why the Knot of Isis?

Laura Janesdaughter always held the “Knot of Isis” prayer from the Egyptian book of the dead also known as the “Book of Coming Forth by Day” was a healing prayer. We (TOILA) closed most rituals saying it together while holding a red ribbon. When you were ordained you got to keep the ribbon used in your ceremony and were supposed to cut it into pieces and share it with those that needed it.

When we put on a weekend workshop and retreat many years ago Laura asked Diana, Denise and Jeni to set it to music and they did and that is what you hear on the video. When Jeni moved away and then Denise and Mary moved up North and Diana moved to Florida. I was the only one left to sing it and lead it for many years. It’s why the video came into being.Laura asked me to make it so we wouldn’t lose it and because people were always asking for it.

Laura had you sing it when you needed comfort or hope or help. When I was unemployed so long she would remind me to sing it or just ask if I had and I had been usually morning and night. Laura was convinced if you sang the prayer it would be answered and it always was. Maybe not as quickly as you would like, being humans we are an impatient bunch and Isis’ time is not our time. Laura even created a webpage dedicated to the prayer and gathered stories about it.

When she was in hospice and the first time we visited she was having difficulty breathing and was getting agitated I started to sing it and the others joined in and her breathing eased and she calmed down. We would continue to sing for her all that week until she passed and I know it comforted her. I’ve been singing it for myself lately and for the last few days for Mary and Denise. If for no other reason than that we hold the prayer so dear to all of us and our shared lives. So today, I’m singing it again for the love in our small Grove and the safety of Mary in surgery and for Denise as she waits. I sing it with love and I know Diana is probably singing it too.

At the end of the universe
A blood red cord
Binds life to death and will to destiny
Let the knot of that red sash
Bind us together
Cradling our hips and weaving all our dreams.

(Chours) We are the knot where the whole world meets
Red magic passes through our veins
Magic of magic
Spirit of spirit
We are the power of Isis

We are bound mind to mind
We are bound heart to heart
Heaven in one hand
Earth in the other
We will walk in harmony

(Chorus)

Give us not consolation
Give us Magic!
Give us the spell of living well
Give us Magic!

Chorus and
We are the power of Isis
We are the power of Isis
We are the power of Isis