I should perhaps have expected Eris to show up strong on day 5 of this operation, although perhaps if I did she wouldn’t have, just to keep me guessing. I didn’t quite expect Glasgow council to decide to honour her by announcing they would ‘sink’ 5 tower blocks on the 23rd July however! Clearly Discordians have infiltrated the council there. Oh I know they SAY its for a sporting event, but they would say that wouldn’t they?
And then, as I’m entering the forest car park, I notice the robin singing from a different place than usual, and it alerts me to the fact that there is a gate to someone’s back garden right there in the car park! What is more, they have the number 23!
I had decided to return to the toad pond, where I started this operation on Day 1 and where I first encountered the spirits of the place on Day 2. Last time I had noticed some spirits present that I hadn’t got to talk to and I hoped this time to get to speak to them.
Before I got started a bird flew by that I think may have been a red kite. I couldn’t quite tell because it was flying into the sun and all I could see was its silhouette. It wasn’t behaving like a crow, the only other bird it might have been.
I had taken my camera with me as I had realised that I was sharing pictures of the indoor rituals but had none for the outdoor ones. So this time before I began I took a picture of the pentacle in the place I would use it, from the perspective of where I sit.
I began again with the technique of focusing my gaze upon the pentacle. As I did so I got a sense of it as a mandala, a symbol of order in the sea of dancing natural chaos about it.
As I tried to raise my awareness from the pentacle to one of the surrounding spirits, I initially failed to make contact. The ones that I remembered seeing towards the end of my last evocation here seemed missing, or in hiding. But when I looked up I again saw the antlered figure that last time I had thought of as Cernunnos.
I told him of my plan to help clear litter from the forest once I’d finished this magical operation, and he told me I should do so within the month. I told him I didn’t want anything in return for my efforts and he told me that it would go some way towards earning their friendship.
I asked him if he was Cernunnos but he told me I could call him Angus.
“Angus Ogg?” I asked.
“Yes” he replied.
“I thought you would be taller…” I said, regretting it almost instantly.
“Fool! Do you think I am this sapling? No, I am not, you are merely seeing me through it.”
I heard the strange grunting sound again, that had felt so threatening initially the first time. I looked around again and this time I saw some birds fluttering their wings at each other from within the branches of some fallen trees. It wasn’t grunts at all but the fluttering of little birds wings!
“Yes”, said Angus when I returned my gaze to him, “it is birds. Now you know. As you can hear they are all quite busy with their own lives right now. They don’t feel threatened by your presence.”
Some crows flew over, with some soft caws, and this seemed to me a signal to look to the underworld, my gaze returning to Persephone and the serpent Hades. It was Hades that spoke to me this time.
“You have found us also in your garden now. You will find that I am stronger here and Persephone in your garden. At least at this time of year.”
I asked what he meant.
“You will find out.” he told me.
I got lost in my thoughts for bit as I speculated on this when suddenly I heard some loud alarm calls from some crows. My focus returned to Hades.
“Listen! It is time to go.” Hades exclaimed urgently.
Just then I heard the emerging voices of dog walkers and I packed in haste. I did not leave without sharing some food and drink with the place however.