As the weekened progressed
we were to work our way around ‘the limbs’
of an elemental pentagram.
Two sites from the region
were given over to each element.
In the first we would consider the element in question
with the help of a conducive environment and our core text.
In the second we would construct and walk our pentagrams,
again in a conducive environment,
whilst examining notions of our magical self
in relation to the element and its inner psychology.
Mid and late Saturday morning,
we considered and worked with the element of water.
Which all turned a bit weird.
For one thing we abandoned our core text
and instead considered the information board
to the Holy Well at Burghead.
There was no disputing that the place
was ancient and held to be sacred,
but some of the uses to which it had been put
caused rumblings in the assembled ranks of the Companions.
These only increased as the steep steps
down to the cavernous well head were traversed.
There seems to have long been an ancient connection
between skulls and sacred waters.
Symbolically, this combination relates
to accessing the pool of ancestral wisdom.
A ‘baptism’ in these waters would be an acceptance
of this higher source of being which reaches beyond the circle of time…
As if in confirmation of such a notion
when we reached our second site
for the element of water
the tide had come in!