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Aurilion's 2nd visit - Aurilion is called by Bast / we discover the Big Trees Forest Preserve


Aurilion and I went to Phoenix and Dragon (a metaphysical shop and bookstore), and on the way there we passed a small sign on the far side of the road that said "Big Trees Forest Preserve." It's really quite miraculous that we even noticed it -- I believe it called to us. We both noticed and exclaimed at the same time, and decided that we would stop there on our way back.

While at Phoenix and Dragon, Aurilion found a figurine of Bastet, a Deity who had called zir earlier this visit. Witnessing that calling was such an amazing experience! I sensed something happening and sat next to Aurilion, feeling a warm golden energy slowly blossom around us. Neither of us said much, just sat together feeling this presence, and I 'heard' Bastet's name so clearly and with such power. I am always hesitant to speak that which might be someone else's sacred truth, but this was so clear I had no doubt. I still had to work myself up to saying what I had heard though ;-) Aurilion instantly confirmed that ze had heard the same name (in the stronger form, Bast) and, filled with delight, received a message from Bast. Right after, I painted Aurilion with golden dust and gave zir the magic vial I had created for zir. Ze wrote of the beautiful spiritual experiences then and at Phoenix and Dragon. I was so honored to be witness, and to feel the magic of it. ♥

We both got stones -- I got stones for two of my Deities and various stones to represent the spirit, heart, and soul of Nimajn and Aurilion. (I may photograph my sanctuary/altar and share it here; if I do I'll explain the stones) We brought them along when we started walking the trail, because I had had the idea that we could cleanse them with the dirt at the roots of a tree that called to us; but it turned out there was an even better opportunity waiting for us.

(I have Named some of the trees we met -- not explaining more just now because I'm conceiving a post on the significance of names/naming in my life)





this was the tiny sign along a busy 5 lane road, with a car dealership on the other side. We were both so drawn to it that we noticed! (even though it was a part of town that makes me nervous with the crazy drivers so I was quite preoccupied with driving!)

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there was beautiful light in front of the sign at the entrance, so I insisted we take photos there. The light was deeply filtered once we entered the forest.

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"Halmajesu - Peaceful Triad"
these trees meshed so perfectly at the roots that they may in fact be a three-trunked tree. (California Black Oak, I think)

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I asked Aurilion to stand in the midst of them and ze delightedly obliged.

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"Liisjekefeni - Joyful Dancer"
this Shagbark Hickory was the first tree that made my mouth drop open. In person ze looks even more like a dancer, twirling zir branches like a veil, and ze gave me a sense of such joy!

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"Efaniburl - Quiet Strength"
This was possibly the largest tree we encountered that day (though it's hard to tell). I got the feeling that ze had been sleeping, and was slowly waking as we communed with zir. I have no idea what species ze is as I didn't get any good shots of the leaves. I want to guess some kind of oak?

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Aurilion communing with Efaniburl

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treechild and guardian

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such safety (Aurilion took this ♥)

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treekisser! (Aurilion took this too ♥)

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next time I visit I am going to leave an offering here (something natural) -- it seems to invite such things.

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I love how this dead tree is left standing ♥

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"Wahtaveoir - Victory Approaches"
a trishula!

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my reverence

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Aurilion's reverence

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we discovered a stream! perfect for cleansing our stones.

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adorable fae!

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my stones next to the little rushing waterfall I cleansed them in, and Aurilion's toes next to the rushing water ze used.

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Aurilion's stones are on the rock next to zir hand -- I didn't get a better photo of them :-/

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"Venazoe - Happy to be Alive"
the beautiful American Beech by the stream

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Aurilion sharing a giggle with Venazoe!

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me snuggling Venazoe

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this is what we were surrounded by...

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lush blankets of green

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a magical arch surely woven by forest fae

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Aurilion gazing up in naked wonder

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I was taking photos of myself when I realized ze was stretching in the background and turned the camera to capture zir :D Most gorgeous person ever, yes?

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and then I tickled zir belly, and then I made zir pose again! I adore adore adore zir treasure trail!!!

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Looking at this photo I lose my breath all over again at the beauty and magic...

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this is where they start getting blurrier as night is falling, but I love this one because of the look of... wondering wisdom on our faces.

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and joy :D

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yay I can has kisses! *giggles*

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and Aurilion can too!

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*heart trips and beats faster*

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*enraptured*

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back to walking ;-)

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joyous wonder!

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we came upon another small falls and Aurilion couldn't resist wading ;-)

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*shivers* this one best captures the spirit of the place, I think. At about this point I was so filled with love-joy-life-beauty I started singing wordlessly, a glossolalia springing from my overflowing gratitude...

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here, Aurilion was singing... ze and I stepped into the same song and our voices spiraled together like two vines twining 'round the same tree. Like drums and flutes, different and perfectly united, slipping into the spaces left by the other.

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I was quiet and glowing with awe...

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this is the expression I wore most of the walk... my mouth just kept falling open as each twist of the trail revealed new enchantments

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like this bridge! Made from the stones that were already there, with a bit of concrete to hold them in place. Aurilion cutely walked across with zir arms out and I asked zir to do it again so I could take a photo.

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Aurilion walks ahead on our way out

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beaming with the joy of this experience!

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a faded article tells the story of how Big Trees Forest Preserve came to be --
it made me cry. I wish John was still alive so I could meet zir.

This is part of the reason I love Georgia so much. The land speaks, and we listen. Not all of us, but enough ♥ Georgia has a spirit like none other.

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some excerpts from the guestbook, a composition notebook kept in a box next to the entrance...

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...which, of course, we signed. (along with such a variety of people! including one entry in characters that looked Chinese or Japanese (I am woefully unable to tell the difference))

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It was so beautifully and lovingly kept. Created in such a way as to honor nature's design, rather than impose a new design and destroy the old... the signposts were mostly recovered wood from fallen logs & such, the bridges were constructed of the least material possible in order to blend in, rather than grab attention... the paths were mulched rather than paved (and some simply packed dirt), surely harder to upkeep but so much more natural and comfortable. I didn't see a speck of litter. I could FEEL the love put into the preserve. I would really love to meet the caretaker(s). And I can't wait to go back and explore more (we didn't go far because we were taking everything in so deeply). And this, THIS, surrounded by industrial, bustling city! Safe, forever, thanks to the reverence and generosity of one person.

Truly the most magical place I have ever been; such a beautiful example of people working with and honoring nature. ♥ ♥ ♥

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Comments
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aetheric ══╣╠══
belenen ══╣magical╠══
did you come back and look again? this is my favorite photo post ever ;-)

armandii ══╣╠══
What a wonderful, magical place. Very special.
belenen ══╣tree joy╠══
oh yes indeed ♥ I've been back twice now with Nimajn and it fills me with the same thrilled magic as the first time.
jenniology ══╣Season - Summer╠══
How wonderful. :) I'm always thrilled to hear when Mother Bast calls on new people.

And I loved the photos - such a beautiful place! And Aurilion looks like such a forest fae!
belenen ══╣wild╠══
♥ I was thrilled for zir too! Did you find out Bast was your mother in your RPD or before?

oh, I love that place so much. and yes ze does!
jenniology ══╣╠══
belenen ══╣╠══
jenniology ══╣╠══
folkchick3 ══╣Imagine╠══
What a beautiful, spiritual place... and thank you for this post! Your words are a mix of gratitude, joy, reverence and communion... made me feel as if I was there, hearing whispered treesongs and feeling the tingle of bark beneath my fingertips.... thank you so much for sharing your beautiful experience!
belenen ══╣wild╠══
ohhh, and thank you so much for this comment!
frecklestars ══╣amazing╠══
Thank you for the magic. I needed a dose. *hughughug* Such lovely little fae ladies. So charming. And some of those pictures remind me of my valley (I wish I had photos of that place - I don't think it's possible to even get there anymore, it's so blocked by poison oak and brambles now).
belenen ══╣tree joy╠══
♥ ♥ ♥ You are so welcome, and thank you!

wow, I bet your valley was so wonderful. I hope you go back some day (maybe with thick jeans taped around the ankles? :D).
i_come_undone ══╣raindrops╠══
*gasp* So, so lovely, and magical, and beyond understanding...I am in awe. Thank you, as always, for sharing :)
belenen ══╣wild╠══
you are so very welcome ♥
phydeau ══╣╠══
The thought of all that beauty becoming a car dealership makes me shiver.
belenen ══╣wild╠══
I KNOW. *shakes head* I've been back again twice more now, and explored more... it's SO incredible.
psylent1 ══╣angel╠══
That was a lovely journey. Thank you for sharing...just looking at the trees makes me happy.
belenen ══╣wild╠══
you're so welcome!
diepunyhuman ══╣gentle╠══

This is all very lovely; thank you for sharing as always.

I'd like to imagine that one day I would be able to walk along these paths with both of you.
belenen ══╣adoring╠══
thank you ♥

ohhhhhhhhhhhhh I would LOVE that!!!
queerbychoice ══╣╠══
Beautiful pictures!

Japanese is written with Chinese characters, so you couldn't possibly tell the difference unless you could actually read some Japanese or Chinese.
belenen ══╣intrigued╠══
thank you!

and thanks! that's cool to know!
febrile_lune ══╣╠══
This is so enchanting...

As soon as I saw the magical arch, I thought of fae. Automatically shivers went up and down my spine but instead of feeling chilled, I felt warm...

That was before I read your description! I'm glad we came to the same possible conclusion... if I can feel the magic from here it must have been unspeakably amazing to BE there.
belenen ══╣wild╠══
ooooohhhh ♥ I love that you thought of that!

it is unspeakably amazing. I feel blessed beyond words to live so close to it.
savage_rose ══╣╠══
I've been away for a while, but I like your posts :). If it's okay I'm going to keep you on my f-list, and you can feel free to add me back later if our paths cross again. Or not :).
belenen ══╣honesty╠══
I tend to delete people when they don't post for a while, and track their LJ to see when they return. I definitely want to give more time to the possibility of friendship with you, so I re-added you when I got this comment! ;-)
blue_eye ══╣Justice╠══
Awesome photos! Thank you for posting...You cheered me up and brought me a sense of inner peace with your photos. Trees have such an amazing energy, don't they?
belenen ══╣tree joy╠══
oh, yes indeed -- SUCH an amazing energy. ♥ ♥ ♥
flyingshaman ══╣╠══
I so, SO needed to read this today - thank you, lovely. I felt rootless and totally misplaced earlier, but this has been a touchstone for me. Thank you, so much.

I feel loved.
belenen ══╣bel is in love with aurilion╠══
*snugglekisscuddle* you ARE loved!!!
aohdwyn ══╣Lost in the woods ~ by posticonic╠══
How unutterably lovely! And how wonderful to have someone to share such a magical experience with you. Forest preserves are really one of the most inspired ideas to occur in the 20th Century. To walk in their shade and experience perfect union with the forest is an experience of undiluted joy ... it's wonderful to meet someone else who feels the same.
belenen ══╣tree joy╠══
oh yes! I'm so in awe of that place -- I've been there again twice more and it loses no magic with familiarity. ♥
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