Tuesday, February 18, 2014


(Planning for Cloudburst Council 2014)

Pilgrimages and relics and symbols and rituals

Helen's haiku

below zero 
a little bit of gold
in the finches

         --Helen Ruggien
               2/4/2014     2:34 pm

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They always had trade fairs next to those pilgrimage sites. And taverns.
                                                                     ---John Roche
                                                                        2/4/2014  6:08 pm
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My poem..has pilgrim in it.
                                      --Alan Casline
                                              2/4/2014   6:12 pm


 healing spring flows out of circle basin
 eternal outpouring
 water sought
 by train ride
    limping sore-foot walk
 pilgrim to St. Blaise’s Well
 bright cloudless sky
 from fountain-filled pool
 over brick wall water drops
 to reflecting pond
 dark and light shared balance
 daffodils yellow and white
 violets spread beneath holly trees
 family of ducks on small islands
 my wife and son with me

 afterwards I realize I brought small wants
 sip water, close eyes
 wish for healed throat, pain to leave foot
   and deeper prayer
   to heal a bruised spirit
   voice of the Spring speaks on
to heal the bruised spirit of All,
        go on, taste my sweet water
         and go on—

                                                    --Alan Casline
                                                                     March 29, 2012
                                                      Bromley, United Kingdom

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well we actually had a pilgrimage last year: to the Long house and to the Seneca sipapu (place we came out of the ground)
                                           --Stephen Lewandowski
                                                                       2/5/2014   8:02 am

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Both were highlights of the weekends! Any other close-by pilgrimage sites we could visit?

                                                           --John Roche
                                                              2/5/2014  8:53 am
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We could pilgrimage to the Burning Spring in Bristol, less than 10 miles away (north) where first Frenchman was taken in 1669 (18 years before other Frenchies trashed Ganondagan) as a wonder. I dunno if it still lights but we could give a try.
                                                              --Stephen Lewandowski 
                                                                      2/7/2014  10.06 am

Burning Spring maybe O.K. but with a different story. Is there anything from precontact days associated with the Spring?

Catching a Frenchman doesn't hit me as reason to Pilgrimage.

I'll google and see if there is anything? Maybe it was a natural gas leak that bubbled up through the water and the peace pipe went up in smoke.  Maybe Joe the Poet was there and his beard GOT BURNED OFF

Hey Guess what I made up the real story!

The region was visited by the explorer Robert de LaSalle in the 17th Century in order to see a burning spring (natural gas) known to the natives, members of the Seneca tribe
                                                                 --Alan Casline
Note: Lewandowski tells me I had it wrong.."taken" doesn't mean captured but rather taken to visit a place of big magic.

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I reverse engineered it and put Fire(Li) over  Water (K’an ) and got the 64th Hexagram of the I-Ching,  Wei Chi / Before Completion
above   LI        THE CLINGING, FLAME

this hexagram presents a parallel to spring, which leads out of winter’s stagnation into the fruitful time of summer

I think we all better prepare for a pilgrimage with maybe trials and tribulations on the way. I can already get a sense that for all of us making the journey to CLOUBURST COUNCIL the travelers’ tales and the stories of those fallen and risen will fill the quiet hours till morning

                           --Alan Casline
                              2/8/2014  8:45 am 

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