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« Topic Start: April 16, 2007, 08:13:40 pm »

Does anyone observe any pilgrimages associated with their chosen path? What do people think about the idea of pilgrimage to a special place, and the meaning of this act?

There are several powerful and meaningful sacred places for me which I visit and where I conduct important rites.
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« Reply #1: April 16, 2007, 08:53:39 pm »

I don't have a structured 'chosen' path per say (mostly abstract wanderings and stumblings), but there are a lot of places that I like to visit, where the vibes make it easier for me to get into certain mind-frames.

I live in New York City, so areas can get pretty compartmentalized- for a more 'water' feeling, I'd go to Riverside Park. Central Park always had a kind of wacky 'Enchanted Forest' feeling for me. The Union Square/NYU area for me has always a great place for art and creativity- a real hot spot for all stripes of religions and street preachers too.

I don't usually conduct any rituals in these areas, but walking around them usually gives me ideas for rituals and put me into a good frame of mind to carry them out.
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« Reply #2: April 16, 2007, 10:12:43 pm »

I make periodic trips to various places in England and Wales, either day trips or planned within the framework of a weekend away.  I want to visit the remains of the sleep temple at Lydney, but last time I tried to go, I didn't realise that it's on the site of Lydney Park Gardens and it only has open days for a relatively short time in the year.  I was there at the wrong time unfortunately.  Usually I don't conduct rituals at known sacred sites - I have at Wayland Smithy once but that's about it.  I would often rather simply spend quiet time in these places.

Locally there are a couple of spots I tend to revisit.  I wouldn't really see somewhere very local as a pilgrimage, though.

I made a longer trip last year to Greece which was definitely part-pilgrimage as I had quite a few historical sites/temples I wanted to see.  I visited the Parthenon, Epidavros, the Corinth Temple of Apollo, the Argive Heraion as well as some more minor places, including a wacky and ultimately futile trip to find the source of the river Styx - the road got too poor for our little hire car.  The Parthenon was unsuprisingly very crowded, but with some of the other sites I was able to 'tune in' much more and that was very special.  This year I'd like to make another trip there and see some more places that I didn't get the chance to go to last time around.   
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« Reply #3: April 17, 2007, 01:54:42 pm »

Does anyone observe any pilgrimages associated with their chosen path? What do people think about the idea of pilgrimage to a special place, and the meaning of this act?

There are several powerful and meaningful sacred places for me which I visit and where I conduct important rites.

I've never done any pilgrimages, but I would like to. I'm not sure where I would go, if I did, however. I know there are a lot of places where the energy is strong, and where there is definitely a more "connected" feeling. I would love to scope out alot of those places and visit them (I know where a few are within walking distance of my home).
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« Reply #4: April 17, 2007, 03:58:08 pm »

Does anyone observe any pilgrimages associated with their chosen path? What do people think about the idea of pilgrimage to a special place, and the meaning of this act?

I'm planning to observe my very first pilgrimmage to Kildare, Ireland next Spring.  It means a lot to me.  I will probably only be able to do this once in a VERY Few Blue Moon, as I'm pretty poor.  And it's going to be my very first trip out of the US, too. 

I don't plan on performing any rituals, really.  I am hoping to get a tattoo to mark the occasion and seal my dedication to Brighid.
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« Reply #5: April 17, 2007, 05:30:07 pm »

Does anyone observe any pilgrimages associated with their chosen path? What do people think about the idea of pilgrimage to a special place, and the meaning of this act?


I don't really find any one place in the world to be more sacred than any other.  I've been transplanted so many times, dirt is dirt to my roots.  That and my deities are fairly domestic.  I don't have to cross an ocean to get to their place of origin.  There's no real journey, cause I'm already here.

I think the journey is an important part of pilgrimage.  Part of the personal purification, and the mental arousal/release process.

There are places in my area that lend themselves well to magical usage, but they aren't decreed holy by any deity or religion.  Just good vibe spots.
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« Reply #6: April 17, 2007, 05:40:35 pm »

I think the journey is an important part of pilgrimage.  Part of the personal purification, and the mental arousal/release process.

this is what I was going to say, but I couldn't think of how to say it. I really do think that the journey is as important, if not *more* important, than the destination.
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« Reply #7: April 17, 2007, 05:57:53 pm »

In my own experience, I felt the destinations were more important, although I can appreciate that the more effort made, the more intense that experience may be eventually.  I wonder what it is like to go for the kind of pilgrimage experience which is made on foot for some distance before your destination - it's not something I've done, but I think that could be quite powerful and not something that can be replicated in a car or train.   Yet some places will feel very different depending upon when you go.  Sometimes, you or the site will be having an off-day.   Grin   

Good luck with your trip, Guenthecat.
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« Reply #8: April 18, 2007, 07:36:53 pm »

I think I agree with what several people have said - that the transformation that occurs during the pilgrimage is as important as the destination. The illuminating aspect of it can be how different your objectives are at the completion of your pilgrimage compared to what they were when you started.

I write an invocation for the year ahead down in Ogham Ura and carry it to the foot of the mountain Schiehallion, where I camp overnight and burn it... partying a bit in the process. The next day at dawn I progress up the mountain to scatter the ashes of the invocation from the top. A good midsummer pilgrimage (you need a long day for the climb and descent potentially).

Since I was a child I have always felt powerfully drawn to those ancient sacred sites which I described in another thread, where a river runs through a deep gorge. For example, Roslin Glen, Dunino, The "Devil's Pulpit" (just south of Loch Lomond) etc.
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« Reply #9: April 18, 2007, 10:20:03 pm »

I'm planning to observe my very first pilgrimmage to Kildare, Ireland next Spring.  It means a lot to me.  I will probably only be able to do this once in a VERY Few Blue Moon, as I'm pretty poor.  And it's going to be my very first trip out of the US, too. 

I don't plan on performing any rituals, really.  I am hoping to get a tattoo to mark the occasion and seal my dedication to Brighid.

Guen,

I'm so excited for you to be going to Kildare.  My older daughter and I are hoping to do that some day.

Maybe you'll bring Brighid's flame back for the Cill.  I know we already have it from Mattie's friend.  But it would be cool to have it again from a Cill member.
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« Reply #10: April 19, 2007, 12:40:53 pm »

Guen,

I'm so excited for you to be going to Kildare.  My older daughter and I are hoping to do that some day.

Maybe you'll bring Brighid's flame back for the Cill.  I know we already have it from Mattie's friend.  But it would be cool to have it again from a Cill member.

Thanks Moon Ivy!  I'm really excited about it too.  It almost happend this May in a whirlwind, but reason took over and it was postponed for next May.

hehe, I just may take orders from people wishing to have their own flame from Kildare.  But I've got a whole year until that happens.
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« Reply #11: April 19, 2007, 04:19:21 pm »


There are places in my area that lend themselves well to magical usage, but they aren't decreed holy by any deity or religion.  Just good vibe spots.

Yeah there were places like that where I used to live - I've yet to find any here, but, that's mostly because I haven't looked yet.

As far as 'sacred' sites go... I haven't exactly been to many, but, I do still remember going to Stonehenge and touching the stones, 30 years ago or so.... not a pilgrimage I know, but, yeah, in my experience it counts as a special place Smiley
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« Reply #12: April 19, 2007, 05:54:51 pm »

As far as 'sacred' sites go... I haven't exactly been to many, but, I do still remember going to Stonehenge and touching the stones, 30 years ago or so.... not a pilgrimage I know, but, yeah, in my experience it counts as a special place Smiley

That's kinda how I felt about my visit to British Museum 10 years ago or so, before they put the Rosetta Stone behind glass.  We actually *touched* it!   Cheesy
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« Reply #13: April 19, 2007, 06:01:23 pm »

We actually *touched* it!   Cheesy

Yep, I know the reasons they stop you touching stuff are logical - and good - but it's just not the same!!!
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« Reply #14: April 19, 2007, 06:05:21 pm »

Yep, I know the reasons they stop you touching stuff are logical - and good - but it's just not the same!!!

Yeah.  My kids still joke about our trip.  We were standing there, and I just couldn't believe the ROSETTA STONE was sitting out in the middle of the room completely unprotected.  So I said, "Girls, it's the Rosetta Stone!  Touch it!"  And they said, "Huh?  What?  Why?"  And I said, "Just touch it!!  I'll explain later."

They were, like, 6 and 8 years old.  Now that they're 15 and 17, they get it, and think it's really cool that they got to touch the Rosetta Stone.  None of their teachers believe them, of course.  And the ones that do claim that we're the reason the Stone is now behind glass.   Wink
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