The Bali Brothers were erected in the central fire circle of Solstice Meadow on Beltaine. Having rested on the land covered in tarps for the long winter, they were ready to have a home and had made it clear to me where that home was to be! I had originally thought I would place them in the poplar grove just south of the central fire circle, but shortly after having the protective tarp removed; that covered them through the winter, they were communicating with me where they wanted to be, and why they should not be in the woods.
Each head is hand carved from a single piece of Basalt; which means they are made of Lava! Clearly, fire beings wanted to be closer to the central fire, and that they were not meant to be placed in the woods for the same reason...Fire in the woods is bad!
I understand that the idea of statues talking to me might be hard for some to understand. Most of us were raised to believe that inanimate objects do not have consciousness; something that science is now proving wrong with the discovery that plants, trees, and fungi all have complex communication systems. It is only a matter of time before we realize that rock also has consciousness! In fact, we know and utilize the fact that stone holds memory, particularly in the form of silicone which is in everything from watches to computers.
I chose or maybe they did...to be raised on Beltaine because it a fire holiday; celebrating the fire of our loins and fire itself to bless crops and livestock. In modern times Beltaine has a broader interpretation as a time to fertilize our personal crops; our dreams and personal goals. The Wyrd Weavers (my apprentices) and I held a celebration at Solstice Meadow inviting members of the Wisdom Keepers (my private Facebook group) to join us; as they had contributed to the purchase of the statues to begin with.
WISDOM KEEPERS (Salicrow's private Facebook group)-
The Bali Brothers were placed in the circle with all the pomp & circumstance we could muster. We drummed and toned the entire time they were being raised. Coals from the central fire pit were placed under each of the stones to bring the element of fire, the earth itself; holding space for the Bali Brothers represented the element of earth, incense was burned to represent the element of air, and water from the sacred well was offered to each of the statues; via their mouth, to represent the element of water. When the statues were finally in their rightful place we had an Ecstatic Dance to bless them with our own vital energy.
Elemental Witchcraft is all about working with the elemental forces that make up our world to make a better life for us all; including the natural world and the world of spirit. Being connected to the world we live in, seeing sentience all around us; instead of inanimate objects, leads to a form of enlightenment in which we see our responsibility as stewards to the Earth. When we realize the rock, the tree, and the river all have consciousness it is harder to look away from the mistreatment of the planet. It also opens up a world of enchantment, and we all know how much we need that! Solstice Meadow and the Fairy Wood will continue to evolve; as I write this the Wyrd Weavers are halfway through creating an altar at the sacred-water well.
If you feel inspired by this take it as your sign to go work some magic on your own property. Create a garden, put up an Earth Altar, listen to your land, and trust your intuition. Don't be surprised when the beautiful bits come with other bits; such as a desire to clean up trash wherever you are, or to make changes in how you live, work, and clean your own environment.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ELEMENTAL WITCHCRAFT-
Intro to Elemental Magic-
The Elements of Magic (12-month course)-
UPCOMING EVENTS w/Salicrow-
The Betwixt & Between (SPIRIT COMMUNICATION INTENSIVE)-