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Our Journey to Seek Magic in Pohnpei

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In June of 2018 Jo, John and Dylan made a journey with the goal of connecting our Henge, Koreon Aralia, to the inner temple in the megalithic city of Nan Madol, in Pohnpei, Micronesia.

On Thursday, July 12, 2018 Jo Carson will describe the surprising results of this pilgrimage on The Hermetic Hour, with host Poke Runyon. These photos will illuminate her tale of magic and adventure.

Kolonia, the main city of Pohnpei, from Sokehs Ridge at twilight. There are sacred spots all over the island where people worshiped the local deities and did ceremonies to secure the county of the land and waters. These rites were often done on stone altars called pei.  Pohnpei literally means "upon a stone altar."

Liduduhniap Falls; Jo in the foreground, touching the stones. It is recorded that in these areas, ancestral spirits often took up residence in stones, trees, fishes or birds.

 

The astonishingly beautiful Kepiroh Falls

 

After a cool and refreshing swim in the Falls

 

Log-cabin style architecture using multi-ton basalt rocks at Nan Madol. The stone buildings on Nan Madol rest on islands built of compacted coral, which were built starting 700 CE. The Nan Madol complex as a place to rule the island was built between 1180 and 1200 CE. We learned that it was abandoned after 1600, when a revolt was staged against the cruel king who demanded that his morning bath tub be filled with dew, and tortured and killed those he disliked.

 

Kings Temple and Burial Chamber, Nan Madol, Pohnpei

 

King's burial vault on Nan Douwas Islet in Nan Madol. The place felt dark and sad. We decided against our plan of connecting our Henge with it.

 

The lovely Ikiok Tree near the Northeast corner of the Kings Temple and Burial Chamber. There was a long tradition of tree and stone worship on Pohnpei; the gods were understood to rest in the stones, especially ones of basalt. Spirits also lived in trees; specialists would paint the tree with a specific concoction and pray to encourage the spirit to leave, in cases where a tree had to be felled. We read that this tree was placed there by tree and stone worshipers as a protest to the demagoguery of the king and a statement of their true allegiance.

 

Ikiok Tree - Lady Tree Altar. You may be able to see our small stone with Phytala placed on her "knee." The tree felt inviting and an ideal place to leave our stone. We did a Kore Blessing prayer and checked the alignment with our compass, to set up an energetic ray between it and our home henge.

 

Deep jungle - on our way to the last falls

 

Huge cave overhangs at Pahntakai Falls- steeply sloping trail on right

 

Two foot stack of leaves and ferns for the god Luhk, or luck - we added ours.

 

Kibur - our guide, and guardian of the site

 

Pahntakai Falls - 100 plus feet high veil of mist and water

 

Lower part of Pahntakai Falls - Lady Falls - We were told, "If She likes you, she will take you in, you'll get wet. If She doesn't like you, She will push you away." We placed our second serpentine stone from our Henge, Koreon Aralia, at the base of this falls, and one from our sister henge to the north, Heart Henge.

 

Feeling great at Pahntakai Falls - Jo

 

Sleeping Lady of Pohnpei

 

Roadside view returning to Kolonia

All photos by and copyright Jo Carson, 2018

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