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St Martin’s in the Fields – St Paul’s, London
It may have been a drizzly, dark day outside but there was excitement in the air as 8 women met at 12 pm for lunch in The Crypt! We discussed where we had all come from and most of us had arrived from Sussex and Kent, which is the Sagittarius area. We all felt inspired to continue together in pilgrimage locally, having met for this special day. For several of us, it was our first GKT pilgrimage or our first with the Wheel of Life.
Over lunch, we discussed our Dedication for the walk. It was not only a Full Moon on 220.127.116.11, (2019=12), but also Election Day. We wanted a healing for the UK and Ireland as a whole, for Maia. Someone described how she had had been struck by the idea of our footsteps being taken in Courage, Hope and Love. We agreed that this would be our focus, that as we walked we would say to ourselves – ‘I walk in Courage, I walk in Hope, I walk in Love’. And off we went...
Our first stop was by The Whipping Post in the Crypt, to offer healing because of its gruesome history. We then paused by the gorgeous Nativity Scene in the foyer, where Phyllis told us a little about the extensive humanitarian works of St Martin’s in the Fields. We crossed over Trafalgar Square to the statue of King Charles 1, which has a plaque stating this was the original site of Queen Eleanor’s Cross, (now in front of The Charing Cross Station,) marking the point from where all mileages were first measured across the land. We strengthened our dedication here by bringing in the Cosmic Cross so that we each became a Light Bearer as we walked.
From there, we continued past St Eleanor’s Cross and down to the garden of The York Watergate which marks an area where once the River Thames flowed ...before The Embankment was built. It felt very responsive to our presence, and I especially loved this tree with it’s heart-shaped pink leaves. (There is a lovely photo here of times past.... https://www.historic- uk.com/HistoryMagazine/DestinationsUK/York-Watergate/ )
Crossing over the Golden Jubilee Bridge, we paused to offer a rose to the river and sing ‘The River is Flowing’, and further on there was a jazz musician playing very dance-able music! Coming down into the South Embankment a few of us noticed the change in energy...softer... maybe just the absence of traffic? We stopped opposite Temple Bar and the Law Courts to hold the vision for truth and justice in our land which felt especially significant on Election Day. A bit further along, we came to a mandala in the pavement with 8 arms radiating out which seemed the perfect spot to gather. We stood in a circle, each taking a direction, with the lanterns in the centre...the energy seemed to radiate out a great distance.
Because of my morning meditation, I very much wanted to make a 6 pointed star on the beach using roses, with one flower in the centre. It felt wonderful...healing for Maia. We sang and Sarah danced. Magical.
Some of us were tired by this time, and so we made our weary way back over the Millenium Bridge, waving at The Globe, offering a final rose to Isis, and on to St Paul’s...which was shut! Heart hugs and home.
Many thanks to Phyllis for organising this wonderful event and for the all the information she had gathered. In true Sagittarean mode, she taught us well, and cared for the group.
From Sarah Dawkins: “What a special time we had - thank you so much for organising it again Phyllis - wonderful that it was the third time! I like the sense that it is the same pathway each time - a different experience each time - but it establishes a rhythm like a drum or heart beat - especially if we remember our mantra of courage, hope and love flowing into the ground through our feet!
I liked saying where we all had travelled from, it felt good for me to honour the Cygnus energy of our local landscape and to bring it with me (or her!) Also honouring the ancestors and the Black Isis which holds and carries so much for London. I was very aware of the ‘life of the Thames’ in terms of the industry and commerce as well as the leisure and fun to be had on the Thames. Wonderful to remember the sewerage system too at York Gate that was built by Bazalguette!
I like that we go over the two bridges linking north to south and then south to north - double blessing for the river - and for us! It felt very good to honour the Temple from the south side and to sound the Aum and make the offering of the rose especially for the Law Givers of the land.
Thank you to Hildegard for reminding us of the magic hour of 3pm, in the middle of the Election Day, just as we reached the pattern in the pavement of the eight directions - we were eight women so we each stood on a direction, which can also represent the eight solar festivals of the solstices and equinoxes and quarter days. Maybe next time we can work out the compass directions of the lines - one definitely went to St Pauls.
Jane was so inspired to make the six pointed star with the roses on the bed of the river- it looked and felt very beautiful. A yantra for the true spirit of Maia to be at home in!
The moon dance came to us on Iona, so it was lovely to remember our times there - the song is:
‘The moon she dances, like the waves, the waves on the shore, x2 Making circles, making circles like the waves, like the waves on the shore.’
It felt a very gentle offering of love to the river Thames - which flows out to Dogger Bank and mingles with the water from the River Rhine.
It was a very wet day (!) but it didn’t seem to matter.”
From Louise: “It was a wonderful experience which I found very nourishing and carried me through the shocking next few days as I felt connected to deeper truths - plus I felt I had done important helpful work with everyone to meet the situation we are all in - was good to be there! It's wearing off a bit now unfortunately.
It also seems a natural way to bring local people together and I hope we do continue locally - we can take this idea into the Solstice and Holy Nights and share ideas next year.”
From Hildegard: “I very much enjoyed the singing and dancing there. It felt like what we were doing transcended time and space, transporting me frequently to other pilgrimages and places. Quite magical.”
From Phyllis: “It was such a pleasure to do our Pilgrimage together. I’ve felt lighter ever since.”
From Jane: “My highlights were firstly of us as a group of 8 women seated around The Round Table in the Crypt enjoying a common bond and adventure. The food symbolised the nourishment I was definitely receiving from the group...deep gratitude. The response of the landscape at York Watergate I found moving, as if it were pleased to see us. And finally, being able to create my heart’s desire in the form of a 6 pointed star with a rose in its centre on the beach by the river.
For me personally it was a Sagittarean initiation...as a Gemini/Aurigan, with no Sag in my birth chart, it was an alchemical culmination of place, time and group intention which lifted me, I realised days later, into the Higher Mind of Sagittarius. And a ‘thank you’ also to Hildegard who tagged me to this event on FaceBook. So blessed.”