Thursday, April 30, 2009

Altar In The Southeast One Day Before Beltane

I knew when I bought this little cottage that I was going to have to change the landscape. But I lived for half a dozen years with the land, talking to her, learning her, entering into relationship with her. About a year ago, I found Landscape Guy, who, while not Pagan, I knew would work with me in the way that I needed. We started the hardscaping and moved on to trees and bulbs and plants.

A few weeks ago, Landscape guy called me and said, "I don't care that you think you need to work this weekend. I've found your altar stone. Meet me at the quarry." I dropped everything and raced there and, amazingly, Landscape Guy was right. A lovely boulder, found in the Shenandoah River Valley, with a corner perfect for offerings. I touched it, and it spoke so clearly to me. There were lots of folks wandering around the quarry that day, and Landscape Guy said, "If you want it, we should go pay for it now. It may not be here too long." So, I wrote a three-figure check for a rock, although no one can ever "own" a stone like this. (I've done dumber financial things, trust me, so I hardly batted an eye.)

We've been on and off since then about schedules and the weather, but, in the end, Landscape Guy was able to get a crew out here today, the day before Beltane. They planted lots of things, including all the black ariseama that Landscape Guy could find, moved bushes around, and pulled out stuff that needed to go. I planted rosemary so it would be in the ground on Beltane night. And, they installed my altar stone. Now, after all these years, the woodland garden in the southeastern corner feels "right."


Gummo said...

Nice rock!

And you're very lucky to have found a sympathetic non-pagan to work with.

Jeffraham Prestonian said...

And, it has a cupholder!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! So nice that your landscaper is a sensitive soul. Maybe he is Pagan and just doesn't know it yet.

Sia said...

Congrats - it's amazing.

Merry Beltane to you and yours,


Jen said...

A wonderful stone. It has such an energy emanating from it, even from the photo. I hope one day to be able to have my own garden to work with and in as you do yours.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see it tonight.