The White Goddess (Houghton Conquest)
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The cache does not contain a writing instrument, so bring your own. The co-ordinates given DO NOT relate to the location of the cache. They are for an area where you begin the hunt.
This cache is a one stage multi with the final cache being a short walk away from the first stage. All you need to do is visit the first stage, answer the question and then on to the final. When you find the answer to stage one, substitute the letter representing missing co-ordinates with the answers you find.
Go the the listed coordinates (N 52° 03.666 W 000° 28.771) They don’t come tougher than this. Made in the UK from over 2000 plastic bottles, what is the company's fax number?
Answer: ABCDE FGHIJK
Now take all the numbers that you have collected. If you want to check you've got them right, A+B+C+D+E+F+G+H+I+J = 31. You'll find the cache at:
N52° 03.H(A+B+C+I)K' W000° 28.K(D+J-G)(J-F)
PLEASE DO NOT GIVE AWAY ANY SECRETS TO THIS CACHE IN YOUR LOGS.
The practice of hanging mistletoe over doorways and kissing those who passed beneath can be traced back to the Druids. The Celts, the Norse and the Druids promoted mistletoe in England. Though the church never gave mistletoe official status, its magical powers to create harmony and amity became the stuff of folk legend. It was rumoured that if enemies met beneath it, they would lay down their weapons.
During the First World War embroidered ‘silk’ postcards were sent from the Front at Christmas. These often depicted mistletoe, emphasising the strength of the custom, and mistletoe's value both as a symbol of peace and as a message for loved ones.
For its supposedly mystical power mistletoe has long been at the center of many folklore. Scandinavians also thought of mistletoe as a plant of peace and harmony. They associated mistletoe with their goddess of love, Frigga. The custom of kissing under the mistletoe probably derived from this belief.
The story goes that Mistletoe was the sacred plant of Frigga, goddess of love and the mother of Balder, the god of the summer sun. Balder had a dream of death which greatly alarmed his mother, for should he die, all life on earth would end. In an attempt to keep this from happening, Frigga went at once to air, fire, water, earth, and every animal and plant seeking a promise that no harm would come to her son. Balder now could not be hurt by anything on earth or under the earth. But Balder had one enemy, Loki, god of evil and he knew of one plant that Frigga had overlooked in her quest to keep her son safe. It grew neither on the earth nor under the earth, but on apple and oak trees. It was lowly mistletoe. So Loki made an arrow tip of the mistletoe, gave to the blind god of winter, Hoder, who shot it , striking Balder dead. The sky paled and all things in earth and heaven wept for the sun god. For three days each element tried to bring Balder back to life. He was finally restored by Frigga, the goddess and his mother. It is said the tears she shed for her son turned into the pearly white berries on the mistletoe plant and in her joy Frigga kissed everyone who passed beneath the tree on which it grew. The story ends with a decree that who should ever stand under the humble mistletoe, no harm should befall them, only a kiss, a token of love.
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