The Fire Cache - Pagan Cache Series
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This is one of a set of caches devised and hidden to complement the
“Celebrate the Summer Solstice with the Laird” event.
They all have themes associated with various pagan rituals and beliefs that we have researched.
We are not pagans so reality and fiction may have become blended and all themes & their complementary locations are subject to “cachers licence”
When midsomer comes, with havens and bromes they do bonefires make,
And swiftly, then, the nimble young men runne leaping over the same.
The women and maydens together do couple their handes.
With bagpipes sounde, they dance arounde; no malice among them stands.
[A. Clark, ed., The Shires Ballads, "The Mery Life of the Countriman" (Oxford, 1907)]
Most of the customs associated with the Midsummer celebrate the light, are to drive away negative forces, and encourage the power of the Sun. This is achieved with sympathetic magic in the form of bonfires, rolling wheels, circle dances, and torchlight processions. Because the energy of the sun infuses the whole of nature, it is a potent time for gathering plants, seeking healing, or practicing divination.
Midsummer fires once blazed all across Europe and North Africa. Such ritual fires had the power to protect the revelers from evil spirits, bad fairies, and wicked witches. They also warded off the powers of bane, blight, dark, death, and winter. There were various other customs associated with the event. Men and women danced around the fires and often jumped through them for good luck; to be blackened by the fire was considered very fortuitous indeed. A branch lit at the fire was passed over the backs of animals to preserve them from disease, the Cornish even passed children over the flames to protect them from disease in the coming year.
This cache pays homage to these ancient traditions which formed our culture and heritage prior to the arrival of the modern religions.
The cache is a multicache letterbox hybrid containing a stamp and ink pad for those of you with letterboxing log books plus a standard cache logbook and the usual goodies.
Do not attempt to remove the details from the first stage, you can read the details through the container. Near the final loaction you do not need to cross barbed wire.
Please do not take the stamp or ink pad these are not swaps!
I can highly recomend you wear wellies for this cache. Please replace stage 1 with care exactly as you found it.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum