Purnima: Stone Ground

Here is the next part of Purnima (Book 7 of Waldmeer).

Return of the Snakes

In the Borderfirma Lowlands:

Merlyn and Odin exited Purnima Passage at Stone Ground on that August full moon. They were surprised to see red warning tape around the sacred rock structure.

“At least, it still works as a portal,” said Merlyn when Aristotle and Indra came out of the palace to greet them.

“It does,” said Aristotle, “but for how long?”

“What happened to it?” asked Odin who had jumped the tape and was inspecting the rock closely.

“A large crack appeared in it, recently,” said Indra. “It could fall on someone.”

Stone Ground was a linga like the granite one in Ajna temple, and also like Floating Cave which was a wet linga. Floating Cave and Stone Ground were ancient. Both had been used for energetic purposes for longer than Borderfirma history had been recorded. Like all lingas, they needed upkeep. Floating Cave was in the good hands of the monk at Floating Cave Monastery. The responsibility for the upkeep of Stone Ground fell to Aristotle and Indra.

“We can stop the rock from falling on people,” said Aristotle. “That is the least of the problems. The real problem is that, since cracking, Stone Ground has been losing its spiritual balance.”

“Do you know how it happened?” asked Merlyn.

“We have our suspicions,” said Aristotle turning to Indra.

“When Evanora took over the Borderfirma Lowlands,” said Indra, “she used the linga for her own destructive purposes. After her, a lot of effort was put into repairing it so that it could function in a beneficial way again.”

“Who fixed it?” asked Merlyn.

“Indra and I were only thirteen,” said Aristotle. “It wasn’t us. Over seven years, Stone Ground healed enough for Indra and I to move into the palace.”

“Does Evanora have something to do with this?” asked Odin pointing to the damaged rock.

“Indra thinks so,” said Aristotle.

“The pythons have returned,” explained Indra.

Like her father, Indra was an expert snake handler and a lover of the poisonous creatures, especially cobras, which were the native snake of the Lowlands.

“Before Evanora, we never had a snake problem,” said Indra. “Left to themselves, snakes are gentle, intelligent creatures.”

Merlyn recalled that on Earth, in the West, a spiralling snake around a rod symbolises the medical profession and, in the East, a coiled snake starting at the base of the spine and travelling upwards to the crown of the head symbolises kundalini or life-force.

“Evanora populated the Lowlands with her own species of snake,” continued Indra. “Pythons. They bred out of control and, in defence, the cobras did likewise. They all became vicious – to each other and to people. For a long time, we haven’t seen any pythons, and the cobras have peacefully kept to themselves. However, the pythons have returned and the cobras are getting snitchy.”

“Is Evanora still alive?” asked Merlyn.

“She was,” said Odin, “last time I was here. After the Borderfirma Battle, she went mad and was committed to the psychiatric hospital, and has lived there for twenty years.”

“She died a few weeks after Mum died,” said Aristotle. “Not long after Odin left.”

Odin thought about that for a moment, stood tall, and said, “It’s just as well that I have returned. I can see that things go to rack and ruin when I’m away.”

Aristotle smiled and said, “It’s great to have you back home. We missed you.”

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