This weekend was about camping with My Gal and good friends Tami and Louie along with new friends Janet and Derrick. We had a good time in the Balch Camp area of the Sequoias. What does this have to do with magick you say? Well, I will tell you.
I remember years ago meeting some folks that had traveled here from England and said that if you can do magick here [Fresno, CA] you can do it anywhere. They said Fresno is magickally dead. The first night I was there, I ran through the LBRP in my head as I often do before going to sleep. The circle quite forcefully and naturally burned itself into the ground around me. I was impressed.
Next we went to a place called Indian Baths or something like that. The place was cool and peaceful. I did some energy raising and balancing there to great effect.
The next day we went to Hidden Falls. I reached out to see if I could feel the spirit of the river. Could I ever! He was as strong as Pan but only in his local area. He was self-aware but not aware of too much outside of his immediate surroundings. Later we went to another patch of ground and I just asked to be directed to the spirit loci. The wave of energy that turned my head in their direction was palpable.
The next time I hear of an occultist, magician, witch etc., talk about the spirit of a place, I will know what they are talking about. It is one thing to believe in such things, quite another to experience them.