Today is the New Moon day (Oct 23). The exact time was 2:57 PM PDT. That’s when I was doing a ceremony and playing my flute atop Calvary Hill Arizona.
I did not realize this “coincidence” until after I had returned from my first 2014 autumnal pilgrimage to Calvary Hill Arizona. But it was probably the reason that I was guided to do it for the first time today.
I would have done it much sooner, of course. Probably right after we arrived here from Hawaii on Sept 18. Alas, a severe leg injury on our last day in Maui prevented me from doing it until now (see Bloody Farewell to Maui, Sept 19).
Even now, five weeks later, my “trident” cut has not fully healed (right). But my leg was good enough for a 3.5-hour bike-hike-bike effort in 95F heat.
When I finished my one-hourlong bike ride, and started the hike, the temperature was 95F. It went up to 98F as I climbed the McDowell Mtns toward the Calvary Hill AZ. By the time I reached it and did a shamanic ceremony, the temperature had dropped to 91F. It went back up to 95F by the time I returned to my bike, two hours later.
There were some humorous scenes, too. Take a look at that picture on the left. It looks as if I am learning to fly. 🙂 That would be a dangerous way to ascend, considering all the thorns in the desert. 🙂
Back to the summit, sitting at the Calvary Hill and facing the west, I played “Amazing Grace” on my flute. When I returned to the main trail, a young woman asked me if that was me playing it. She seemed to be resting there and must have been listening to it.
I grunted “yep” affirmatively.
“That was great,” she said.
I thanked her and changed the subject. I was surprised that she heard it so well. I was at least 200 yards away and facing AWAY from her at the summit where I played the flute. Guess sound carried very well in the mountains, even in the desert.
Here’s now a recording of Amazing Grace I made in Dec 2013 on a Clavinova using the Pan Flute and Chorus voices played over some beautiful desert scenes.
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