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"A new Friendly Fort?"--you might ask. "What's a Friendly Fort?"
I discuss this in today's featured writing.
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|The New Friendly Fort|
Commissioned and Consecrated
Autumn Equinox 2016,
There's a new Friendly Fort in the Chicago land area. If you've been following the blog for a while, then you probably remember me making mention of a Friendly Fort last year during the week long celebration of Halloween. (Yes, the 2016 edition is currently in the works for those wondering.)
But back to the mention of the Friendly Fort. You can see the discussion I made of the place by reading the BLOG POST. It's a very fascinating place.
But why should I want to make a "new" Friendly Fort?
Well, I spent a lot of time thinking about this prospect. You see, I recently found a region of forest, complete with creek and surrounding stone that reminded me very much like the legendary Friendly Fort of Cook County Forest Preserves. Walking there in the late afternoon was like a flashback for me. I really felt like I was visiting the Friendly Fort. At some point I said to myself, "This is the new Friendly Fort."
"New Friendly Fort?" I challenged myself. "What's wrong with the original?"
Well, quite frankly, the original no longer exists. Once upon a time the original was a beautiful place. But after twenty years, it is now in ruins. Aside from that, it's nearly impossible to reach the original Friendly Fort without trespassing on private property. One would have to hike a few miles through forest to finally reach it. The convenient shortcut is owned by a local organization. For this matter, I haven't been there in almost a year. I doubt I will ever return.
A "new" Friendly Fort isn't such a bad idea, considering what was cited in the above paragraphs. But what gives me the authority to commission a new one?
Well, nobody remembers the original Friendly Fort. People I've talked to who once visited it in their teens back in the 1980s have no idea as to what I might be referring to. My brother remembers it, but he doesn't remember how to get there. It was my daughter and I who went on a lengthy adventure last year just to find it so I can have photos of the place for you.
As for my daughter, she agrees that it is time for a new Friendly Fort. And so on Autumn Equinox of 2016 at Sunrise, the new Friendly Fort was commissioned and consecrated. This moment was recorded by way of photograph as seen above.
Friendly Forts are nothing more than small bodies of water like a river or creek with surrounding platforms such as flagstone to stand on. Considered sacred, they are meeting places where people can join for prayer, meditation magick and various rituals. The water serves as an excellent amplifier and has magickal properties during these ceremonies. If you and your friends wish to have a Friendly Fort of your own, you can easily designate a special place in the forest or in the wilderness. The only requirement is a small body of water where people can stand around.