Each Wednesday at 17h GMT I will be holding a Sacred Site Circle. This has been prompted in part by the decision of the United Kingdom Government to drive a two-lane underground bypass close to the Stonehenge Circle. The siting of the project is destined to drive a vast trench through a Southern transect of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. This project is being contested actively at the present time, by the group Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site (SSWHS).
Whilst this in itself is worthy of our attention, it is my belief that this is not a phenomenon isolated to the sacred lands of the United Kingdom. Earlier this year, in Australia, the company Rio Tinto dynamited an Aboriginal sacred site that has been in use for 46,000 years.
In the US, sacred lands to the Gwich’in are to be auctioned, as environmental studies, which should run for another year have suddenly been mysteriously completed, and the auction is due before the present incumbent of the Whitehouse leaves office on 20th January 2021.
The list in reality is far longer. I have not spoken here about the pipelines that run across sacred lands in the US. This page is simply intended to make clear that these violations of sacred lands are happening in the UK, in Australia, in America, and in many other places. If there is one action we can take, it is to create for ourselves sacred space to hold these places in our attention and to send them loving kindness.
I have decided to consecrate one part of one day of each week, to sit with these places. There will be a meditation and a sending of Reiki Holy Fire. The space is open to all, and any who wish to join with us may sit. This is a small action but one which I believe is essential. If you are a Reiki or Reiki Holy Fire™ Master, or hold your Second Reiki Degree, please send Reiki to the sacred sites with us each Wednesday.
These places ask for our love, our attention, and to be held. No matter what homo industrialis does, there are other humans who walk a different path. We are those other humans, and the work begins now, December 2, 2020. 17h GMT.
Please join us, and share this page if this speaks to you. And please, if you have information about other sites, do get in touch with me to let me know. I have mentioned but three, but I know that there are sadly, many, many more. I shall create a directory of sites that we can use as a tool to document the work we are now undertaking.
Thankyou for reading this page. I look forward to sitting with you, and for joining our arms together in a Circle, in a call for dignity and respect of the sacred lands the world over.
A short Directory of Sacred Sites that are currently menaced.
Stonehenge Sacred Landscape. Currently under threat by plans greenlighted by the UK Government to drive a dual carriageway underpass through a large part of the World Heritage Site. Woodlands in England. It is not clear how much woodland clearance is already underway. The Woodland Trust said HS2 was planning to start work on 11 sites, including eight small woods in Warwickshire and three in Staffordshire, of between 0.1 and 3.2 hectares (0.25-7.9 acres). The largest are near Kenilworth in Warwickshire, South Cubbington and Broadwells Woods, home to buzzards, woodpeckers, bluebells and fly agaric fungi, according to local online reviews. HS2 has said that 43 ancient woodland sites in England would be affected on the route between London and Crewe. [Note, I will update this as I gather more detailed information].
Rosehill Farm, Wendover, England. Clive Higgins, the landowner at Rosehill Farm, has had part of his land compulsory-purchased by HS2. He was letting protesters set up a camp on one of the fields he still owned. “It’s sad and unnecessary what’s happening here. They have ripped down 50,000 trees either side of my land this year so far. It’s the greatest deforestation of Great Britain. The UK already has one of the lowest tree coverages in Europe and the new trees that they are planting are already dying in the hundreds”.
Menie, Scotland. Scotland’s nature agency said that following construction of the Trump International Golf Links course at Menie, north of Aberdeen, the dunes no longer “merit being retained as part of the site of special scientific interest”. The sand dunes had been a “high-quality example” of a geological system characteristic of north-east Scotland, the agency said.
United States of America
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The US interior department is hastily auctioning off drilling rights to America’s last large untouched wilderness, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge found in the tundra of northern Alaska. The refuge, home to polar bears, caribou, and 200 species of birds, has been off-limits to fossil fuel companies for decades but the Trump administration is keen to give out leases to extract the billions of barrels of oil believed to be in the area’s coastal region. The leases could result in the release of vast quantities of carbon emissions as well as upend the long-held lifestyle of the local Gwich’in trib, which depends upon the migratory caribou for sustenance. Several major banks, fiercely lobbied by the Gwich’in and conservationists, have refused to finance drilling in the refuge but industry groups have expressed optimism that the area will be carved open.
Chaco Canyon National Historical Park. The administration is also opening the way for drilling around the Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, considered a sacred area by the native Navajo and Pueblo people who live near the New Mexico site and has targeted a linchpin environmental law, known as the National Environmental Policy Act, to allow more logging and road-building in national forests.
Oak Flat in the Tonto National Forest, Arizona. The Trump administration has been forced to set the wheels in motion for mining company Resolution Copper, in a venture with Rio Tinto and BHP, to be granted access to Oak Flat in the Tonto National Forest, Arizona, even though it wasn’t meant to happen until December of 2021. The land has long been regarded as a sacred place for local indigenous communities, notably the Apache Leap, an area where warriors jumped to their suicide to escape the genocidal ambitions of US soldiers during the 1870s. As well as this, the area is known to home some of the best-preserved artefacts from Apache culture and is also where Sunrise coming-of-age ceremonies are held.
Juukan Gorge, Western Australia. A parliamentary inquiry into the destruction of 46,000-year-old caves has delivered a scathing report criticizing the actions of Rio Tinto and calling for the Western Australian government to put a stop to the destruction of heritage until new laws are passed. The majority bipartisan interim report said Rio Tinto’s decision to destroy two rock-shelters in Juukan Gorge, against the wishes of the traditional owners and despite knowing the archaeological value of the site, was “inexcusable”. “Rio knew the value of what they were destroying but blew it up anyway,” the report said.
Antarctica: Australia is planning to build Antarctica’s biggest infrastructure project close to its Davis research station. A new airport and runway would increase the human footprint in the world’s greatest wilderness by an estimated 40%. According to the Guardian newspaper, the mega-scheme is likely to involve blasting petrel rookeries, disturbing penguin colonies, and encasing a stretch of the wilderness in more than 115,000 tonnes of concrete. The government in Canberra says the project on the Vestfold Hills of Princess Elizabeth Land is necessary to provide for year-round access for scientists and emergency teams to Davis research station, Australia’s most southerly base in Antarctica. Strategic concerns are also a consideration; Australia is keen to counter China’s growing presence on the frozen southern continent.