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MidSummer Labyrinth

As published in 'The Press Enterprise' on August 25th 2002 
(Some names change to protect the Not-So-Innocent.)

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Karon Horta/The Press-Enterprise  
Makani Saga of SoCal paints the face of Belladonna of SoCal. Belladonna is one of the guides who help lead people to the entrance of the labyrinth at Littlefield-Shultis Memorial Park. 
 

Maze leads seekers to 'connectedness'
LABYRINTH: Wiccans and pagans invite the public to walk in a San Bernardino park.
08/25/2002
By KATIE E. ISMAEL
THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE

SAN BERNARDINO - Starting wide, then spiraling tighter and tighter, they wound around and around.
 
They journeyed through a maze of trees, drummers and costumed guides on Saturday, getting closer to the center of the "midsummer labyrinth" at a north San Bernardino park.
 
A crowd of both pagans and non-pagans followed paths marked by red yarn on the green grass of Littlefield-Shultis Memorial Park.

 At the center they were greeted by a woman inside a cloth tent, holding a spindle of red yarn. She portrayed the archetypal figure of the Mother and symbolized connectedness, Jeff Albaugh said.

"We're really never alone," said Albaugh, a spokesman for the Touchstone Local Council of the International Covenant of the Goddess, which organized the event.
"Sometimes we'd like to be alone, but it just doesn't work that way," he said.
The Touchstone Local Council represents the Inland area Wiccan community and pagans, a term that encompasses a wide variety of nature-based practices that trace their roots to pre-Christian Europe.
The group put together the labyrinth Saturday because of the phase of the moon and the time of year. The labyrinth event, which is not religious or denominational, was also for the community, Albaugh said.
 
"So anyone who walks through it will find some meaning," he said.
"They're very meditative," Albaugh said of labyrinths. "They're very introspective."
 
Those who ventured into the labyrinth went in groups and were greeted by 11 costumed people symbolizing archetypes, among them the Crone, a woman in black who wore a mask of feathers and symbolized death.
"I just got this wonderful, warm, embracing, loving feeling," said Rowan Wakefield, 42, of Hemet as she was in the tent with the Mother figure.
Wakefield, who is with the Hemet Pagan Inland Empire Fellowship, said the effects of going through a labyrinth aren't always instant.
"Sometimes it doesn't hit you immediately," she said. "This is more a catalyst, a trigger, for an emotional response or a subconscious response."
Erin Chester, 17, of Highland, said: "It makes you think of deeper things. It's very calming to me."
Reach Katie Ismael at (909) 890-4462 or kismael@pe.com

To find out  more about Tochstone Local Council and their events, Click on the link below!

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