Bonding with the Land

Posted on July 11, 2008
Filed Under alchemy, Bonding to the Land, energy work, liminal space, Magic, mystical journeys | 3 Comments

I don’t get tattoos very often. In fact, I only get them on special occasions. I got a phoenix to say goodbye to the east as well as to signify my rebirth from the ashes of academia. I got a Green wolf paw on my left breast, when I married my wife. Today I got a Chinese Blue Dragon. I have only two more I’ll potentially get, but those are stories for other times. Let me tell you the story of the blue dragon.

I met the blue dragon long ago, off the coast of Maine. I threw a necklace to it, an offering to it, something of me for something of the fey wildness of the ocean. I didn’t encounter it again until I moved to Portland, OR. Portland and Oregon’s energy have always felt safe to me…felt like home. When Lupa and I hiked the Multnomah falls for the first time, the blue dragon came out of the water and kissed me and asked if I remembered it.

It told me that it wanted me to bond to the land here. The last time I bonded to the land it was in Ohio and dissolving those bonds had been painful and Seattle had rejected me…but Portland and Oregon wanted me. So I said yes and agreed to get a tattoo as part of the bonding…I’d given blood and saliva to the land before, and this time a tattoo, with pain and some blood given again to the land. I was originally going to get the tattoo in November of ’07, but other things happened, including not having a job. And eventually when all of that got figured out, the blue dragon told me to reschedule the appointment. So I did. And today I went in.

My tattoo artist at Infinity Tattoo, Alice Kendall, set me up, got me shaved, and then inked. The outline took a while…careful tracings of lines, and I felt the blue dragon’s presence. He reached over to me. His energy touched mine. He asaid, “Make an offering of your pain and blood to the land, to me.” And I did. I made an offering…I felt my pain start flowing to the dragon, and to the rivers and the land.

I felt my pain flow and I felt an exchange of energy come into me. When she started filling in the color of the tattoo, the exchange quickened…more pain flowing out, but more energy of the land flowing in. As she kept inking, I relaxed into the pain. I didn’t fight it. I let it become part of me. I let it go. I let my mind slip into a gray void, but through it all the blue dragon was there, whispering to me about the land, whispering to me about IYR…whispering to me about the secrets of water and reality…

When the tattoo was finished, I felt half in this world, half in the land. I tipped the artist a nice fee…The Blue dragon was pleased…always honor those who help you connect to me.

I left, got into the car and the blue dragon settled into the tattoo, with one last whisper…”You and I are bonded to each other now”

The Blue Dragon

The Blue Dragon

The Blue Dragon

The Blue Dragon

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