Chronarchy (chronarchy) wrote,

Wondering Why We Ever Go Home: Greece, 2007

Journal Entry 6

6:10 PM
Mount Olympus, 1400 m above sea level
Olympian Zeus, Protect Me
The sky was darkening and the sun was setting over Stavroities, and we had gone as far as we could. I knelt on the side of Olympus, greatful for the amazingly clear weather, the ease with which we found ourselves back on the trail, and the good omens we had found.

Our first good omen was the eagle we saw gliding from branch to branch while on the main trail. I knew we were being watched over at that point.

The second good omen was the woodpecker we heard while we were lost. It was the sound of his beak on the tree that gave me a knowledge that we would be okay.

The third good omen was another woodpecker who sounded as I made an offering of thanks and hope for a second good hike at the highest point we had reached. As I prayed the third line, the woodpecker responded for the Gods:
For clear skies,
for keeping the rain off our backs,
for a safe journey on your mountian,
Olympian Zeus, be praised.
Look with favor on us as we return down,
look with favor on us as we return back up.
Olympian Zeus, be praised.
There, I left an offering of a two Euro coin with an eagle on the reverse (after checking the correspondances with zylch, our resident Hellenist in our party of three), and made an offering for viedansante as well. I gave zylch a two Euro piece for an offering as well, this one with Europa and the bull.

After we made our offerings, we started back down, and reached the parking lot in a quarter of the time it had taken us to do our entire round trip (3 hours).
Tags: deities, friends, greece, hiking, hotties, prayers

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