December 7, 2003, 08:03
Whispering Pine's Geomystical properties
I hope you are well and have found no long term negative impact
as a result of your castings this week. Elspeth told me
the entire story and we are all very grateful that you and Buffy
were able to send the giant home without anyone being injured.
Regarding your question on the
geomystical properties of Whispering Pines, yes, it is a
recorded magickal energy source, part of the Kalanian line that
flows through the Pacific Northwest, but its never been known as
an exceptionally strong one.
This natural pool of magickal energy is one reason Elspeth was
drawn there. But to the best of our knowledge, its only
natural magic, good for growing plants and aiding the healing
arts. Its never been a huge energy pool (such as the dark
energy you are familiar with from the Hellmouth), but its been a
steady and constant resource and has never been known to
flucuate in reaction.
I believe you know that the Kalapuya were the original
inhabitants of the area.
Spirit or Dream Power was central to Kalapuya spirituality and I
am sure they drew (knowingly or unknowingly) from the energies
there. Adolescents often sought powers during solitary
five-night quests at known power places. During a quest,
an aspirant fasted and worked all night, typically by swimming,
keeping up a fire, and piling up rock, brush, or earth at the
power place. A power, if it came, usually appeared in
animal likeness, during a dream following the vigil.
The Kalapuya held the animal spirits in high regard.
I believe the wolf was one of the more powerful of their
spirits. You might ask Elspeth for more information on
I do not think we should ignore the possibility that the
phenomena currently being experienced in WP is directly related
to the area. It is likely that something has happened
there which is effecting the magickal status quo. This change
could be geophysical; some shift in the earth that upset the
natural balance of the magicks. Or the change could have more
ominous overtones, if the Dark Magicks are involved. And,
Rupert, I hesitate to say this, but you will surely have already
thought of it yourself....this may somehow be related to your
own move to Whispering Pines. I do not know if Willow's
powers, your own, or something to do with the changes in the
Slayer conditions might be a factor, but it cannot be ruled
Please let me know how we might assist and if you discover
anything else, please let me know immediately.
Blessing on your house,
PS. I am told that you have seen quite a bit of Jo
recently. I would be so pleased if you've finally found
someone to make you happy.