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Shamanic Romania 2: Trovanti, ‘the growing stones’

20th July, 2018 Members Community
the growing stones

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I invite you to join me on a journey up an ancient valley to meet some remarkable stones. I’d heard so much about these huge beings that are reputed to still be growing – and which allegedly move around of their own accord. It was a steep climb as most are on top of the hill (mountain?) above the valley. But so worth the journey up the too-many-to-count steps cut into the wooded hillside. There is no glimpse from below. Until you emerge, you have no idea what you will be faced with. Strange as it may seem, this was once a sea floor.

We parked the car and began our walk up the valley. Permission to enter was required at several portals.



Monika requesting permission from the guardian willow. Its bark was extraordinarily intricate. Worlds weaving together.

Another portal place, a tantalising glimpse of what was to come and our first animal message.

The horse symbol meanings of power are widespread through most cultures, and it is linked as an emblem of life-force. Many cultures assign the attributes of the four elements to the horse: Earth, Fire, Air, and Water.


The stillness was extraordinary, although the silence was broken by the strangest of calls. Monika asked an elderly gentleman, who was tending his flock of goats, what the source of the call was. He shook his head. He wasn’t even aware of it. More of that mystery later.

Bear in mind that I’d caught a bug and was coughing my way around Romania. Faced with the steep climb, I really wasn’t sure I could make it so I asked the – as yet unseen stones – if they wanted me to visit. If so, I would need assistance with my breathing. Up I went, in much better shape than I’d normally be when climbing a steep hill. The same thing happens on the dragon mountain and, of course, I had some of the Celtic Healers with me to offer to the land where appropriate.

This is the sight that greeted me as I emerged at the top of the hill. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

Having paid homage to, and photographed, the stones for quite some time, we settled down to meditate. I placed myself on what I came to call the birthing chute – the last picture above. As I lay on it, I slid down a few feet on the smooth sandy surface until I reached the end.
In my meditation, I went back to a time when the stones were used for initiations and rebirth. The birthing channel, back then, was actually a tunnel in the rock, a true birth canal, although it had since been eroded. The formation asked that someone climb to the top and make their way down the chute to reopen the birthing portal – something that would only need to happen once as from then on it could be done in the imagination. This was a task for the much nimbler Monika.
An eagle had been circling around as we came out of the meditation:

In spite of its enormous size, the eagle still takes flight, seemingly effortlessly. This is the first of many symbolic cues from the eagle about perception (not judging a book by its cover) and, not allowing the illusion of limitation to ground us in our flight. www.what’

Having asked for permission as this is a fragile site, off she went:

As we made our way down the mountain we encountered the herd of friendly – and very cute – goats. They had a great deal to say as goats tend to do.

cute – goats

When the goat ambles onto your path, it might be a signal to contemplate your power as an individual. Is it time to separate from the herd? Launch into an independent direction? Often times, the solitary path leads us to great discovery. Goats respect distance and space. They also encourage independent adventures and explorations of high vistas for the sole purpose of personal/individual knowing. www.what’s-your-sign

The strange call that we had heard on the way up sounded again. Like a donkey with a sore throat braying very loudly indeed. It sounded as though it was next to us but there was nothing to be seen. As we came out into the valley again, my attention was drawn to a pond. Judging by the bubbles, it was fed by a natural spring, although there was no stream leading from it.

pondAs I was still carrying some Blue Celtic Quartz that wanted to be offered to the valley, I dropped it into the pond below the path. To my surprise the stone jumped as though I’d been skimming it. Beneath the arc up popped the cause of all the commotion, smiling as though to say, ‘Got your attention at last, have I?’ The largest frog I have ever seen. Hekat, the Egyptian frog goddess of birth and rebirth. Quite a theme was developing here. She turned around in all directions, ensuring I could get good pictures of her. Her much smaller mate was on the other side of the pond but jumped in when I tried to zoom in on him.frog

When the frog jumps into your life it may indicate now is a time to find opportunities in transition. We see animal symbolism of transition with the frog in its unique growth cycle. The frog undergoes incredible transformations to reach the destination of full adulthood, and so do we as humans. www.what’

I’ve written about frog symbolism before (see A Frog in a Bucket). But this was a powerful moment. Monika was just about to retire and open a spiritual centre in Bucharest. We were returning there for the inaugural workshop that weekend. This was the third rebirth on our journey and we even saw a stork in a nest on top of a pole on the way back to Bucharest. Great symbolism!

stork‘Let’s address the origins of the iconic stork carrying a newborn baby bundle in its beak. There are a few potential reasons for this. One is the migratory return of the stork at springtime, a time of renewal and rebirth of the earth. Our ancestors observed the stork returning at a time of earth’s resurgence, and established reasoning that the stork was also the bringer of new birth. The meaning of the stork as a baby-bringer may also be associated to its affinity to water. Water is highly symbolic of feminine energy. It’s also symbolic of renewal, rebirth and creation. In ancient earth-worshipping wisdom, ponds and lakes were a symbolic parallel to the womb. This is a large-scale illustration of birth. European folk tales attest to seeing a ‘bird-man’ emerging from the earth’s womb to bring forth new life. A large bird, walking on two long legs – its beak full and coming forth from a symbolic, watery womb – the comparisons can be easily drawn.’  www.what’




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