So, several questers came together in Carnforth this afternoon, myself, the magician, the cook, one of the knights and another unexpected knight who leant his considerable enthusiasm and expertise. We discussed various options open to us and poured over maps looking for clues as to the directions of our scouts (the Cunning Man and the Viking), the Viking having sent us his notes and several maps and drawings.
Many ideas of the grail were spoken of, the cook and the magician seem happy with the notion that the grail which we seek is a part of a group of items whereas myself and one of the knights have the idea that it is a specific object which we will know as soon as we see, the other knight came up with the idea that it was a place which we searched for.
Following the meeting the knight who was with us temporarily (although he is welcome to join this quest for as long as he likes as are all others) withdrew to Lancaster, the other quested forth to the Giants Seat in search of further clues. Myself, the cook and the magician hunted around Carnforth and came up with a couple of books which we will continue to read. My main thoughts after this afternoon are that it is important to have different ideas and different persectives, even different methods of searching when it comes to looking for grails, myself I have dreamt of clues, the Cunning Man, the Viking and the Red Knight have all come up with followed clues in their own ways. Whether we choose to dream, to write, to meditate, to read or to go forth and look physically is up to our own natures as questers, all paths are equally valid ways and eventually this quest will find the grail.
More practically what we came up with this afternoon were areas in which to search for the Vikings dream. Remember that my initial clue was from the Giants, to look for where fire and water meet. The Viking then said that the advice he had recieved was thus; “In a suitable format the counsel is cryptic. A flaming sword held by a young man’s hand points to the rising sun and makes it clear there are only so many times assistance can be given on such a quest. An aftershadow of twilight at a spot where the sun rose, between peaks, between something earthern. A bird flies past, returning from the sun, I think it’s a swallow.”
Later he posted a more focussed description of a place: “To the east a range of hills or mountains, to the south a fairly straight run of hill/mountain, in the west is the vantage point, to the north is a plain leading to a fairly large hill beyond which is a body of water. The directions just don’t add up for me though. The sun doesn’t seem to rise in the east. The distance between the vantage point and the spot indicated is further than I’ve managed to project on a map.
I think that I might be misinterpreting imagery. What if the young mans arm and sword is the sun and the light I saw in that gap wasn’t the sunrise, but just an indication that I should head in that direction. I don’t know enough about Arthurian legend or grail mythology to interpret the images.”
The Cunning Man’s advice was “Hold the raven’s feather to your lips and blow, when you find it. I’ll be there with news of distant places before you take another”
This afternoon we decided our places to search would be (most appropriately) Windersmere, Ullswater, Grizedale Lea, the Fairy Steps and the Giants Seat. The Red Knight visited the Giants Seat but as far as I know with no particular Grail success.
How each quester chooses to quest is of his/her own choosing. The next grail meeting will be in Ulverston at the Kings Head at 1:30pm on Saturday the 2nd June. There we will discuss our personal quests for the grail and what we each have discovered. I hope that there we will be able to decide/ be made aware of the directions for our next heading.
If those of us who could not make it this afternoon have more to share, then please, use the comments page and type away.