The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

embowered banks

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

Walking through Calvary Cemetery recently, directly following the so called Hunters Moon recently enjoyed by all, your humble narrator decided to check in on “The Tree fed by a Morbid Nutrition” which has been observed as the site of occult activity in the recent past. The postings “Triskadekaphobic Paranoia” and “Update on the Calvary Knots” discussed the tree and its locale in some detail. It’s a lonely spot at a high elevation, a lost corner in the emerald devastations of Calvary.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The four paper bags were artfully concealed, and neatly arranged. It was only while walking a widdershin circumnavigation of the loathsome arbor that they were noticed. The path taken by most is alien to one such as myself, and long experience suggests that it is often profitable to investigate the hidden. Accordingly, a pocket tool was employed and one of the little sacks was inspected.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The jingle of coins was detected, although not visually observed. Magickal practice often involves direct involvement with bodily fluids and other esoteric compounds- some pharmacological in nature and possibly psychoactive- and it is best to not touch such artifacts with bare skin. Additionally, for those of you who subscribe to a supranormal world view which includes the presence of invisible intelligences and intangible entities possessed of power beyond human imagination, there are other possible exposures which might emanate from violating a ritual altar.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The package included some sort of vegetable or fruit, which had an incision midway through its ovum. Normally, it would be time for one to speculate on either the magickal or occult philosophy represented by this peasant altar, but frankly- leaving four sacks of incised vegetative matter and coinage in a deserted cemetery altar is one thing which I do not wish to speculate upon. A growing sense of dread and paranoid wonderings began to envelop me and I decided to just leave this thing to itself. In Calvary Cemetery, and all burial grounds, one hopes to leave naught but a single set of footprints behind, and carry nothing but photographs back out through the stout iron gates.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The (possible) Witch Knots were still in place on neighboring monuments, it should be mentioned.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

October 11, 2012 at 12:15 am

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  1. Mitch

    For the first 22 years of my life I lived in one of the apartments on Greenpoint avenue – 1/2 block from the Greenpoint Avenue bridge. As kids we spent quite a bit of time in the cemetery – just hanging out and walking around. (It was the only place that had grass and trees.) Having spent so much time there I thought I knew about most places within the cemetery borders, however this is something knew to me – perhaps it came about after I moved from the area. Can you tell me exactly where this tree is ? I visit my mothers grave there and would like to see it on my next visit. I would not touch any bags or other items if they are there – I’m just curious about the whereabouts of the tree. From your description – I’m guessing that it is somewhere near an area we used to call Johnson’s tomb which is near the Kosciusco bridge. It is one of the highest areas in the cemetery. I read your articles with interest because – as kids – we spent so much time playing under the Greenpoint Ave bridge and the surrounding factories. We always used to kid around saying that our mothers shouldn’t worry if we fell into the creek because we wouldn’t drown – it was so thick with pollution that we would probably just sink a few inches. Of course , most days we stayed away from the canal because the stench from the Van Iderstein factory was too much to deal with – even for us kids. Anyway – thanks for your continuing work . Peter


    October 11, 2012 at 8:30 am

  2. […] October 2012- embowered banks […]

  3. […] The postings “Triskadekaphobic Paranoia” and “Update on the Calvary Knots” discussed the tree and its locale in some detail. Most recently mentioned at this- your Newtown Pentacle in the fall of 2012- an odd altar was found and described in the post “embowered banks.“ […]

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