Sunday, July 20, 2014

What Is It?


At Wildacres I found this mysterious arrangement at the base of a tree in the parking lot.


My first thought was of the Yunwi Tsundi -- the Cherokee Little People I've written of before. 


Then I decided it might be a charm of the sort my friend Byron Ballard (Asheville's Village Witch) works. The wrapped sticks could be prayer sticks; the pretty rocks, barred off by twigs, could represent wishes being kept safe . . .

What do you think?


8 comments:

Friko said...

I like the second explanation: wishes being kept safe, that’s delightful.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

That's a great question...coming upon someone else's wishes, and interpreting them. I wonder if you added one or two of your own! I doubt that I would have thought of it. I'm proud to know Byron, who does great work in our community

Frances said...

Vicki, I do love a mystery. Protection for wishes seems a very kind endeavor. Whatever it is that you've seen and shown us at the base of that tree seems to my eyes to have a positive intention.

I am curious to learn more about such mysteries. xo

Jim Egerton said...

Oh boy thank you. I get to imagine and when I do whatever I imagine exists. So I imagine the little people of the woods all dressed in moss with acorn caps. Their front door is not finished. More vertical sticks to keep the bigger animals out like squirrels and such.

Alaine said...

It's definitely the little people. It was magical up at Wildacres.

Star said...

I think it's a fairy house.

NCmountainwoman said...

I haven't a clue. But I do hope that people respect it and leave it as its creator intended.

Carol Crump Bryner said...

It reminds me of the fairy houses at the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, except for the wrapped sticks, which seem deliberately made to guard the treasures. In any case, it does have a feeling of magic and of secrets and wishes being hidden.