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Friday, July 23, 2010

The Clootie Well

I have now uploaded a picture that Melvin sent me via his iPhone from Scotland which shows where the piece of my scarf is. It's found below. Here's the story:


A piece of my Louisville Jazz scarf is headed across the Atlantic with a former school mate of mine who is now leading a congregation in Northern Scotland. He told me of a Clootie well (also Cloutie or Cloughtie well) in his area, known for its healing properties. So, yesterday at Carvers, with my son and another long lost school mate, enjoying tea, coffee, conversation and you guessed it - laughter, I cut my Louisville Jazz Scarf, best wishes were prayed into it, and it now goes to the Well. Here's some more info from Wikipedia:

Clootie wells are places of pilgrimage in Celtic areas. They are wells or springs, almost always with a tree growing beside them, where strips of cloth or rags have been left, usually tied to the branches of the tree as part of a healing ritual. In Scots nomenclature, a "clootie" or "cloot" is a strip of cloth or rag. . . . When used at the clootie wells in Scotland and Ireland, the pieces of cloth are generally dipped in the water of the holy well and then tied to a branch while a prayer of supplication is said to the spirit of the well - in modern times usually a saint, but in pre-Christian times a goddess or local nature spirit. This is most often done by those seeking healing, though some may do it simply to honour the spirit of the well.

It's another beautiful day folks - and it was a great night. I awoke mid-night, with the feeling that healing was overtaking me. It was a wonderful feeling.


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