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Unusual Happenings
 at the Point of Infinity 

    In late September, Brant Secunda of the Huichol Indian tradition (pre-Columbian) from Mexico led Dance of the Deer Ceremonies and more at the Point of Infinity and created a "sacred space" on top of the mountain - see 2 photos:

Large View

Close-up

    Then, on October 16th, I looked out of the 2nd floor window and saw a large and small circle on the front lawn, directly in line between the main house and the main entrance. What in the world is that, I thought? Upon closer inspection I realized that it was same sort of "Crop Circle Formation" made out by growing wild mushrooms, with a perfect 8' and 4' diameter circles in a 50' long design.

    My personal interpretation: S-O-S, with the larger circle representing the earth. So ... maybe "nature spirits" or ? created this mushroom/toad stool formation (fleshy, umbrella-shaped basidiomycetous fungi)? A friend of mine who visited the property actually saw what Edgar Casey called "elementals" or what we call "fairies".

Overview from the 2nd floor window

Large Circle, 8' circle

Smaller Circle, 4' circle

    What do you think? Any suggestions? One person said:

    Ah, 8 turned sideways is - the sign for infinity!!

    What fun! If you think I'm crazy, or just imagining things, then read the following article that appeared in the New York Times on October 29, 2002:

Q & A

Mushroom Rings

By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Q. There is a perfectly circular ring of about 50 mushrooms in my yard in Chappaqua, N.Y., five or six feet in diameter. Are they growing over a circular septic system?

A. The mushrooms are making the circle on their own. It is the outer edge of a fungus system that is mostly underground. The underground part, called the mycelium, is a network of strands that grow outward in a circle as they gobble up nutrients in a meadow or grassy field, leaving dead grass behind.

When enough nutrients have been absorbed, the fruiting bodies known as mushrooms spring up at the margin of the mycelium to produce spores and propagate the fungus. In some species, the process can go on for many years as the fungus makes an ever-widening circle.

One of the most common of the ring-forming mushrooms is Marasmius oreades, or the fairy ring mushroom, so named from the medieval belief that the circle was left by fairies who danced in a ring and then rested on the "toadstools." It is said to be tasty when cooked, but the ring in your yard may be a look-alike poisonous species.

Some species produce a free ring that grows as long as nutrients are available, until a barrier is reached. Others make a tethered ring, linked in a symbiotic relationship to a tree that provides nourishment as long as the fungus is close enough.


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