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The hill country region is in itself a very unique area in the ‘heart’ of south central Texas.
A relatively small triangulated region about 180 miles on each side, the hill country has a remarkably condensed energy field, notably higher in frequency than the surrounding area, which creates a sense of well being. Energetically fed by a webbing of hydro-lines and a major telluric ley line, this energetic field is roughly triangulated by Austin, Llano and San Antonio. It encompasses
Kerrville, Luckenbach, Gruene, New Braunfels, Wimberley, San Marcos and Fredericksburg. The energy field is directly related to the higher quality of life and sense of well being that has drawn a number of intellectuals, artists and free thinkers to this area. For example, the hill country hosts the four largest universities in Texas, the state capital and a remarkable winegrowing region near Fredericksburg.
Nearby Austin is continually ranked as one of the top five quality-of-life cities in the country and is home to a sizeable artistic community of musicians, writers and sculptors. The harmonic frequency of this energy field is uniquely conducive to creativity, especially music. Many recording artists made their home in Austin, from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Willie Nelson.
The Edwards aquifer is contained within the triangulated region. As such, an intricate underground network of rivers undulate their way beneath filtering limestone, spouting to the surface as crystalline waters and ‘charged’ healing springs. Granite and quartz outcroppings mark the rolling landscape between Austin, San Antonio and Fredericksburg, and they act as conduits for the ley line that surfaces in the hill country from its source in the Yucatan. Several energetic centers exist within this charged triangle, the spiritual apex of which is Enchanted Rock, less than an hour out of Austin.
The Plains Indians of southwest Texas held the lavender granite rock in awe. Its name, translated from the Tonkawa dialect, is ‘Glowing, Singing Rock’. The dome does indeed make audible whale-sounding moans at night, a phenomenon explained by the condensing of the rock layers which cool rapidly after the warming sunlight fades into night.
In direct sunlight, the surface of Enchanted Rock does appear to emanate visible energy waves due to the heat mirage effect. Even more fascinating is the green-bluish halo that seems to surround the dome in the brief twilight of sunset. This eerie glow, extending from one to five meters above the granite surface immediately after sunset is not folklore. The phenomenon is easily and regularly observed. The luminous effect is brief, diminishing quickly as the rock cools. Scientists explain the glow as a solar heat radiation from the slightly radioactive granite. In other words, the rock is a giant solar battery, transforming absorbed solar energy into light as it is released.
Enchanted Rock is actually the obtrusive portion of a massive, ancient lava (magma) flow. The greatest part of Enchanted Rock is actually below the surface. And when magma is held under, it solidifies more slowly into coarse-grained rocks with larger, visible crystals. These are intrusive, or plutonic, rocks of which granite is the most common example. Some of the finest examples of crystals, such as quartz, topaz and tourmaline are formed from chemicals that have been dissolved in solutions within rock cavities. Here, they have both space and time to grow.
Enchanted Rock is, in a sense, a massive grouping of crystals, and it most certainly contains hollow pockets of prolific quartz crystals. Archeological evidence indicates human visitation at the rock going back at least 11,000 years.
Folklore of the local Native American tribes reverently ascribes mystical and spiritual powers to the rock, hence the name magical or ‘Enchanted Rock’. Because of its unusual geological features and archeological significance, the U.S. Department of the Interior designated Enchanted Rock as a National Natural Landmark in 1971.
Enchanted Rock, (just a 45 minute drive outside of Austin, the state capital), was in private hands until 1978 when it was purchased by the Nature Conservancy. The State of Texas acquired it in 1979 and after adding facilities opened it as a state park in 1984. It was included in the National Register of Historic Places on August 29, 1984.
Enchanted Rock appears as three domes. The three are not just connected but are part of the same rock. The geological name for this is ‘batholith,’ or an underground igneous rock formation, revealed by erosion. The granitite domes are some of the oldest rock on earth; this ancient landmark began taking shape more than a billion years ago. Geologists know that from the earth’s
molten core, underground rivers and plumes of magma (molten rock) swelled upward with an incredible pressurized force that squeezed lakes of magma into the upper crust. This magma congealed into solid rock before penetrating the surface.
Amidst eons of time, massive telluric forces played out, and cataclysmic metamorphisms occurred. Colliding tectonic plates conscribed upheavals of great mountains. Oceans came and went. Volcanoes burst and spewed. Rampaging storms deluged the land. Roaring rivers formed and slowly subsided, creating the deep canyons and valleys of the Texas hill country.
This erosion uncovered the pink lavendar granite dome of Enchanted Rock.
Sacred & Holy Ground
The first known indigenous people to acknowledge & revere the rock were the Tonkawa Indians, who may have been descended from the Mayan and Anasazi. The Apache and Comanche displaced the Tonkawa at Enchanted Rock about 300 years ago. Through the Comanche and Apache wisdom and legends, we get a more complete picture of Native American beliefs as they relate to the sacred nature of Enchanted Rock.
According to the Southwest Indians, the Creator, Wanken Tanka, sent the ‘Wanbli Luta’, or Red Hawk Spirit, to offer vision and wisdom and to cure them of the illnesses that kept them from the true path. The allegorical narrative states that these benevolent and powerful spirits chose to live in sacred mountains, where they live forever and can be sought in ceremony for guidance, wisdom and protection.
It is known that Enchanted Rock was the sacred site for both the ritual spirit dance of the Apache and for the sacred vision quest & sweat lodge ceremony of the Tejas Comanche.
Early German settlers reported seeing stone circles and stone alters directionally aligned atop the domes at Enchanted Rock. Spanish explorers and German settlers postulated that the Native Americans feared Enchanted Rock, and that only tribal medicine men could enter its perimeter without being struck down by
the rock’s powerful spirit. The lore further asserts that the Apache were forbidden from launching spears or arrows in its direction for fear of retribution.
But it was not fear.
Truly, it was a profound recognition and respect for the deity of hallowed ground. The Native Americans viewed Enchanted Rock as a living cathedral, and rightly so. Only their Holy men lived there as guardians, but sacred vision quests and ceremonial religious rites clearly were conducted there.
The Batholithic Park
The Enchanted Rock batholith covers 100 square miles, or some1,650 acres. It is the second largest natural dome formation in the United States, the largest being Atlanta’s Stone Mountain which is considerably taller.
Texans, accepting second status to none, have found a way to give it top billing. They retort with a humor as dry as an armadillo shell, that, “Enchanted Rock is the largest dome in the United States that doesn’t have dead confederate soldiers carved in its side!”
One Park Ranger exudes,” Enchanted Rock is geologically exquisite regardless of its comparative mass … and besides, size doesn’t matter!”
Two major trails wind their way up to the summit of Enchanted Rock. One base trail winds four miles around most of the entire base within the park grounds. The other trail goes steeply to the summit. The two are quite different in feel, but both categorically are enchanting walks and merit the effort.
Author’s Notation : It is interesting to note that Native American ceremonies in honor of the ‘ Living-Spirit of Place’ were said to circle the dome 7-times in a counter-clockwise direction during the mid summer solstice before conducting sun-dance ceremonies. The fact that it was seven times and in counter clockwise direction has always intrigued me. The energies of the planet naturally spin counter-clock wise above the equator and clockwise below it. Islamic Pilgrims who make the annual Hodge to Mecca have for many centuries walked 7-times around Mecca at the completion of the Hodge.
The summit trail is a 45-minute hike from trailhead to apex. It begins at the campground map pavilion. Mesquite trees and cacti grow in huddled bunches along the flower-sprinkled trailside up to the base of the smooth granite matrix. There, the trail leaves laterite and climbs steeply inclined igneous rock. Extreme caution must be exercised when traversing this arduous portion of the upward trek. The precipitous slope of the rock dome has erosion polished surfaces; smooth granite is slippery even when dry and is extremely treacherous when wet.
The Granite Domes
The half-sphere geometry of the dome is conducive to the spiraling energy pattern. Granite domes do appear in other areas of the USA (and the world), and, without exception, they create a potent energetic field. In most cases, they have been recognized and worshiped by the ancients.
Enchanted Rock’s three domes have characteristics unique unto themselves, but all three are components of the one circulating energy. The largest dome, Enchanted Rock, is considered feminine in energetic aspect. She is the mother, the nurturer. She feeds energy to the other two domes, which balance and anchor her. The combined energies blend and swirl in a clockwise pattern.
The two lateral domes – Little Dome to the west and Freshman Dome to the east – are both male in frequency and triangulate with the mother to form a powerful electrical vortex.
The energy of Enchanted Rock resonates to the 5th center, the throat chakra – fitting for the spiritual-called ‘Singing Rock.’ The batholith is part of the Llano Uplift; at 1.1 billion years old, it is one of the oldest granites in the world! A portion of it is metamorphic and holds a condensed crystallized pattern.
The fact that the dome is composed of granite is quite significant. Granite both stores and radiates energies. Granite is composed primarily of feldspars, mica and quartz and is significantly traced with potent pegmatite. Pegmatites are veins of crystallized minerals that form during the cooling of the magma. They are usually lined with crystallized stones such as quartz, but often contain other varieties including tourmaline, topaz, beryl, amethyst and citrine. The pegmatites of the Llano Uplift have housed some of the most unique crystals and rare earth minerals known to man. Burnetts Hill, located nearby within the granite of the Llano Uplift, has been found to ‘glow’ green, due to rare radioactive minerals such as gadolite.
Enchanted Rock contains clearly visible surface veins of crystallized quartz in several varieties that contain significant natural quartz crystal clusters. Large crystal points have been found along the surface veins, but unfortunately most were broken off by visitors.
Enchanted Rock contains significant fluorite and beryl formations within the pegmatites, and traces of gold and silver are commonly found in the granite. Certainly, the energetic properties of these powerful gems and metals add tremendously to the aura of this site.
Spirit of Place
Enchanted Rock is now a popular spot for those seeking commune with nature and for quiet time for mediation. The park is so popular with rock-climbers, hikers and campers, especially on weekends, that it occasionally fills to capacity and has to be closed. The tops of the three domes are quite spacious, perfect for finding quiet isolated spots for prayer and meditation.
I have spent many ‘contemplative’ moments on Enchanted Rock and found the ‘Spirit of Place’ to be very peaceful and comforting. Many have connected with the spiritual entourage that abides there.
Legends abound about the ‘Guardian of the Rock’, an indigenous Holy man called Windsong or Wind Spirit.
Sensitives can recognize his presence on the apex of the mother dome. He stays to balance influx of human energies and to offer protection to those as they walk up and down the steep dome. His presence is that of a robust, gentle but vital energy that is deeply compassionate.
Another powerful presence is found in the cave on the northwest face of the dome. An older, more ancient guardian spirit resides in this energy. The cave is the root center of the site and houses a raw, primordial energy … a fire energy, kundalini. It is a powerful, intense enclosure.
The cave is said to lead inward to a crystal cave in the center of the dome with massive crystals of many varieties. It has been the site of initiations and ceremonial rites. A portion of the spiraling vortex energy re-enters the dome through the cave and is spiraled up and outward at the top of the mother dome.
The principal portion of energy flows into Enchanted Rock from underground, via the telluric energy flow of the Mayan ley line. This energy is spiraled upward into all three domes. The primary conduit and receiver is the perfectly shaped mother dome of Enchanted Rock. The telluric energy is combined with the solar energy stored into the granite, and it is amplified further by the quartz and pegmatite crystals.
Once the energy is sprayed atop the domes, it enters the vortex cycle and gradually diffuses outward on all sides. The perimeters of the ‘Crysto- electrical’ vortex are then incorporated into the ‘hydroline’ ‘water’ energies from the surrounding streams, springs, aquifer and lake.
The dome is bordered on the south and west by a small, clear stream that forks and cascades in shallow silver ribbons over the granite base rock. A small spring-fed lake lies at the western face. The stream is lovely, and it forks into three smaller brooks depending on the amount of rainfall.
There are several magnificent faerie dens created along the brooks’ paths as they bubble their way between jagged boulders at the base of the domes. In springtime, the grounds are awash with bright Texas wildflowers. Bluebonnets, red indian-paintbrush, orange pots and bouquets of yellow oreopsis blanket the campgrounds, trails and stream sides in vibrant colors.
The site literally becomes a canvas of southwest art – bright flowers among red laterite, green cactus, elfin-gnarled mesquite trees and powder blue skies.
All three domes hold magical energies and pockets of condensed ionic fields. A variety of focal points are created by crevices, crystal veins and overhangs that are an absolute pleasure to experience. Huge rectangular monoliths, broken off by lateral cleavage and erosion, stand like giant guardians and Stonehenge replicas. All are very inviting and very special.
A beautiful variety of orange lichen covers portions of the rock. ‘Moon pools’ of trapped rainwater create beautiful floral gardens in sections of the top. A tiny, rare brine shrimp, a relic from ancient times when this area was covered by ocean, comes to life when these garden pools occur.
Depending on your available time at Enchanted Rock, there are many power places to explore and visit. The focused energies are tangible and can be discovered throughout the park. However, the single most powerful energy is found on the ‘summit’ of the Enchanted Rock dome. The energy here is a virtual fountain of electricity. The flat summit is pitted, stark, pink granite, a
‘Marscape’ the size of two football fields. Somehow a lone tree manages to grow out of bare rock in the center. This is the apex. The tree is sacred, sustained by the fertile energies pulsing from the dome. Any spot within 30 meters of the tree is in the powerful fountainhead, a tingling, invigorating flow of gushing, blue-white energy in the ley-fed out flowing vortex.
Extreme meditative states are easily reached, physical stamina and vitality are heightened, the chakras are balanced and hearts are healed.
Pilgrims Tip : Simply laying flat on the magenta granitic surface of Enchanted Rock, will balance and re-energize the physical body. Granite is in fact a battery, that stores energy and will ‘give it back’ when one reclines on it, with the spine flat against the rock surface.
While the entire area abounds in special energetic sites, which correlate to all the major chakra centers, none matches the pure power and energetic healing of the summit apex. In fact, I found the summit to correlate simultaneously to the crown, third eye and throat centers, depending on the exact spot chosen as well as the time of day. The innermost portion is the crown, within 10 meters of the apex tree. Moving outward over the next 15 meters, the third eye is stimulated.
From 25 meters out to virtually the curving sides of the dome, the fifth chakra resonates.
I also discovered that sunlight activates certain portions of the dome when it shines directly on its curved, indented surface. Certain pockets on the summit are creviced and scooped into perfect little reclining chairs, complete with granite backrests. The energy within these indentations is concentrated and allows your body to be immersed into an energy bath.
Enchanted Rock is now becoming recognized as a major emerging energy site in the ascension of the new Earth. Earth-Keepers such as Adam Yellowbird, have been drawn there in recent years to anchor in the energy of the ascension portal that now flows into the vortex. Becausse of its crystalline pegmatites, and metamorphic trends, it is axialtonally connected to the Crytsal Vortex of Arkansas, and is indeed connected to the granitic mountain near Little Rock, Mt Pinnacle.
Enchanted Rock is connected to the energy of Arkansas, the Yucatan & Ayers Rock through the axialtonal resonance of this portal. Enchanted Rock is connected to Sedona through the triangulation of the Mayan ley line that emerges from the Yucatan Peninsula, undulating in and above the ground up to Monterey, Mexico. There, the energy splits, with the main body continuing upward to Sedona, and the other portion coming up through San Antonio into the hill country.
The Mayan ley-line in the hill country has fissure lines from the main body that feed Austin, Wimberley, New Braunfels and Fredericksburg. The two lines converge again at Monument Valley.
The aquifer energy of the hill country also has a complex synergy with the ley energy. The hydraulic energy from the aquifer has a strong, benevolent effect on the overall energy field of the region. The two energies, hydro and ley, form a six-pointed star, evidence of sacred geometry in the living landscape. The principal points of the hydro energy lines are the Aquarena Springs (charged living waters) in San Marcos, Founders Park Springs in New Braunfels, and Barton Springs in Austin.
Enchanted Rock is a forty five minute drive from outer Austin. It is located 18 miles north of the wine region and resort town of Fredericksburg, along Ranch Road 965. The entrance fee to the State Park is $5, and over 50 campsites are available. The park is normally full on weekends, and the summit can be quite busy. I recommend carrying earplugs, (for meditation privacy) and an extra jacket ( if going in the late autumn or winter) and extra water when going to the summit. The top is almost always windy, and the hike up is quite tiring.
In the summer, heat is a factor too. The times best for meditation are sunset and or sunrise. The top is less frequented at these times, and solitude is not interrupted. Also, some spectacular colors and energies emerge at both sunrise and sunset, colors and lights that resonate well with the enchantment to be found on this magical rock.
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A unique characteristic of the dome is the ‘glowing’ phenomena of the quartz, which can be experienced after sunset on a sunny day. I have had some deep and wonderful experiences meditating atop Enchanted Rock from sunset into moonrise. The Native Americans, metaphysicians, the Lightworkers and the Earth-Keepers still understand, totally believe that the mountain spirits of place are very much alive and conscious…and that their profound message can still be heard today.
The stories of humans can be lost, but the spirit of the mountain lives forever. It’s voice is as ancient as stone. Enchanted Rock’s summit under a full moon is simply magical, but be sure to descend slowly, and carry a flashlight. Windsong will help you down…and invite you back. The Enchanted Rock has a message for you !