tonight’s eclipse will occur on 1MULUK (Rain, Storm). there is astrological doubt that i (or much anyone else) will have a clear view of it…in fact i have hardly seen the sun in 5 days.

but it isn’t my concern at the moment: i am walking along a thin ledge on the face of the cliff, seemingly suspended between the precipitous abyss below and a dark vertical mass of rock above…trying to find a way up...and there might be one...but i lack the shoes and climbing skills to successfully negotiate it. after a couple of half-hearted attempts, i give up and turn back. unbeknownst to me, just a dozen meters above lies the site of tonight’s ritual: ‘False Kiva’...aptly named and truly laughing in the hidden recess of her Scorpionic lair.

it is several hours of a long, tiresome way around…running low on water…with no gps coordinates, i have to find the site before dark...i will get there in the nick of time.

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