Everything is set for tomorrow’s hunt for the lost Pearl of Plymouth. Last night I completed the final ritual of four to call back the ghosts of the Order of the Pearl, those pioneers, adventurers and explorers who protected the pearl through the generations. I’m certain that those dead Order members can help lead us to the pearl tomorrow. I used the same spell I used at Plymouth Museum when some of you joined me to conduct the ritual with the Drake Cup.
For each ritual I’ve laid the Order flag out on the floor, laid pebbles from the Hoe foreshore around the edges and used an old ship’s compass to lay four candles marking North (Earth), South (Fire), East (Air) and West (Water). A conch filled with sea water is laid to the West, the scroll from the pearl sea chest to the East, a ship’s anchor to the North and incense burning in the South. Each time I’ve read these words from the scroll:
‘To the souls who find this pearl
Falls custody ancient power –
the balance twixt land and sea,
the battle twixt light and dark.
Beware forces unsettlin’ the axis,
protect her and ye’ll prosper.’
When that’s complete, I recite the Order motto ‘Orbes Novos Per Casus’ (New Worlds Through Adventure) to call the Order back to the city.
During the first ritual with the Drake Cup in the Museum I sensed a subtle shift in the atmosphere when the ritual was completed.
During the second ritual with the Drake Jewel in the Victoria and Albert Museum a glint and sparkle passed over the pearl pendant.
During the third ritual with the Drake Drum at Buckland Abbey the drum began to beat a light war beat of its own accord.
Last night at Drake’s Island the impact was more extreme. I’ll explain when I see you tomorrow…