Sorry Rocks of Uluru
Deep in the heart of the vast desert lands of central
Australia stand two massive rock giants known among the Aboriginals as Uluru and
They are both geological enigmas since they appear like
giant red rock mountains standing in the middle of a massive flat desert. Uluru rises to a height of 1,114 feet and measures
5.6 miles around the base. The red sandstone rock is better known to the Australians as Ayers Rock.
Only 18 miles to the west stands Kata Tjuta, a series
of massive rounded rocky domes. The highest dome, called Mount
Olga, towers 1,970 feet above the desert floor. Separated by narrow gorges,
the domes cover an area of about five miles long and three miles in width.
Naturally, both monuments are considered sacred to the
Aboriginal people. They also are an attraction to tourists who enjoy climbing the rocks, especially Uluru. The area has been
declared a national park by the Australian government.
So much for the geography lesson.
Park employees say that something very odd is happening
at Uluru. Many tourists that climb and peak have had a tendency to pick up pieces of the red rock, or even chip away a piece
of the monument for souvenirs. After a period of time, the stolen stones are returned, sometimes with letters explaining the
bad luck they are believed to have caused.
They say most of the pieces come in the mail. Some are
only small stones while others weigh as much as 75 pounds. The park receives an average of one rock a day.
The stones are cluttering the park offices and officials
say they dont know what to do with them. The natives are calling them "sorry rocks."
One article said the letters indicate a variety of reasons
for the strange mailings. One mans note said that "six years' bad luck is enough." Others say they have repented for stealing
from a sacred monument and are returning the stone out of respect for the Aborigines. Writers even suggest that the pieces
of Uluru are returned "out of sadness and guilt."
It does not appear that the Aborigines have put a curse
on the stones. But it is clear that something magickal is happening to the people that take the rocks from Uluru.
That is how magick works, of course. After living with
the Native Americans in the Southwest United States, my wife and I can attest to its strange
Notice that I use Aleister Crowleys spelling of magic
because there is a distinct difference in definitions between the two words.
While magic is a reference to trickery, illusion and slight-of-hand,
Crowley's definition of "magick" is very different.
In his book Magick in Theory and Practice, he wrote that
magick is "the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with the will." He said it may be defined "as any
event in nature which is brought to pass by Will."
I have often heard the warning that we must "be careful
about our thoughts" because the human mind expresses personal will. A strong through can send powerful energies that are capable
of bringing about a magickal reaction. Some people, often through study and practice, have the ability of sending controlled
thought patterns off to bring about a desired effect. They are called magickians.
The Hopi, Navajo and Apache people that we associated
with during our years in Arizona were all practitioners
of magick. Their medicine men used it for healing and changing lives. They used it to bring rain, and to ward off evil spirits.
I have no doubt the Aborigines of Australia know the same
rituals and practice the same kind of magick.
Thus it is no surprise that the stolen pieces of their
sacred red rock in the arid desert region that is their home are coming back.