On the way to my Wedding I went on an incredible journey from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere stopping off at a number of destinations along the way. One such place is far out on a dusty playa in Nevada called Black Rock City. It is the place where magic happens!
Out in the deep playa a temple rises apart from the city and is a place for visitors to reflect and pray. A place of quiet and calm in an otherwise bustling, excited city of artists, entertainers, musicians, performers, magicians, travellers, explorer’s, kindred spirits and givers; an incredible community of creative cooperation and collaboration.
Black Rock City exists for only one week each year and is know as Burning Man. The name comes from the ritual burning of an effigy on Saturday evening. On the Sunday evening the temple burns. Each year the temple is a different creation.
The annual theme for the event in 2012 was fertility, hence the building of the Temple of Juno. Juno is an ancient Roman Goddess who’s many roles included a fertility deity, an overseer of childbirth, a protectress of women and the community.
The Temple of Juno was a beautiful traditional design made of filigreed wood, ornately carved and intricately laid. During the week the community brought memorials, weddings, remembrances, momento’s and photograph’s.
Writings, drawings, wishes, prayers and shrines were placed in the interior, on the altars and on the grounds. At the end of the week the traditional ritual of immolation was carried out to release all that was brought to the temple.
The Temple symbolises the past, present and future. Remembering, honouring, cherishing, praying, wishing, giving gratitude and peace. In amongst the many inscribing’s I wrote a message of love and hope for the future, to my family, friends and my Prince for our up-coming Wedding Day.
The intricate detail of the Temple…
Below you can see a gathering of the community around the Temple watching the sunrise in the other direction as a new day of adventure starts on the playa. If you look closely you can spot people capturing photographs to keep for a future viewing.
The morning sun appearing on the horizon with the promise of another day…