It takes a bit to get to the location; but is well worth it, as there is a lovely stream walk once you are there. Going the other way you can climb to the top of Midhum Hill, which has some spectacular views in the fall. In the link above the directions begin at the top of Midum Hill. I began at the end of Pardee or Campbell Hill Road; you could also begin in Cuyler, NY.
The Manitou is not too far after the Scenic Spur for Irish hollow descends to the stream.
|This is the marker you will see where the trail branches off if you begin in Cuyler, or Pardee Road. It is a quick and steep descent to the stream.|
I wish I would have had my hiking poles for the steep descent down to the stream. After you cross the stream and begin rising, stop once you stop climbing and the trail flattens out. The Manitou stone is up the hill and to your left. Take out your dowsing rods and ask to be directed to the Manitou; or if you prefer the Ley lines.
A Manitou Stone is an upright stone in the ground. Many will tell you it looks like a gravestone. Some are sunk way down because of all the debris (earth, leaves...) that have accumulated over the centuries.
In the pictures below the dog leashes outline the two Ley Lines that intersect at the Manitou Stone. Notice how one Ley Line traverses across the wide part of the Manitou stone, while the other intersects it perpendicularly. If the Manitou were a person one Ley Lines would enter at one shoulder and exit at the other; while another would enter perpendicular to your body. This is the classic pattern found in Manitou Stones in the northeast and in other parts of the world.
If you find the Manitou Stone say a prayer, give thanks, or do a ceremony. If you have time, meditate. This stone was originally placed there thousands of years ago to honor the sacredness of the Ley Lines and Mother Earth. Your positive thoughts and intentions will help recharge it.
While many ancient Native American sacred sites have been destroyed by development, farming and looting. The woods in the northeast of America are still filled with tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, or more of Manitou stones, upright stones, stone mounds, stone chambers, platforms, earthen mounds and ... highlighting aspects of Mother Earth's subtle body. These are smaller, less ostentatious, or less noticeable, so they have not succumbed and remain hidden, or in places not yet "civilized(?)". Often it is because of their nondescript appearance that they have been saved. (See my THE DONALD TRUMP (OSTENTATIOUS) THEORY OF SACRED SITES.)
Working with stone and Mother Earth was a common practice when Native Americans were focused on Earth Energies (and consciousness) long ago. Sadly this art is only practiced by a few people today.
If you are not a dowser I encourage you to learn dowsing and geomancy skills and begin taking in the wonder in the woods near you. You don't have to travel far. All sorts of precious sacred stones and more as in the picture above are there waiting for you. To be discovered, to be honored and to be prayed over. ENJOY!