Where the Thunder Walks
Not for nothing do we have an old saying, "Good things come in threes." Three is a number of great power and potent magic. The idea of the triad runs through many primitive religions and was even borrowed by the Christians for their Trinity because of the amazing power inherent in the "Rule of Three." Thus, it was no real surprise when a peculiar revelation came to me recently, one involving yet another mystical trine.
Almost everyone familiar with New Age beliefs and literature has heard of the energy vortex or power point located in
Boynton Canyon, near . During the past ten or fifteen years, it has been widely publicized by the Dick Sutphen and others. Perhaps less well known, unless one has traveled U.S. Highway Interstate Eight west of Sedona, Arizona , is a point known as the "Center of the Universe" where another group has built a huge pyramid and metaphysical center. Yuma, Arizona
I recently fell to thinking of these two places and suddenly realized there must be a third one! I promptly dug out a state map. First, I tried a pendulum. I could scarcely believe my eyes when it hovered over the middle of
Cochise County, in southeastern , where I now reside. Arizona
Then, with a ruler, I measured the distance between the two known points and then to the area the pendulum indicated. I found it was almost exactly the same distance from Sedona as was the desert spot, and only slightly farther from the latter. The exact spot is in the
San Pedro Valley, north and east of the communities of Sierra Vista and . Huachuca City
Suddenly, it fell into place with an almost audible click. Of course! The Apache sensed a mystical atmosphere in the region and made it their special hideaway. Even earlier, the Sopaiburi and other Amerind tribes frequented the area. Their name for the region was the origin of the modern name "Huachuca" (pronounced Wa-CHOO-ka) and meant "Where the Thunder Walks." How better could one describe a vortex of energy and power?
Although the name has in modern times been settled on a range of mountains along the southwest side of the Valley, I suspect these early denizens applied it to an opposite mountain area, now called the Dragoons.
Even deeper into the past, people were here. Along the San Pedro near the modern settlements of
and Palominas, on the ranch of Mr. Ed Lerner, a site has been discovered where primitive warriors killed mammoths. Prior to this find, few even acknowledged man and mammoths coexisted, at least in the new world. Hereford
But at this site, some of the fine stone arrow and spear heads known as "Folsum Points" have been found embedded in mammoth bones. This leaves no room for doubt that ancestors of Native American people actually killed mammoths, which perhaps were mired in mud or quicksand in that area. More than one of the gigantic beasts fell prey here to Stone Age hunters thousands of years ago.
Mysterious hieroglyphics can also be found, graven in stones of all the mountains which surround the valley, possibly left by the same folk who slew the mammoths. Still earlier, southern
Arizona was a plateau, higher than more northerly regions which were then a swampy forest, now preserved in part in the Petrified Forest in northeastern . Arizona
I grew up about thirty miles from the Sedona vortex point in central
Arizona's beautiful . At that time, I had no idea such things as an energy vortex existed, much less that one was near by. I only knew "my" valley was a special place and its air often seemed to be charged with a peculiar intensity. I rode horseback all over the hills and canyons of the region and absorbed its magic until it became an integral part of me, leaving a constant awareness of the 'otherness' which exists all around us. Then I grew up and left the area and thought no more of it for many years. Verde Valley
After wandering about for a number of years, I finally settled in
. Here too is much natural beauty of the sort typical of the southwest. This stark, rugged land holds many secrets and hidden treasures. Cochise County
Here too the very air sometimes seems to hold a special vividness but I gave it little thought until recently. Once I 'caught on" I had to laugh at myself for being so slow to reach this awareness. The whole region is infused with a special magic, and I had felt it all along, without really thinking about it.
To the southeast side of the valley lies a range of mountains now called the Mules. Some years ago, my husband and I, in a fanciful mood due to reading Tolkein and other fantasy tales, had christened this range 'The Sleeping Dragon'.
Viewed from across the valley around modern
Fort Huachuca, it takes only a little imagination to see a great beast, tail curling near the Mexican border and head not far from the town of . Thus, the dragon has guarded at least two mineral lodes of great worth: the copper mines of Bisbee which are also the source of the famous "Bisbee Blue" turquoise, and the rich silver lode of Tombstone . Since geologists know there are yet more rich mineral deposits to be found, other 'boom towns' may yet arise, unless the dragon wakes. Tombstone
The valley is also steeped in history. It is here the Spanish explorer Coronado first set foot in land which is now the
United States, probably the first European to enter the region west of the . Here in the 1770s, about the time the Colonists on the Eastern seaboard tired of British oppression, the Franciscans established a 'visita' ‑ a small mission without a resident Padre ‑ at Quiburi, a Sopaiburi village on the west bank of the Mississippi . The ruins, a few melting adobe walls, are now inside the San Pedro Riparian Conservation area, protected by the Bureau of Land Management. San Pedro River
Sometime later, a plague wiped out most of the Sopaiburi and the influx of the warlike Apache drove the survivors to retreat to the region of
. For awhile, the people of Cochise and Geronimo had the area to themselves, but then the European Americans descended. Tucson
Settlers began to arrive and the Army came, setting up camps and outposts which were later centralized to become the present‑day
. Intrepid ranchers such as Pete Kitchen and John Slaughter brought cattle from Fort Huachuca to graze on the rich grasslands, wandering prospectors found valuable minerals, and "civilization" came to the San Pedro. Ironically, most of these newcomers didn't have the sensitivity to realize they invaded a special place. Texas
Today thousands of tourists pass through to view the historical mining camps of Bisbee and
. In 1996, Karchner Cavern in the foothills of the Tombstone Whetstone Mountains will open, a new attraction to rival the wonders of Carlsbad Caverns if preliminary photographs are any indication.
, the Army trains soldiers in the modern 'magic' of Military Intelligence and Electronic Warfare, while the Army Communications Command develops and applies lasers and other state‑of‑the‑art technology. All this where a century ago, the 'Buffalo Soldiers' and their officers flashed heliograph messages across the valley from the present day Huachuca Mountains to peaks in the Dragoons while the Native Americans they pursued used smoke signals and even more subtle and secret communications. Fort Huachuca
Mining has slowed greatly and there are few cattle ranches left, but relics of both remain, along with those of the earlier residents. Thus, new links in an old chain are still forged with the passage of time.
Yet another peculiar coincidence links the three points. The
San Pedro River is one of very few in the continental which flows predominantly northward. It joins the Gila near the towns of Winkleman and Hayden. To the north, the Verde River flows south to meet the Salt River north of U.S. . South and west of Phoenix , the Salt joins the Gila. The Gila crosses the state to flow into the Phoenix Colorado, just north of . Thus, a network of running water links all three sites, or very nearly so. Given the geographical dispersion involved, this would hardly be expected, so it seems to have some arcane significance. Yuma
As nearly as I can determine, the exact vortex or power point is on private land, east of the
. I do not feel free to disclose the exact coordinates. Quite possibly the owner does not even know of its existence. However, I can attest the whole region is alive with energies any sensitive person can feel. San Pedro River
Each of the mountain ranges bordering the valley has its own special ambience, due to alignment with and proximity to the power point. Natural wonders are many, and long term residents all relate tales of strange sightings and events, either experienced personally or related to them by trusted friends and kinfolk.
Last summer, I was pursuing one of my hobbies, taking pictures of the lightning during the approach of one of the region's typical spectacular summer thunderstorms. Later, when I had the film developed, I found one picture truly amazing. There in vivid clarity was a towering figure limned in lightning bolts. It strode east, toward the exact power point, holding aloft a mask or skull, perhaps an offering to the Force which inhabits the vortex. My camera had captured a specter too fleeting and too brilliant for the eye to perceive, giving me a likeness of the Spirit of Huachuca. Indeed, this is Where the Thunder Walks, and I now have proof.
Though the true Seeker never fails to learn and question, there is so much that we do not yet know. The exact nature of these mysterious sites falls into this category. That they exist is definitely true; that our ancient ancestors often utilized them in some manner by constructing their most sacred and arcane temples and holy places in their vicinity is also. Today though, how best we might utilize them is still in the realm of the unknown.
Therefore, it is probably best the San Pedro vortex remains in its pristine state for the time being until our level of knowledge increases to the point where we can properly harness the potential offered by such wondrous resources. Here, where there are strong links to both the past and the future, perhaps there is even a gate to other places and times or other realities. Eventually a Seeker will come, one who is ready, and he or she will find the key, learn the combination, or simply open the door.
Until then, the Dragon sleeps and the Point of Power waits, like Excaliber held in stone for the destined hand to raise it. But those of us fortunate enough to live in the area can smile a small secret smile when we hear the old timers' tales of strange phenomena. We can also feel the vital energy and be 'charged' by the residual radiance of this special place Where the Thunder Walks.