We passed through Canberra on our way home to give our kids a dose of Questacon, but beforehand we took the drive up to the top of Mt Ainslie to take in the vista.
I’d forgotten all about the panicmongering from Catch the Fire ministries about alleged blood sacrifices by witches on the mountain-top from a few weeks ago, but Saturday was the day of the exorcism for the evil spirits raised by these rust stains at the base of an air safety beacon just below the summit. (first clue, dear Pastor – actual witches would never use a metal construction well below the actual summit for a sacrifice – only the actual summit would do)
This chap walked around the summit (both deosil and widdershins) and up and down the central stairs and this path several times before the rest of the exorcists arrived, preparing the ground for the blessing before and after the exorcism. The large flag is the international Christian symbol. ETA: He tried to tell us all about the blood and the witches. I felt most restrained in simply saying “I heard it’s just rust stains” and then confining myself merely to raising a quizzical eyebrow as he went on to describe how the photos he had seen looked just like fresh blood.
We left to go to Questacon before the exorcists arrived. Nevermind, apparently they had plenty of other company for their ceremony. If only I’d thought to make a witch’s hat before we went.