Monday, October 1, 2012

Oak Island: The Hope of the Possible

The famous `money pit' on Oak Island, Nova Scotia, has been a source of intrigue to people for centuries and remains so today. Beginning in 1795, when young Daniel McGinnis allegedly found a tackle box dangling from a tree limb over a depression in the earth, countless people have been fascinated by the story of the unattainable treasure cleverly protected by various traps and tunnels. No matter what kind of technology has been employed to find and raise this treasure, water always floods the shaft to a level of precisely 33 feet (10 metres) which has further strengthened the belief that there is something fabulous hidden on Oak Island protected by intricate tunnels which continue to keep the water at just that level. In spite of repeated efforts to dig around and into the shaft, no evidence of any kind of treasure has been found.

The following is my article, `Oak Island: The Hope of the Possible', published in the October issue of Celtic Guide Magazine. I hope you enjoy it.

The article may be found here: http://www.celticguide.com/pdfs/oct12.pdf
This is the link for the entire issue, which is full of excellent pieces including a really fine article on Samhain, and my piece will be found by simply scrolling down.

The article begins:

Nova Scotia’s Oak Island and its so-called `money pit’ has been fascinating and enticing treasure hunters and speculators for centuries. Legend and myth inspire us with the hope of the `just possible’ rather than the probable, of things just beyond the ordinary instead of the mundane, and so it may be with the story of the money pit on Oak Island. According to the history surrounding the site, there has been no shortage of speculators over the years convinced that a vast treasure lies somewhere deep beneath the earth, protected by elaborate traps in the form of flooding tunnels, and that it is only a matter of time before this treasure is brought to light...