The Saint James Way continues after Santiago to the fishing village of Finisterra, named from Latin Finis Terrae – literally the “end of land”. Many Pilgrims make this journey to the “End of the World” to complete their pilgrimage.
(I see the ocean for the first time on Day 41. What word describes this besides thrilling?)
I had always wanted to continue the walk for these last four days in Galicia to complete my journey to the waters edge. Partly because it is just amazing to have walked from Southern France across all of Northern Spain, to the coast. But also I completed this last leg because the entire Camino Francais route from St. Jean Pied de Port, France, follows an earth Ley Line, an energetic power line that follows the Milky Way. This Way has been a pilgrimage tradition long before pre-Christian times.
Reflecting on the journey, I very much enjoyed the Catholic Church experiences along the Way, both the tiny churches and grand cathedrals; and while I haven’t practiced Catholicism since I was a child it provided me a lot of inspiration in the last six weeks. But I also felt an earth energy as I walked, as though my 1,250,000 footsteps one by one blessed the earth, and I was also blessed by each footfall.
To reach the ocean was an unbelievable thrill that brought tears to my eyes! I made a short video here when I removed my shoes and walked along the 2km beautiful Langosteira Beach leading into Finisterre.
One receives a separate certificate for completing this last leg of the journey to Finisterra. It shows celtic roots from this area of Galicia, Spain.
A nod of sincere gratitude and appreciation goes from my heart to Melanie, who is a Master’s Degree student from Germany. We met on day four of my journey. We have different walking paces but have many times ended at the same albergue for the night, sharing much of our Camino right to the End of the World. Thanks to Melanie I have some great photos! (We have had fun doing photo shoots of each other at the special places!)
Top left is us after sunset at Finisterre Point on our epic journeys end, top right is us celebrating with our cans of 0.0% (delicious) beer, bottom left is at Langosteira Beach as we walked in that day, and bottom right is when we first see the coast in the far distance the day before.
The zero marker! The End of the World! I and my gear have made it!
Watching the sun go down on the Atlantic Ocean and on our Pilgrimage was a quiet and reflective time for both of us. After the sun sets it is a pilgrim tradition to burn something that has been carried the entire journey. My video is here. I chose my little hankie that has served me well and ridden along in my front pocket. Poof! It was at one moment part of this world and then was no more. I watch the flames transfer my hankie to a new dimension; I send along in the flames all that I have wanted to give up, and any little troubles that have walked along with me. Om Swaha, I give myself joyfully to the Cosmic One!
The sun rises over Finisterre Harbor the following morning. I am no longer a Camino Pilgrim. For the first time in six weeks I am traveling a different direction than West. It’s a journey that will settle into my consciousness for weeks, months, and maybe years to come. Not only do I want to understand how to perceive the journey – the experiences, joys, inspirations, wonders, and friendships, but also what the journey has made of me. It has certainly left an indelible mark of blessings, joy and peace.
My Camino Walk has been a fundraiser to build a new Temple of Light. Now having completed over 500 miles (800km) of walking and over 1,250,000 steps, I very much welcome your generous gift to help with the Temple construction. All donations are tax-deductible, no amount is too small. Just like walking the Camino one step and one day at a time, each gift to the Temple represents additional blessings and energy added to the whole. Many blessings!
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