THE THIRD BOOK of The Glastonbury Chronicles series is a veritable magic carpet ride through the Shadowlands of the Celtic Twilight in which the trials met by the characters mirror our own inner challenges that we have to face along the winding journey to self-sovereignty and wholeness.
In The Grail Mysteries, we continue to follow the romantic adventures across worlds within worlds of the twin souls Arianrhod and Gwyddion. And we are enlightened by the Virgo Teachings received by a prostitute living in post-Roman Glastonbury, whose late middle-age is utterly transformed when she discovers that she comes from a long line of hierodules and is thus a true queen.
The Grail Mysteries is an account of her awakening as she learns that a real royal queen is not necessarily one who is anointed with oil on her forehead by the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is one who carries the fairy blood and who is anointed by the inner elixirs that flow from the awakening of the Black and Gold serpents during shamanic sex magic with the Divine.
We learn with her that an authentic queen only wears a crown on her head to symbolise that the crown in her cranium has been alchemically fired up into the colours of peacock by the Red and White serpentine drops falling on to her pineal gland, or Third Eye, which gives her greater vision and wisdom.
In this way, a genuine queen holds the inner Crown Jewels – the treasures of the nation, which have been passed into her safekeeping by the spirits of the land, otherwise known as the Fae.
So along with some of the characters you have already met in the first two books in this series, you will also join Myrddin (Merlin) and the dwarves in their quest to bury the Thirteen Treasures of Britain for the protection of the sovereignty of the land. It is a race against time as Bricriu of the Poison Tongue and Vlak the Dragon Slayer furiously use every magical means possible – including the Eye of Gonosz – to stop them and steal it.
But isn’t this just a fairy story?
Well, yes and no. It is a faery story for adults. And all in all, it is a good rollicking tale of adventure, heroism, romance and sexual magic. However, it also contains, at a deeper level, the ancient mystery teachings, yet in a “pill” so sugar-coated you will not even notice it going down.
Thus you will come to understand how the Holy Grail is a sacred symbol that was rooted in natural philosophy long before the Roman Christian church co-opted it and you will benefit from the Grail teachings on sexual alchemy, shamanic Earth magic and cosmological lore.
“Grael” means “cauldron” or “chalice” and the original Holy Grail in the old Celtic, pre-Norman myths is the Cauldron of Inspiration of the hag goddess Ceridwen, who inspires the tongues of poets. It is also the Cauldron of Regeneration, which is engraved on the Gundestrup Cauldron (200 BCE).
As Caitlin Matthews explains in Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain:
“The cauldron is the prototype of the Grail itself, the otherwordly vessel whose gifts include healing, rebirth, knowledge, spiritual fulfillment, paradisal bliss and magical power, as well as the provision of spiritual nourishment.
“The cauldron is the pagan resonance of the Grail, which has been identified with the redemptive symbol of Christ’s new covenant. Both Grail and cauldron dispense the draught of everlastingness; both are vessels that have otherworldly provenance; both are attainable only to people of sovereign power or heroes of daring courage.
“Death – physical and spiritual – is written into the scenario of the quest for both the Grail and cauldron: Those who fail are slain; those who win die to the world and are reborn, or are initiated into a different state of life.”
After reading The Grail Mysteries, I hope you will realise that the real Holy Grail is still a tool today for spiritual self-empowerment and one that can be employed to gain enlightenment and Sovereignty by any questing seeker who is genuine, courageous and true.
“Who does the Grail serve?” asked King Arthur’s knight, Galahad, in the 13th century High History of the Holy Grail.
It is here to serve you.