The Mystery Teachings – first steps for beginners

If I was asked to describe exactly what the Mystery Teachings were about in just eight words, I would say: “The Marriage of the Sun and the Moon”. You might wonder why that is such a crucial topic to be understood on the road to wisdom and enlightenment. Well, it’s because the Marriage of the…

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Arthur Pendragon’s Real Knights of the Round Table

We are all familiar with the tale of how a wounded King Arthur Pendragon was carried in a boat by Morgan Le Fae to the Land of the Dead in Avalon. But we may not realise that this is just a tiny fragment of a much longer and more ancient wisdom story about how our…

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Environmentalism is the New Original Sin

Of course it’s a good idea to help protect our environment and Nature, and most of us do our bit. But Man is part of Nature too. And so shouldn’t he or she also be protected from a “green” narrative that is being used to attack humanity in a retread of the original Original Sin,…

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Stories in the Summerlands: A pilgrimage into esoteric Avalon

It is said that when Britain is in the direst peril and needs him the most, King Arthur will arise from his grave and return. We know this because we used to hear rhymes about it while still in the cradle – bardic poems that hail from of an age that Time forgot, when our…

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Where Sovereignty really comes from

The kings of old would undergo Sovereignty rites similar to the horse sacrifice of the Celts on their coronation day. That evening, they would lie with a cuen, which is the Anglo Saxon source of our word “queen”. The cuen would be a shaman skilled in evoking and awakening the two energetic serpents which, during…

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Nature spirits, bee shamans and ‘shrooms

You will be already familiar with nature spirits from illustrations of tiny fairies and pixies sitting on toadstools and mushrooms. You may not have realised, though, that there is a hidden message in these works of art. It is a metaphor for our true Elders, the Underlords and the Overlords of the green mantle of…

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A Guide to the Faeries of Avalon

There are almost as many names for faeries in these parts as there are stories about them, courtesy of the exiled Irish and Welsh whose memories still remain like holographic movies hovering in the morphogenic fields of the land they left behind. To the Irish, the faeries are known as the Tuatha da Danaan, and…

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Gwyn ap Nudd – guide of souls into the afterlife

I have been where the warriors of Britain were slain, From the east to the north: I am the escort of the grave. I have been where the warriors of Britain were slain, From the east to the south: I am the escort of the dead! * While the faery midwife Brigit the Bright One‘s…

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Brigid the Bright One, the Sleeping Beauty and the Hollow Hills

In the old faery lore of Wessex, Brigid is the beautiful woman sleeping and dreaming under the green mantle of the Hollow Hills where she is protected by a briar rose thorn thicket, and she will only awaken when the Three Utterances — man, animal and faery — come together in Harmony and Love to…

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The feeding of the 5,000 at the Sermon on the Mount – decoded

This is an extract from a chapter in my next book, in which I decode the gospels to find allegories for important astrological and alchemical processes. We know the story of Jesus feeding the multitudes at his sermons on the mound with just a handful of fishes and loaves. But did you know that that…

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Quicksilver Messenger Service – the hidden messages in medieval and Renaissance art

Once we understand the codes in the great masterpieces preserved in the churches, abbeys and cathedrals, then it becomes clear that these symbols are a series of still-life tableaus forming a narrative about the alchemical process of the transformation of metals, with ourselves as the crude lead. Each metal is assigned a god or goddess…

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Where do we go when all the stories fail?

Where do we go when all the stories fail? All the stories are failing. Fewer and fewer want to go and sit in big, draughty buildings with high ceilings – no matter how beautifully fan-vaulted – to hear them anymore. The picture below shows the purpose-made wooden pews of the 12th century church of St…

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A Faery Christmas from the Vale of Avalon

To the Druids, long before Christianity, Christmas was about the Birth of the Faery Babe, or Radiant Child. This is the story that I see being played out what other people call the Glastonbury Zodiac on the Somerset Levels, a 10-mile wide circular landscape temple where the “stars have fallen to the Earth” to create…

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A Winter Solstice Tale

Tonight, we enter the Winter Solstice in the sign of Capricorn. To me, this is such a beautiful time when there are unique energies at play from the “Christmas spirits” that can heal the emotional despair and suffering accrued during the previous thirteen moons, and send rejuvenation, fresh hope and inspiration for the coming turn…

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Who was Merlin really? And what does he have to do with Sovereignty?

Who was Merlin really? It’s a question I often get asked. Well, we have to go back to the 12th century, when a school of scribes was appointed by the Norman conquest to win the hearts and minds of the unruly Celts, and they reinvented Merlin from an already-existing native, mythological shaman called Myrddin Wylt.

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The Magical Meaning of Halloween

Below is a YouTube video I made in 2015 about the magical energies that prevail and the root traditions that support us to flow with them at this special time. In short, the word Halloween comes from All Hallows Eve, named as such because it celebrates the winning of the Hallows, which are the talismans…

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Stories in the Stars – how to reincarnate into your own life

If asked to describe,  in just seven words, the major gift you would glean from my book, Stories in the Stars, I would answer: “how to reincarnate into your own life.” That may seem a strange response, but please read on to find out why.

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The Deluge and the Deep State

  In putting together my chapter on the symbolic meaning of numbers in ancient myths for the new book, I was going to include this in the section on the number 17, but then changed my mind as I want Stories in the Stars to have a sort of timeless quality and not be pinned…

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The Planets, Holst and Sovereignty

If you want to go beyond words, which I admit have vast limitations when it comes to trying to describe cosmic influences, then do try listening to Gustav Holst’s Planet Suite to get a feel for the qualities of each planetary governor. It is obvious that Holst was skilled in the language of the initiate…

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The Saturn Return of Pinocchio

An extract from Stories in the Stars … In my experience, the Saturn Return is one of the most important features in the path of the zodiac hero, because metaphorically-speaking, Saturn is the planetary governor that represents the father who has to be redeemed by the son (Jupiter) in the Underworld, and the redemption of…

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The Holographic Universe of Music

It is important to understand about the wisdom and knowledge of our earliest ancestors to avoid falling foul of all sorts of misunderstandings about space aliens building the Pyramids and such like. No, our prehistoric forefathers were more than capable of great engineering feats because they had an inner wisdom that grew out of their…

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Who is God? And what does God have to do with shamanic sex magic?

When I do Tarot readings, I say to the person I’m reading for: “You have the opportunity now to ask a question of God or the Higher Power, whatever that means to you – man, woman or unspecified something,” and they usually reply, “Well, I believe in something, but I’m not sure what.” I’ve come…

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The Grail Mysteries, Lesson 4: Enchanted Healing at the Gates of Dawn

In the last article, Lesson 3, Forging our own faery sword of truth, we discussed the metaphorical meaning of the Three of Swords, and I used an example from the Fey Tarot in which a male faery is rising from the sea with the dawn breaking just behind him. Dawn is a major character in…

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The Grail Mysteries, Lesson 3: Forging our own faery sword of truth

Sometimes people use old myths about faeries, dwarves and wizards to build a cosy, walled cognitive space – in the same way that as children we used to construct camps from blankets and bedspreads in which to hide from the realities of the adult world. However, the ancient myths were not meant for that purpose, and…

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