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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We CAN be heroes – and for more than one day

Our loss of the wisdom possessed by our earliest ancestors is why we can be ensnared so easily in misunderstandings about our past. When we believe, as we have been schooled to, that man today is the crowning achievement of a creation that has slowly evolved from knuckle-dragging cavemen, it is then a logical next…

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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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The Grail Mysteries, Lesson 2: The Sword of Truth and the Lady of the Lake

If you have followed my guidance in Lesson 1, you will hopefully have begun the process of diving down deep into the frozen lake of your emotions and using the heat of concentration – through visualisation or shamanic journeying – in the alchemic crucible of your own inner space to release them and bring them…

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The Grail Mysteries: Lesson 1 – Healing the Wounded Queens with Fragarach, the Sword of Truth

This article forms the beginning of a shamanic quest for my readers to help them understand and work with the imagery contained within my books that are based on Celtic magic. So if you’ve just stumbled into this Mystery Teachings class, you may want to go to the Introduction first, and then follow the links…

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The Grail Mysteries: Healing the Wounded Queens with the Thirteen Treasures of Britain – Introduction

Classic Grail literature, scribed by the Normans around the 12th century, concentrates on the Wounded King archetype – one which is immensely valuable for deep inner healing at the shamanic level. But I go back much further into the Celtic roots of these stories and so I will be describing, in a series of articles…

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The Derivation of Smaug

In my researches as a story archaeologist, I often find myself plundering the same rich, golden seams of ancient Celtic and Norse myths that inspired the imaginations of much greater writers that went before me, notably J.S. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. And as I stand there, trowel in hand, before these gloriously resonant archetypal images…

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Odin, Part Three: The Mead of Wisdom and Poetry and the Sacred Marriage

When Odin claimed the Mead of Wisdom and Poetry it was the final episode of a larger mythic cycle covered partly by the Prose Edda and partly by the Poetic Edda. It records the origins of the mead and its passage through existence, returning full circle to its starting point. Along the way, the mead…

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Ken – the flaming torch in the darkness of the Autumn Equinox

Ken or Kennaz is the rune most associated with the Autumn Equinox, and it represents a flaming torch that lights up the darkness, leading to flashes of enlightenment. I had such a flash today when reading about it in Nigel Pennick’s excellent book “Runic Astrology”.

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The Norse God Odin, Part Two: Initiation, Sacrifice and the Runes

By Rosemary Taylor, Shamanic Practitioner As I explained in my last article, Odin Part One – Journeying God of Magical and Social Wisdom, Odin travels throughout the Nine Worlds in his quest for wisdom and to avert his own prophesied end, told him by a Seeress. He gains amazing resources along the way, including the…

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The real story of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden

I’ve described myself previously as a sort of story archaeologist – someone who digs underneath the story mats of the wandering troubadours and tale-tellers of old to find the original myths. What I didn’t say, though, is that when you eventually reach the bottom, what you find is not the first rug but a richly…

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Odin: the shamanic journeying Norse god of magical and social wisdom

By Rosemary Taylor Odin – such a complex character: a warrior, god of poetic inspiration, shapeshifter, leader of the Aesir Gods; husband; father; and mysterious man of the road. Often depicted as a lone traveller, a wide-brimmed hat pulled down over his face hiding his true identity, ravens perched on his staff or upon his…

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Finding King Arthur’s Camelot

In order to interpret the metaphors contained in ancient myths, one has to first of all understand that they were meant to act as mnemonics, and so they were based on characters that our ancestors drew in the stars over their heads.  In this way, these nomadic nocturnal wanderers and seafarers could carry their memory…

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The Bright World of the Gods: A true faery tale from the mists of Avalon

  The Bright World of the Gods was gifted into my Dreamtime by the spirits of the land that inhabit the other dimensions that are found, shamanically, through the mists of Avalon, in Somerset, England. These spirits are known locally as the Gentle Folk, or the Fae, although you might know them better as faeries.…

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Reclaiming Sovereignty: The Awakening of Arthur Pendragon

On 23rd June 2016, the British people up and down the land voted resoundingly to leave the European Union. If this vote had been counted as if it had been a General Election, it wouldn’t just have been 17 million-plus in favour of leaving; two-thirds of constituencies voted overwhelmingly to Leave. And they did so,…

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The barren-wombed, childless women who want to rule us

Please forgive the plain speaking  – but I can no longer keep it in. Too many innocent people are being raped or murdered in cold blood daily, now, right across Europe, and it is solely because of the agenda which is largely being operated by the sterile, barren-wombed women who are being forced upon us,…

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Fire and Ice Part 2: Or Gene Wars!

Two weeks ago, I wrote an article called Fire and Ice: the real revolution we’ve been waiting for about the two different races of man on Earth – the Creators and the Takers. It was a bit of a breakthrough for me.  I became aware of this brain – not necessarily the one in the…

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