Crystal mountain – axis mundi

I wrote in my post on the dharmic law of sanctity about how I see mountains as great pyramids and cathedrals. More recently, I’ve been journeying shamanically into Mount Kailash in Tibet, which locals believe to be the axis mundi, the tent pole of the Earth. Local legend has it that the four sides of…

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The Honeymoon of the Gods

In my last article, I wrote about the traditional customs that we usually celebrate here in Avalon to mark the duel over the hand of the May Queen. I explained that it is an ancient story or myth that is “written in the stars” to reflect a wisdom teaching about how the alchemical Marriage of…

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Beltane, May Day and the story written in the stars that fall on the Summerlands

This year, we will miss the colour and gaiety and music that usually fills the streets of Glastonbury at Beltane on May Day. When we are in better times, folk come pouring into the Summerlands from far and wide to join the throngs following the red and white dragons as they are drummed through the…

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A Shaman’s Guide to the Esoteric Mysteries of Avalon

I came to Avalon almost 50 years ago, along the secret Green Road of the Soul, the “Mystic Way that leads through the Hidden Door into a land known only to the eye of vision”, as the 20th century mystic, Dion Fortune, described it. I entered that portal through the first ever Glastonbury Festival of…

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The Mystery of the Glastonbury Zodiac

I have been gestating, over the last nine years, a story and a message that the Glastonbury Zodiac has been showing me. The vision was eventually birthed through a combination of studying Katharine Maltwood’s books on the zodiac – a 30-mile round of colossal earthwork giants on the Somerset Levels – and then going on…

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An Esoteric Guide to the Four Holy Hills of Avalon

You will need to understand a little basic magic or alchemy to appreciate the elemental energies that govern a diamond-shaped area of Britain of more than 100 square miles known as Avalon. But don’t worry because it is easy. It’s just about how the four energetic elements – fire, water, earth and air – interact…

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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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The sacred sex rites of Stonehenge and Avebury

The recent discovery about Stonehenge being used as the setting for a fertility cult with the standing stones casting phallic shadows at certain times of the year is causing a bit of a stir among dusty old academics. However, it will come as no surprise to my readers and particularly those who’ve read my book…

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The Occult Meaning of St Martin’s Day and the Seven Sacred Isles of Avalon

Today is St Martin’s Day or Martin Mass. It would have been 1st November, before the Gregorian calendar replaced the Julian one in 1582. Yes, that’s right … it would have been on Samhain, the day of the bone-fires. Today is also Armistice Day – to commemorate the signing of the armistice agreement to mark…

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The Celtic Shamans of Glastonbury’s Temple of the Stars

When I first tried to read Katharine Maltwood’s guide to the Glastonbury Temple of the Stars, I ended up with a terrible headache. Even though I’d studied mythology and archaeology for decades, this 1920s identifier of the Somerset circular landscape temple – locally referred to as the Glastonbury Zodiac – seemed so ‘other’ to me,…

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The Stained Glass Windows of Ice Age Cathedrals: Cave art and shamanism

The oldest rock art ever found in the British Isles was discovered last summer in a deep underground cave in Wales, somewhere on the Gower Peninsula. It shows the faint scratching of a reindeer with a spear in its neck, and it’s dated to around 14,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age. (It’s not…

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