Stories for our white children

It is now more important than ever to support the (few) life-giving children’s movies coming out of the Hollywood dream factory. It is no longer – nor was it probably ever – OK, to sit our kids in front of Netflix and Disney and just hope for the best. There is no such thing in…

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Free Life – how to find it and how to live it

I found myself watching the movie Free Guy the other night. I didn’t mean to. It didn’t look to be my kind of thing at all. But I clicked on it for some reason and, within minutes, it had hit with me so many shamanic and mythic metaphors about the true nature of life itself…

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The mythology of Squid Game

Squid Game has become a massive worldwide hit on Netflix, but some of its success must surely be due to what most people have gone through during the last two years? Many more of us than ever, it seems to me, are now wondering whether we are just the poor victims of some fateful game…

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Sewing our shadows back on

In my article for Beltane, I explained the star story that underpins the play about Peter Pan. In it, I show the connection between Tinkerbell and Jupiter, who governs the metal tin, and the sign of Sagittarius. (This is all explained much more fully in Stories in the Summerlands). But in brief, J. M Barrie’s…

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Mary Poppins and the Mysteries of Time and Space

I’ve been experiencing for a while that the key to spiritual evolution is found in the original Mary Poppins song “Step in Time”. Mary Poppins is not just a children’s story; it was written by a student of Gurdjieff and of Yeats, and who spent years living with native American tribes in order to learn…

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Why knowing how to spell Pinocchio is vital to understanding the Mystery teachings

Our former prime minister’s father, Stanley Johnson, caused some media outrage when he said in a television interview that most of the British public wouldn’t know how to spell Pinocchio. I don’t think, however, it was so much arrogant, out-of-touch elitism, as was claimed, because I also didn’t know how to spell Pinocchio until it…

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

If you have followed my guidance in Part 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: Part 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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