The Laws of Dharma: a touchstone during turbulent times

I spent a lot of time in India during the Nineties, studying the Vedas. It was then that I came across the ancient Laws of Dharma. These are otherwise known as natural laws, because they are based on universal principles which govern, alchemically, every single thing that is alive in this universe – and that…

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Magic is just a superior, higher technology

I once wrote a very long essay about how humans couldn’t possibly have come from apes, as Darwin suspected but never proved, and that our ancestors were never ignorant, club-carrying caveman that said “Ug” a lot. Even now, the synonym used for knuckle-dragging thugs is “Neanderthal”. I think it’s bloody insulting to the Neanderthals. In…

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The magic of metamorphosis

I tend to avoid listening to those who insist that people should “wake up” – because it’s actually none of their business whether someone “wakes up” or not. I would also never engage with anyone who uses the term “sheeple” or “muggles” because it betrays a stage of ignorance they are going through in their…

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The number of the soul

I’m using the word ‘soul’ in the context of meaning ‘who we really are’. When we are ‘who we really are’, we are perfectly aligned and in harmony with our pilgrim path through this life below, and with the stars above from whence we came.   However, we need to open the doors of our…

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The Honey Moon 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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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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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, in normal times, fills the streets of Glastonbury at Beltane on May Day. Now the streets are silent. But in better times, folk come pouring into the Summerlands from far and wide to join the throngs following the red and white dragons as…

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The Cosmic Serpent and the Coronavirus

The world crisis caused by the coronavirus has been forcing me to focus on the challenge of talking about politics while also practising shamanism, because I have to keep remembering to “zoom out” before “zooming in” again.   I’ve been receiving visions recently which are no longer allowing me to address the problems of our…

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Mary Poppins – the way out of the dark tunnels

I spent a good part of the summer of 2012 unravelling the symbols and metaphors of the magical ritual of the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, but I didn’t give much attention to one particular bit because I didn’t understand it then. I think I do now …. or at least, it is the…

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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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How to get into the eye of the storm

The storm is now raging all around us. Yet at its centre, in its single eye, all is completely still, peaceful and serene. I’ve published a lot on Annie’s Apothecary about what nutritional steps you can take to strengthen your immune system from viral attack. But as we know, we are much more than just…

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