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 guide with them; they only had to look up and it was there.
This is no less true of the stories of the Celts, the Anglo-Saxons and the Norse – loosely known as the Northern Tradition. However, the stars of the Northern Tradition are not the same as those that were valued by the Greeks or the Egyptians astrologers, who created classic Western astrology. Therefore, to correctly interpret the stories of our ancestors in the northern hemisphere, we must know which stars were important to them. Continue reading
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, in such vast numbers, not solely because of out-of-control immigration, nor because they were swayed by a big bright number on a shiny red bus. The majority voted for Brexit in order to claim their country back from foreign domination. They did it to reclaim their Sovereignty from those who, if they don’t actually seek to drive us over the cliffs like Gabriel Oak’s poor sheep in Far From the Madding Crowd, are driving our race in that direction. Continue reading
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 the end of World War 1. What a coincidence… er, or maybe not. Continue reading
When I first tried to read Katharine Maltwood’s A Guide to Glastonbury ‘s Temple of 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 seemed so ‘other’ to me, and her ideas far too dense, like an overpoweringly and sickeningly rich scented pot pourri from another time. However, now – several years later – I’m picking up her books again and reading them with ease and joy. It’s almost as if she’s talking to me personally at times – as if she’d written for an age when we would have more knowledge about our ancestors and thus be more able to pick up her quiet nudges and gentle allusions which are threaded throughout her writing like delicate and refined gold knotwork. Continue reading
The term claiming one’s Sovereignty has become quite fashionable in recent years, since it was taken up by the Freeman on the Land people. In the mouths of such political activists, it has become a sort of buzz term, a comfort blanket or flag for them all to nestle under in the hope that this magic word will make the bogeyman go away. But whether or not it will stop the worst excesses of the New World Order is yet to be shown. I’m doubtful, because I believe that the concept of Sovereignty has been misunderstood. Continue reading
In the days of old, far back into the mists of time, roaming storytellers would turn up at villages with rolled up mats which they would unfurl and spread under a huge and rambling tree, as if to announce their arrival. Long before cinema, television and even writing, let alone the printing press, news that the storyteller had set up his mat would spread fast and wide, and a ripple of excitement would be on the breeze in anticipation of rivetting entertainment to come. Continue reading
The huge 2012 industry came to a head a couple of years ago with countless books and films about the meaning of the Winter Solstice that year ~ December 21 2012 was the end of an important astronomical cycle to the Mayans. But all this media has been produced by non-Mayans (usually Americans and Brits) while few actually bothered to listen to the Mayans themselves or make an effort to understand their culture, of which the Mayan calendar is a key part… but only a part. In order to understand the Mayan calendar, we have to understand how the Mayans think, and few were bothering to ask them. Continue reading
As you can see, from spelling Morgan le Fay as Morgan the Fae, we immediately know who she is. She is Morrigan, the Celtic Dark Queen of the Fae. And the presence of this Faery Queen as a key character in stories about Arthur tells us that when they were compiled by Geoffrey of Monmouth for his History of the Kings of Britain, they were not historical records but magical texts. Continue reading