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About Stuart France

Writer and Director of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School.

Angels, Angels, everywhere II…

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“The Angelic Worlds had been set out as early as the fifth century AD by Dionysius the Areopagite who taught that the Angelic Beings were arranged in a definitive nine-fold order according to their capacities to receive the undivided divine essence.”

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“In this scheme there were three main orders. The ‘contemplative’ consisted of Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones. The ‘attitudinal’ was divided into Dominions, Virtues and Powers. While the ‘active’ was made up of Principalities, Archangels and Angels.”

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“It was the lowest of these orders, the Angels, alone, that formed a medium between the Super-Being and Man.”

Riddles of the Night – Templar Shadows (3)

Sun in Gemini

Mock Beggar's Hall

A bastard’s bastard, he would never know that he carried the blood of the Templars in his veins. That was only speculated after his death, being proved, later, by the researcher who followed his short life.

He did it because he was a runner…

Hardship was the key; hardship and the words his cruel companions at the parish school carved on his leg with a blunt knife, the day he won the local race, aged seven. As he sat, crying in the shadows, he lamented the departure, that year, of his father, who might between drunken bouts, have defended him. His mother had surrendered to the bitter cold the previous winter.

The wound in the thigh, though infected, had healed, but its shadow had never entirely faded. The yellow and pink scar of three words would remain, and the pain of the memory with it.

He bettered himself, using scripture…

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Angels, Angels, everywhere…

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“The Elizabethans followed Medieval lines of belief with regard to the angels yet confused, omitted, or misunderstood many of the finer details.”

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“They were convinced that the angels, as agents of ‘pure intellect’, acted as intermediaries between the Super-Being and Man, that like man they possessed free will, but unlike Man the angelic free will never conflicted with that of the Super-Being.”

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“Angels apprehended the Super-Being not by figure or symbol, as Man, but directly, and it was by virtue of this ability that they could act as Man’s guardian.”

The Curious Folded Stones

Walking with a Smacked Pentax

It seemed like I have been stuck indoors forever. I know I was out a couple of weeks ago with Mackenzie up Penyghent, but if I am inside for more than a couple of days I go crazy. I had things to do, photographs don’t sell themselves and I had some marketing emails that were long overdue.

I can see the moors from my window, and the clouds were constantly changing and moving – it was very windy, but bright. Ideal conditions for a bimble with a camera.

I didn’t have a set place in mind, sometimes it is nice to just wander around. I would never get lost on the moors – half a century of wandering them has paid dividends. I probably know the moors better than most and have no fear of them. Only one place I avoid, the Green Bog, where it is rumoured people have…

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Riddles of the Night: Templar Shadows (2)

The Silent Eye

Bakewell blog2 - 18

Imagine a tiny village, just a few miles from a major Derbyshire town, yet unknown to most people passing by on the busy road between Bakewell and Matlock. The village contains an ancient mound of boulders of millstone grit layered on the underlying limestone base – typical of this part of the White Peak.

Aside from its geology, the intricate and serpentine rocks hold a deeper mystery. They show signs of being used for initiatory purposes for at least the past six thousand years.

Initiation is a process whereby an experience is arranged for an incoming person who has proved themselves worthy of a higher, and life-changing, viewpoint. The selected person(s) is led through a series of strange encounters in order to ‘open’ their being to higher spiritual truths. If successful, the arranged and symbolic nature of what is experienced will trigger a different relationship with the world for that…

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Linking the Chain III…

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“Despite Copernicus, the educated Elizabethan inhabited a geocentric universe whose movements were directed from a fiery, light-filled heaven, situated beyond the fixed stars, by a fiery, light-filled Super-Being.”

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“Between this, the ‘highest-heaven’, and the created universe was an intermediate space containing a number of ‘lesser heavens’ which took the form of spheres whose diameters increased from the moon sphere upwards.”

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“Within this universe there existed a sharp distinction between all that was ‘above the moon’ and hence pure and constant, and all that was ‘beneath the moon’, impure and mutable.”

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“This distinction was brought about by a different mix of Elements in the two regions. The higher, being perfectly balanced, produced a rariefied air which was known as the ether.”

Yoga: When You Are Not Used To Love

Not Tomatoes

Yellow rose in garden A Rose Opens to Light

I have started working with the mantra Aham Prema, which translated into English means “I am Divine Love.” 54 repetitions with the mala beads brings my voice outside of myself to a state beyond insecurity. My body becomes a humming vibration of energy amplified by the back of my throat. Constrictions releases as I settle into the frequency of the ancient notes of Sanskrit.

“I am Divine Love.” Aham Prema.

Quite some time ago, I was sitting in a pub with a friend of mine. We were talking about yoga, and she was telling me of how it brings her to a state of discomfort. “It’s like welcoming the divine into your body,” she told me.

Aham Prema. “I am Divine Love.”

Is this not what we all seek? Yoga, and all that it encompasses, for it is not merely a series of poses, asks us…

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Linking the Chain II…

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“The Elements, then, were not links in a simple chain but acted more as ‘inherent principles’ within the chain as a whole…”

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“Similarly, the perfected parts of inanimate nature, operated at heights far removed from what might be termed the lower specimens of the animate classes…”

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“The stars and constellations were linked, not with plants and beasts but, with angels.” …

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Call of the Summer lands

Shamanic Paths

Caught in this stream whilst falling asleep under last night’s “mackerelled moon”. An oddly, out of season, theme which made little sense till the title came at the last.

“Moon and Mackerel Sky Over Woodbridge”
Copyright: Phillip Hirst

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“Scythe mown”
Copyright: Scythe Cymru

I thought I heard you call last night.

Maybe it was the moon; full and bright;
shy, flirting, in a dark mackerel sky;
stars playing peek-a-boo amongst
the shoals of silvered clouds.
An ocean sky, yearning to clear,
but not, quite, able.

How I miss the fresh cold of mountain air;
and the silence, absolute on a night like this,
far from Neptune’s incessant sigh,
and bubbling, rolling, salty breath.
Here, only the silence of foxes can catch
the dove’s night song in the far wood.

I thought I heard you call last night.

“Family hay raking” Copyright: Found at myyorkshire.org

As the sun beat hard…

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Linking the Chain…

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“The idea of ‘Creation’s Ladder’ as uniform and consistent must be relinquished.”

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“Many aspects of it could not be compressed into such stricture.”

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“The Four Elements, being inanimate, should, one might suppose, take their place in the chain on a lower level than the ‘lowest’ animate creation.”

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“Yet, the operations of both lower and higher living things were alike compounded in direct relation to the Elements.”