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Dear Don: Tree…

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“Oh, Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make,
And who with Eden didst devise the Snake…”

It’s this whole Tree thing. It’s bugging me. In Genesis, we have the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, which, if the newly created Adam and Eve should eat from it, they are told ‘they shall surely die’.

Now according to my research, using the opposing terms ‘good and evil’ is a classic device to imply ‘everything’… the two extremes and all that lies in between. So Adam and Eve are warned that to eat from the Tree will result in their deaths… which sounds more like a Universal Gnosis and Initiation to me. Especially when you look at the same story in the Qur’an, where Satan tells them that they will not die, but will become as the Angels… which fits with Genesis 3.22 “And the Lord God…

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The Great Mystery…

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Approach to the mysterium

is silent, solitary

and free from all self-seeking.

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It is silent because in comparison

with the mysterium all speech

is feeble and imperfect.

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It is solitary because the mysterium

draws closer to us in solitude.

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It is free of self-seeking because

the souls of our ancestors

ascended to the mysterium

in wordless adoration.

– Ohiyesa

Dear Wen: Numbers…

France & Vincent

x aylesbury 043Dear Wen…

Undoubtedly… the Yin Yang is an eloquent symbol perfectly expressing the nature of the mundane world. The corresponding glyph which grants the ability to penetrate this nature is not usually given but omitted and consists in the eight Tri-Grams which surround it like the eight directions of the western temple.

The savants who discovered or were given this system and worked it had everything they needed to interact in a meaningful way with the creative forces of the universe.

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Its discovery is usually given a historical date for convenience but there is no component of the symbol that could not have been conceived at the dawn of time itself…

Pisces… A later, western, take of the same idea, the early depictions have a sort of ‘umbilical cord’ linking the fishes mouth to mouth…although the roof boss at Selby has still yet another slightly different take on all of…

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Dear Don: Numbers…

France & Vincent

Glaston weekend 283Dear Don,

Do you suppose the 6 and the 9 being the same numerical ‘symbol’ inversed also indicate the inner/outer connection? Certainly the Yin Yang symbol that looks at the polarities and the intimate relationship between them looks awfully like a 6 and a 9 nestled up to each other.

And that’s without getting all astrological and starting on the Fishes.

Which makes me wonder, you know, about the Cerne Abbas Giant and exactly what he is portraying on that hillside. I know we know what happened there… and that would fit too.

Cerne Abbas B (1)I wouldn’t mind betting there are legends of hollow hills and the Fae round there either.

“…but they leave him a pledge
Either their mantels of green, or else their maidenhead.”

There’s a Carterhaugh in Selkirkshire, you know… with fairy rings apparently…

I’ll have to try and get back out with the camera to North Marston… I’d…

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Islands in the Sea…

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…“No matter,” says Wen, “they sometimes put contact details up.” She starts to scrutinise the notice board of the porch and then taps a number into her phone…

“No answer!”

Bugger times two!

We content ourselves with a swift circuit of the church but that merely emphasises the sense of disappointment and, as we climb back into the car, I start to wonder if we are destined for a hangover. It would have been in any case difficult to match the enormities of yesterday’s explorations and maybe we should be spending some time assimilating their significance rather than tearing about the country-side… it is akin I suppose to what, as teenagers, we used to call ‘Chasing the Dragon’ when we stayed out all night looking for drinking parties.

“No worries,” says Wen, “there’s another we can try on the way.”

Wen of course has no such doubts, “On the…

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The Giant’s Song

France & Vincent

“…Will you forge the straight track for us, old friend?” Merlin asked the giant. Ogmios’ eyes gleamed in the starlight.

“Come, it is long since we walked such a path together. Stay close and have your children gather their courage.” The giant walked to the centre of the plateau, caressing the earth and chanting softly. Merlin gathered the Champions and himself took up the rear, rekindling the golden orb which danced above his head. Slowly the ground melted away beneath the giant’s hands, leaving a depression in the ground. Ogmios smiled at the company, and never breaking his chant, stepped into the hole, sinking into the rock as if it was quicksand.

“Follow the song, don’t be afraid to breathe. I am behind you and you are perfectly safe.” Hand in hand Alec and Rhea stepped into the ground. Reality had been redefined so often over the past few days…

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Chanteater…

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It was probably foolish, I know…

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But I took a liking to this ‘little lady’.

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Who, if the board is correct, could have been supporting the capstone’s weight  for over six thousand years.

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Which is some feat, as you can probably see…

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We call it stone technology and we have been experimenting with sound in a number of these ‘chambers’.

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I was expecting the chant to have little vibratory effect because the tomb was clearly, in part, wrecked.

What I wasn’t expecting was for both the sound and the breath to be sucked from my being, like something or someone was thirsty…

Like I said, foolish, but maybe it also served…

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Involution…

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“You forgot involution,” says Wen with the sort of grin which means things are going to get worse before they get better.

“Did I?”

“From your list of concepts which may help people fathom the shadowing.”

“Ah, so I did, but then ‘involution’ is a rather vague term.”

“What, and ‘correspondence’ isn’t?”

“Well, no, at any rate not in the context of that which shadows and that which is shadowed…”

“But you were also thinking magical correspondence weren’t you?”

“I may have been… Whereas involution, on the other hand, quite possibly needs a subject you might think?”

“Involution of structure and form.”

“And structure is?”

“Structure is stone because stones are the bones of the earth.”

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“And form is?”

“Form is hills, particularly hollow hills.”

“How to make the hills hollow,” I murmur, more to myself than to anyone else, “but the stones are no longer structure when they are in the circle, they act more like form.”

“Well, they’re both, especially if after a certain period of time you then again cover them with earth to make a mound, which we know happened at a number of sites.”

“But not here.”

“Except, that the sanctuary may have once been a mound.”

“Oh yes, I can see that…”

“And mounds are always portals.”

“Why are mounds always portals?”

“Because the human belly becomes a mound in order to act as a portal for the body.”

“Hmmmm…”

I sit down on a stone, somewhat dazed.

In fact, I sit down on what we are now calling the ‘Throne Stone’ and immediately slide off the wet surface and land with a bump on the sodden earth.

Which is an effective enough way of being re-grounded.

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