William Blake and the Glastonbury Gnosis book now available

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My latest book is available from today on Amazon UK, the same date that the 3 day Glastonbury William Blake Festival begins.

211 pages. £13.99

 

From the back cover.

WILLIAM BLAKE AND THE GLASTONBURY GNOSIS

Is a unique expansive odyssey, inspired by the great visionary poet artist.

It combines history, mythology, and mysticism, in a living journey of Imagination.

Written and published in Glastonbury, it is an expression of the alchemical blend the place somehow inspires and is presented in the hope of bringing forth in its readers something of the same feelings that were involved in writing it.

Featuring

The Artists and Poets.

Allen Ginsberg, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Algernon Swinburne.

The Antiquarian Vision

Geoffrey of Monmouth, Iolo Morganwg, William Stukeley.

Eighteenth Century Occult Mystical London Underground.

Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, Swedenborg, Cagliostro , Samuel Falk,

Lord George Gordon, Richard and Maria Cosway, James Graham.

The New Antiquarians.

Alfred Watkins, Katharine Maltwood, Mary Caine, Anthony Roberts,

John Michell, Geoffrey Ashe, Iain Sinclair.

Planetary Art for Peace.

Nicholas Roerich, Jose Arguelles, Tony Shearer, Chogyam Trungpa.

Glastonbury Golgonooza.  Shekhinah.

Featuring

Joseph of Arimathea, Cosmic Consciousness, the Gordon Riots,  levitation of the Pentagon, Flying Saucer Vision, the Celestial Bed, the Sex Pistols, Albion and Arthur, Our Lady of Glastonbury, Atlantis, the Druid revival,   psychogeography,  Suffragettes, Glastonbury Zodiac, Michael ley line, a waking Jungian dream.

All coming together through the alchemy of the prophet Bard.

And, of course,

the ‘Glastonbury hymn,’ Jerusalem.

 

 

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William Blake and the Glastonbury Gnosis book cover artwork

It’s July 23rd, a date which, thanks to Robert Anton Wilson, I think of as Cosmic Trigger day. I like to make it a bit special and try and set the flavour for the rest of the summer period which tends to be the most intense and powerful part of the year for me.

 

 

On this day last year, I premiered the Yuri Leitch artwork for my book Atargatis, which was still six months away from completion. I’m very pleased to be able to do the same again, with the last work that Yuri did before his 50th birthday last weekend. This time though, the book is already at the printers and should manifest for the Glastonbury William Blake Festival.

There is some interesting further continuity. The face of Aria Astra Amorosa features again on the figure of Our Lady of Glastonbury in the form of the Roerich Madonna Oriflamma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atargatis features a consideration on the Shekhinah, a form of the divine feminine in Judaism that seems to be rooted in the  ancient Canaanite goddess Asherah who was installed in Solomon’s Temple for some time and was, effectively, the wife of  Yahweh.

The Shekhinah is back again as I delve into the Kabbalistic influences on Blake and examine his idea of Jerusalem. More details to follow but, for now, here is the imagery.

 

 

 

 

 

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GLASTONBURY WILLIAM BLAKE FESTIVAL

Between Wednesday August 8th to Friday August 10th 2018.

We are having a free-floating sixties-style Happening in Glastonbury in a few weeks time.

On the afternoon of Wed August 8th, starting at 13:00, there will be recitations of Blake poetry around the Market Cross area by some very diverse performers. Some may be singing. There will be musical accompaniment. There is still an option of getting involved and performing. Contact me here or on the Facebook event page. The only rule is that all words spoken must be those of Blake.

On the evening of August 9th, I will give a lecture presentation in the Town Hall on William Blake and the Glastonbury Gnosis that will also serve as a book launch. More details to follow, with special posting of Yuri Leitch cover art in a few days time.

Friday August 10th will see a musical evening in the King Arthur pub in Benedict St. Some quality musician performers will present remarkable renditions of Blake poetry. There will be a special acknowledgement of Allen Ginsberg.

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Jack Parsons Rune Soup Interview

Jack Parsons

 

June 17th was the anniversary of the death of fabled rocket scientist occultist Jack Parsons. He is very much a current concern with the CBS TV series Strange Angel having first aired the previous week.

 

I was very pleased to be able to record another Rune Soup interview with Gordon White on June 17th and to now post it on the summer solstice.

Parsons is a subject I have covered at length in my Crowley book and also my video lecture on the Babalon Working so I was mindful of wanting to provide some fresh material. To that end, there is a typically odd personal story of how I came to feel so connected to the topic and also some thoughts on Jack and the Beat Generation. I also expound on my feeling s concerning the centrality of Gnosticism in understanding Jack’s magical life.

 

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When Magic and Fiction Meet. Video Lecture

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This is a presentation I gave to  Glastonbury Positive Living Group on March 7th 2018. It features material from my Atargatis book and served as part of the extended launch process that had begun at the Glastonbury Occult conference a few weeks before.

The lecture concerns a subject that has fascinated me since 1990: the mysterious synchro zone where magic meets fiction and powerful processes are activated. There are a number of personal stories here of high strangeness that feature Robin of Sherwood, Twin Peaks, and Dion Fortune’s Sea Priestess.

 

 

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Magical Timing & Personal Synchronicity Rune Soup Interview

Rune Soup March 1st Interview

 

I was fortunate to have another chat with Gordon White about my Atargatis book. I spoke to him last November about the extensive process involved in the creation of the cover. This time I talked about how much psycho-active voltage accompanied the completion of the book up to the very last moment as it went to the publishers.

Once it had arrived, I was then able to launch it at the Glastonbury Occult Conference. This proved to be a wildly expansive scenario.

Check out the power of a Glastonbury Occult Conference for yourself. 2019 is already being set up. I’m giving a presentation. Glastonbury Occult Conference 2019

We go on to discuss my methods of engaging with synchronicity and working with timing that has special personal associations.

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Atargatis Book Now Available

 

 

My new book is now available on Amazon UK and USA.

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350 pages. £15.99

 

From the back cover.

A wild story of complete immersion in a magical mystical lifestyle.

An Astonishing East-West New Age Blend.

 

A Goddess Extravaganza.

Atargatis, Ishtar, Astarte, Asherah, Tanit, Isis, Babalon, Inanna,

Nuit, Aphrodite, Lilith, Matronit, Shekhina.

Psychic Questing.

Green Stone, Sobek Neferu Re, Typhonian Thames,

 The Temple of the Blue Flame, St Bega: the Egyptian star,

 Avebury Form of the Serpent, Dream Demons,

Egyptians and Phoenicians in Ancient Britain.

Magical Fictions.

Twin Peaks, Robin of Sherwood,

Jewel of the Seven Stars, The Sea Priestess.

Locations across Time and Space.

Margate Seashell Grotto, Hierapolis, Glastonbury,

Hadleigh Downs, Babylon, Shambhala, Brean Down.

Also Includes:

UFOlogy, Fellowship of Isis, Tibetan Buddhism, Past Lives,

Reiki, 11:11, Dolphin Channelling, Rebirthing.

Featuring:

Dion Fortune, Aleister Crowley, Kenneth Grant, HP Lovecraft,

Whitley Strieber, Carlos Castaneda, Andrew Collins, James Rendell Harris,

Jose Arguelles, Morien O Morgan, Solara, Graham Phillips, Timothy Wyllie,

 Elagabalus, James Joyce, Cunning Murrell, Ozric Tentacles.

The Gurus.

Osho Rajneesh, Swami Muktananda,

 Sai Baba, Meher Baba.

Create your own Synchronicity.

 Hack your destiny code.

 

There aren’t many books with this kind of mix!

 

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Nicholas Roerich Video Presentation.

 

I recently did a presentation for the Glastonbury Positive Living Group on the life and work of mystical artist explorer Nicholas Roerich who quested in search of Shambhala. His concept of Art for Peace inspired an international pact that influenced Jose Arguelles. His unique odyssey took him from helping to create the legendary Rite of Spring ballet to journeys into Central Asia. I discussed his expansive life and put it into a wider context of the esoteric and political history of the time. There were of course plenty of visuals of his numinous paintings.

It was gratifying to be able to put on such an event on the exact anniversary of his death as the date fell this year on a day that the Glastonbury Positive Living Group were meeting. There was further resonance for me as I put on the same presentation exactly twenty years earlier to mark the 50th anniversary of his death. I used the same lecture notes again.

All of the material included in the lecture will be one day included in my work-in-progress Aquarian Phoenix, the  follow-up to Avalonian Aeon.

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Atargatis Rune Soup Interview

I have been engaged throughout 2017 in writing a book named Atargatis. As always, the cover imagery is very important to me. I am very lucky to be able to call on the services of the prodigiously talented Yuri Leitch to execute whatever design I create. In this instance, the process became very interesting indeed. I talk about it at length in an interview with Gordon White for his legendary Rune Soup podcast.

I also discuss some of the contents of the book relating to Kenneth Grant and mysterious Egyptian Pharaoh Sobek Neferu Re. I hope this will generate some interest in the book for when it is finally finished which I anticipate should be early in 2018.

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St George and Glastonbury

St George with sword, rather than spear and dragon.

 

 

St George is the patron saint of England. He is known primarily for slaying a dragon with a spear and most versions of any story of his life one is likely to read will tell how he hailed from the Near East. In Glastonbury we can see to this day, in the High St, a relic of a far stranger variant version that was commemorated here during the medieval era.

George was nobly born in Coventry. His mother died in childbirth and his father Albert was so consumed by grief that he was unable to prevent an enchantress named Kalyb or Calyb (generally a male name) from stealing the baby. George was raised by this woman who gave him armour, a shield, and a horse called Bayard when he came of age. The shield bore no heraldic design as Kalyb did not want him to discover his true identity. He was tasked with finding a sword for himself.

Releasing six other knights from imprisonment by Kalyb, George led the group to Glastonbury. His blank shield immediately attracted attention. A powerful relic had been left there by Joseph of Arimathea. It was a sword named Meribah. Formerly owned by St Peter, it had been used by him in the Garden of Gethsemane to cut off the ear of a man named Malchus in the tumult surrounding the arrest of Jesus. This led to the final healing miracle when the ear was restored on its owner’s head. The pommel of the sword had been made in Glastonbury but the blade was original.

In the typical manner of such tales, a wicked knight had let it be known he intended to take the sword. George faced him in combat using the very sword itself and defeated him but not without receiving a severe shoulder wound. At first, the blood poured in a vertical stripe down his shield. He then fell over sideways as another stripe created the now familiar cross. His subsequent coat of arms and the flag of England itself were determined by this event. It was also clearly seen that the sword Meribah should be his.

The story is full of details that don’t exactly sit well with the historical record. The Abbey is portrayed as an institution broadly in its medieval, or at least Saxon, form. It has an Abbot. This was not the case during the time associated with the life of George. As well as using the holy sword, he jousts with the wicked knight in a decidedly medieval manner unknown during what was still the time of the Roman occupation.

 

 

The George and Pilgrim Inn in Glastonbury High St, dating from the later years of the Abbey, was originally just the Pilgrim Inn and only took on the George designation in the nineteenth century. It does provide a glimpse of the strange version of the George story and serves to anchor it and keep it in some sense alive down into the present day.

 

 

Heraldic devices carved in stone over the entrance date from the time of the construction of the current form of the building, around 1475. The Royal Coat of Arms, the lion and the unicorn, are flanked by a shield with the cross of St George and another with no design at all. The current pub sign shows George not with a spear and dragon but simply his sword. An older version did show the dragon. I prefer to believe that something seeks to preserve the local version of the story.

 

 

I love the weird old tales of the saints, regardless of any arguments about their historicity. The Glastonbury George tale tells us that the design of the flag of England itself, that became integrated into the union flag of Britain, was formed by an event in Glastonbury. The mythically inclined can potentially get a lot of mileage from that. As for the idea that George was raised by some kind of witch in the woods who gave him armour, a shield, and a horse, there’s a pagan remodelling of that tale surely waiting to be told.

 

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