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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Joseph of Arimathea and the Soul Poetry of Glastonbury

Joseph of Arimathea

 

Today March 17th, as well as being the famous Feast of St Patrick, is also one of the feast days of Joseph of Arimathea and it is a date on which I always pause to contemplate him.

There are a number of legends entrenched in Glastonbury, stories concerning Joseph of Arimathea and King Arthur, that no amount of academic debunking can dislodge. This can annoy the hell out of historians, especially when hearing such stories uncritically retold as if they were of the same level of data as the Battle of Hastings or the Fire of London. The infuriating or inspiring thing about Glastonbury is how the real history, and it is indeed a remarkable one, and the mythology, are so difficult to separate. They feed into each other.

I try and appreciate what it might be about Glastonbury that could not only support the creation of such mythology but powerfully sustain it through the catastrophic destruction of the Abbey during the Dissolution of the Monasteries and on into a modern regeneration. It is really not as simple as the base motives of forgery and a desire to make money from pilgrim credulity.

In Avalon of the Heart Dion Fortune wrote ‘that the poetry of the soul writes itself at Glastonbury.’ I have happily adopted the term soul poetry for celebrating the numinous charisma of the place. I believe that the landscape of the area can have a profound effect on what might be called the higher emotions, the part of us that can appreciate a work of art, poetry, music. A sunrise or sunset seen from Glastonbury Tor hits the same spot. The Glastonbury myths are a work of art. A work of art that is alive and mutable for each new generation but carrying something distinct and eternal.

 

 

It is at the beginning of the Roman era that one of Glastonbury’s greatest mythological events is supposed to have occurred. Joseph of Arimathea, who the New Testament tells us provided the tomb for Jesus, journeyed from Palestine to make his home in Somerset, either in 37 or 63 AD. No written forms of this story exist prior to the Norman Conquest. This mythos has become perhaps the most enduring of all Glastonbury tales, resolutely refusing to dissolve before the sceptics. It’s one of those classic Glastonbury stories that attracts or repels people with equal force. Geoffrey Ashe makes the interesting point that academics often react just as irrationally as mystical space-cases to this material. The derisive tone of many detractors can be every bit as emotive as the devotional mystic. The Joseph story has left us with perhaps the last functioning medieval-type saintly relic. Supposedly he arrived at Wearyall Hill and planted his staff into the ground. It sprouted and became the famous Holy Thorn. The current form of the story doesn’t appear during the days of the Abbey but the thorn is of a type originating in the Middle East. Perhaps a Crusader brought it.

The Arimathean mythos has impacted significantly on the greater life of the nation. An extreme form of the tale has Joseph as the uncle of Jesus. He comes to Britain with the young Christ as part of an involvement in the Cornish tin trade. It appears to be this idea that inspired William Blake to write the words that, now known as Jerusalem, have since been set to music and become our “second national anthem.”

“And did those feet in ancient time

Walk upon England’s mountains green?”

It is a measure of the potency of the mythos that when the tree was decapitated in 2010 it made newspaper headlines around the world and saw people crying in the streets of Glastonbury.

I’m not quite sure if the sceptical academics and general haters of Glastonbury would like to remove all such manifestations from our culture. I would refer them to the works of Jung, Joseph Campbell, and Mircea Eliade concerning myth as a vital natural human function, necessary to the health and sanity of the individual and body-politic, and a measure of the well-being of the society it arises from. I would affirm that there exist certain special numinous places, somehow able to inspire the tribal tales that any culture needs to understand its identity and needs, its potential destiny. As Geoffrey Ashe connected me ever more strongly to its history, I became increasingly convinced that Glastonbury seems to be such a place, a place where history and mythology, two hemispheres of one greater brain, are almost impossible to separate.

Early on in her magical career, Dion Fortune worked as a medium for Frederick Bligh Bond. In an anticipation of her later opinions concerning Arthur, Merlin, and Morgan, she stated that Joseph of Arimathea was not a solitary individual but a title. Likewise, the Holy Thorn tradition predated Christianity. There had once been a major mystery cult centre in Glastonbury on Wearyall Hill. People came from the Middle East in ships of the tin trade to receive initiations there. There was a strong Druidical elemental flavour to the work. This is of course seemingly crazy Glastonbury stuff but it has a strange potency that clearly partakes of the magic of the landscape and offers another entry point into the Avalon of the Heart.

In my video, A Glastonbury Abbey Dream, I try and evoke its soul poetry.

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Star of Ishtar True Will Self Divination Video Presentation

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In 1992, in the midst of a Babylonian past-life saga and the energy blast of initiation into Reiki and Osho Sannyas, I experienced a coming together of all my interests in time and synchronicity into a system of knowledge based on the eightfold wheel of the year that gave me a glimpse of a higher-dimensional form in which the mystery of my true identity resides, the ‘Star of Ishtar’. This is a presentation, given in Glastonbury in January 2017, of that material, full of typical tales, expanding on ideas from previous lectures, which contains many actionable takeaways potentially of use to anyone.
I’m currently writing a book entitled Atargatis. This is a major project, tacking a wide subject range, that attempts to do justice to one of the great adventures of my life. All of the material in the video will be included in the book.
I mention in the talk that listening to a particular track from Ozric Tentacles began the episode at the core of the material so I include it here to enhance the flavour.
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New Book: The Michael Line, the Qabalah and the Tarot

New Book: The Michael Line, the Qabalah and the Tarot.

 

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In the lead-in to my presentation at the recent Glastonbury Avalon Tarot Conference I wondered if it might be possible to rapidly manifest a short book on my presentation. I’ve been giving public lectures on this material for over twenty years and I have long felt that a book would result eventually. In the midst of crazy circumstances, I managed it.

 

From the back cover.

 

The Michael Line,

the Qabalah & the Tarot

is a unique adventure that brings together

the Earth Mysteries, Psychic Questing, magic, art, creativity,

 history, and mythology,

 in a powerful blend that presents

 a transformative way of approaching a sacred landscape.

Includes

The Archangel Michael and his Age.

The Paths of the Dragon.

A Maltwood Mystery and the Sun and the Serpent.

The Green Stone and the Lights of Knowledge.

Ancient Egyptians in Britain. A Qabalistic path.

Albion Rising: the 1991 Michael Line Rally.

Landscape tarot and artefact retrieval.

  1. General Election Cycles of Time.

Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune.

  1. Royal Wedding Cross of St George.

Seven Barrows and the Belinus Line.

Featuring

Graham Phillips, Dion Fortune, Paul Broadhurst and Hamish Miller,

Rudolf Steiner, John Michell, Aleister Crowley, William Blake,

Andrew Collins, Katharine Maltwood.

 £9.99

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Avalon Tarot Conference

AVALON TAROT CONFERENCE

 

 

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I’m appearing at a tarot conference in Glastonbury this coming weekend.

I will be giving one of my best presentations, The Michael Line, the Qabalah and the Tarot, on the Sunday.

This is set to be a powerful inspiring event. Do join us if you can.

 

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Michael Leyline Temperance tarot card by Yuri Leitch

Michael Leyline Temperance tarot card by Yuri Leitch

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Glastonbury Romance 2003 Video

GLASTONBURY ROMANCE 2003:

THE DAEMONIC GENIUS OF JOHN COWPER POWYS.

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Here is a 40 min lecture I gave to the Powys Society Conference in August 2010, not long after Avalonian Aeon was published.

Thanks to Raymond Cox of the Powys Society for permission to reproduce.

Why did it take me over ten years to write Avalonian Aeon?  There are good answers here. I always knew that the book would feature John Cowper Powys in a big way as I wanted to convey the extent of his influence and inspiration upon me. It seemed likely that I would need to re-read his thousand-page epic novel A Glastonbury Romance again. I actually ended up reading it 3 times in a 12 month period. This seems absurd but quite remarkable events occurred during that time which seem inseparable from my readings of the novel. These events were powerful and disturbing. I make my case for the artist as magician and Powys as one of the great magi of Glastonbury in that he communicated something vital about the place that none of the other luminaries of his time, Dion Fortune and Frederick Bligh Bond for example, managed to do.

So here is a complementary telling of my story of Abraxas in the Abbey also told in my Crowley and Jung lecture and the story of a terrible murder.

The contents of this lecture have since been published in my Glastonbury Psychogeography.

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Magical Battle of Britain Video

MAGICAL BATTLE OF BRITAIN VIDEO

 

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Here is a video of a recent Glastonbury presentation of mine on subject matter I keep returning to over a period of decades. It is nearly 2 hours long and features a brief visualisation about halfway through.
On this occasion I tried to cover some material I haven’t spoken about in public before. I believe there are some unique perspectives presented.
Dion Fortune is presented alongside Karl Maria Wiligut, ‘Himmler’s Rasputin’, the magus of Wewelsburg.
Wellesley Tudor Pole is presented alongside Rudolf Von Sebottendorff, the head of the notorious Thule Society.
I also discuss my modern revivals of the wartime Glastonbury workings.

 

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Mysterium Artorius available on Kindle

MYSTERIUM ARTORIUS NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE

 

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My first book, Mysterium Artorius, is now available on Kindle in the UK and USA.

 

 

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Nine years on from first publication I’m still proud of this book and how much it contains.
Here’s a reminder of the mood I tried to evoke with it.

 

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Southend Glastonbury Cremation Ground Mandala

SOUTHEND GLASTONBURY CREMATION GROUND MANDALA

 

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Here is a 92 min video of my recent presentation for the Glastonbury Positive Living Group.
Glastonbury Positive Living Group. 
I thank Samia and Dave for inviting me to do it in full knowledge of the nature of the material involved.
Initial impetus from a conversation with Divyael.
Also yay to Chillfilms who recorded the basic footage.
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I have added some imagery and music.
This is an incredibly strange, powerful, intense, potentially disturbing story. It is most definitely adult material and includes some strong language. If easily triggered, do not watch!
Twenty years after the events described I feel that I can’t wait any longer to get it out there in some form. I’ve always intended to write a book about it but I have no idea when I might find the time to do this justice and I have never felt that this extraordinary tale was just for me so I’m uploading it for all those who might be going through their own distinctly weird spiritual dramas in the modern world and looking for some maps of the territory to assist them.
After I turned into a dolphin in Glastonbury and took Reiki and Osho sannyas initiations in the same week, I was thrown into an extraordinary initiatory ordeal involving past lives, serial killers, Sai Baba, a Kali machete murder, the Southend werewolf, and the Whore of Babylon. This is a tale of how Shakti Kundalini does its thing in the modern world.

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