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.
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.
Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune.
Seven Barrows and the Belinus Line.
Graham Phillips, Dion Fortune, Paul Broadhurst and Hamish Miller,
Rudolf Steiner, John Michell, Aleister Crowley, William Blake,
Andrew Collins, Katharine Maltwood.
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.
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.