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The Sybil

It was late afternoon, I was a little tired and the smell of sulphur was hanging strong over my skin, I looked at the map, I wanted to find a place to stop for the night soon, but wanted to head towards the monte Sibbilini national park a little more first, we were drawn to the place because of its name, the mountains of the sybil (the oracle) I remembered reading at some point over the summer that there used to be a cave up one of the mountains where the oracle used to live.

Anyway the day was getting old, and much have happened It felt like if I can drive us of the main road in the direction of the national park, and we can simply find a resting place that would be best, I stopped relying on google navigation at some point because of all the closed roads, so whilst driving a quick look at the edge of our map showed me mount Sibbila, there seemed to actually be a road that went up the mountain, I guessed that it wouldn’t be drivable to cars, and anyway all roads seemed closed.

But heading towards that name place seemed the goal for the night, I thought we were leaving the earthquake centre, but even here on the small roads, there was a lot of damage, at times it seemed that there was even more, small villages nestled on the Ridgeline, very beautiful, but even here many houses were collapsed, and it seemed that any road but the one I was driving was closed, I was heading towards the village of montemoncao, I thought it being a little late we can park there for the night, maybe in the morning we can see if we can find the road up that mountain, and ask the locals if they heard about the cave too.

I almost got to the village, but the road was closed, it was funny because we also reached the end of the map (its Abruzzo and Molise map) I couldnt drive through the village and there was no where for our sizeable camper either, I drove back and took the first turning, it was a small road, I was tired, I remember saying out of exhaustion It seemed we arent meant to find that mountain, the road is closed, I came to another small turning, the road sign in brown said …. MONTE SIBBILA….!!! the road to the mountain wasnt closed after all, in fact, it was the only one I could have taken, that was getting a little strange….

I drove on, something seemed to have a mind of its own, and it wasnt mine, I got to the bottom of the mountain, there was a 4×4 parked, by a barrier, this was the small road I seen on the map, the road to the Oracle mountain, as it seemed something led us here, I just drove passed the barrier, it wasnt really blocking the road and it seemed too late to do anything else, It was a small gravel road, and we were in a 7.5 ton truck, it snaked up the mountain, with drops of 1000 meter at either side, the valleys in front of us and the surrounding peaks of the monte Sibbilini were something else, a cloud hung up above, and I was relieved when we drove into the fog, because I was scared someone would see us driving the big yellow monster, at one point there was a massive boulder in the middle of the road, the earthquakes must have lodged it free from the mountain, but here too I could pass through, I felt like the something really wanted us up that mountain.

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The view going up the 4×4 road

We got to the rifugio Sibbila just before dark, I was relieved to see a couple of other cars, it seemed the Italians like me dont bother with barriers, I parked the truck at the edge, below us the whole land laid like a map, it was such a strong day, looking down on all that area, and knowing how shaken it was, having been working to promote sustainable tourism in the rural mountains of Abruzzo we know what it must have felt for the locals, it seemed fighting abandonment was so much more of an issue now, but it also seemed that there is ancient myth right under our feet, a sleeping entity who is awakening.

Before we went it to make dinner, I went to read the tourist map, I was somewhat shocked to find that the cave I was after was up that very mountain!, the sign said that in medieval times people used to come up the mountain because its mystery power, that it symbolised the earth mother, and that they came to dream here, it seems very auspicious  to me.

This mountain range, Monte Sibillini is named after the sibyls, wise women, priestesses who could read the energy of things, see into the future. The sibyls are also known as oracles, the most famous being the Oracle of Delphi and the difference being that the oracles would speak the words of the Spirit, like the Oracle of Delphi speaking for Apollo: “He says…”, whereas the Sibyls would speak the words of the Spirit directly as themselves. The first story of the sibyl can be traced through Roman folklore to the 5th century BC in Greece. There were several sibyls, but this story is about the Apennine Sibyl, who lived in a cave in the heart of a mountain, which became known as Monte Sibilla. The cave could well have been the entrance to an underground labyrinth where the sibyl lived and worked on the mysterious side of things. Wandering knights of medieval times would come and seek counsel with the sibyl and people would come to the cave to dream. Supposedly people would come to seek her advice, of course we no longer know how the ancients view it all, the power of place for them was the first religion, the spirit of the mountain and its connection with the deep (through the cave) was why the oracle prophesied there.

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An old map of the oracle cave

The Mountain is believed to be the centre of the earth, the Navel, there are other spots like that, like the above mentioned temple in Delphi, the same goes for Cusco in Peru, the tibetans too believed the earth was a goddess, and in order to achieve super natural abilities they would travel her body, in search of the mysterious waterfall that would transport them to other worlds, In India it is believed that meditation on certain spots can advance you spiritually as much as doing the same work for years in any other place.

Anyway we get the gist, its the power of place, and its affect on the spirit of Man (or in this case Woman).

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The ring road of the mountain, and the cave at the top

The next morning we climbed up the mountain……there are two possible roads one can take, in fact its like a ring, and you can approach the mountain from both directions, we vouched for the way up Monte Zampa, this proved to be a good choice, because although the ascent to Monte Zampa is a little devoid of scenery, once you get there, to are confronted by a long dragon back of monte Sibbila, and the valley below was so breathtaking, I decided on the spot it was in my 5 top places ive ever visited, the view reminded me of how it felt looking down from Mt. Sinai, its pristine.

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The secret valley below the mountains

There is a convent the other side of the valley. I thought that this must be the most amazing place in Europe, the half moon was right over the Sibbila mountain, and it seemed like we were walking in the footprints of a legend, like we were brought here for a reason even, our Abruzzan shepherd loved the hike even more than us, we decided it was time teach him to carry loads, so every km or so we tied another bit of clothing around his waist, hoping that one day he can carry our loads for us, or at least learn to carry loads as part of his work, he didn’t seem to mind the pile of woollen jumpers around his middle, he was in the mountains and he felt like home, we all did, especially now he was carrying more of our clothes.

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The Shepard of Abruzzo carrying our clothes

After some steep ascents and some bits we had to almost carry the dog, we got to the top, the cave itself was closed obviously, There is rumoured to be a labyrinth under the entrance, with halls and magic, where the oracle used to live, the cave entrance was also blown in an attempt to try and open it, which actually made it even harder to enter, there is however a little opening that borrows down, for the brave of heart.

There are secret stories in the area rumours the locals spread, and how they believe it is best the cave is left alone, the witchcraft left untouched, maybe it was them taht blew the entrance to make sure the secret of the caves would never be explored, to dissuade people from stirring the earth again, but the strongest punch line of it all, is that once we climbed that mountain that seemed to call us, whilst we explored the area, we have come to realise that every one of the hundred or so earthquakes that occoured in Italy in the last months, seemed to be centred around the cave, some of the biggest shakes were not 15km away as the crow flies, so it seems that maybe the locals were right, or maybe they were wrong, because it seemed no one can keep the Oracle from returning, the mountain that held her for 1500 years is now shaking the area is all adrift, it seemed she has decided it is time to come out, it is time for her to find a new Woman, one that would heed the call and be the voice for the spirit.

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Spirit’s voice

 

 

The Star God Came From

We have looked into the myth of the peacock angel here, and in that post there was a picture we took at the Cathedral du Puy-en-Velay, of a peacock feather mandala. At the heart of that mandala there is an ancient secret, a cipher that could possibly lead us to where God himself came from.

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Peacock cipher

This Peacock feather map is straight above the black Madonna at the heart of the cathedral which is full of magical emblems, and has a long tradition of mystery. It is also the beginning point  of the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route or at least one of them. The  madonna is a copy of an earlier black madonna that was burnt in the french Revolution – it is said that a secret compartment popped open due to the fire and an scroll fell out, which…….. the french tossed on the fire (that was clever was it not?)

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Black Madonna and the stars

If you take a good look at the Madonna you notice there is very strong star imagery all around her, is it possible  that those stars are hinting at something the church knew about but decided not to share with us all? or rather,  as we will see, it is a key or motif that has been part of all of our legends all the way through – it is of the starry origins where God himself came from. If you remember the peacock angel was believed to be the king of all angel. He is believed by some to have taught Adam and Eve how to worship the sun, the sun of another univers.  we think it may have been the sun that is seen as the force behind the procession of the equinoxes, as in the Mithras worship. Going back to Wayne Herschel’s discoveries,  we can see very clearly that all  ancient cultures around the world had depicted the same myth, that of a sun god riding a bull. Fertility Bull & Sun God petroglyph, Tamghali, Kazakhstan I suggest you have a good look at his website because he has done amazing work showing that story. I will  not repeat too much of it here, so giving him his due for his discoveries, in the core of all of which is an ancient key:  thethe  double cross – an ancient way to depict the constellation of Orion the hunter.

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The Double cross key

Note how similar the Orion glyph in the picture above to the centre of the Peacock map above the black madonna, and then note the stars in the other picture all around the mystery sun and how similar that is to the Black madonna with the baby Jesus at the  centre as a placement for that mystery sun star. The ancients all seem to have been pointing at the same thing: a map of the heavens that starts with Orion the hunter, drawing a straight line through the celestial bull (usually with his bow and arrow) Taurus,  to a point on its neck where the pleiades are. (Note the 7 stars around the mystery sun or the 7 sisters – which are the 7 stars in that constellation).

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Star Petroglyphs and magical beings


Here are some Pictoglyphs depicting the story of the ancient origins of the Gods. If you are not convinced take a little stroll through pictoglyphic imagery, and you will note again and again the same image of the hunter and the bull. Yes, I guess some can argue that there were bulls in a caveman’s world and these cave people hunted them.

I think this is a cave man sort of view. The truth

 is that the arrow of Orion is always pointing at the neck of the bull. (Note the line in the picture above going straight towards the neck of the bull pointing at the 7 stars of the pleiades).

If you did go to Wayne’s website you would have found out that the ancients, and especially the Egyptians, decided that the constellation of those 7 stars looks like the leg of a bull, because it is actually located in Taurus. That has brought up quite a few weird images of the bull leg being cut off, or the bull looking at its own leg etc etc. But there has been another image associated with those 7 stars I believe,  that of the Crane and the bull, mostly from Cretan art work.  Note how again there is reference to the neck of the bull, note the 7 stars on the bull’s behind, I believe the Cretans, unlike the Egyptians, saw that 7 star constellation as a heavenly bird,  one that led to a secret – the location of the sun where God came from.

I think this could be why in Eastern traditions he is seen as the peacock angel.

The Crane and the bull

The Crane and the bull

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peacock angel as the god sun

That Heavenly bird has been infused into motifs all through ancient time, probably because the 7 star constellation seemed to resemble that bird to the eyes of some of our ancestors, and here it is again with that sun star, as an early image of that peacock angel. Similar motifs are so abundant that it’s hard to keep track, like the Simurgh and the heavenly bird that is sought after in the conference of the birds. So this answers the question of who that peacock was, and in fact who Christ seemed to represent: a traveler from another Sun, believed by some to be a Star God, or rather a starry traveler that came to us at some point, and on which we built the image of our God, where the story of angels coming from the sky may have originated, and how they mated with the women of earth. Because this theme is universal and the same character of the starry traveler/saviour is present in Asia all the way though the Middle East and even down to South America (as Quetzalcoatl, another heavenly bird traveler God), it seems safe to assume that this is where it has all been leading us all along, to the ancient star and the liberator of the people of this earth. This is also why the Chi Rho (another Orion pictogram) symbol has been painted  with peacocks in so many Christian sites. It is Orion  pointing to Taurus and the Peacock that in turn point the way to our traveler God himself and the star of his homeland. The origin of all our myths so it seems. The Morning Star of another universe.

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The peacock de-ciphered

The Peacock Angel and the Long Journey to the Invincible Sun.

Like we promised a few days ago, we are going to to go back into the Middle East problem and view it from a deeper perspective through the eyes of the living myth. this time we are going to leave Israel and travel back with Abraham, it was Abraham who is to blame (if we can blame anyone) for the Israeli problem in the Holy land (called so because it was promised to him by god), it was him who was commanded to leave his land and travel to “a place that I will show you” (gods words not mine).

We have looked into the region’s problems from the group mind point of view, from the emergence of belief systems and religion. it was the middle east that gave rise to tribalism, and possibly nationalism later on, like a melting pot for the Human psyche. we outlined a framework, how we as people became tribal, and how we lost tribalism and turned into nations, and how we lost nationality to globalism through religion.

I would like to travel back in time, to the first god, to the living Myth itself, to the point of conjunction.

So we are now rewinding back in time: Abraham stopped with his father en route to the Holy Land in Haran which is in southern turkey of our day, instead of following him back down to southern Mesopotamia. we are going to stay there with him.

To help us look at the Human psyche of that period we need a new contender, another religion and another god, (actually son of god). we are going to travel through myth and time, to an older religion, the one of the Yazidis, the people who have just been sieged on mount sinjar, by ISIS and are threatened to be wiped off altogether. it seems almost as if we MUST have a look at their beliefs before their neighbours manage to wipe them from the face of the mythological map.

The Yazidis are so interesting to me because they have elements in their faith that go back even earlier than judaism, and of course christianity and Islam. they are peaceful people living in northern Iraq and in pockets of turkey and Iran. this is funny because they are now re-locating en mass, so high time we all take a look at this Ancient Link to the Living Myth. hopefully using their faith, we can glimpse an earlier myth, the original myth.

The Yazidis have been hunted down, especially by neighbouring muslims because of something peculiar: they are believed to be Devil worshippers. now this is not entirely a misconception because they actually do worship Shaitan (satan) the fallen angel the king of all other angels, except they no longer call him that, or in fact they don’t even use any word that has “sh” in it at all, maybe that jus because of the amount of hassle they got for it.

Instead they call him Melek Taus – The peacock angel, he is believed to be the original teacher by others, maybe even the original  Christ as is described by Mark Amaru Pinkham in the truth behind the christ myth, by others as a teacher who taught Adam and Eve how to worship the Sun (remember that sun worship bit as we will come back to it!). he could be traced back through Human psyche as a myth, through Christ, to Mithra, to Murugan and Finally to the Peacock Angel of the yazidis, an indo-aryan god that has been part of so many religions in one way or another, either as himself or as an incarnation (like christ).

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Peacock angel

We have been quite involved with our own Peacock Myth for some years now, since a visit to a cathedral in southern France some years ago, in a town called le-puy en valley. above the black madonna in the cathedral, there is an amazing mandala with peacock motifs, in fact the whole room is painted with peacock feathers.

We have found that mandala exciting because we believe it represents the group body, with a peacock feather for each member of the group and their position, its like a map of sorts of the 17 positions in the group body.  I guess since then we have been tuned to some peacockness, and the Peacock Myth, so now we are going to Follow it to its root and find where it came from.

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Peacock Map

The Intersection between the Habitat of the Yazidis, their Melek Taus, and Abraham’s Haran, is interesting. I think there may be more to it than that, very close to Haran is an archeological site called Gobekli Tepe (the hill of the navel), this is going to be the true gem of our Entry, it is believed to be 12,000 years old, and the oldest temple complex ever found, the size of its megaliths is breaking all previous notions of the capabilities of stone age people, I recommend you watch this movie of Dr. Rose’ Visit to it, without it this post is not going to be exactly the same.

The Notions that are ground breaking , it is the turning point in Human civilisation, The builders of that temple complex seem to have been hunter gatherers, and not Sedentary, Dr Klaus who is excavating the site, has put an interesting Idea forth, that actually the people did not develop agriculture slowly and then their Religion grow with it, it may have been the other way around, they built a massive temple and needed to start farming and become sedentary to be able to stay and worship in it, that may change some of our ideas about The birth of agriculture, and History itself (it was born in Mesopotamia after all).

The site has been buried later on though and not by nature but by the hand of man.

Let us go back to the Yazidis, in their belief Adam and Eve have been chased out of the garden of eden because they ate wheat (not apple) which is striking because Wild wheat comes from 20 km away from the site in Southern Turkey, it sounds to me very similar to the story of early farming, cultivating wheat, the garden of eden, could it be it, the place where Nomads stopped for the first time, and started farming, and what did happen to them and why did they bury the site?, is there a link? do the yazidis know something which is why they would not eat wheat?.

Another ground breaking theory (follow link for the movie) that has come up about the site is by Wayne herschel, a man that has dedicated years to chart Ancient sites all over the world, to find out they all are actually detailed star charts, and more amazing still he claims they all point at a mysterious sun , not the sun of our universe but one that belongs to another,  the place the gods came from, he says our ancestors did worship the sun, but it was not our sun they worshipped.

This has some echoes in science, and it is believed by some that the reason for the precession of the equinoxes could be that another solar system is acting on ours, and its gravity is causing the tilt responsible, maybe this is a bit technical for some, the idea is that our sun has a twin, that pulls on it, we will come back to this at the end.

His theory was that the site was made in the shape of the constellation taurus, a geoglyph a map pointing at a secret star location the ancients knew about.

What we have here is the intersection of the nomad and the sedentary for the first time, the nomad becomes sedentary only to worship in his magical temple complex, it was not a group of hunter gatherers that planted wheat by mistake, it was a magical community of nomads that build a temple to communicate with another world, another sun, and went on to cultivate nature, in a new way maybe for the first time.

The power of man over nature began a new era, or a new worship convinced man that he is larger than nature, he left Nature as his religion and started worshipping a larger than life god, his gods stand up from the environment and he is king of all around, you get the drift.

We are now going to traverse the ages following the Peacock angel through to his last known manifestation at the other side of the Middle Eastern drama, the last time before he seems to have disappeared, just to show case the that the theme has been preserved in this character somehow.

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The Secret of another sun

He was Murugan in india, he was mitra in Persia he was the maker of the christ myth, brought forth by st. paul …… and finally he is Mithras the slayer of the bull in Rome, maybe his last worshipped form, the teacher that has come to free the people.

the scene of Tauroctony is very similar and seems to be depicting the same constellation again – Taurus the point where the knife enters the Bull is where the pleiades are in the Taurus constlation, and here we have Mithras as the hyper cosmic sun.

David Ulansey argues that this is why this later god of the romans was born, because of the need for an explanation for the newly (was it really) discovered precession of the equinoxes by Hipparchus, I think the imagery has been there all along.

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Geo-glyph maps

Here we have the same secret sun star, that the ancients seem to know about again depicted in a similar manner to Wayne Heschel’s geoglyph maps.

Is Mithras seen as the invincible sun a twin sun that pulls on our world? whilst depicted with the solar sun.

The lost religion of rome and Italy, of a god that is from another universe, seems to me very related to that Initial Peacock Angel that taught Adam and Eve to worship the sun (the other sun of course!) in the Garden of Eden when they were still Nomads turning Farmers.

The secret story of our origins, and the nomad versus the sedentary (like we said before) may be a lost link to another age: before religion, before man took nature on, and made it his own, before we claimed the land, and the animals, before we rose as greater than nature. Maybe it was so because of some Visitors from another world, that came by and taught us marvels.

I have other views, but I love the myth of the other sun, and that it was worshipped in Italy, that some believed that there was an opening in our world to another world, and that their god was not a god of this earth, not even from this universe: he was the Sun of another world, our parallel universe, our twin sun.

Maybe one day we will find the opening in our world to that other one. who knows maybe it is still waiting hidden somewhere in Italy, where time has forgotten about it.

 

The Crane vs. the Winch and Deep Sheep

The snow cliff on the track

The snow cliff on the track

Being snowed in was kinda fun, but when the clocks sprang forward, and British Summer Time began and our track was still chest deep in snow, despite the fields either side being totally clear, the farmer kindly cleared the bob sleigh run with the forklift.

Getting trucks stuck, then unstuck, became the latest Welsh Hill Sport. Thor must be undecided about something as he got stuck on the fence, when he went up with his new homemade snowchains.

Homemade snowchains

Homemade snowchains

Thor sitting on the fence

Thor sitting on the fence

He tried getting out by winching himself off a friendly willow…

Old Man Willow lends a trunk for the Winch

Old Man Willow lends a trunk for the Winch

But ended up having to ask his big brother for help, proving that the crane is mightier than the winch.

1820 to the rescue

1820 to the rescue

Some of the sheep didn’t fare so well, and became food for the foxes. There is this power spot right by the house, where several sheep have come to die, and this time, for some days after these guys found the special spot and laid themselves down, there was always at least one sitting vigil right by them, illustrating that sheep are deep.

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Shepth Depth

The Skin of the Dragon

We have explored the ancient motif of the heavenly mill and the axis in a recent post, today we are going to make an incision into the body of myth as a goddess, to perform a type of cesarean to help her deliver some of her ancient secrets.

Because our last mythical thread ended with a picture of the dragon and the heavenly mill, this is where we are going to re-enter the body of that ancient goddess. As you now know the mill motif portrays not only the rotation of the skies…
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…but more so, to the ancients, the mill was a symbol for the motion that grinds out the ages. Let’s look into what that could mean (the idea of preceding ages) we need to go back a step and look at the Axis Mundi idea again, the still point that the world revolves around…….. the North Star.

As we now have an inclination that myth is portrayed through the Celestial tent of heavens (the night sky) we are going to explore that story in three places at once: one on this earth, one in the sky and one in the body of the myth goddess itself, in the medium of another mythological motif – the sea serpent/monster, the first goddess.

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As our sky revolves around, it is seen to spin around the North Star: Polaris, in the constellation of Ursa Minor, the Little Bear.
But Polaris was not always our North Star – our ancient myth mother has known another North Star, Thuban, in the constellation Draco, the heavenly Dragon (starting to sound familiar?), and if it is not, think about the tree and snake in the garden of Eden, and the fall, or end of an age (the golden age?) symbolised by being thrown out of the garden.

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Now let us come back to earth from the lofty heights of Capella, on earth let us descend on Ancient Greece, and unto one of its most prominent sites: the oracle of Delphi.
The Greeks believed the navel of the world (Axis Mundi again?) was under a stone called the Omphalos (meaning navel) guarded by a mythical earth snake/dragon.

So we have the same story repeated on earth, on Greece’s most renowned oracle site, and mystery school (we may look at this later).

In the old myth, the god Apollo kills Python the guardian snake, leading us back to most ancient of goddesses.

To operate on her body we need to follow this motif, called Chaoskampf, the victory of a cultural hero over a monster – the dragon slayer myth.
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From Saint George and the dragon we can follow our mythical hero, the Thunder God, through the last 5000 years and watch his plight, and fight with the dragon of the deep (and Draco in the sky): Apollo kills Python (Greek), Baal fights Yam (Canaanite), Marduk and Tiamat (Babylonian).

In the Old Testament book of Job, there is a mention of the great sea monster Leviathan, apparently the same monster, called Lotan, that was associated with the god Yam (meaning sea). The Jewish Thunder God (we met him as Thor the 4×4 god remember? ) will kill the sea monster and would stretch its skin on the tent that houses the people at the end of days!!!
What a feast.
Wow we thought, this is literally a Job description!!!

Stretching the dragon skin over the tent, almost as good as the Kalevala’s description of the mill with a lid of many colours (we saw it as the cover of the tent of course).

As this project is about making the zodiac tent, we thought it is high time to bring forth the real drama (it is a form of transformational theatre venue after all) as portrayed on our myths and legends, and projected over our biggest screen (the sky itself), like a skin of a mythical dragon, to become apparent as a guiding script at the end of times.

What is that ancient script and what is the drama?
That would require a thread of its own.

The World Mill That Grounds the Flower

For those of you that have read some of the other posts on this blog, we are going to go deeper by exploring some ancient symbols and myths. Some of you are familiar with the flower of life, but few realise that this ancient symbol usually comes together with another powerful (maybe more) symbol, in fact you may say they are a set.

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Austrian beam

As you can see in this picture, here we have the flower of life, and the seed of life, but at the bottom left we have something that is unexplainable: a whirl?

Those of you that been reading through the other posts, remember that this very beam is the one we happened to find in a museum on the way to the saw mill to cut the zome planks.

For those of you who are not interested in understanding the mystery, and do not believe there is some motivating force out there that is in fact in communication with us, better stop reading as we are going to go right into it!

To understand this whirl design, we have to go deeper into mythology than most of us are usually comfortable with, helped greatly by a book called Hamlet’s Mill, exploring the origins of human knowledge and its transmission through Myth, or at least that is its cover strap line. In fact it goes into the origin of myth itself, and talks about the commonality of certain creation myths from places around the world that should have had no connection with each other.

To cut the story short, it speaks about some motifs, and narrows all our myths to the motion of the Heavens. Our Gods are the planets, the moving force. The realm of destiny or fate – the fixed abode, is the celestial sphere itself, the fixed stars.

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The precession of the poles

Another motif that seems to be part of some of our most ancient myths, is the World Mill (or Heavenly Mill), a type of heavenly grind stone that grinds out the ages. One good example of this, the Sampo, is in the Finnish epic poem, The Kalevala. You may remember the post about the Zodiac Tent cover, so you understand how delightful for us it was to find out that the Sampo, had a lid of many colours

If you can imagine our earliest ancestors looking at the sky, it is not hard to understand that through the ages they would note, that not only the sky whirls every night of the year, it also spins on a tilt creating a greater cycler, which could be seen as a Great Year, a circular motion that could be seen to grind the ages. The two symbols the Mill of Heaven and the Flower of Life are aspects of the same subject, a phenomena that has a centre in the sky.

Before we go into the next layer, lets see a few examples of the same pair, the flower and the Mill.

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Flower of Life on Indian door, now used as a yurt door

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The Mill (grind stone) on same door

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The Flower and the Mill

This last example, is taken at the same Welsh festival as the other two from the Indian door (now on a yurt) and is from a love spoon, made by a Welsh carver to an old love spoon pattern, although he did not know himself why these two appeared on old love spoons. So you can see for yourself, its not like we have been chasing after these two symbols, and although I can not say they have been chasing us either, here they are over and over again, forever chasing each other…

We are about to Earth this Starry Mill, to ground it into reality.

A few years ago I had this vision spring up, of a voyage to a mythical place we called the Heart of the World. No one ever told me that such a place existed, and the only reference in old maps back then showed us Jesus at the centre of the world, like in the Mappa mundi of Hereford.

The idea that sprang into mind out of the ether that day, was to go to the heart of the world, in 4×4 trucks (for style) and build a tent palace there. This was due to the fact, that a moment before I had figured out that such a place exists, by doing a very simple calculation, but let us not stray too much out of our current subject…

After some of those 4×4 voyages following real lines and some unseen, I found out (by accident?) that there has been an actual tradition of such a place, the axis mundi, one of such place was the oracle of delphi, and was marked by a magical stone called the navel of the world, the Omphalos. If you like the notion yourself a good book to read is called ….. The Heart Of The World (funny) by Ian Banks, exploring a two-fold voyage to some mountain ranges which are the body of a Tibetan goddess. There are places called beyols, where physical location and other worlds exist together: to pilgrim is to be an initiate.

Let us collate all into one integrated vision in answer to our deepest mythologies, a response to the Flower of Life and the Heavenly Mill, symbols left for us by our ancestors: to create an earthly reflection, locating the place and positioning the Zodiac Tent (the Mill of many Colours) at the heart of the world.

And in turn to create a centre for transformational events, like the oracles of old: a mystery school that is patterned after  the world’s main cog – The Mill.

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The Heavenly Mill

Thaw by Thor Truck

Thor comes again

Thor comes again

This has taken me a few days to get to and the recent snowstorm feels like a distant memory as Spring now begins to lift her pretty head. But somehow out of Jack Frost’s latest dream emerged a new vehicle…Thor. The story goes like this..

It is maybe our connection to Jack Frost or Angel’s not wanting to leave, but somehow this little Welsh valley got the most snow in the country. Snow snow snow. The first night the front door blew open and there was a pile of snow on the doorstep, and it was all quite pretty and white.

The next day we awoke and it was DEEP, and as there snow time like the present, The Heart suggested we go forth with the Land Rover to have breakfast in town. We got to the top of the hill out but got stuck in thigh-high drifts which had blown from the fields either side of the track, so had to dig our way back. It was very exciting being snowed in, like a siege until we got down to the last carrot and then Ivian, the farmer, managed to get his 4×4  tractor in to tow the Land Rover out. We thus avoided the challenges of scurvy.

Jedi icicle from the side of the house

Jedi icicle from the side of the house

Snow time like the present

Snow problem

We then went on a wintry mission across the country to meet the new truck, a Mercedes 814D 4×4. There seems to be a bit of a snow theme and a yellow theme with our vehicles, as the 1820 was a road gritter in a previous life, and was yellow but is now in the process of being resprayed, although it is taking a long time whilst waiting for a dry day in Wales.

1820 in mid-respray

1820 in mid-respray

And when I first went to get the (yellow) Land Rover there was a spectacular hail storm, then the sun came out when she drove towards me.

Hail! Defender

Hail! Defender

So we knew that we were onto a winner when we got to the guy’s house through the snow, and he turns out to be a polar bear fanatic with pictures of polar bears, stuffed polar bears and polar bear cushions etc (and the truck is yellow).

Polar bear collection

Polar bear collection

814 4xThor

814 4xThor

We then re-drove across the country and made it to Hereford, where the cap of the Land Rover’s fuel filter fell off stranding us at a Cash and Carry car park with an unhappy boss, on a closing Saturday afternoon. No new fuel filters were to be had, then The Heart came up with the idea of putting a bolt in the old filter. Great…but I had only bought 10 litres of diesel, not enough to go through the system, so back to town for more diesel, then back to the car park…where the Land Rover battery is flat, so we jump started….and we made it out with 15 minutes to go on the closing gate….

So…we got back to the farm with the dark already descended, but a full moon behind the clouds. The farmer drove us up the steep hill in his Isuzu, and despite there being little snow left elsewhere, somehow our track was still knee deep in wet snow. He has good tyres, and a sense of adventure, and after getting stuck a few times, drove some tracks through the mush,….then the Land Rover and the new Mercedes made it up the hill in one go.

The minute we got home, there was a big flash of lightning, a roar of thunder (the first since we got to this little valley), and a torrential storm started which washed all the snow away….and brought the thaw with the promise of spring.

Thor is the God of thunder and lightning (and 4×4 trucks).

Thor

Thor

From Humayun to the Zome

The last post told of how the Zodiac Tent came to us. Now let us take a journey from its origins in the Moghul princely tent tradition to the Zome at the centre of its modern reproduction. The Zodiac Tent was the most glorious palace tent of Humayun, a Moghul emperor who ruled present day Afghanistan, Pakistan , and parts of northern India from 1530–1540 and again from 1555–1556. Son of Babur, father of Akbar, he was an astronomical dreamer, loving splendour and esoteric mysteries, who lived and ruled his court by the stars.

Humayun's Tomb in Delhi, predating the Taj Mahal

Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi, which predates the Taj Mahal

“And among his inventions another is a trellis tent, khargahi, which comprises twelve towers, burj, to the number of the signs of the zodiac, buraj. And these towers are contrived with windows so that the light of the stars of fortune can shine through their holes. And the star of the beauty of its arrangement and form shone on the pages of the events of the universe: The light of fortune shining through its windows, Couriers of power hastening from its doors. And another trellis tent like the sphere of spheres, which encloses the sphere of the fixed stars, surrounded this trellis tent on all sides, so as to fall on it like a cover. ” (This passage from “Felt Tents and Pavillions: The Nomadic Tradition and its Interaction  with Princely Tentage”, by Peter Alford Andrews. Our friends, Peter and his wife, Mughul have researched and documented nomadic tents in meticulous detail).

Moghul Procession

Moghul Procession

There is some debate as to the details of the form of Humayun’s Zodiac Tent, but the general appearance was 12 trellis tents (yurts) in a circle for the 12 signs of the Zodiac, with a central canopy covering all, to be the celestial sphere.

Our challenge in designing the latest incarnation of the Zodiac Tent, was what kind of structure to have as the centre….a giant yurt?, a circus tent-type (big top) structure with a central pole? a geodesic dome? We wanted a framed tent (one where the frame stands alone without the cover) as opposed to a velum tent (where the stability of the frame is dependent on the tension in the cover, like a big top) as we were clear we wanted to eliminate the central support which stands out like a …… in the centre.

Now the meta-level. Around that time an exaggerated number of abstract threads were coming to our story, catalysed by the Scholar. To explain what I mean by this, let me introduce what we call the “HTML”, or ‘living language’. (The name ‘HTML’ comes from the web programming language , referring to a code working behind the scenes). This talks in the messages which come to us from the universe at large, in the form of symbols, seeming ‘coincidences’, omens, or even directly.

We had been working with this force for some time, but what was emerging here, was a living structure in the myths and symbols that were presenting themselves to all the people we work with, seemingly spontaneously across a couple of continents. What we were seeing was knowledge and myth transcending culture and time, parallel structures appearing across disciplines. This is the lingua sacra, alluded to in “The Glass Bead Game” by Herman Hesse.

One such thread, coming independently over a couple of days involved:

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The 4 cardinal stars, in Taurus, Scorpio, Leo & Aquarius marking the solstices and equinoxes (from zodiacal research)

Lion ox eagle and man (from Finn's thread on the 4 watchers)

Lion ox eagle and man (from Finn’s thread on the 4 watchers)

4 horsemen of the apocalypse (from Chloe's dream)

4 horsemen of the apocalypse (from Chloe’s dream)

Ezekiel's vision of the chariot of "living creatures"

Ezekiel’s vision of the chariot of “living creatures”

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Metatrons cube (in a message from the Peacock)

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With the Flower of Life underneath

Then along came the zome. ‘Zome’ is a general term for a shelter, the frame of which comes from a family of complex geometrical structures, found in many natural forms such as pine cones, and honeycombs. (For an in depth description of the background and associated geometry, see Rene’s website at http://simplydifferently.org/Zome).

Zome house from Archilibre, France

Zome house from Archilibre, France

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Helix Zome

We then discovered the helix zome, developed by Nicolas Causse, which is basically a curved version of a zome.

The struts of the helix zome, are half helixes.  A helix is a spiral with a constant diameter, like the DNA spiral.

DNA double helix

DNA double helix

And, if you look at a zome from above, you will see the intersecting struts form the flower of life. “That’s it: our central structure!”, declared the Scholar. The zome became our meta-structure, a shape where many disciplines were weaving in and out of each other. How we were going to make it was the next challenge…