Shaman Birds: long focus liminality

20th February, 2018 Members Community

Jimmy: ‘One day, when I'm no longer spending my days running a sweet-stall, I may write a book about us all. It's all here.’ (slapping his forehead) ‘Written in flames a mile high. And it won't be recollected in tranquillity either, picking daffodils with Auntie Wordsworth. It'll be recollected in fire, and blood. My blood.’ John Osborne, Look Back in Anger. John Osborne’s heron, dressed for all weathers. Image c. Judy Hall Sometimes we all need a nudge in the right direction....

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The tyranny of excellence

20th January, 2018 Members Community

Celosia Red Velvet with thistledown, c. Judy Hall Self-development is the basis for magickal training. The process of self-actualisation is often slow and arduous, filled with dark nights of the soul, but also brings bright days as well. It tends to follow cycles wherein we think we know nothing, then something, then everything – then nothing again. Do not despair that the road seems long or allow yourself to be trapped in the tyranny of excellence. Ives Domingues, Casting Sacred...

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A small dragon of possibility

20th December, 2017 Members Community

Dragon offering c. Judy Hall I laid a cuckoo egg in the desert Half buried it in scorching sand A metaphor I didn’t understand.   Sunbaked by day it incubated At night I dreamtimed warmth Protected it until it hatched   A small dragon born of possibility Djinn fed with myth and sacred words I stroke its scaly skin and know love. Lesley Hannah Cuckoo Egg Don’t you just love ‘djinn fed with myth and sacred words’. It really makes me shiver. I found this poem when...

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‘Cursed be he who moves my bones’

20th November, 2017 Members Community

Shakespeare’s gravestone (Image c. Staffordshire University blogs) Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare, To dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones.                    William Shakespeare’s grave epitaph. It seems that Shakespeare wasn’t the only person to warn against moving his bones. It was an ancient Egyptian practice. Tombs were sacred space, homes for the...

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Pyramids. Reconstructing our view of history

20th October, 2017 Members Community

Solinus (250CE) pointed out the phenomenon of the 'consumption of the shadow' on the pyramid’s face. We also know from later accounts that the pyramid still had its casing stones on after this date.  We can safely assume that the effect was a part of the original design. Image c. Michael Illas The wisdom of Terrie Pratchett I spent a great deal of time last year researching the history of sacred geometry. It’s a topic to which I keep returning. It underpins and interlinks so much...

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The Circles Of Your Mind

20th September, 2017 Members Community

I’ve been writing on the Flower of Life and how it is the foundation on which all is built, and it reminded me of this song from my youth. Listen while you read:  Perhaps not the best known version, it was covered by more famous artists, but Noel Harrison sang the original. Flower of Life at the Osiridion. Round like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel Never ending or beginning on an ever-spinning reel Like a snowball...

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