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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Langdale Valley, Cumbria, UK
COPYRIGHT MATTHEW JAMES 1996

Allowing Our Light to Shine


Daily Om: There are times when we may not feel at our best and brightest. At those times we can take a look at what we might do to let our inner light shine to the fullest. Because we are physical, mental and spiritual beings, we need to determine where our spiritual light is being filtered or blocked. We can work from the outside inward, knowing that we are the only ones with the power to dim our lights, and as we clear away the layers we can get out of our own way to feel the warmth of our own light shining again. As vehicles for our mind and spirit, our bodies require proper maintenance. Caring for ourselves is like polishing--helping to clear away the accumulation of physical debris that keeps us from operating at our fullest capacity. A simple shift in our thoughts can positively affect our mental state, moving from complaints to gratitude and applying the powerful light of love to any shadowy thoughts. A change of scenery can allow us to see the world in new ways too....read more>>>...

Circadian Rhythm

Re-Timer.com: The body has an internal clock called a circadian rhythm, helping you to sleep in the evening and wake in the morning. Your sleep health and overall wellbeing is dependent on your circadian rhythm working correctly; and remaining synchronised with night and day.

The most important external indicator to help keep your body synchronised with this routine is light. When the eye senses light, it sends a signal to your brain to be awake. When it becomes dark in the evening, your body produces melatonin, often called the sleepy hormone signalling your body to sleep at night. The combination of biological processes in response to light and darkness are crucial factors for your body to remain synchronised and sleep at the right time. If you do not receive light at the right times due to the winter months or lifestyle factors, this can confuse your circadian rhythm leaving you unable to sleep when you need to.

If individuals try to sleep at a time that does not match their circadian rhythm then this can result in the following:

Poor sleep quality
Insufficient sleep duration
Sleepiness and fatigue
Impaired overall well-being in family and social life
Decreased motor and cognitive performance
... read more>>>....

Signs Of Spirit Possession

If sexual harassment is defined as "unwelcome attention," then possession may be defined as "unwelcome intrusion of interference by a spirit into one's thoughts, will and/or body." Anyone can be a victim of evil spirits or demonic possession. Even very religious and prayerful persons have been known to be possessed. Modern western psychology and psychiatry do not consider demonic possession to be a clinical reality. However, more enlightened practitioners and researchers now feel that certain types of psychosis (such as schizophrenia), or any sudden or radical change in behavior, can be signs of spirit possession. 

Signs of Spirit Possession 
Any or a combination of the following behavior pattern is indicative of spirit or demonic possession: 

1. Hearing voices directing the person to perform acts he may not have considered doing. 
2. He or she will frequently see or sense the image of the possessing spirit as it existed in its physical life. 
3. The victim may blackout or faint without knowing what transpired during that time. 
4. Sometimes, in the midst of a conversation, he may have a mental block and act in a trance-like manner. 
5. He may be observed talking or walking differently or acting in a strange, irrational manner. 
6. He may act in a way he has never done before. His friends may see him as a totally different person. 
7. In a worst scenario, the possession may reach a climax where the person may commit a crime, some violent or anti-social act and even suicide. 
8. He or she may speak in tongues, and perform lewd acts and avoid religious objects (like a crucifix, rosary, etc.) (Rense.com)

Ogham For The Day

Alder
Alder indicates protection and oracular powers.
Ogham Name: Fearn.
Physical: Be aware of uniqueness in self and others. Keep your eyes open to see the unusual and acknowledge what is seen in another if at all possible.
Mental: You will utilize something you previously overlooked. Oracular skills are not easy to acknowledge. the mind is unwilling at times to deal with the intuitive part.
Spiritual: You offer spiritual aid and protection in a dispute. Let your intuition guide you.

This tree is a water lover. The oily water resistant wood has been used extensively for underwater foundations and pilings in Venice and elsewhere. It is used in dairy vessels and the branches in making whistles. (Ogham Liberty)

What is Druidry?

A Spiritual Path, a way of life, a philosophy, Druidry is all of these…Druidry today is alive and well, and has migrated around the world forming a wonderful web of peo- ple who honour and respect the Earth and the sacred right to life of all that is part of the Earth. Like a great tree drawing nourishment through its roots, Druidry draws wisdom from its ances- tral heritage. There is a saying in Druidry that ‘The great tree thrives on the leaves that it casts to the ground’. Druidry today does not pretend to present a replica of the past, rather it is pro- ducing a new season’s growth. - Cairistiona Worthington, The Beginner’s Guide to Druidry

Just HALF a can of Coke is MORE than new daily sugar guidelines backed by scientists - who recommend just three cubes a day

Daily Mail: Just half a can of Coca Cola will exceed daily recommended sugar levels if new guidelines - backed by experts - are introduced. The new move would see the daily recommended sugar intake slashed to just 14g a day - the equivalent of three sugar cubes. It comes amid calls to ban sugary foods from schools as part of a radical new plan to combat obesity. Leading academics have said vending machines selling sweets and fizzy drinks should also be removed from public places. They have also called for a 'sugar tax' to increase the retail price of sugary drinks and sugar-rich foods by at least 20 per cent.

Current guidelines from the World Health Organisation set a maximum of 10 per cent of total energy intake from free sugars, with five per cent as a 'target'. Free sugars are defined as those added artificially to foods such as fizzy drinks and confectionery, rather than naturally occurring sugars found in fruit. This equates to around 50g of free sugars (10 cubes) per day as the maximum, with 25g (five cubes) as the target...read more>>>...

Supermoon 2014: September Harvest Moon Caps Off Summer Full Moon Trilogy

IBT: The final "supermoon" of 2014 will rise on Monday and wraps up the summer trilogy of full moons that began in July. The September full moon, in addition to being a supermoon, is also known as the Harvest Moon.

A Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the equinox, when the sun crosses the celestial equator, which takes place this year on Sept. 23. For the Northern Hemisphere, the autumnal equinox marks the beginning of fall, with shorter days and longer nights. The Southern Hemisphere experiences a vernal equinox, marking the beginning of spring and longer days.

The September supermoon is the last of 2014, and skywatchers can get a good look at the full moon, as it appears slightly larger and brighter, on Monday. The illusion is due to the moon's elliptical orbit as it reaches its closest distance to Earth, known as perigee. The August supermoon was considered the best of the summer trilogy as the moon turned full within the hour it reached perigee whereas the July and September full moons occurred on the same day as perigee...read more>>>...

A Word on 'Egregore'

.."An egregore is a kind of group mind which is created when people consciously come together for a common purpose. Whenever people gather together to do something and egregore is formed, but unless an attempt is made to maintain it deliberately it will dissipate rather quickly. However if the people wish to maintain it and know the techniques of how to do so, the egregore will continue to grow in strength and can last for centuries."

An egregore has the characteristic of having an effectiveness greater than the mere sum of its individual members. It continuously interacts with its members, influencing them and being influenced by them. The interaction works positively by stimulating and assisting its members but only as long as they behave and act in line with its original aim. It will stimulate both individually and collectively all those faculties in the group which will permit the realization of the objectives of its original program. If this process is continued a long time the egregore will take on a kind of life of its own, and can become so strong that even if all its members should die, it would continue to exist on the inner dimensions and can be contacted even centuries later by a group of people prepared to live the lives of the original founders, particularly if they are willing to provide the initial input of energy to get it going again.

If the egregore is concerned with spiritual or esoteric activities its influence will be even greater. People who discover the keys can tap in on a powerful egregore representing, for example, a spiritual or esoteric tradition, will, if they follow the line described above by activating and maintaining such an egregore, obtain access to the abilities, knowledge, and drive of all that has been accumulated in that egregore since its beginnings. Agroup ororder which manages to do this can, with a clear conscience, claim to be an authentic order of the tradition represented by that egregore. In my view this is the only yardstick by which a genuine Templar order should be measured." (Chaos Matrix)

Egregores are artificial or spontaneously created elementals born from the spiritual, cultural and philosophical ties of a group and are given life and fueled by agreement, offerings and recognition.  Originally meaning “watcher” as they were elementals created by magical groups to keep watch over workings and protect against physical and non physical dangers and intruders.  Many pagan and esoteric groups consider “godforms” as egregores which are jointly created by the divine spirit and the god’s followers.  Egregores can be born, forgotten and evolve as in the case with aspects of godforms from ancient history.  Many have been worshipped as gods and have offerings and religions built around them such as Catholic Saints are good exampled of personified minor godforms some being pagan deities and others originating from real people who have been canonized.

Some of these personified egregores can be viral such as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny without a central authority but still suspended with kids believing in them and adults knowing they are not real.  The creators (writers, corporate executives, actors and artists) of some personified egregores are equivalent to a priesthood. The collective actions, agreement, spirit, personification, imagery, traditions, cultural impact and interactions surrounding  of their fans, keepers and creators results in a collective group soul that manifests to have almost a karma, behaviors, style, destiny and personality.

Psychic TV - Friday 19th & Saturday 20th September 2014


Matthew James will be back in the Psychic TV studio this Friday & Saturday night. Show starts at 10.30 pm on Australian Free To View 4ME channel 64 or visit http://www.psychictv.com.au/ to watch it via live stream


Find out which specialty cards Matthew James will be using on the show this week. Besides using his natural born Mediumship skills, on the show, Matthew also uses a different combination each week from the following divination decks and systems:

Merlin Tarot,
Servants Of The Light Tarot
Navigators Of The Mystic Sea Tarot
Karma Music Tarot
Glastonbury Tarot
Rune Cards
Light Of Truth Oracle Cards(Copyright Matthew James)
Celtic Totem Animals
Celtic Ogham Oracle
Native American Totem Animals
Psycards
Crystal Oracle (Copyright Matthew James)
Soul Numerology (Copyright Matthew James)

A Word on 'The Endocrine System'

Inner Body: The endocrine system includes all of the glands of the body and the hormones produced by those glands. The glands are controlled directly by stimulation from the nervous system as well as by chemical receptors in the blood and hormones produced by other glands. By regulating the functions of organs in the body, these glands help to maintain the body’s homeostasis. Cellular metabolism, reproduction, sexual development, sugar and mineral homeostasis, heart rate, and digestion are among the many processes regulated by the actions of hormones.
..read more>>>...

The Druid Worlds

The Worlds
Original artwork by Matthew James
Inner WorldOur personal inner world that exists in our imagination or psyche that can   sometimes connect us to an objective, transpersonal Otherworld.  

OtherworldThe world or reality that exists in parallel with the physical/everyday world, that we visit sometimes in dreams or meditation, and that Druids believe we travel to on the death of the physical body. Used synonymously with the term ‘Spiritworld’. 

Spiritworld The world or reality that exists in parallel with the physical/everyday world, that we visit sometimes in dreams or meditation, and that Druids believe we travel to on the death of the physical body. Used synonymously with the term ‘Otherworld’. 

Summerlands/The Blessed Isles/Hy Breasil terms used in Druidry for the realm that exists in the Otherworld to which we travel on the death of the physical body.  

The Memory Body - Part 1

They tell me in The Otherworld of the 'Memory Body' that we exist in when we have first made our passage over from the Earth Plane. A body which is a perfect replica of the body we carry during our time on the Earth plane. A perfect replica in every way - every emotion, every desire, every vice, every virtue, every thought.

There are many, many souls who exist in the Otherworld who don't realise they have died, as everything they had on the earth is there with them in the Otherworld. It is a state of transition ... they are left to realise it is their own evolution that dictates what state of awareness their consciousness requires.

Their Memory Body remains intact. Thus they still live out the human experiences in The Otherworld with no recollection of death. I've been told to call this 'death amnesia' ... their moments of death are forgotten. They find others who are the same and they spend their conscious awareness in a form identical to what they had on the earth plane ... as if nothing has changed. 

This is NOT being Earthbound. 

Copyright Matthew James 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Quote for the Day


With Our Thoughts, We Make the World

New Dawn Magazine: Those of us who grew up in the 1980s were, quite unknowingly, absorbing a healthy dose of Eastern mysticism when we watched the wonderful Japanese television series “Monkey” every weekday evening at 6.30pm. For all of the colour and movement and occasionally risqué language that appealed to my childish mind, I was also, perhaps, taking to heart the wonderful précis of Buddhist philosophy that made up the introduction to each episode: “With our thoughts, we make the world.”

This is a quote from “The Dhammapada,” that exquisitely brief text that provides the reader with all of the main ideas to be found across all of the schools of Buddhism. In fact, it is the very first verse of that most fundamental book. It is the construct that informs the Buddhist world-view – all of this, that we so keenly call “reality,” is a product of thought, and so it can be influenced by the shape of our thoughts, and we can begin to craft a new reality through disciplining our process of thought and directing it towards wiser outcomes.

Volition and free-will were the points of divergence between Buddhism and the other religious systems of the ancient world, which tended to favour notions of fate and pre-destination. The Buddha taught that karma provided us with conditions only. In every single moment we are free to choose a wise thought and do a wise action. Buddhism is brutal in its advocacy of personal responsibility. Such a point of view seems strikingly modern and rational, though perhaps slightly politically incorrect in this more feeling age...read more>>>...

Seeking answers: Are we doing enough to learn the truth about UFOs?

S.O.T.T: A leading Australian researcher has called for the launch of a quick response team to investigate UFO sightings across Australia within hours of them being reported. The civilian unit would take on a role similar to air crash investigators, interviewing witnesses and taking samples from the scene to be tested, with findings documented and released publicly. The concept was among a raft of proposals tabled by experts at a Victorian UFO action conference.

Researcher Keith Basterfield also called for a three-day symposium to help explain one of Melbourneï's most baffling cases. "The 1966 sighting over Westall High School in Clayton South could be solved by bringing together witnesses and experts under the one roof," he said.  "I know of at least one Australian researcher who is sitting on some very detailed information about this case supplied by an informant and I would like to see them invited to share the knowledge with us all," Mr. Basterfield said. Questions were also raised about the validity of claims that a high-altitude weather balloon was to blame for the mystery....read more>>>...

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Quote for the Day

"Life is meant to be joyful, fun, adventurous, meaningful and exciting. Having people you cherish come along for the ride is truly a blessing. Cultivating and maintaining these meaningful relationships is such an important part of life"
- Anil Sinha

Image of the Day

THE HENGE, Sutton, NSW
Photography by Rob Wallis

THE HENGE, Sutton, NSW
Photography by Rob Wallis

THE HENGE, Sutton, NSW
Photography by Rob Wallis

THE HENGE, Sutton, NSW
Photography by Rob Wallis

Sleipnir - Travelling without Moving

White Dragon: Ódhinn the primordial archetypal' one eyed' great magician, wizard and shaman god of ancient Norse mythology whose name means 'ecstasy master', was also worshipped by the Saxon peoples as 'Wôdan', which hearkens back to the Indo European root word 'Wôdanaz'. The 'Ód' part of the name refers to an altered state of consciousness such as for example ecstatic trance states, as well as out of body experiences and the experience of an internal spiritual light. The 'in' part of the name refers to 'mastery' over whatever 'in' is applied to. Ódhinn was not so much as worshipped but emulated, especially by those shadowy sorcerers as well as wandering poets whom sought to come to an understanding of the nature of creation.

Ódhinn is known to wander the many worlds in the ancient myths, travelling upon the back of a magical horse, this miraculous horse is described as having eight legs akin to a spider. One can make a comparison here to the inter-dimensional time travelling science fiction character of "Dr Who" from the BBC1 television series who travels to other worlds in a vehicle called a "Tardis". One of Ódhinn"s innumerable by names, (each name being that of a magically constructed alternate persona of a self-image) was the "Unknowable one"; Ódhinn being somewhat of an eternal "question mark", forever shapeshifting from one mask persona into another so that he could enter into other realities.

The name of the horse upon which he rode is called Sleipnir, which means the 'gliding one'. The name is evocative of an ecstatic experience whereby Ódhinn is able to 'glide' into trance over the 'web' interconnecting all worlds, times and places as well as everything in creation, yet at the same time weaving the web as a spider. This web of 'connections' can be seen to be an underlying reality of an informational dreaming Universe which dreams it's self into physicality; when the web is accessed through induced trance or lucid dreaming one can therefore affect changes in physical reality.

The underlying web of energy and information which is seen to be the generative principle behind all forms was known to the ancient Saxon peoples as the web of "Wyrd".

The threads of the web of Wyrd 'were perceived to be woven' by three Goddesses whom represent the past, present and future. These three Goddesses were known to the ancient Norse peoples as the "Norns", perceived as sisters, their names are Urd, 'that which was', Verdandi, 'that which is becoming', and Skuld, 'that which is to become'...read more>>>...

Mad Science: ‘Genetically Modified Micro Humans’ to be ‘Farmed’ for Drug Testing by 2017

Natural Society: Artificial humans will be ‘farmed’ with interacting organs that can be used in drug tests, speeding up the process of FDA and other government regulatory approvals, and supposedly without damaging rats or other animals currently used in laboratories. The GM humans will contain smartphone-sized microchips that will be programmed to replicate up to 10 major human organs. Each GM human will be tiny – roughly the size of a microchip itself, simulating the response of humans to substances inhaled, absorbed in the blood, or exposed to in the intestinal tract...read more>>>...

Remembering to Pause

Daily OM: We have all had the experience of reacting in a way that was less than ideal upon hearing bad news, or being unfairly criticized, or being told something we did not want to hear. This makes sense because when our emotions are triggered, they tend to take center stage, inhibiting our ability to pause before we speak. We may feel compelled to release the tension by expressing ourselves in some way, whether it’s yelling back at the person yelling at us, or rushing to deliver words of comfort to a friend in trouble. However, there is much to be said for teaching ourselves to remember to pause and take a deep breath before we respond to the shocks and insults that can come our way in life.

For one thing, our initial response is not always what’s best for us, or for the other people involved. Reacting to childish rage with childish rage will only escalate the negativity in a situation, further ensnaring us in an undesirable dynamic. Similarly, when we react defensively, or simply thoughtlessly, we often end up feeling regret over our words or actions. In the end, we save ourselves a lot of pain when we take a deep breath and really tune in to ourselves, and the other person, before we respond. This doesn’t necessarily mean we don’t say anything, although in some cases, that may be the best option....read more>>>...

Do You Like The New Look?

It's Spring here in the Southern Hemisphere, so I thought it about time to treat A Light In The Darkness to a SPRING CLEAN. A tweak here, and a tweak there ... and bingo, we have a new look!

Regular and avid visitors to A Light In The Darkness will now that its not happened very often since the blog's conception back in 2006.

I believe this will be the fourth change in appearance ... not perhaps the best, but it now looks modern and up to date in this fast moving 2014 world.

TELL ME ... what do you think? You are the readers, I'm just the one who adds the posts, and writes the odd article! It seems ok with me ... but it is YOU that is more important ... please add a comment below and tell me WHAT YOU THINK? - MJ

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Mystic Insight For The Day


Matthew James on Psychic TV Sept - Oct 2014


STUDIO APPEARANCES 
SEPTEMBER 2014
Friday 19th September 2014
Saturday 20th September 2014
Saturday 27th September 2014
Sunday 28th September 2014

OCTOBER 2014
Thursday 2nd October 2014
Friday 3rd October 2014
Thursday 9th October 2014
Friday 10th October 2014
Saturday 25th October 2014
Sunday 26th October 2014


Satsang: The Power of Spiritual Presence

New Dawn Magazine: Enlightened people are like spiritual dynamos: they have a very strong presence which touches the people they come into contact with, transmitting something of their enlightenment to them. Even people who aren’t at all “spiritual” usually feel a sense of well-being in their presence, and so feel attracted to them without knowing why. And for people who have made some spiritual progress already, the effect can be extremely powerful. Contact with an enlightened person may enable them to make the final “jump” to permanent enlightenment themselves. This is one of the reasons why many spiritual traditions place so much emphasis on the role of a guru. The guru is so important not just because of the advice and guidance he can give you, but because he can transmit his spiritual power to you, giving you a taste of enlightenment and speeding up your spiritual development. (In Sanskrit, this is called satsang, literally “good company.”...read more>>>...

Psychic Protection: Immunise Yourself Against Negative Energy

New Dawn Magazine: Have you ever entered an empty room, or office, and felt “uncomfortable”? Feeling perhaps quite happy to get out of that room, or office, as soon as possible? Maybe you have found somewhere that feels “bad” at one time yet feels “okay” at another time? This could be where we work, live, or somewhere we are visiting or passing through.

What about people? Do you know anyone who seems to have a “negative” aura? When­ever you are near them you feel more depressed, angry or fearful, than you normally do? How about the opposite? Do you know anyone who seems to make you feel better just by being around you, not even needing to say anything to you to improve things?

Apart from feeling worse around certain people and/or in certain places, do you find that you sometimes lose a lot of energy (psychic draining) in these circumstances? Do you have a problem with such things as insomnia, poor sleep, nightmares or low energy levels? Perhaps you are constantly lacking in energy? Maybe being diagnosed as having chronic fatigue? Or maybe you always seem to be getting colds, illnesses or other problems?

If the answer is “yes” then chances are you may be under intentional, or unintentional, negative psychic influence. What some people call being under psychic attack. Can anything be done about such situations?...read more>>>...

Friday, 12 September 2014

The Celtic Meaning of The Alder

The Celtic meaning of the Alder deals with giving and nurturing among the sacred Ogham for many reasons. Namely, its root system provides rich nutrients to the soil, more so than other trees. The alder can successfully restore poor soil conditions back to healthy Ph levels.

Primarily a wetlands and swamp tree, the alder's root system is often submerged in watery areas. As such, the Celts observed their roots serving as intricate shelter systems to fish, specifically trout and salmon. Further, the alder's leaves easily decompose in the water providing rich nutrients to all manner of water creatures...read more>>>...

Structures On The Moon!

Look closely ... this image was copied from a crater on our nearest neighbour - The Moon. There are clear structures in this image ... none of these have a 'natural formation' look to them ... 

Giving Away Power

Daily OM: In many ways, we are taught from the time we are children to give away our power to others. When we were told to kiss and hug relatives or friends of the family when we didn’t want to, for example, we were learning to override our inner sense of knowing and our right to determine for ourselves what we want to do. This repression continued, most likely, in many experiences at school and in situations at work. At this point, we may not even know how to hold on to our power, because giving it away is so automatic and ingrained.

To some degree, giving our energy to other people is simply part of the social contract, and we feel that we have to do it in order to survive. It is possible to exchange energy in a way that preserves our inner integrity and stability. This begins in a small way: by listening to the voice that continues to let us know what we want, no matter how many times we override its messages...read more>>>...

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Image of the Day


Thoughts Have Wings

New Dawn Magazine: Telepathy is real. Thoughts have wings. It is a shame that telepathy, direct mind-to-mind interaction independent of the known senses (vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch, balance, and so on), is still shunned and mocked by many people. This despite the extensive studies of telepathy, precognition, and similar mental phenomena, carried out for more than a century by some of the best minds, including Ph.D. scientists and Nobel laureates.The basic phenomena of telepathy have been demonstrated over and over again, and even put to practical use. A vast scientific literature on parapsychology (which encompasses the study of telepathy) exists, with specialised journals and societies. There is strong laboratory evidence for telepathy, from classic card-calling studies to controlled experiments where an agent inserts material telepathically into a subject’s dreams, through more sophisticated tests for telepathic information transfer in the fully conscious state or at the threshold of consciousness between sleep and waking (hypnagogia)....read more>>>...

Hidden henge: Archaeologists discover huge Stonehenge 'sibling' nearby

S.O.T.T: Archaeologists have discovered that Stonehenge had a huge stone sibling just two miles to the northeast. Using powerful ground-penetrating radar, which can 'x-ray' archaeological sites to a depth of up to four metres, investigators from Birmingham and Bradford universities and from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute in Vienna have discovered a 330 metre long line of more than 50 massive stones, buried under part of the bank of Britain's largest pre-historic henge.

"Up till now, we had absolutely no idea that the stones were there," said the co-director of the investigation Professor Vince Gaffney of Birmingham University. The geophysical evidence suggests that each buried stone is roughly three metres long and 1.5 metres wide and is positioned horizontally, not vertically, in its earthen matrix.

However, it's conceivable that they originally stood vertically in the ground like other standing stones in Britain. It is thought that they were probably brought to the site shortly before 2500BC. They seem to have formed the southern arm of a c-shaped ritual 'enclosure', the rest of which was made up of an artificially scarped natural elevation in the ground.

The c-shaped enclosure - more than 330 metres wide and over 400 metres long - faced directly towards the River Avon. The monument was later converted from a c-shaped to a roughly circular enclosure, now known as Durrington Walls - Britain's largest pre-historic henge, roughly 12 times the size of Stonehenge itself...read more>>>...

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Quote Of The Day

Trees in particular were mysterious, and seemed to me direct embodiments of the incomprehensible meaning of life. For that reason, the woods were the place that I felt closest to its deepest meaning and to its awe-inspiring workings.
C.G.Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Druids And Stone Circles

OBOD: Druids love stones and stone circles. For the last two hundred years Druids have been creating them and celebrating in them. The classical writers say nothing about stone circles. Instead they say that Druids gathered in sacred groves, caves, or remote valleys. But in the seventeenth century a few scholars began to take interest in the mysterious monuments – the artificial mounds, stone circles, dolmens and standing stones – that filled the countryside around them. They read the classical accounts of the Druids and suggested that these monuments were built by them.

This forged an indelible association in the popular imagination between Druids and stone circles such as Stonehenge. But until recently academics dismissed this idea. Historians used to say that the Druids couldn’t have used Stonehenge and all the other stone circles in Britain, because the Druids were the priests of the Celts, and the Celts only arrived in Britain in 500 BCE. Since no stone monuments were built after 1400 BCE, they pointed to the gap of nine hundred years separating the last of the stone circles from the arrival of the Druids. But in the sixties many historians changed their minds. They realized that the origin of the so-called Celtic tribes was far more complex than originally presumed, and suggested instead that early or Proto-Celts were probably in Britain as early as 2000 BCE - when the great stone monuments were still being built - and that they could well have been involved in their use or construction...read more>>>...

A Word On 'Gematria'