Monday, 9 May 2016

Magical Battle of Britain Video

Here is a video of my recent Glastonbury presentation.
It is nearly 2 hours long.

 It was given on April 21st as a benefit for the Library of Avalon. 

This was the same evening that beacon fires were lit around the country as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. There was one on Glastonbury Tor and there is a brief visualisation to link in with it in the spirit of Dion Fortune's 1940 workings featured about 50 minutes into the video.

The material is a glimpse into the immense amount of information and ideas I have gathered for my long-term writing project on this subject.

Includes Dion Fortune, Wellesley Tudor Pole, John Goodchild, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Rudolf Von Sebottendorff, Karl Maria Wiligut, Glastonbury, and Wewelsburg.

Thanks to Tim and Janet Hale for filming it.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Guest Blog Post: Wirral Park Roundabout Mystery

A piece adapted from material in my latest book Glastonbury Psychogeography has appeared as a Guest Blog Post on Particulations, the site of academic Psychogeographer Tina Richardson. My thanks to her for featuring it.


Friday, 15 April 2016

Mysterium Artorius now available on Kindle

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

Buy the Book in USA

Buy the Book in UK

Nine years on I'm still very proud of this work and the ground it covers.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Southend Glastonbury Cremation Ground Mandala Initiation.

Here is a 92 min video of my recent presentation for the 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.

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. 

Friday, 1 April 2016

New Book. Glastonbury Psychogeography

After my presentation earlier this year I realised that I had enough material for a book and couldn't resist the challenge of putting it together at a rapid pace. It is a unique blend of Psychogeography and Psychic Questing

Some of the material in it has been repurposed from Avalonian Aeon.  

The material on Jung and Crowley featured in my Aleister Crowley and the Aeon of Horus appears again but in a hugely expanded context that shows what was going on in my life whilst I was putting it together. This includes my discovery of Jung's visit to Glastonbury and a heretical episode with psychic questing pioneer Andrew Collins involving Abraxas in Glastonbury Abbey.

What I have have called the Wirral Park Roundabout Mystery deals with powerful events in the Glastonbury of the nineties that occurred on opposite sides of it: the burning down of McDonalds and the fatal outbreak of Legionnaires Disease.

From the back cover

is a unique blending of Psychogeography and Psychic Questing, providing some remarkable perspectives on the historical mythic landscape of Glastonbury and its powerful genius loci. The works of great visionaries provide a context for the modern experiences of the author.

The View Over the Hawksmoor Matrix.
The Visionary Cities of William Blake.
The Daemonic Genius of John Cowper Powys.
Great Memoria:  the Eternal Abbey.
Wearyall Hill and the Fisher King's Song.
Collector of Souls: the Park Wood Murder and Twin Peaks.
The Wirral Park Roundabout Mystery.
Glastonbury Romance 2003: the Artist as Magician. Wisdom of the Dream.
The Visit of CG Jung to Glastonbury: Abraxas in the Abbey.
Kentucky Tescopolis: the Non-Place Membrane.
Holy Thorn Trauma.

Iain Sinclair, Peter Ackroyd, William Blake, John Cowper Powys, Frederick Bligh Bond, Dion Fortune, Andrew Collins, John Michell, Arthur Rimbaud, Aleister Crowley, CG Jung.

121 pages. £11.99 

USA to follow soon.


Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Glastonbury Psychogeography

My first public event of 2016 is a presentation entitled

 The Psychogeography of the Wirral Park Roundabout.

It takes place in Glastonbury on Wednesday February 3rd at
 the Red Brick Building, Morland Enterprise Park, Morland Road, Glastonbury, BA6 9FT.

Entry is £5.00 with doors opening at 7:00 for a 7:30 start.

I will feature material that has been percolating in my head for decades.

John Cowper Powys meets JG Ballard. Psychogeography is a literary mythopoetic mode of understanding the effects of environment on human consciousness. Powys portrayed a conflict between two different levels of Glastonbury, the realm of the Grail and the domain of worldly concerns, business and industry, in his great novel Glastonbury Romance. This tension is played out in modern times with extraordinary intensity in one of the most powerful and generally unacknowledged zones in Glastonbury, the area centred on the Wirral Park (B&Q) Roundabout and its megalithic standing stone. 

Wearyall Hill and Beckery are the gestation points of the modern Glastonbury mythology, being the sites of the Joseph of Arimathea story and Blue Glass Bowl event respectively. John of Glastonbury also links the two places with a nebulous story of a convent of nuns on the hill and the strange journey of Arthur to a Grail chapel at Beckery where he received a crystal cross from the Virgin Mary. This brought the motif of the Chapel Perilous to a locale which in modern times became the location of a veritable wasteland of industrial decay.

View of mythic Glastonbury from decapitated Holy Thorn.

View from behind Holy Thorn to Glastonbury non-places (B&Q, Tescos etc).

JG Ballard expressed alienated post-modern sensibilities whereby the road and the car carry isolated people from one indistinct all-but-identical place to another and strange extremes of events and behaviour result. The Wirral Park Roundabout has a multitude of modern non-places clustering around it: two chain hotels, a supermarket, fast-food outlets, a petrol station, garden centre, and so on. An A Road takes innumerable people past it every day. 

Glastonbury non-places.

It is as if a strange membrane exists between mythic Glastonbury and the relentless spread of non-places that attempt to impinge upon it. In this unique area, conflagration and death have  resulted. I will discuss the outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease, the McDonalds arson, the Holy Thorn decapitation and much else.  

Maybe I might see some of you there. It is possible that a short book might manifest from the material one day ---

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Sleepwalking into War: Gurdjieff and Ouspensky.


Whenever this country gets involved in a war, I exhale wearily with the recognition that sleepwalking humanity is at it again. I am thankful to have encountered the ideas of Gurdjieff, expressed to the brilliant mind of PD Ouspensky, in the perfect circumstances of the Great War and Russian Revolution. They have provided me with a grim understanding of these situations for some decades now. I first read Ouspensky’s In Search of the Miraculous in 1982. It became my most-read book of the decade. Here is some material adapted from my Avalonian Aeon on the subject.
Gurdjieff’s critique of the general state of humanity seemed pessimistic at first. He stated that most of us can be said to be asleep in a trance of distraction. Each of us believes in a unique individuality but, on closer examination, most cannot demonstrate any real unity of functioning. We are full of small separate personalities. One part may proudly proclaim the intention to stop smoking, take up a regime of exercise, follow some idealised spiritual path etc. The “I” that likes to smoke or overeat or take drugs, be sexually deranged and so on, will later on assert its own claims and the lofty talk will be worthless. We have many I’s. They can all be “caliph for an hour”. Work on oneself involves the conscious cultivation of a “magnetic centre”. It is the responsibility of this aspect of oneself to seek out those influences conducive to the maintaining and expansion of its function.
What does that mean in the real world? The feeling of it can be better grasped by looking at it alongside another of Gurdjieff’s teaching ideas. Ouspensky discusses the concept of “food.” He takes it beyond the usual definitions. As well as what we eat in the normal sense, the case is made for regarding air as food. If anyone thinks it isn’t, try living without it for a while. Most stimulating of all was the classification of “impressions” as food. What we input through our senses can nourish or poison us. To take an extreme example, a person feasting everyday on splatter movies, hardcore porn and horror, someone who regularly read the literature of hate, racism etc, would be thoroughly poisoning themselves. Contrariwise, a person who immersed themselves in great art, literature, music, and the religious classics of the world, with a view to changing themselves for the better, would be getting some kind of higher food vitamins and protein. Although just what constitutes appropriate input is hugely debatable and variable, the basic principle is a call to some sort of conscious awakening. Gurdjieff suggested that once this process was really in motion, somehow one magnetically attracted to oneself the necessary higher influences. The world was full of them, but to the average tranced-out sleepwalking person they were all but invisible. 
The historical situation in Russia during the period that the two worked together was a perfect backdrop for the demonstration of the power of Gurdjieff’s ideas. It began with the archaic Romanoff dynasty still in place as the First World War broke out. Gradually, insane chaos emerged. Russia’s badly led, ill-equipped forces were trashed by the German war-machine. Morale nosedived. The rumblings of the revolution were heard. Before long, a whole dynasty and culture was swept away and Ouspensky faced exile or death. For people with a feeling for history those events in Russia are amongst the most mind-blowing of the twentieth century. 
Ideas that may have seemed outlandish or pessimistic were revealed by the events of the time to be spine-tinglingly insightful. Ouspensky resisted at first but the horror of the situation helped him to understand. Gurdjieff had said that we are machines, slaves to certain natural laws and processes that are as mechanical as a motor car. If people were remotely awake they would never submit to going off to war and likely death. The leaders of great nations are likewise sleepwalkers through the strange workings of unknown dynamics. 
Ouspensky had difficulties with these ideas until an event he witnessed brought them to life. He saw a truck loaded with artificial limbs on its way to the front. They were for legs that had not yet been blown off but it could be calculated that they would be. There was something so mechanical about this process, something so lacking in conscious awareness, that the insanity of the situation was revealed in all its ludicrous horror. If those legs hadn’t been blown off yet then why on earth did they have to be? The process was surely stoppable. On one occasion, when Gurdjieff was discussing the horror of the war and the hollowness of the ideals it was being fought for, someone asked him what he thought of the pacifists? “They’re even worse,” was his classic reply.
There was a particular function of the mass sleepwalking mind that helped perpetuate the trance that enabled the world-historical madness to continue. Gurdjieff called it “Formatory Thinking”. It is basically that process whereby people are compelled to think and feel in terms of opposites such as black and white, wrong or right, left and right, and so on. This manifests in rigidity in one’s personal life and in the greater horrors of religious conflicts and wars between rival political systems. I could see it being played out all around me. It had turned British political life into a vulgar cartoon. On the larger stage Ronnie “Rapture” Reagan stood against the evil empire of the Godless Commies and megadeath was a possible outcome. 
PD Ouspensky.
When the first Gulf War was imminent I turned to In Search of the Miraculous again. It had never felt more potent. The 1990 equivalent of those trucks full of artificial limbs that had awakened Ouspensky to the horror of the situation were on their way to the front once more. This time it was helicopters loaded with body-bags. Casualty calculations were being made. All sorts of jargon masked the terrifying reality. It was gratifying when seeing Robert Anton Wilson lecture in London whilst the war was actually being fought also mention the very same point, Ouspensky’s trucks and the 1990 body bags.
And so it goes on. Our responsibility is to cultivate a centre of gravity beyond the pull of formatory thinking and to actually become part of the conscious circle of humanity.