Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Aeolian Heart History and Myth Interview








I’ve long been a fan of American astrologer Aeolian Heart. I love the blend she presents whereby the nuances of an astrological event are drawn out via an analysis of a rock song by the likes of Jim Morrison, a poem from the Romantic era by Shelley or Blake perhaps, or some aspect of Renaissance Hermeticism. I welcomed the opportunity to talk about my History and Myth book, which strongly features the Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn conjunctions as part of its meta-structure. We talk history mysticism and cycles, all sorts. I’m really happy with the end result and hope you might enjoy listening as well.

Saturday, 6 June 2020

My Magical Thing Interview with Julian Vayne.




The Julian Vayne My Magical Thing series of video interviews features people who can be considered to be occult practitioners of some kind talking briefly about an item they possess that has an interesting story. I realised I had an opportunity to air a wild and wacky tale involving a figurine of the Egyptian cat goddess Bast. I contacted Julian and was pleased that he was happy to feature me.  

Readers of my Atargatis would know that I embarked on a psychic questing adventure along the River Thames in 1991 but mention that some details were excluded, primarily for reasons of space and pace in relation to the wider story. This little tale dates from the beginnings of that story.  It was featured in my very first Glastonbury lecture, The Goddess and the River Thames, almost 25 years ago in July 1995. I did repeat the lecture a few times and it was taped by the Isle of Avalon Foundation in the mid-nineties but, since then, the Bast story has not featured in any of my books, or podcast interviews. Some of it was briefly mentioned in my YouTube lecture When Magic and Fiction Meet. This is the fullest version currently available. It’s a great example of the extent to which extreme strangeness became part of my everyday life then.

History and Myth Podcast Interview





Nice to have been talking to Amanda Bradley of Mystic Waldorf in New Zealand about my new book during the time of the full moon and eclipse. It's inevitable in doing this round of promo interviews that I will repeat myself but I'm trying to bring something a bit different into each one, depending on who I'm talking to. I do also go a little beyond what is included in the book.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Glastonia Aegyptiacus now available in UK paperback.







It’s the 25th anniversary of me moving to Glastonbury today, so very nice that this arrived. Previously only available in Kindle format, now in paperback in UK. 114 pages.

The extraordinary 80s adventures of Andrew Collins in the Glastonbury Star Temple that led to his investigation of the Giza plateau have been featured in my books before, particularly Avalonian Aeon. There was so much material in that book that I sometimes felt that it would be good to isolate this classic psychic questing material and let it stand on its own. So here is the directors’ cut. Everything that was in Avalonian Aeon is here again along with material originally left out for reasons of space.  There are also new details. Most notable is the inclusion of a visualisation often used by Andy that came from the Giza visions of legendary psychic Bernard G of what he called the Crystal Chambers that lay beneath the ground.  And it’s great to feature artwork by Bernard from that time on the cover. This remains for me the greatest magical mystical story I’ve ever heard. It blew my mind to pieces when I first learned about it from Andy in 1988 and going back over it I was glad to see it still felt the same. 
  
Starting with the medieval Essex mystery of the Knights of Danbury, an expansive odyssey leads to the Glastonbury Star Temple, a secret Knights Templar ceremony, Black Alchemy, and a Hermetic blend that reveals the Morphogenesis pattern and process understood and used by a lost culture before the pyramids.  Here is the epic psychic quest at the root of Andrew Collins later work and the initial inspiration for his investigation of ancient hybrid strains of humanity.

This release is timed to resonate with the 35th anniversary of the climax of the narrative, the 30th anniversary of my own involvement with this material as told in Avalonian Aeon, and the 10th anniversary of that books publication.

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Rune Soup Book Launch





My latest book was undoubtedly kick-started by my previous appearance on Rune Soup in Dec 2019. Very satisfying to effectively launch it from there now. Talked with Gordon yesterday, the 15th, 6 months on from the anniv of the Tor death of Abbot Whiting, the time when Boris was in the area and my brain went into overdrive. It's a satisfying cycle. And with the arrival of the book, all kinds of further weirdness has occurred featuring Jung and Robert Anton Wilson. I talk about it all here.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

History and Myth now available




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169 pages. £12.99 


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(There's a good Look Inside sample there)



My new book is now available. The timing is very satisfying. It was 6 months ago this week that BoJo visited Wells on the exact anniversary of Glastonbury Abbey's Abbot Whiting’s trial there  and my brain went into a Henry VIII comparison.  The resulting brainstorm was seemingly finished twice before the eventual ending. I have 2 sections written during the lockdown and reflective of the Glastonbury depths stirred by this strange times. 



From the back cover:

HISTORY AND MYTH

The writings of historians reflect the trends of the times in which they were written. This in turn can make a difference to how a society understands itself and the events it experiences and the responses it makes to them.
Here is a Glastonbury-centred consideration of history from the perspectives of Arnold Toynbee and Titus Livius, of mystical experiences, cycles, portents, and of astrology.

Includes:
The Oddity of British Prime Ministers.

The Great Conjunction Cycle 1284-1518-2020:
Capricorn Pan, Cronos Saturn, Pluto Hades.

Glastonbury Abbey.
Henry VIII, William Rufus, Edward I, Edward III, Richard III.
Richard Whiting, St Dunstan, Frederick Bligh Bond.

Joseph of Arimathea King Arthur, Virgin Mary, the Holy Grail.
Lord of Misrule, the Fisher King.

The Pursuit of the Millennium and Extinction Rebellion.
Book of Revelation template, Romance of the Golden Age,
 Age of the Holy Spirit.

Dissolution of the Monasteries, Pilgrimage of Grace, Peasant’s Revolt,
 Anabaptist Munster Rebellion, Gordon Riots, Brexit.

Glastonbury Plague Diary.
The Victoria Park Lughnasadh 2012 Olympic Caper:
 a Psychogeographical Feast.

Featuring:
Boris Johnson, Jan Bockelson, William Blake, James Joyce,
Joachim of Fiore, Frances Yates, Marsilio Ficino, Margaret Murray,
Albrecht Durer, Scipio Aemelianus, Marguerite Porete.



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