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IS ST. PATRICK BURIED AT GLASTONBURY ABBEY?

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Ancient Legends of Great Britain, Writer's Work Leave a comment

Was St. Patrick ever at Glastonbury Abbey in the early 5th Century?  Legend says he was but then, as is the case of many of ancient stories, we’ll never know for sure.  There is however, a document known as the Charter of St. Patrick believed to have been written by Glastonbury monks in the late 13th century.  The exact purpose isn’t clear, but it does purportedly narrate in his own words,  the account of Patrick’s arrival at Glastonbury in 430 A.D.  Clearly the gap in time makes the authenticity of the Charter’s narrative  suspect and begs the question, why would the  monks produce such a document 900 years after the fact?  One explanation could be that it was a PR stunt.

Leading up to the catastrophic fire of 1184 which took Britain’s wealthiest abbey to ground, Glastonbury was in a state of political chaos, the circumstances which I write about in my historical mystery, A Conspiracy of Ravens(represented by Peter Miller-unpublished).  However, despite King Henry II’s support in the abbey’s rebuilding immediately following the fire, down the road the monks needed to sustain pilgrim traffic in order to keep the coffers topped up.

Along with the Arthurian legends which include the re-internment of Arthur and Guinevere at the foot of a black marble high altar during the state visit of Edward I and Eleanor of Castile in 1278,  it didn’t hurt to add St. Patrick into the mix.  Nevertheless, whether legend, myth or fact, allegedly St. Patrick’s bones are believed to have been buried under the floor of the small chapel shrine that bears his name and stands among Glastonbury’s remains–a claim the Irish understandably, strongly contest.

The Charter of St. Patrick(excerpt)

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Patrick, the humble servant of God, in the year of His Incarnation 430, was sent into Ireland by the most holy Pope Celestine, and by God’s grace converted the Irish to the way of truth; and, when I had established them in the Catholic faith, at length I returned to Britain, and, as I believe, by the guidance of God, who is the life and the way, I chanced upon the isle of Ynsgytrin, wherein I found a place holy and ancient, chosen and sanctified by God in honour of Mary the pure Virgin, the Mother of God: and there I found certain brethren imbued with the rudiments of the Catholic faith, and of pious conversation, who were successors of the disciples of St Phagan and St Deruvian, whose names for the merit of their lives I verily believe are written in heaven: and because the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance, since tenderly I loved those brethren, I have thought good to record their names in this my writing.

And they are these: Brumban, Hyregaan, Brenwal, Wencreth, Bamtonmeweng, Adelwalred, Lothor, Wellias, Breden, Swelwes, Hin Loernius, and another Hin. These men, being of noble birth and wishing to crown their nobleness with deeds of faith, had chosen to lead a bermit’s life ; and when I found them meek and gentle, I chose to be in low estate with them, rather than to dwell in kings’ palaces. And since we were all of one heart and one mind, we chose to dwell together, and eat and drink in common, and sleep in the same house.

And so they set me, though unwilling, at their head: for indeed I was not worthy to unloose the latchet of their shoes. And, when we were thus leading the monastic life according to the pattern of the approved fathers, the brothers showed me writings of St Phagan and St Deruvian, wherein it was contained that twelve disciples of St Philip and St James had built that Old Church in honour of our Patroness aforesaid, instructed thereto by the blessed archangel Gabriel.

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Remains of one of the giant piers of Glastonbury’s Majorum Ecclesia 

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FOR THE GREATER GOOD-MORE PISCES, PLEASE

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Karmic and Self-Discovery Astrology, Writer's Work Leave a comment

Last April I posted a piece  that discussed one of the story lines in my medieval historical fiction book, A Murder of Crows, currently represented by Peter Miller of Global Lion Intellectual Property Management.  The particular story line I’m referring to is the 1186 unusual line up of planets  in Libra.  The medieval astrologers of the time believed( and apparently even the Archbishop of Canterbury believed) that the planetary line up boded disaster; end times were upon them.  Fortunately they misread the intent of the celestial message and we’re still here!

However, since that event nearly 900 years ago, it’s probably safe to say without plowing through astrological data reaching back through the centuries, that up until now such alignments have occurred time to time.  From an evolutionary astrological point of view one suspects there’s a message for humanity in these alignments.  Inquiring minds want to know…what do these configurations mean?

In the spirit of those medieval astrologers, there have likely been similar claims through the years  insisting that such alignments will never happen again, especially because the end is near one more time-although not for everyone since we’re informed from time to time that those who are ‘chosen’ will be spirited away in some sort of UFO to safety.

For those of us who aren’t preparing for our seat on the UFO any time soon, we can take comfort in the fact that regarding our personal Soul growth and the global evolution, there’s something to be learned when the Sun, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Neptune and the asteroid Chiron, all meet up in Pisces on March 6th.

So again, what does this all mean?   In general, one of the highest evolutionary expressions of Pisces and its planetary ruler, Neptune, is for us to shift our consciousness from focusing exclusively on self to beyond this boundary for global healing, for the greater good.  What is our individual purpose in the bigger picture?  In the words of Dr. Edward Bach, discoverer of the famous 38 Bach Flower Remedies, “everyone has a job in this lifetime.”  In other words, each of us possesses an important contribution to make to the whole.  No matter how small ‘we’ may think we are in the bigger picture, none of us is here by accident.  All of us can’t find the cure for cancer or solution to the world’s hunger problems, water shortages or global warming, but…each of us has a job.

With all of these planets, especially Neptune and the wounded healer archetype Chiron,  in the watery sign of Pisces we’ll need to dig down into our emotional core in order to determine how this message translates for each of us.  Astrologically, clues to this translation can be found according to the zodiacal house(circumstance of life) in which this alignment falls in our own birth chart.

Perhaps this alignment refers to your skill set or health; that would be the sixth house.  Is there a focus on your personal relationships or partnerships in some way, indicated by the line up falling in your fifth, seventh or eighth house?  In any case, wherever this alignment falls, we’re being called to think and act beyond our personal ‘box’ for the greater good and our own Soul’s evolution.

For those who don’t have access to astrological software there are two excellent on line resources readily available to help and guide you, free of charge.  At Astrodeinst, you can cast your birth chart; all you need is your birth date, location and time of birth.  Deborah Houlding’s ‘Sky Script is an excellent site for reading and learning about the meanings of the houses, signs and other astrological in-depth information.

As you contemplate this information, think about what’s holding you back?  What is it that’s preventing you from taking ‘the road less traveled’?  You might surprise yourself!

 

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SWIMMING WITH NEPTUNE’S PISCEAN FISHES ~DR. BACH’S CLEMATIS TO KEEP YOU IN THE GROUND

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Balance, Karmic and Self-Discovery Astrology, Writer's Work Leave a comment

At the end of November I blogged about the transiting effects of Pisces planetary ruler Neptune and the benefits of using Dr. Bach’s Clematis to help dispel the predictable fog.  I have to say, that post was just a morsel; a preview of what was coming down the pipeline for all of us.  Now the Tsunami of Neptune’s energy is here; on February 19th, the Sun moved into Pisces joining Mercury, Mars and Neptune!  And as if this lineup weren’t enough, by the end of February Venus will have also moved into Pisces’ watery world.

The good news is that Venus, Mercury and Mars are fairly fast moving planets.  So, aside from the fact that Mercury is now retrograde until March 17th, by mid April much of the fog will have cleared as these speedy planets and the Sun, will have moved on.  However, Neptune will stay in Pisces for some time; we need this time to assimilate Neptune’s messages (and teachings) which are core to the success of our journey into the frontiers of the bigger picture in our evolution.  As I’ve said before, deciphering such messages very much  depends on where the transits hit your individual birth chart, but make no mistake– there are no mistakes here, for such events are never by ‘accident’ and always have cosmic intent. Nevertheless, what to do in the meantime?  What can we use to help us navigate the deep waters of emotion in a material world?  What can help us understand how each of these planets relate to our own  evolution?      Fortunately, we can call upon Dr. Bach’s Clematis, one of his original Twelve Healers and a ‘soul type’ as I wrote in Igniting Soul Fire, Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies.

This all said, I’ve re-posted an ‘edited’ portion of November’s blog as the Piscean/Neptunian energy is so important to our evolutionary growth as is the healing energy of  Clematis to help us along our journey.

 From an evolutional perspective, there are no accidents in a chart.  Everyone’s chart is uniquely orchestrated for optimum soul growth opportunities.  When a planet’s orbit ‘hits’ a sensitive point in our natal chart, such as the birth position of the Sun, Moon, Ascendant (i.e., the sign on the horizon the moment of your birth), as well as other important points, this is called a ‘transit’.  Transits can be very important because the energy they carry comes with a personal agenda for us.  Whether or not we take advantage of these perfectly ‘timed’ events is another matter; we can respond positively or negatively, the choice is ours. This said, for the sake of space here, I want to zoom out to Neptune and talk about what it feels like when its orbit hits a sensitive chart point.

 A significant Neptune transit typically throws us into a landscape of fog and sand.  At the deepest levels Neptune stands at the edge of consciousness…it’s the planet of self-transcendence.  Known as the dissolver, its energy confuses the mind.  Intentions become fuzzy, goals evaporate; you can’t see the way forward. Relationships dissolve or change in ways you could never have imagined.  These are just a few of the effects of Neptune’s transit.    Many years ago before I was leaving for a trip to India, I met someone who said to me, “India.  You’ll either hate it or love it…either way you’ll never be the same.”  This is how I look at Neptune’s transit through Pisces (now joined by the Sun, Mercury, Mars and soon, Venus) .  Because we can’t figure it, (whatever ‘it’ is), out…we can find the experience frustrating, annoying, angering, depleting.  The mental air signs of Aquarius and Gemini have a terrible time with this transit as do the ‘get things done’ signs of Aries and Capricorn.  Where’s the map, where’s my compass?  Forget it, you don’t have one.

 The best way to navigate a Neptune transit (which can last a couple of years depending on retrogrades) is to understand there is ‘no time’.  You can’t articulate specifics but you sure can feel them.  The good news is that if you quiet down, go within you can perceive other dimensions for which there is no language but the experience is there; sit with it.  The information is valuable and it’s there if we can just listen.  For these reasons, understandably the ‘Mystic’ is the archetype of Neptune. Clematis’ vibration helps us to stay focused and grounded, but not in such a way that access to the higher realms is prohibited. As with all of the remedies, it’s about ‘balance’.   In general flower remedies can be very helpful in sharpening the images of our dreams, helping us to remember them in our waking state.  

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Exploring the Frontiers of the Bigger Cosmic Picture

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DR. BACH’S CLEMATIS

Photography ©Dr. Edward Bach Foundation

Further Reading:

Igniting Soul Fire~Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies-Gaye Mack

The Inner Sky-Steven Forrest

Planets in Transit-Robert Hand

The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption-Liz Greene

Navigating through the Neptune Fog”-Kathy Rose

            (Article: April/May 2010 The Mountain Astrologer)


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MOVE OVER KING RICHARD III, MAKE WAY FOR THE BONES OF KING ALFRED OF WESSEX

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Ancient Legends of Great Britain, Gaye's England, Scotland & Wales, Writer's Work 2 Comments

 Last week archaeological authorities in England’s north announced that indeed, the skeleton found last summer underneath a municipal car park in Leicester is that of the notorious King Richard III.  Now on the heels of this discovery, a team of archaeologists from the University of Winchester down in England’s southern Hampshire are hoping to discover the bones of Saxon England’s 9th century King, Alfred of Wessex believed to be buried in St. Bartholomew church in Hyde, located a little north of Winchester. 

The saga of Alfred’s tomb is a complex one with enough twists and turns of which medieval mystery writers dream.  According to various resources, Alfred was originally although temporarily, buried in Winchester’s old minster upon his death on October 26, 899 AD.  However, about 903 AD, a new minster was built and consecrated next door and at that point, Alfred’s remains were moved to the New Minster; but this move  proved to be another temporary one.

Roughly about 1109 AD, King Henry I ordered the New Mister to be moved north of the city to the suburb of Hyde Mead.  When the new ‘abbey church’ of Hyde was consecrated in 1110 AD, the bodies of Alfred, his wife Ealhswith and his son Edward the Edler, were interred before the high altar…until Henry VIII’s rampage against the monasteries and abbeys in 1539. 

Amazingly, although the abbey church was demolished by Henry’s enforcers, the graves of several royals were left intact only to be accidentally discovered in 1788 during the construction of a prison on the old abbey site.  As often happened in such instances, the tombs were robbed, the bones scattered.  One of the stories that continues to persist is that a vicar ‘bought’ Alfred’s bones, although from an ‘unreliable’ source, and moved them to St. Bartholomew.  Anything is possible of course; the bones could be Alfred’s, although the sale of suspect ‘relics and artifacts’ is a practice that dates back thousands of years and remains so today…often under the guise of ‘lost’ art that turns out to be expertly forged!

If permission for the excavation is given, radio carbon dating will be used to determine the bones authenticity and if it’s proven that they are the bones of England’s greatest king, experts agree that this would be one of the most significant archaeological discoveries ever made.  Stay tuned! 

 

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PARTIAL LIST OF BONES BELONGING TO ENGLAND’S SAXON KINGS AND BISHOPS BELIEVED TO BE CONTAINED IN THE MORTUARY CHESTS AT WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL

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LOVE AND THE STARS ON ST. VALENTINE’S DAY

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Balance, Karmic and Self-Discovery Astrology, Writer's Work Leave a comment

For today’s  special Valentine’s Day post I’m pleased to welcome as my guest,  Astrologer and Holistic Registered Nurse, Marina Ormes .  As an astrologer, Marina is certified in Evolutionary Astrology through Steven Forrest’s International Apprenticeship Program.  Her skill in this specialized facet of astrology integrated with her strong background and experience in science offers her clients an exceptional healing model grounded in the philosophy that as  spirit in body we’re meant to manifest our greatest potential this lifetime.  I encourage you to visit her website  which details her philosophy of healing and how she can help you on the path of Soul growth and evolution.  This said, enjoy and ponder Marina’s words around Unconditional Love and  messages of the planet archetypes!

Today I invite you to join me in letting go of Conditional Love that requires me to be something I am not, and honoring the Unconditional Love of the archetypes that are parts of me and are also my teachers:

The Moon: for reminding me of the deep caring I need and deserve

The Sun: for giving me a person to be, my shape of existence in this lifetime

Mercury: for being the trickster and sending me messages whether I am paying attention or not

Venus: for teaching me that I am worthy, for teaching me how to receive gracefully

Mars: for teaching me the power of my actions, and that I have choice in every moment

Jupiter: for teaching me about abundance, for helping me understand how to grow

Saturn: for teaching me to be grounded, for helping me create a strong container for power

Uranus: for providing infinite information and for reminding me to have the awareness to receive it

Neptune: for showing me that I am not alone, for teaching me my true divine nature

Pluto: for helping me to transform, for preparing me to be what I have not yet become

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MARINA ORMES, RN, HN-BC, EVOLUTIONARY ASTROLOGER

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, everyone and watch for my next blog post on ‘History’s Mysteries’!

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