Most traditional mythologies, the world over,
treat of a ‘Divine Brew’ or intoxicant.
The Greek Gods and Godesses had their ‘Ambrosia’,
The Vedic Indian Divinities their ‘Soma’, and so on…
In many instances this liquid,
for such it invariably is,
was also, in part, responsible
for maintaining the divinity of the Gods,
or, looked at another way, for conferring
that divinity in the first place!
Small wonder then, that Odin is so keen
to retrieve ‘Kvasir’s Blood’ and that
he alone should have been tasked with the quest…
This very specialness, though, may occlude
the fact that its constituents are
very ordinary or everyday;
spittle, blood, honey…
We are not talking plutonium,
or uranium, or even gold, here!
But we may as well be…
Which in turn might make us think
that if these substances are so ordinary
then maybe divinity, despite appearances
to the contrary, is open to one and all?
Or, at least, that perhaps it should be…
NUANCES OF NICOLL
The Keys to Heaven
Psychologist, Maurice Nicoll studied under Fourth Way exponents G.I Gurdjieff and P.D. Ouspensky, and presented his own philosophy in a series of works published during the Mid Twentieth Century.
In his seminal work, Living Time… he makes no bones about insisting that the psychological states and concepts that he is expounding, and their utilisation, are ancient and stretch back through Christianity, Judaism, the Greek Philosophers, and on into the mysterious climes of Pre-Dynastic Egypt…
In re-presenting these ideas as a series of poetic explorations, author and essayist, Stuart France uncovers a series of links with the Mediaeval Traditions of the Northmen, and the Matter of Britain!
What is the original story of our week? How does the moon harrow hell? Prepare to be enthralled, entertained, educated, and enlightened, as new light is shed on the enigmatic figures of Wotan, Merlin, and King Arthur.
They do not write books like this anymore if indeed they ever did!