Albion, Folk Tale, symbolism

Fire and Ice…

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… Merlin’s bonds were loosed and he was told

that if he explained his laughter in the city streets

he would be free to return to the forests of Caledonia.


“The door-keeper was dressed poorly

and beseeched the passers-by for money to buy clothes,

yet buried under him was a pile of gold coins.”


“You must dig beneath the door-keeper to unearth a long lost treasure.”


“The youth buying patches for his worn out shoes made me laugh

because he was destined never to use them.”


“Even now that youth is drowned in the waves of the sea

and his body is floating lifeless towards the shore.”


King Rhydderch immediately sent his men to test these sayings…


The King’s Men returned after finding a dead body on a waste patch of sand

on the shore, along with a horde of hidden treasure

which they had dug up from the ground beneath the door-keeper.



The Keys to Heaven

Stuart France

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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!





8 thoughts on “Fire and Ice…”

  1. May I ask why the title of Fire and Ice? That’s what caught my eye first, simply because I had used a very similar title in my most recent post. I wondered if that’s why WordPress kicked your article in my direction? (I have no comprehension of how those behind-the-scene metrics work.)

    I did like your piece, though I had to read it twice to get that Merlin was reciting all of the quoted lines. I am not as adept at getting attribution when there isn’t a pattern to follow or a ‘Merlin said’ thrown in here or there. I need more exposure to flash fiction, I think.

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    1. The Northmen regarded fire and ice as the two poles of existence within which life was contained. The rune which heads this piece is ‘ice’… Merlin has clearly contacted his inner fire which is allowing him to see beyond the physicality of things. There are deeper ramifications to all this but as a surface introduction the title suffices… 😉

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