County Meath, Friday, 29th July 2022…
Stones on the interior of a barrow
displaying art suggests that such barrows
were intended at some juncture to capture the light.
at the Loughcrew complex
Not only were the solstices and equinoxes
tracked but the cross-quarter days,
the moon rises, and sets,
and most impressive of all, some star-paths too.
As not all the barrows were penetrable,
these would show as illuminated
and softly glowing glyphs
from within a dark interior.
When the ancient texts talk of the gods
and goddesses living within the mounds
they may be alluding to literal truths.
Burial at such sites would encompass
both a return to source
and the prospect of a return
with the cyclical light.
All of which
is not bad going
for a bunch of ‘troglodytes’!
…Now, Elkmar and Aini built a house on the bank of the river Avon.
Aini had the form of a great white cow but she also had the form of
a fair and beautiful woman.
Big-Boss Stud wanted to sleep with her.
Aini was amenable to that but she feared the power and the might of Elkmar
for his whiskers were tough and his tusks were long…
HEART OF ALBION
Stuart France & Sue Vincent
Unwittingly drawn into the mysterious and magical landscape of The Initiate, Don and Wen pondered the visual language of symbols, stumbling across revelations and realisations that would alter their perception of the age-old stories they thought they knew… tales that entwine across the tapestry of time.
A hilltop steeped in tragedy, a child whose eyes see too much… a Word-Weaver’s birth into darkness… strange forms shimmering on the edge of vision. They learned to walk the Living Land, listening to the whispers of Earth memory and the ghosts of the most ancient past. And from those tales, another line of communication opens as they explore the folklore, legends and traditional tales handed down, from heart to heart, over the millennia.
As the two friends travel between the sacred sites of Albion, they discover stories that tell how the leys were made, the true origins of the hill-forts and the reason why Father Fish had breakfast in Slug Town.
Striding across this landscape of myth are the giants. From Cerne Abbas to the top of the Beanstalk, from Camelot to the Castle of Maidens, how and why is their presence stamped on the Living Lore of the land by their seven-league boots?
Join Don and Wen as the adventure continues, un-ravelling its mysteries and the magical relationship between Albion and its people.