The Grail

The Grail; Relic of an Ancient Religion – Chapter 12

Jan 13th, 2014 | By

12 – The Waste Land (ricorso) They came for our land, for what grew or could be grown on it, for the resources in it, and for our clean air and pure water. They stole those things from us … and now … they’ve come for the very last of our possessions; now they want

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The Grail; Relic of an Ancient Religion – Chapter 11

Dec 18th, 2013 | By

11 – Saints and Stones Le corbeau dit:- Oiseaux chantez! Vous n’avez rien à regrettez:  Vous mourûtes en ces campagnes, Mais nous, si loin de la Bretagne.  Breton Song THE CRISIS came at the confluence of a river.  The future of Britain hung in the balance, teetering on the shoulders of a battered band of

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The Grail; Relic of an Ancient Religion – Chapter 10

Nov 8th, 2013 | By

10 – Camlann I predict a battle in Pictland … For the many who come, by the means of the white-headed one, Except for seven, death brings them misery afterwards. Myrddin Wyllt   ROME FAILED to conquer the whole of Britain.  Huge fortifications were built right up to the edge of the Highland line but,

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The Grail; Relic of an Ancient Religion

Oct 4th, 2013 | By

9 – The Terrible Desire … I could foretell the future and understand the mysteries of nature, the flight of birds, the paths of the planets, and the swimming of fishes. Geoffrey of Monmouth THE HILL of Alyth looms over the town of Alyth in the vale of Strathmore.  The Gaelic name for the town

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The Grail; Relic of an Ancient Religion – Chapter 8

Sep 6th, 2013 | By

8 – Men of the North   Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.  Charles Mackay  IN HIS Vita Merlini, Geoffrey of Monmouth recounted a strange incident.  Merlin and Taliesin were deep

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The Grail; Relic of an Ancient Religion – Chapter 7

Aug 5th, 2013 | By

7 – Arthur and Merlin   Still, a man hears what he wants to hear And disregards the rest  Paul Simon  HEROES TEND to appear when they are most needed.  Such was the case with Arthur, who led the Britons against a host of enemies.  In subsequent years, however, the emphasis shifted away from his

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The Grail; Relic of an Ancient Religion – Chapter 6

Jul 8th, 2013 | By

6 – Into the Cave                                      My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains                                     My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk …  John Keats  THE PREVIOUS chapter opened with a Gaelic proverb, predicting that the ‘Isle of Columba the cleric’ will still ‘swim’ when its neighbours have vanished beneath the waves, and

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The Grail; Relic of an Ancient Religion – Chapter 5

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By

5 – The Topography of Avalon                                     Seven years before the Judgement,                                     The sea shall come over Ireland in one tide,                                     And over blue-green Islay,                                     But swim will the Isle of Columba the cleric. Gaelic Proverb THE ISLAND in which Arthur was buried – popularly known as Avalon – was no ordinary

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The Grail; Relic of an Ancient Religion – Chapter 4

May 1st, 2013 | By

  4 – The Rule of Three   Arthur’s Three Great Queens:  Gwenhwyfar daughter of Cywryd Gwent,  and Gwenhwyfar daughter of Gwythyr son of Greidiol,  and Gwenhwyfar daughter of Gogfrân Gawr.  Triad 56  THE TWO groups most associated with the cauldron were warriors and poets.  The latter received their liquor of ‘science and inspiration’ from

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The Grail; Relic of an Ancient Religion – Chapter 3

Mar 30th, 2013 | By

3 – The Hallows                                      À l’horizon lointain is paradise,                                     abest silentium, le cor éclate –                                     – et meurt, Columba mused, but Kentigern                                     replied, renaît et se prolonge.  Edwin Morgan  LANGUAGE HAD evolved as a form of social communication by about 250,000 years ago.  Our closest living relatives – the apes –

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