14th September 1958 – 29th March 2021
14th September 1958 – 29th March 2021
I have been missing Sue, I’m sure I always will. Some days the pull to feel her presence is stronger than others. The other day, a friend of mine asked if I had reached out to her across the veil. Deliberately parting the veil is not something I do often these days. I have grown weary of the numinous and perhaps a bit distrustful. So many conspiracies and lunacies are now attached to the spiritual communities, yet there are aspects of home that cannot be denied when one steps into the space of silence. I’d like to think I heard her voice, again, in these words who are not just for me, but for anyone who doubts who they are. I share them here with visuals from the wonderful photographers on Pexels, open to individual interpretation…
You are evergreen boughs seeking water…
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14th September 2021…
‘On such a day as this two fools who laughed at death
embarked upon the adventure of a lifetime…’
…Today, the adventure is all but over
with just a sealing of fire
and water, inevitably, and air, and earth still to accomplish…
‘Stones for the earth,’ he said.
Comparisons with our first trip here together are unavoidable.
Dragon Hill looms equally unexpectedly,
and is also just as gracefully, ‘unoccupied’.
Had we known then what we now know
would things have been different?
‘About the hilt of Albion’s sword…’
Small wonder it’s difficult not to
lose balance when approaching this point.
Think what could have been done.
And still can…
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Excerpts from the funeral service held at Watermead Crematorium, Aylesbury…
Sue Vincent, 14th September 1958 – 29th March 2021
‘We prepare to receive one whose life has been well lived…’
Procession entry music: ‘Vincent’, Don Maclean…
The best of times, the worst of times…
Sue was born in Yorkshire in 1958, into a family that was about as spiritually eclectic as you can get. The various members were Jewish / Buddhist / Methodist (with High Church for special occasions), with one grandfather who taught her very early about the Qabalistic Tree of Life, the other a Spiritualist minister, and one grandmother a noted psychic, like her mother before her. She attended the Zion Baptist Sunday School with Hindu and Moslem friends…
A better culture for one who was destined to serve as a Priestess of the Western Magical Tradition could hardly be imagined…
Sue’s first marriage, it seems, was one of convenience, for her mother.
It didn’t last long, and soon after Sue moved to France to become a Nanny.
Here, Sue describes her second husband, Joel…
“We met in the most romantic circumstances in Corsica… Shooting stars, mimosa, a perfect moon… and the saxophone playing ‘Just the way you are’ as we danced under the stars…
I never expected to see him again. We were both far from home… he a wandering musician, I a nanny in Paris. One of those brief, romantic interludes that sometimes grace a moment in time.
But fate took a hand… we met again, had dinner, talked, and talked. But still, once I had returned to Paris I filed him away as a beautiful memory. But a postcard arrived from Nice. Then the phone rang… and we met in Paris.
He wrote Le Reveil for me then. It was the first song he had written. No one had ever written a song for me before. I would stay overnight and travel back home in time for breakfast Monday morning. The days were filled with music, lunacy, laughter, and love, la vie Bohème lived in good earnest.
We married a few months later and I moved to Vichy, and eventually into a tiny doll’s house of a place, so small even I could touch the beams in the ceiling…
Our first son, Nick was born the next March. Three years later his brother, Alex, followed, but we were living in England by then… Joel’s music was not understood, he had no work, depression set in, and although… because… I loved him, I sent him back to France.”
Raising two small sons alone in 1980’s Britain cannot have been easy…
Sue eventually met Bernard who provided both stability and support for her young family.
Unfortunately, soon after, Bernard contracted bladder cancer, and although he lived on for another ten years with the condition, it was with Sue as his carer.
It was not to be Sue’s only brush with cancer or life as a carer…
In 2009 with Sue now a well-paid businesswoman… Fate’s knife twisted again. Her eldest son Nick was randomly attacked in a Bournemouth alleyway and suffered horrendous brain injuries. With the medical authorities calling it murder and against all medical advice, Sue refused to turn off the life support, took Nick home, and became his full-time carer.
It is a testament to both Sue and Nick’s tenacity, strength, resolve, and love for each other, and for life, that Nick is here with us today.
Through Sue’s daily blog chronicling Nick’s recovery, Nick has become as much of an inspiration to people as his mother…
By this time Sue had again taken up her interest in esotericism and was a member of the Magical School, Servants of the Light.
The help of the people at that time involved with running the school, in Nick’s recovery, should also not be overlooked or underestimated…
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“Well, my friends, for a time the road ends here.
I must away to dismantle Sue’s ‘temple home’.
If you are still craving her words of wisdom,
then we have been running a selective retrospective of her work
over on the France & Vincent website.
If you follow that blog then the updates will be delivered automatically.
Alternatively, you could check out some of Sue’s published works.
All the books listed below are available via Amazon
and most of them are available as Kindle Editions.
Books by Sue Vincent
The Osiriad: Myths of Ancient Egypt
Swords of Destiny
Petals of the Rose
Poetry and humour
Notes from a Small Dog: Four Legs on Two
Laughter Lines: Life from the Tail End
Doggerel: Life with the Small Dog
Pass the Turkey!: Christmas with the Small Dog
Life Lines: Poems from a Reflection
With Dr G. Michael Vasey
The Mystical Hexagram: The Seven Inner Stars of Power
Books by France and Vincent
Triad of Albion
The Initiate –
Heart of Albion –
The Doomsday Series
The Ætheling Thing –
Dark Sage –
Scions of Albion
Lands of Exile
But ‘n’ Ben –
Beck ‘n’ Call –
Kith ‘n’ Kin
Don & Wen
Finding Don and Wen
Joining Don and Wen
Mister Fox: The Legend
Mister Fox & the Demon Dogs
Mister Fox and the Green Man
Mister Fox: Winter’s Tail
An Imperious Impulse: Coyote Tales
Available via Amazon worldwide
Whiter than the swan on a lake
Whiter than the gull of the stream
Whiter than snow on the high-peak.
Like a wave of the sea from ebb to flood
Slender as the tall-birch, blowing…
Of a shape sweet as full-bodied clover, bobbing…
Of a colour fair as summer’s bright-morn, glowing…
Your presence, the dawning glory of the land.
Lovely the sun’s smile, rising…
Lovely the moon’s sheen, climbing…
Lovely the stars gleam, shining…
More lovely, the blush of your cheek.
Love, Don x
Images from Callanish, June 2019…
A Guided Visualisation by Sue Vincent…
Close your eyes, relax and prepare for an inner journey, breathing deeply and easily.
You stand on a green mound by a sunlit sea. Far below you is a pristine shore of white sand. You hear the echoes as the waves wash gently, rhythmically, against the base of the cliff. The soft, rushing sound of water in the shingle whispers in the clear air of morning.
The sky is a pure blue, the colour of the Lady’s robe. Forget-me-not blue, and at its heart, as in the flower, the golden circle of the sun. The cry of a distant gull touches your heart with an unfathomable yearning, yet you are here, now, in this time and in this place. There is no other thought in your mind, only here, only this moment.
You close your eyes and with sight absent, other senses seem to come to the fore. The salt tang of the air touches your lips and tongue, warm rays caress your face, the soft thrumming of the waves seems to reach through the very earth beneath your feet, finding its way within and dancing with your breath.
The air smells fresh and clean, like the first morning of the world. You stand, simply drinking in the moment, the world around you, feeling yourself at its heart, feeling it within your body.
In the distance you can hear music playing, the delicate tones of a harp, beautiful in its simplicity, as if played by a gifted child, a wise child, one who sees clearly beyond the veils of Light.
The purity of the simple song draws you.
You listen, silent, barely daring to move.
You are afraid to move and break the spell, yet almost against your will you are drawn to the music.
Like a sleepwalker, you move towards the edge of the cliff.
There is a path, narrow and steep, tufts of sea thrift grow beside it, nodding their bright pink heads in the breeze.
You begin to descend.
The way is steep. Small stones roll at your feet, bouncing down the cliff face as you walk. Tiny fragments of rock are dislodged with every step. Your shoes, black and shiny, are covered in the white dust of chalk. You stop and sit on the flower-covered bank. The perfume of crushed thyme fills the air and you notice the tiny, lilac flowers all around you. Removing your shoes, leaving them there, you stretch your bare feet, wiggle your toes… you feel like a child. You do not need them. You recline against the fragrant green and rest for a while, perfectly happy, as the sun warms your skin.
Still, the music haunts you. It is very soft, so soft you had almost forgotten it was there, calling you onwards. You rise and continue down the steep path. Looking up you can see the towering white cliffs, sparkling in the clear light. You think of the shores of Albion and wonder if that is where you are… or only where you think you might be? It doesn’t matter. You are here. It is all you need to know.
Beside a turn in the path, a stream bubbles crystal clear from the rock face, gathering in a small pool. In the bottom of the pool you can see many offerings, small gifts, coins, tablets etched with words. Beside the stream is an ancient cup. You fill it from the stream and drink from it. The water is cold and sweet, you can feel on your tongue, in your throat, rich and fragrant, a nourishing draught, quite unlike any water you have tasted before.
It is a draught of liquid Light. You feel it flowing through you, feel lit up from the inside as if you shine softly like a star.
You replace the cup. You feel you should leave a gift and feel in your pockets, not knowing what is there.
It must be something that holds meaning to you, something of value, not in payment, but in gratitude for what you have received.
Your fingers find an object, feeling its lines and edges. You draw it from your pocket and look at it as it rests in your hands. You had forgotten it was there… yet it has always been there. You always carry it. You smile, knowing what it represents; knowing what it means to you… then cast it in the pool. The ripples spread out across the surface, obscuring the bottom. Small streams of light wash over the edges of the pool, spilling onto the grassy bank and where they touch flowers spring up.
You continue down the path, following it to the beach following the song that seems to hold an echo of the music of the spring.
The dry sand is white and soft underfoot, sun-warmed and pleasant. A little way ahead the cliff reaches out towards the sea and you see the dark mouth of a small cave. You walk towards it, leaving footprints in the sand, following the song.
Outside the cave there seem to be large boulders, yet as you draw closer you see that they are piles of clothes. Whole suits and dresses, smocks and ball gowns, judges robes, uniforms… every imaginable type of clothing that bears the mark of position or office… like heaped skins divested by their owners.
The music takes on an insistent note and you feel you understand.
Stripping off your clothes you add them to the pile, feeling as if you have erased a deeper layer of your identity, you stand naked in the sunlight.
Once more you hear the cry of the gulls and look up.
From above a crown of petals, purest white is falling towards you, shed by the wings of the birds.
It settles about your brow, crowning you with beauty.
You walk forward towards the cave. A sheet of water veils the entrance, so clear it is almost invisible except for the captured fire of the sunlight. You stand in the shallow stream that cuts a channel like a pathway, your feet sinking slightly in the wet sand, as if you are part of the earth, the earth takes you into itself.
The music calls you onward and you walk, crowned and naked through the sparkling veil. As you do so, the water clothes you in a robe of the finest rainbow silk, the shifting hues almost impossible to follow with the eye.
The floor of the cave is strewn with polished stones, cool and smooth.
You feel light and free in the robes, unconstricted.
You move easily, noticing for the first time that with your clothing you seem to have left behind the stresses and strains of daily life, with your shoes you left the aches and pains, when you left the cliff top you left the cares and worries behind… you realise that with every step the descent into this cavern has been one of giving up the things you are so used to that you didn’t even know they were there.
You follow the music still, deeper into the darkness of the cavern, sure-footed even in the shadows.
You are at home here, in the heart of the earth.
Gradually a light fills the space, a shaft of Light that reaches through the whole height of the cliff… a straight path to the sky.
It is from this that the music emanates. Above the shaft the golden orb of the sun sits high in the heavens, a single ray directed and held within the narrow shaft, focussed so bright you can barely see.
Drawn still by the whispering song, you step into the Light. All fear seems to dissolve, all pain dissipates… the weight of worlds seems to lift from you and you are as a babe again, bathed in the purity of golden Light.
Stay… stay as long as you wish… feel the shadows gilded, and the hurts healed…
And know that this Light fills you always.
I am already missing her and she is not wholly gone. When I search for her presence, I find the soft emptiness of the liminal place. Holding. Waiting. I don’t want to think about grief, again. A prolonged letting go that takes me on a journey to uncomfortable landscapes. We grasp at the tangible only to discover that we will eventually reach the cliff of letting go, not knowing when we will arrive there.
And sometimes there is no liminal place to linger.
It is a test to step into the space of soft uncertainty and feel the soul cocooned between the life and death of the temporary vessel. I do not want to think about pain and heartache. Those sitting beside her, holding the space. Holding her hand. I do not want to think of the labored breath before it breaks free. Pain seems incredibly unfair for a life filled with such grace.
I want to think of what came before and what comes after. That vibrant spirit that touched so many lives with magic, including my own, finding joy once again. Yes, I want to think of joy. The unbound soul flying free…
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We were talking today about how much is lost in translation. This was being discussed from an abstract, as well as a literal viewpoint.
It started with a conversation about books and moved on to language in general and thence to poetry and song. I mentioned Jacques Brel, a poet, singer and performer of, in my opinion, utter genius, who wrote almost exclusively in French. Many people know the songs for which he was best known, even though they are generally known best in English as cover versions.
To take one of the original songs and translate it into literal but literate English is fine.. it allows access to the meaning, but not the poetry. To take the original and make it into a song that has rhyme and rhythm is wonderful…
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