Point of view

For Colleen’s tanka challenge


…And then we come across the church. Cue mass excitement as we take in all the Giants, which appear to sprout from every orifice…

The body of the church you see is an education in itself. You probably already know about consecrated ground and un-consecrated ground. It is the Inner and the Outer, pure and simple. And this symbolism is carried into the structure of the building.

The gargoyles, the Sheila-na-Gigs, the Green Men, the Giants, the Dragons and the like, they are all on the outside of the church building. They do not make it into the ‘ark’. The inside is for all the saints and angels. Do you see? It is the same symbolism.

…The Inner and the Outer.

Only this symbolism is in some churches carried even further…

‘You mean it is three-fold. It is a three-fold symbolism…’

‘Yes, my dearest Wen, the body of the church employs a three-fold symbolism.’

‘So what is the third fold?’

‘In some churches the altar which has always been conceived as feminine… the Shekinah… because it holds things… is hollow… and within the altar is placed… a stone phallus.’

Extract from Heart of Albion, by Stuart France and Sue Vincent

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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9 Responses to Point of view

  1. Very interesting extract!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Colleen Chesebro says:

    I have goosebumps! I was going for the symbolism of opposites with the prompt words and you shared that perfectly with the excerpt from your book. Wow! Love it, Sue! ❤


  3. macjam47 says:

    Your tanks and the excerpt from your book compliment the photo perfectly. I loved the contrast between angelic and the devil.


  4. Sue Vincent says:

    Thank you, Michelle.There is always an opposing aspect… and this particular visit to Cerne Abbas came to mind straight away.


  5. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #21 – “Fog & Change” – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

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