…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