Dear Don: Superstitions…

Dear Don,

‘Standing under’ and ‘hanging over you’? The immediate image to arise was that of the Sword that was hung by a single strand of hair above the head of Damocles when he experienced the trappings of power for a day… That particular ‘standing under’ brought understanding of the price paid in fear for worldly ambition.

Above, where seated in his tower,

I saw Conquest depicted in his power

There was a sharpened sword above his head

That hung there by the thinnest simple thread.


…so wrote Geoffrey Chaucer of the mural in the Temple of Mars, when the Knight describes the three Temples in Theseus’ amphitheatre…

The fateful Sword, though, could as easily have been a spear, or even an ‘arrow head’…  for the weight of the will of the people… or ‘sheeple’, as they/we are too often seen by those in power, hangs also by a thread when duly and justly exercised…

I was thinking about the whole ‘Troy Town’ dilemma too. So, if ‘Troy’ was originally a French ‘trois’, then two stones as three ‘stations’ of the labyrinth works. How about the ‘town’ though? The word could have been derived from the Old English tūn , which means ‘enclosure’ or ‘garden’. So, we would have the Garden of Three. Or it could come from the words for ‘fortress’…or even the Proto-Celtic dūnom, which has even older roots and means to ‘come full circle’… which seems rather appropriate.

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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 and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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