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The Giant and the Sun – The Great Hill II – (A Thousand Miles of History)

(Continued from Part I) Halfway across the length of Maiden Castle, the terrain changes. It is a slight demarcation… little more than a step ‘up’ at one end… yet the change is palpable. While the western entrance leads onto a … Continue reading

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Dear Don: Jonah…

Dear Don, Well, Jonah is an interesting story in its own right, and ties in with the whole ‘devouring beast’ affair. Devoured or eaten… either way, an interesting consummation, you might say. Especially when you bring the star-beasts into play. … Continue reading

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The Giant and the Sun – The Great Hill (A Thousand Miles of History)

Our final site of the official weekend workshop was Maiden Castle, an enormous prehistoric structure just outside the Roman town of Dorchester. We gathered in the car park beneath the hillfort and began the climb to its gates. The name, … Continue reading

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The Giant and the Sun – Accident or Design (A Thousand Miles of History)

Although the hexagram was the main ‘pattern in the landscape’ that we had come to investigate… with a little help from the Giant on the hillside… there was another pattern that had been intriguing our companions… that of the crop … Continue reading

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Dear Wen: Norman…

Dear Wen, ‘Even in a little church not five miles from where I am sitting there is a thirteenth century font with a panel on which is sculptured in low relief the diabolical boar trying to uproot the True Vine … Continue reading

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The Giant and the Sun – The one in the garden… (A Thousand Miles of History)

* Hermitage ‘Yellow represents the Circle of the Spirit’… * On our research visit to Dorset, we had really had to look for the Church of St Mary the Virgin at Hermitage. We had driven up and down the lanes … Continue reading

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Dear Don: Norman…

Dear Don, Yes, The Legend seems to have caught fire somewhat… which is rather nice. It will be interesting to see what happens when the copies hit the dancing ground. I’ve been thinking about this whole Devouring Beast malarkey. We’re … Continue reading

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The Giant and the Sun – The one with the magician… (A Thousand Miles of History)

* Batcombe ‘Grey represents Spirit mediating between Soul and Body’… * Our penultimate church was in Batcombe… these days a small and straggling hamlet, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. There has been a church on the site of St … Continue reading

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The Green Harper…

* ‘…Peedy Weedy…Pally Ludy… Lady Whistle… Lody Wassel and Great Big Hodyman Dod…’ -Traditional Toe Counting Rhyme * …Wen becomes pensive for awhile, ‘we need to go to Cerne Abbas…’ ‘Father Corn…?’ ‘Possibly…and then there’s the Long Man of Wilmington…whose … Continue reading

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The Giant and the Sun – The one with the light… (A Thousand Miles of History)

* Sydling-St-Nicholas ‘Orange represents Expansion through Wisdom’… * The current Church of the St Nicholas, at Sydling St Nicholas, dates largely to the fifteenth century, with the tall tower being the oldest part of the building. However, it stands on … Continue reading

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