Tag Archives: the mysteries

Dear Don: Dunstan…

Dear Don, A productive few days in spite of the weather and the culinary attack on our waistlines. At least yours stopped with Sunday lunch… mine went on to valiantly tackle a curry and dispose of a chocolate rabbit. Tomorrow … Continue reading

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Dear Wen: Romans…

Dear Wen… Yeah, yeah… Romans! I can’t get overly enthused, myself, despite the copious lectures I have had to endure… Celts versus Romans is, for me, a little like Spartans versus Athenians… No contest. And my time in Chester contemplating … Continue reading

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Dear Don: Romans…

Dear Don, Seems a bit daft writing when I will probably see you before you get this, but you know what my memory is like… except for ‘useless’ information. We really are going to have to go back up north… … Continue reading

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Dear Wen: Thunder-Stone…

Dear Wen … Sol invictus… the Mithraea certainly constitute mystery temples or should that be templa mysteriorum? My Latin is not up to much… Can you imagine being presented with the Leon Cephalus from last time in the heightened atmosphere of … Continue reading

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Dear Don: Thunder-Stone…

Dear Don, Your lion-headed Aion is also associated with Mithras whose story, in symbolic terms, has close parallels with that of so many later religions including Christianity. He too is often depicted with a thunderbolt. Your mention of the thunderbolts … Continue reading

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Dear Wen: Jonah…

Dear Wen… The dichotomy is between devouring or eating and swallowing whole… The Moon cycle… being devoured or eaten symbolises ‘earthly time’… The Sun cycle… being swallowed whole symbolises ‘cosmic time’… There are some specific iconographies for this. I am … 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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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 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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Dear Wen: Saltire…

Dear Wen… Yes, great to see ‘The Legend…’ making its way in the world. It looks fabulous, if I say so myself… I have remembered where the strange recipe like description came from. It was inspired by ‘Lights’. The one … Continue reading

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