A Wooded-Isle…

* Brother-Wizard and Brother-Warrior immediately set out for the sea-shore. There, moored at the mouth of a natural cave in the cliffs, bobbed a coracle. They both clambered aboard… * …The King of Castle-Hill took the magic halter to the cell of the tower on his wooded isle and presented it as a gift to […]

Wayland: The Blessed Isles…

* The tone of the tale once Britain is reached, becomes very different… * Alighting on Berkshire’s High Downs, Wayland came upon an ancient chambered tomb, and made it his home. * Tradition now has it, that if ever you are riding the Ridgeway, and your horse loses a shoe, you need only tether it […]

To sleep, perchance…

I snuggled under the duvet. The night was chilly but the bed, with its big feather pillows is perfect in this weather. Bliss, in fact. And I was ready to sleep, looking forward to it… it had been a long day, an early start. The dog had burrowed beneath the cushions again… I’ve given up […]

Aslan, Egypt and the surgeon’s knife

The writer, Clive Staples Lewis, is best known as the creator of the Narnia books, much loved by several generations of children. It may pass unnoticed to the eyes of a child that the story of Aslan, the great Lion, bears a striking resemblance to that of Jesus. It matters little whether the child makes […]

Sleeping with a mosquito

I have never made a secret of the fact I have an intense dislike for mosquitoes. Mainly, I have to admit, because they seem to like me. I react badly to having uninvited guests for dinner when I am the only thing on the menu. My ears may have lost the capacity to hear bats […]

Love lies sleeping

In my village there is a fairytale palace. It would not look out of place in the Loire valley… but it is a little unexpected in rural Buckinghamshire. At one corner of the building is a round tower that houses a series of seven paintings by the Russian born artist Leon Bakst, telling the story […]

Deluge…

* “You know Shuruppak, the ancient city? I was its king, long ago, when the Great Gods sent a flood. * Ea informed me and I built a big boat. I loaded up the boat with everything that was valuable. * Soon after, the flood burst forth… For six days and seven nights the storm […]

The What of Life (1)

She was sitting in the front row – the car had mysteriously failed to start for the first five minutes of the would-be journey, as though projecting her future to this point with a mechanical will of its own. This point: the front row of a group of about twenty people, possessing a collective warmth […]

“White nights in Macbeth Country…”

The Silent Eye, in conjunction with Lodge Unicorn na h’Alba, invites you to join us for a magical weekend in Scotland, experiencing the “White nights in Macbeth Country…” Grantown on Spey, June 14-16th 2019. When we meet in June it will be the special time of the “ White Nights”. At this latitude in northern […]

The tip of the iceberg…

“Seriously?” “Yes.” “You’re not winding me up?” “No.” “When did that happen?” “Well…my last birthday…” It was sort of an obvious answer… “Well, that’s thrown me… I thought you were much younger…” Which might explain why he doesn’t seem to believe me when I tell him I’m getting too old to be doing some of […]

Reality TV?

  It’s full of trivia and artificial things; things which have arisen in the name of entertainment. Everywhere you look there is a stream of mindless celebrities willing – some would say desperate –  to eat tropical bugs to give themselves a chance of being famous, again. It reminds me of a sad film I […]

Step by step…

The path winds around the embankment of an ancient hillfort… a fairy fort, they are sometimes called, gateways to the Otherworld of myth and legend. There is silence save for the rustle of leaves, the ever present birdsong and the high keen of a red kite overhead. The sounds of the modern world do not […]

The Rotating Blade of Meaning (7)

Now we have finished with our incursion into maths, and I know that will be welcome… Why have we been talking about such non-spiritual things as acceleration, velocity (speed) and distance? The answer is that these aspects of motion are at the heart of how we learn about the world, and how we interact with […]

Shine…

Have you ever thought how fragmented we are most of the time? Bits of our attention are given or called here and there, certain of our skills and talents required but seldom more than that. If I am asked to hang a picture, for example, it has no relevance that I can bake a fabulous […]

Voices from the past

There was a jaw-dropping moment when it finally hit home… We knew the story… we had discussed it long before Stuart had started working with it. The ‘hero’ was a historical king who lived around five thousand years ago. About a thousand years later, tales of his doings, combining events both real and symbolic, were […]

Bill and Ben?

“Stand still…” I placed the newly-found basis of a godly crown upon his head. “I am not wearing a plant pot on my head!” To be fair, I should probably have waited until there was nobody else in this section of the garden centre, but we were on a mission. And I needed the right […]