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Midsummer in Penzance and the Lands End area of Cornwall, 'Celebrating Ceridwen's Cauldron of Poetic Inspiration', was a truly magical occasion, and pertinently coincided with the Penzance midsummer festival full of artistry, music and poetic imagination. The purpose of this midsummer weekend was to 'breath' on the fire beneath Ceridwen's cauldron, a poetic description of the whole of the British Isles. In previous years we conducted a whole series of mystery schools up the spine of the British Isles, one chakra per year. Now we returned to the root chakra, to help keep the cauldron at just the right temperature for the brew to become truly wholesome, life-giving and inspirational (or so the poetic promise goes). We are but mere actors, performing our parts, and inspired to do so, but acting can inspire others in turn, and by loving the land, the land responds in her love for us. Then there is joy, delight, light!
The British Isles is the land of the Triple Goddess – three lands, three goddesses, three aspects of the one goddess. She has many names, Ceridwen being one of them, Britannia, another, Maia another. Maia means 'mother' (equivalent to 'Mary'), who gives birth to the golden child – the divinely inspired poet and artist who speaks the truth, acts the truth, moves in truth, and reveals the truth.
In terms of the Dionysian Mysteries – of which the myth of Europa and the Bull is a simplification but gives its name to Europe – the golden child is born a bull, but then raised to become a swan. In the bull stage, the mother is Europa, associated with the British Isles, whilst the father is the bull, associated with mainland Europe. (Europa and the bull signify the incarnatory forms of the goddess and the god, Zeus. In Celtic myth, as also in the Eleusinian Mysteries, the father is a boar, the mother a sow, and the child a young boar.)
Once the golden child is born and has been raised up as a swan, the swan becomes one with his divine father, Zeus. Then the greater myth comes into play – that of Leda and the Swan. The British Isles is Leda, and she is the goddess of inspiration – the divine breath. Mainland Europe is the Swan, as depicted in the Swan landscape temple of Europe. Hence the work that we are doing – our labour of love.
On a much smaller scale, but imbued with a great potency, is the Swan of Avon landscape, of which Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon is a key part, attracting every year thousands of Shakespeare pilgrims from all over the world. We celebrated this recently with a day event in Stratford-upon-Avon for Gatekeeper Trust, called 'Wisdom in the Land: Birthing the Light of the Shakespeare Swan'.
The next 'Swan' event will be in Germany, in the throat chakra of the Swan of Europe – a landscape chakra or zodiac centred on the Externsteine, which we have named 'the Exterland Zodiac'. We have been working with the whole of this Swan landscape temple for many years, which has proved a delight.
The coming weekend summer school in the Exterland (22-24 July 2022) is entitled 'Faithful and True', for that is what the Swan is all about. The subject chosen is something that is especially pertinent right now, since we are experiencing the third year of the 'end-time' 12-year Jupiter-Kalki-Kali cycle – a 12-year cycle or period that will take us more fully into the start of the new Great Age.
The 2020-2031 Jupiter-Kalki-Kali Cycle
2022 is the third year of the 'end-time' 12-year Jupiter-Kalki-Kali cycle, involving the zodiac signs of Pisces and Virgo as the creative and responsive signs respectively. Both signs will produce associated challenges. Pisces will bring challenges of opposing motives, thoughts and actions. Virgo (which governs the solar plexus chakra, focus of the lower ego) will challenge all types of egoistic selfishness, such as greed for authoritarian power, money, fame, and possessions of any kind, including land belonging to another country or nation.
Kalki-Kali, god and goddess of Time (Sanskrit Kal), is the 'end-of-time' Avatar – the same as the Rider on the white horse whose name is Faithful and True, as described in the Book of Revelation. To be faithful and true is exactly what is required of us – trustworthy and true in motive, thought, speech, and action. And truth is love.
Time is the great Hierophant and Initiator, who teaches and tests in order to bring out the best efforts possible in terms of goodwill, good thought and good action – in other words, kindness in motive, kindness in thought, and kindness in action.
12 years is the cycle of time associated with the planet Jupiter in its apparent orbit around Earth. Esoterically, Jupiter represents the redemptive power of love – the mercy or grace of Divine Love. But mercy can only operate when there is true and trustworthy repentance. Jupiter is also the teacher, who teaches us wisdom, so that we can learn to live in more harmonious and loving ways.
The aim of this 'end-time' 12-year Jupiter-Kalki-Kali cycle is to raise the kundalini of the world and bring about not only a cleansing but a transformation, transmutation and enlightenment of the human race on a grand scale. The tests are severe; the opportunities are enormous. Christopher Fry's poem, 'A Sleep of Prisoners', is extra-pertinent right now. Here is an extract: -
Thank God our time is now when wrong
Comes up to face us everywhere,
Never to leave us till we take
The longest stride of soul men ever took.
Affairs are now soul size.
The enterprise is exploration into God.
Where are you making for?
It takes so many thousand years to wake,
But will you wake, for pity’s sake?