Arcane Landscape promotes the advancement of learning through multidisciplinary investigative research that presents new perspectives on ritual landscapes primarily within the East of England.
Drawing on cultural historical traditions, informed by a holistic and symbolic understanding of spiritual and metaphysical practices, myth, the seasons and archaeoastronomy, our knowledge, understanding and experience is enriched through a deeper symbiotic relationship with place.
With ‘A Ritual Landscape Considered’ the authors have created a comprehensive and highly important study concerning the celestial astronomy and cosmological backgrounds behind the funerary practices of the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons, particularly those who came to settle in Eastern Britain from the fifth century onwards. Yet it is far more than this, for they demonstrate the roots and origins of humanity’s rigid adherence not only of the movements of the sun and moon, but also of the stars, constellations and Milky Way. All of these themes come together in the design, layout and orientation of ancient ceremonial and ritual centers built across Europe prior to the emergence of Roman Christianity. A must read for any student of ancient astronomies, including those, like me, with a keen interest in the constellation of Cygnus, the celestial swan, which has a major role in this ancient saga.
On Seven Wonders:
I was seduced into reading it.
It’s wealth of antiquarian detail is woven around a core of mystical knowledge.
Threads of the imagination were cast over the objective features of the physical world like a magical net, pulling together the hills, trees, streams and hollows within the deeper dimensions of inner experience.
The mobile temple, the living body, the microcosm of Earth, is actuating itself to find ways of experiencing the greater whole of which it is a sensitised part.