ARCANE LANDSCAPE SUPPORTS AND RE-EVALUATES OUR CURRENT UNDERSTANDING AND RELATIONSHIP WITH ‘PLACE’.
Drawing on the latest multi-disciplinary research from across the globe we shine a new light on our understanding of the sacred landscape of Suffolk and beyond, endeavouring to integrate our findings as we contemplate the ‘genius loci’ – spirit of 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.