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Mysteries by Colin Wilson [1b]
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MYSTERIES, by Colin Wilson [1b]
- - Lethbridge found three giant figures cut at
- - The central one was a woman on horseback, with a
chariot behind her, and the symbol of the waning
moon above her. To the right of the chariot there
was a giant warrior, a sword raised above his head.
To the left was another giant figure of a man, with
white rays emanating from his forehead - like a sun
- - Benedictines built near both of them.
- - Near Wilmington, on the Sussex downs, there is an
even larger figure carved into the chalk.
- - Cornwall was peopled with giants.
- - Wandlebury: Her horse was more like a dragon with
a bird beak.
- - Plato noted the Celts drunkeness.
- - The religion of the Celts was Druidism. Taruos, the
- - The oak was their sacred tree.
- - Greek drus, an oak.
- - Mistletoe was sacred - cut it with a golden sickle -
used in their religious ritual.
- - Most European languages have their origin in
Sanskrit. (Celtic is similar)
- - Sir Flinders Petrie points out in his book "Hill
Figures" that India also has its giants carved on
- - Perhaps Matrona was locally known as Magog, or
MaGod. (Mother God) - Her consort Lug may be Gog.
- - The warrior with sword is the god "Wandil", who
stole spring, making the winters longer, who became
- - Their Druids were skilled in philosophy and astrology.
- - The fertility religion known as "Wicca", which has
descended to modern times in the form of witchcraft.
- - Murray says that Wicca is far older than the Celts.
- - Books: Lethbridge also wrote "Witch: Investigating
an Ancient Religion", and "Gogmagog: The Buried
Gods"; also mentioned was James Frazer's book "The
- - There is an element of fertility in primative religions.
- - The Mistletoe which turns golden after it has been
- - Frazer's "The Golden Bough" has 13 volumns, and
talks of myths and religions, and mistletoe.
- - Wilson has "The Babylonian Tammuz, the Egyptian
Osiris, the Greek Attis and Adonis", as gods of
springtime. - (Where is Ceres, Demeter, and Ishtar?)
- - Midsummer fires in which John Barleycorn is burnt -
are a worldwide custom. People leap through the
flames for good luck.
- - Baldur, the Scandinavian god who was killed by a
sprig of mistletoe.
- - Baldur the beautiful was killed by thrown mistletoe
by the blind god Hodur. Mistletoe is a symbol of
life and fertility. It's milky berries have the
colour of male semen.
- - So the challenger had made the priest mortal by
plucking the bough of mistletoe.
- - Tylor and Frazer both treated magic as crude
- - Book: Weston's "From Ritual to Romance" (Grail)
- - There exists in certain persons, at certain moments,
a faculty for acquiring knowledge which has no
relation to our normal faculties of this kind.
- - Diana is the moon goddess of fertility.
- - The Devil was simply a disguised man. (???)
- - Diana had an affair with Lucifer - the light bringer
their child Aradia/Herodias.
- - Joan of Arc was tried as a witch.
- - The oak tree is the symbol of the sun.
- - The Druids claimed magical powers, to foretell the
future, change bodily shape, cast spells to cause
death and lunacy. (Also flying)
- - Lug or Lugh or Lucifer or Bran
- - Raven - that famous witches bird.
- - Isaiah 14: How are you fallen to earth, O day star,
son of the dawn.
- - Revelation 13: Gog and Magog are referred to as the
enemies of the Kingdom of God.
- - In the Pyrenees, witches are called gazarii.
- - Book: "The Pursuit of the Millennium", a study of
various strange sects in the middle ages.
- - There are many curious festivals associated with
May Day, Midsummer Eve, and harvest time. (May 1st)
- - Many English altars have within them a male sexual
organ carved in stone. (Those built prior to the
- - In fact, 90% of churches built prior to the Black
Death of 1348 AD had such a symbol.
- - Churches have "Sheila-na-gog" - Mother goddess.
- - Silbury seen from the air, with its moats, resembles
a woman birthing.
- - At eight o'clock on Lammas Eve or August 7th the
moon rises over Waden Hill; it falls across the
thigh of the mother and indicates the vulva; at ten
o'clock it touches the left knee, and at eleven-
thirty Baby's head - the reflection of the moon in
the moat. (Between the legs)
- - There is a Rebirth on August 7th at midnight for
those who are ready. (See Silbury - Dames)
- - May Day was given as May 8th; September 4th for the
- - The discoverer of leys was Alfred Watkins.
- - Baal was a fertility god who originated in Palestine
He wore bull's horns, and his wife was Astarte (or
Ashtoreth) the moon goddess Diana.
- - The Druids had four seasonal festivals, for the
turning of the sun. May 1st is Beltane.
- - Levi called this ether "the Astral Light", a plastic
medium upon which thoughts and images can be
imprinted. - Use amagination.
- - The Astral Light and Akashic ether are obviously
related to Lethbridge's "fields", that can record
strong emotions, and play them back in the form of
ghosts and ghouls.
- - Book: Robert Grave's "The White Goddess" - moon
Riddle connected with a secret Druidic alphabet -
an alphabet whose letters were the names of trees.
- - Sacred sun calendar
- - Graves has the Druid religion as the fundamental
Ur - religion of the whole world.
- - Lunar knowledge recognizes that the universe of mind
intersects the physical universe at right angles,
and stretched into a different dimension. (Uranus)
- - Wilson admires the ideas of Charles Fort.
- - Maps: Admiral Piri (Reis means admiral), was a
Turkish pirate of Greek nationality, who was beheaded
in AD 1554. - His maps found in Istanbul in 1929.
- - Lethbridge objected to Darwin in "The Monkey's Tail"
- - Sun god lifted him with the G's of lead. A visit to
the tower of the goddess Ishtar (Innanis) is
described - in the brazen talons of an eagle.
- - The great uprights of Stonehenge - the Sarsens -
weigh 50 tons each.
- - Wilson mentions "Kernel".
- - 13 foot sarsens, originally 30 of these in a 1000
foot circle, with a inner circle of 60 bluestones of
5 ton, and inside these a horseshoe of 19 bluestones
and 5 trilithons. Sarsen is very hard.
- - Older than Stonehenge is the "Giant's Dance, near
Killaraus, in Ireland, the stones came from Africa,
the given source of Stonehenge.
- - In 1800 BC the "Beaker people" invaded England.
They constructed the double bluestone circle (no
trace of which now remains above ground), and the
avenue leading to the monument.
- - The Sarsens by the Wessex
- - Diorite, a stone of the bluestones.
- - He suggests that stones are emotional storage
- - He says map dowsing works, a pendulum was used to
trace rivers and lakes.
- - The pendulum responds to abstractions as to physical
- - Lethbridge confirmed the Irish origin of the
bluestones by a map dowsing with a pendulum.
- - The original circle was set-up in Ireland in 2650BC.
- - The stones are lighter under water than in air,
strung between two ships.
- - There is a standing stone avenue at Carnac, Brittany
- - Stones of Boscawen-Un, which is probably the oldest
- - The megalithic yard, 2.72 feet
- - Easter Islanders believe that certain planets are
inhabited, even the moon. They also believe that an
invisible race of people live among us.
- - The Dogom: Says all creation originated in Sirius B
which they call the Digitaria star - the smallest
and heaviest of all stars.
- - Jupiter and Saturn align every 60 years.
- - Uranus' south pole points at the sun, a 90 degree
tilt to our plane.
- - Pendulum: Set at 30 inches, the length for age.
- - The dowsing rod dips down for water, up for ether.
Hold level with heart.
- - A Gaussmeter - which measures minute magnetic fields
This could be used to find ley lines. (Read Taylor
Balinovski's "Earth Magic".)
- - The magnetic field of the stone had different
strength at different points. (Heights) - Double
strength indicates the spiral.
- - The direction of the spiral changes once a month -
so the stone changes its polarity.
- - Introverts: Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio,
Capricorn, and Pisces.
- - The leys were also called Tor.
- - Higher White Tor hit the great monolith on the
summit of Exmoor near the Chains.
- - In England: Ancient mounds are known as tumps.
- - Book: "The Green Roads of England", by R. H. Cox.
- - Other books on Leys or Leas are by Cox, Watkins,
A. Thom, and Williams - Freeman.
- - Watkin's "The Old Straight Track", 1925
- - Leys cut an equalateral triangle at Salisbury.
- - Ley hunters Boothly and Smith thought ancient sites
all had a blind spring.
- - Dowsing: Left hand pull is negative, for water.
The right hand for the magnetic (PSI).
- - Leys: The more powerful type, called "Aquastats",
these consisted of two sets of parallel lines,
called holy lines.
- - Leys don't continue straight for long, before they
loop, meander, and have s-bends.
- - Double leys and "Whorls or whirlpools" were
prevalent on sacred sites.
- - All lines cross one another at regular intervals.
- - (Page 122) Underwood: Leys cause wave motion
perpendicular to earth's surface; that it has great
penetrative power; that it affects the nerve cells
of animals; that it forms spiral patterns; and is
controlled by mathematical laws involving
principally the numbers of 3 and 7. - It manifests
itself in lines of discontinuity, which I call geodetic
lines, and which form a network on the surface of
- - Migrations along leys was confirmed.
- - Leys: Plato gave this force the name of "Demiurge".
- - Dowsing is an electrical response, because all
streams have a weak electric current.
- - Book on leys: Underwood wrote before his death
"The Pattern of the Past", 1969.
- - According to Chinese geomancy, "feng-shui", the
surface of the earth is a dim mirror of the powers
of the heavens. - Wherever there is nature's breath
pulsating, there will be visible on earth some
elevation of the ground.
- - Underwood: The spirals, he felt, explained the
universality of the serpent symbol.
- - Great Mound of Ching - the mountain to the south is
a dragon at rest, the river north is a dragon in
- - Leys are straight lines
- - The great ley that runs from St. Michael's Mount -
the beautiful island off the coast of Cornwall -
through stone circles on Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor,
the "Mump" at Burrowbridge, Glastonbury Tor and the
Avebury circle, along a ridge that marks the edge of
the Midland Plain, and across the east coast above
- - Celts called Hermes by Theutates.
- - Greek cities were on a straight ley.
- - Both Lethbridge and Mitchell have spectulated on the
purpose of the great Serpent Mound of Adams County,
- - Wilson praises "The Dawn of Magic".
- - Wilson says that Lethbridge even stumbled on the
significance of Hermes.
- - Leys are particularly influenced by the moon.
- - Leys: The most important thing about them is that
they can interact with the human mind.
- - The standing stones served two purposes: To
canalise the force, and to act as outlets.
- - It would seem that these powers of the earth can be
used by human beings to activate their psychic forces.
- - Almost all children can dowse.
- - Australian aborigines, travelling along the earth
lines that join sacred centres, in order to
re-animate their forces.
- - The earth force varied with the heavens.
- - We regularly glimpse the future in dreams.
- - Images of dreams are mirror images.
- - The next level of the spiral - appears to have
notime - its energy vibrations are four times the
speed of those on earth.
- - Out-of-body: The person seemed to view his body
from above and slightly to one side, in fact, about
six and a half feet above and two feet to one side -
the false position.
- - The pendulum, he explained, had swung north-east
to south-west, which indicated death.
- - Classic books on Out-of-body were written by Sylvan
Muldoon and Hereward Carrington.
- - In the timeless zone - "As you think, so you are." -
Reality is composed of deepest desires and most
frantic fears. (Monroe)
- - Be the master of emotions.
- - Emanuel Swedenborg, who also claimed to be able to
leave his body at night and converse with beings in
the other world. - Messages from dead
- - Monroe received precognition at the moment of
- - Read Dunne's "An Experiment With Time". His dreams
of the future.
- - "Nothing Dies", Dunne's gift to mankind is the great
theory of serial time. (It proves immortality.)
- - Priestly: When I exert my will, it accelerates.
- - Dunne: If you pursue the "Selves" far enough - the
fount of all self-consciousness, a Universal Mind,
a tree trunk.
- - Selves: A succession of degrees of mental awareness.
- - Our purpose is creative thinking, the development of
- - Our degree of freedom - lies in the word alertness
- - The answer lies somehow in the rates of vibration.
- - "Philadelphia Experiment" described by Carlos
Allende. Happened in October 1943 - a powerful
magnetic field was induced around a navy destroyer.
It made the ship and crew invisible. The ship was
transported to Virginia. Half the crew became
insane. Two crewmen carrying compasses burst into
flame, and burned eighteen days.
- - Allende lives in New Kensington, PA. The writer
Jessup died of suicide.
- - Valentine said Dr. Jessup had a theory that the
power of magnetic fields could transform and
transport matter from one dimension to another.
- - The field in the shape of a Moebius Strip, having
one side. In this version a submarine imitated the
twist of the Moebius and disappeared when a field
cut the strip
- - Dr. Boyd was convinced that high-freq current could
increase man's telepathic powers.
- - Dr. Boyd's "emanometer" - high freq. induced ESP.
- - Lethbridge wrote "A Step In the Dark"; he died in
- - (Catlin wrote a book about the Mandan Indians of
- - Wilson quotes Fort as saying that there may be a
connection between objects falling from the sky and
the Aurora Borealis, or spots on the sun.
- - Fort listed phenomena (peaks in 1887 and 1892)
- - It was almost as if her subconscious mind said at
some point: Look, your wasting your life - and mine.
You've got to snap out of this.
- - Subconscious alter ego: Later she told Doris all
about herself using Doris' mouth.
- - The different personalities would take over with the
slight click in the neck.
- - Prince observed that the various personalities seemed
to be in a definite hierarchy of higher and lower.
- - Ariel - was a spirit who had come in answer to
fervent prayers of Doris' mother to protect her daughter.
- - These other personalities go through a reverse age
regression before they "die out".
- - Their visual field gradually narrowed.
- - The Devil's chief weakness is vanity.
- - The devil possessed a man after he felt guilty over
a "grave misdeed."
- - Many neuroses are caused by brooding on some minor
- - Hysteria is fundamentally a narrowing of the
personality as a result of fear or anxiety.
- - In 1951, Dr. Wilder Penfield - was performing a
brain operation when he touched the patient's
temporal cortex with a wire carrying a mild electric
current. The patient proceeded to replay a scene
from his past.
- - Janet - could distinguish nine distinct levels of
consciousness in living creatures.
- - The highest level 9, the progressive level, the
level at which he thinks for the fun of it.
- - Each one as distinct as a step in a flight of steps.
- - They had only to develope the responses, the nerve
- - The motion always involves circuits on a higher
level of complexity.
- - These circuits are the servants of the impulse that
brings them into being.
- - Technique is the servant of the creative impulse.
- - What matters is how the creator uses those rules.
- - His choice is a higher principle.
- - Each level having its own structural and organismic
- - Polanyi: "Smash up a machine, utter words at random,
or make chess moves without a purpose, and the
higher principles will all vanish."
- - The reductionists make the fatal mistake of missing
up the lower and the higher.
- - Think of Janet's hierarchy of consciousness, as a
flight of stairs.
- - His mind is intended to flow forward, like a stream.
- - All intelligent people are characterized by a
tendency to duality.
- - We are all divided from the moment of birth; it is
a condition of our evolution.
- - Magick is causing change to occur in conformity with
- - Aleister Crowley thought he was the reincarnation of
- - Learn to will! - This is the first arcanum of
magical initiation. - You must want something
- - Magic writers: Hermes, Levi, Crowley, Dion Fortune,
and Del Rio of 1599, also Lewis Spence.
- - Magic: Controlling cosmic matter by their will and
- - Magic is the art of causing changes in consciousness
- - The will is of a special kind.
- - The will must be directed by the imagination,
- - Mather's "Golden Dawn", was about a magic order.
- - The Will unaided can send forth a current - yet its
effect is vague and indefinite. The Imagination
unaided can create an image - yet it can do nothing
of importance, unless vitalised and directed by the
- - When you look at something, it is as if your eyes
reached out and grasped it.
- - People with intense powers of concentration are
prone to nevous breakdown because they subject
themselves to greater strains then people with
- - It is easier to develope unusual powers than to
- - One must not only desire something stronger, but
also must arouse the energies that will unable one
to pursue it.
- - The "Hat That Walked", in Tibet, was brought to life
by the fears of people.
- - Long: Each level makes use of its own type of manna
or force. The manna of the middle self is will or
- - The manna of the higher self actually creates the
future of the individual, this future gradually
becoming materialized as actual events or conditions.
- - Psychic: The meaning-content of such an experience
depends on the amount we know.
- - Camillo of Venice (1480 - 1544) organized Wisdom
into its branches of 7. - With speeches based on
- - In Basel, Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim,
better known as Paracelsus.
- - Paracelsus, the doctor/magician said: The
imagination constitutes the stars or firmament in man.
- - Then the discovery of his own inner powers will turn
him into a god.
- - The mind of man is divine, and contains within
itself the starry heavens.
- - The magic power emanates from the seals, the images
of the stars. He who understands the seals will
become a magus and possess the power the open the
"black diamond doors" in the psyche.
- - Even Sir Isaac Newton was an enthusiastic alchemist
who devoted much of his life to the quest for the
- - Animal Magnetism, which can be moved around the body
by means of magnets.
- - Vallemont (1693) wrote "Occult Physics": "Dowsing
works through perspiration from the hands."
- - Bruno was a magician.
- - Hoffmann: Poor Serapion! What did your madness
consist in, except that some hostile star had taken
away your faculty for grasping the duality which is
the essential condition of our earthly existence?
- - There is an inner world, and a spiritual faculty for
discerning it with absolute clearness.
- - It is the outer world that causes the spirit to use
its powers of perception. (Imagination!)
- - Imagination is a magical power.
- - In 1810, when he was thirty-four, Wronski announced
that he had made a tremendous discovery: A method
of achieving nothing less than the Absolute, the
knowledge of ultimate truth. Wronski claimed that
he had stumbled upon the basic Law of Creation by
which a man could use the sense-impressions of a
lifetime to Create the ultimate reality inside his
own head. Wronski did so! (Obscure book)
- - He claims to derive it from the philosophy of Kant
by means of mathematics. 1853
- - It was "Messianism" from the Cabbala.
- - His disciple Constant "changed his name to Eliphaz
Levi". (Four volumes)
- - All these connected with cult "Golden Dawn"
- - Simplest Way: By eating a cake dipped in herb tea.
- - Marcel Proust had a soundproof room.
- - Practice visualizing - hold the image
- - Irwin tried to castrate himself: He felt that his
sexual desires were robbing him of the energy that
he needed to achieve visualisation.
- - The desire to be more serious than other people is
the essence of religion.
- - But this sense of meaning is our strength.
- - Wilson suggests that with heightened focus on an
idea, the inner reality is known.
- - Imagination is the power to get back to reality.
- - Imagination, when correctly used, also has power of
action at a distance. (Magic)
- - It is the driving force.
- - Magic uses the Law of Correspondences.
- - Jung found the translation of a Greek papyrus with a
description of a tube hanging down from the sun.
(Like a phallus)
- - Jung's collective unconscious
- - Soul stones near Arlesheim - Jung thought them
oblong, blackish, halves painted different colors.
- - Man's higher self a woman?
- - (I had the impression that Wilson misunderstood
- - Hares are white, and don't flee from fire as rabbits
- - Jung called his conscious dreaming - the active
- - William Blake said as much when he stated that
eternity opens from the centre of an atom.
- - Wilson had Saturn as Wisdom.
- - Venus related to 7, green, copper, emeralds,
myrtles, and sandlewood.
- - Jupiter with 4, and lapis lazuli.
- - Grey is the color of detachment. (Apart)
Such people are, in actuality, either philosophers,
priests, or magicians.
- - Grey is the colour of Hermes.
- - Colours are Jungian archetypes.
- - Talismans or amulets are natural magic. They derive
from tattwa symbols, from Hindu philosophy,
described by Israel Regardie and "Golden Dawn".
- - The symbols brought to mind images and conclude the
experiment by making the sign of Silence, raising
the left forefinger to the lips and stamping the
- - The crescent moon was a water blue, disc or circle
- - Yeats was also a seeker of truth.
- - Symbols corresponded to the mythical beings in
William Blake's prophetic books.
- - Yeats felt that it came from the unconscious.
- - That the borders of our memory are ever shifting -
great memory can be evoked by symbols.
- - People with powers of precognition are usually
unable to foresee their own futures.
- - The animation of magical statues is among the oldest
of all magical ceremonies.
- - (Left off on page 286.)
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