The Goose and Rider (continued)
At first sight the thing is pretty horrific.
It is designed to shock. It succeeds in this. The immediate impression
is that it can only be either a threat or a warning. But which? (No pun
We must attempt an interpretation of what we are shown.
Taking the female form first:
> The village of Eye is only 4 miles from the
eye of the figure. (1)
> The eye, nose and jaw are clearly defined.
> The River Nene flows through the mouth. (2)
> The village of Yaxley is positioned on the
voice box. (3)
(Compare with Raunds on
> The nipple of the breast is clearly defined
by the roundabout
at Norman Cross, the undercut
of the breast by the bypass
around Stilton. (4)
> Site of USAF Alconbury (now disused) coincides
precisely with the
position a child occupies
when held high in the womb in the early
stages of pregnancy. (5)
> Clearly defined knee at the town of St.
> Clearly defined ankle and foot. (7)
Leaving aside those things seemingly there to
say - 'look, - this is
no coincidence' - that seems to leave
1) Yaxley on voice box and River Nene through mouth. (3)
2) Airbase (now disused) precisely coinciding with the position a child
would occupy in the womb. As to bear a child could be seen as the
'raison d'etre' of a female of any species, it is reasonable to assume
this is the most important thing about this figure. (5)
The US has had air force bases in the UK since
the second world war.
USAF Alconbury was home to B-17 bombers from 1942-45 and the B-45
jet bomber from 1954-59. The B-45 flew many tactical missions armed
with what were called at the time 'Special Weapons'. The special
weapon carried by the B-45s from USAF Alconbury was normally the
US Mk5 atomic bomb. Fortunately the 'cold war' stayed cold and, as we
know, although we came close to it, those weapons were never used in anger.
In 1959 the UK introduced the Victor bomber designed
for nuclear capability. The increase in the UK force made the expansion
of the US force less neccessary. What if the UK had made the decision
not to expand? Would the US have needed to have expanded its base at Alconbury
and also have been able to operate with less British influence? Looking
at a present day photograph of the Alconbury site where would the expansion
have been? To the north or the south west?
If to the south west this would have placed the 'child' of our figure
in the birth position. Just how close to Armageddon
did we come?
External map link:
View of site of USAF Alconbury
This 'Aerial' shot gives a superb view of both the airfield and the outline of the figure.
Just how close to Armageddon are we now?
Back in 1985 when this landscape figure was discovered
the world mood was entirely different. We saw things as more clear-cut.
Now we are better able to see the interconnectedness of things. How a
decision made for one reason will have been influenced by many other things.
We have grown up in our world view.
Some things have not changed however. Our planet
is still at risk from nuclear annihilation. Some of the people who have
tried to warn us have had personal experience of the pressures leaders
face when war is imminent. One of them is Robert McNamara, who was US
Secretaty of Defence in 1962 - one of the times of greatest risk. A link
to an article written by him in 2005 can be found below. Another had the
courage to stand by what he believed when he was under immense pressure
to do what was expected. Below is a link to the Nobel Lecture he gave
immmediately after receiving the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.
Robert McNamara's 'Apocalypse Soon' article
Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei's Nobel Peace Lecture
Carrying out the same procedure for the Goose
as we have for the Rider:
Let us get right to the heart of the whole thing and remind ourselves
that this Goose was once the Dove. Under the control of the Rider, one
may think that all hope is lost.
The reason why this is not so is found at (3)
in the form of the Goose's heart, albeit in the diluted form of the Grafham
The Rider however seems to think that her work
is over, with Huntingdon at (5).
Maybe she is justified in thinking this. Letchworth
at (4) is prominently featured at the tip
of the wing.
is at the seat of her control. This should again remind us that the heart
(3) is the most important part of this illustration.
All of the above may be true. It all may fit
perfectly into a coincidence of meaning. Godmanchester and Huntingdon
do seem to be more than mere coincidence. Letchworth too links back to
the Pendle Zodiac. But what meaning does it have for us today?
Grafham Water may well represent the diluted heart
of the Goose. (The Rider does seem not to have a heart - the nearest village
is Conington). Is this a clue that can give us the real meaning of this
Maybe the Ariadne's Thread that can lead us out
from this maze of meaning can be found if we look at the one thing that
is common to both the Goose and the Rider. The fact that the River Nene
flows through both their mouths (1) (2).
Not only this, their voice boxes are both clearly defined (2)
It would seem that we are to understand that these
two figures in the landscape can talk - that they are alive. We have to
work out what they are trying to tell us!
The flow of the Nene through the Rider's mouth
is direct. She knows what she is saying. When the river enters the top
of the Goose's head it flows down and enters a horseshoe curve around
Great Addington - placed precisely on the ear. The river drops down a
little and branches off into a tributary stream which then forks, both
arms curving round encircling the precise position that would hold the
Goose's eye. (This lines up exactly with the outer line of the eye, marked
by the route of the A510 that forms the outline of the upper line of the
head). The main river falls down, as shown on the map above, to the mouth.
When the river is visualised between the mouth of the Rider and the ear
and eye of the Goose it is clear what it represents. It does not need
to be drawn. We have found the reins, the means of control that the Rider
has over the Goose. They have indeed come alive.
The goose allows itself to be ridden, to be controlled
by the rider. The goose chooses to listen to what it is told by the rider.
That alters the way the goose sees things. The goose then repeats what
it is told, no doubt becoming the 'rider' for other 'geese'. The fact
that the River Nene flows towards the rider should not be a surprise.
Eastern religions have told us for many thousands of years that our problems
are self inflicted. Maybe this is one way of telling us they are right.
Just what is it that is carried by the River Nene?
Although pronounced as Neen, Nene does look very much like No No. It seems
to be No, No that is whispered in our ear, and No, No that changes our
view of the world. But far more importantly, it is No No that changes
our view of ourselves and changes our view of others. But most impotantly
of all, it is No No that closes our hearts and allows our heads to take
control. From governments to individuals, we all do it. We do all have
a conscience however, and like the fish of Pisces, we do sometimes swim
in both directions as we struggle to come to terms with what it says to
If we are indeed to be tipped onto dry land at
the start of the age of Aquarius, we will need a far more positive attitude
than No! Is this change of attitude going to be so crucial to us that
we have been preparing this message to ourselves for the last two thousand
years? If the river is the bearer of this message then that would mean
that the Earth itself has had a hand in its formation. We may be tenants
of this planet, but, as we are starting to learn, ours is not the freehold.
We have already seen the chilling message of
Alconbury. We may have overlooked another. Godmanchester is placed at
the wing pivot of the goose, a strategic place if the goose was ever to
want to fly free as the dove. Godmanchester is also placed right behind
where the rider sits. Right where, figuratively speaking, she would 'dump
her rubbish'. In fact she is not the only one to dump her rubbish here.
During the financial year 2003/4 over 200,000 tons of rubbish were transported
by road to Godmanchester from North London alone and dumped into the earth at Godmanchester. Here, the noxious gases and
harmful liquids given off are carefully monitored and controlled by a
responsible company. Unfortunately, maybe not all the guardians of the
many thousands of landfill sites dotted across the planet are quite so
responsible. Some of the worst offenders are likely to be the rapidly
developing nations to whom the more developed communities look to provide
cheap goods. Maybe the global community should spare a thought for the
price the planet pays and ask ourselves if the true cost is really worth
The Goose, like the Rider has used coincidence
to attract our attention and to say "This is no coincidence"
and there are two more before we leave this section. The first: the name
of the company to which has been entrusted the care of the landfill site
at Godmanchester, just behind where the Rider sits upon the Goose, is,
believe it or not, SITA. The capitals are theirs. The second can only
be described as uncanny: Alconbury can easily be re-read as All can bury.
Would that be All can bury referring to the threat of nuclear holocaust,
or would that be All can bury referring to the threat of irrevocable pollution?
The truly frightening thing is that in the end it is us who will decide.
The Goose and Rider are indeed alive and can
speak eloquently to us. The question of course is who or what is speaking
to us. The roads, towns and place names are man made, but the course of
the River Nene is entirely Natural. Does this mean that man has bought
his Archetypes alive in a similar fashion to that described by C. J. Jung
in the 1930s, or should we look more closely at the 'bizarre' theories
of people such as Rupert Sheldrake, James Lovelock and Teilhard de Chardin?
Maybe we should examine it in a more detached
scientific way and ask who or what would benefit from the continued health
and well being of man and the planet he lives on. Apart from the obvious
two, there is a third suspect. Recently some scientists have been expressing
the view that the cosmos itself seems a finely tuned whole, a change somewhere
likely to have unforseen repercussions somewhere else. Maybe some unknown
cosmic force could have had a hand in this. Maybe it simply means that
man and the planet he lives on are more deeply intertwined than we previously
The final and most important question
is how we are going to react to all this. We have a host of options. We
could make international pariahs of any country who does not meet our
standards in either the nuclear or environmental fields. We could even
go the whole hog and wage all out (nuclear) war if they do not listen
to our (just) demands. Most spiritual traditions would counsel that it
is up to each of us to try to change ourselves before we try to change
others. Let us see if there is anything hidden in the landscape that might