HIDDEN LANDSCAPES  
 

 

    Hah!  What is this?  A secret page hidden within the section.  Let us see what it says.

    If a person cut off from contact with modern technology in an Amazonian tribe believes that a camera will capture his soul we might laugh and call him an ignorant savage and wonder how anyone can be so stupid as to believe such a ridiculous thing. The voodoo witch doctor knows that people do believe such things and uses this fact to 'curse' his victim; in some cases so effectively that the cursed person actually becomes ill and dies. The witch doctor of course has no power except the power of fear.
    So if a modern, educated person sees a 'witch' riding a goose across the centre of the British Isles they will be able to look at it in a calm manner and be able to ask "How did it get there and what on earth is its purpose?" and then proceed to analise it calmly and rationally using the clues available? Maybe. The chances are there would also be a massive outcry of "Black magic!" and "How dare someone do this to us?"
    To the person who cries "Black magic!" I would ask them to read the first paragraph on this page. To the person who asks "How dare someone do this to us?" I would say: "Just because you do not know that it is there, does not mean that it does not exist, and if something exists, it is of science." This of course is an inadequate answer. To someone who is responding on an emotional level an answer that is composed of 90% logic will never do.
    If you feel that the Goose and Rider has attacked you, you are right, it has. It has already been shown what its message is and that we can respond to that message; but that is not the point. If you feel that it has attacked you then it has. But there is a response to that as well. It is not a response on a logical level, but it has not attacked on a logical level. Our counter attack will be devastating.

    In the first part of the section on the spider we have gained the tools to 'attack' the 'witch' on her own level. We descended into the world of myth and saw a little of the way in which it works. We saw that Ogham and its association with letters, birds and trees plays a part. We also saw how other associations are used to bring a message into the conciousness of the recipient. By understanding how the elements are used we can counter attack. It also enables us to understand how things like voodoo work and also, on a more mundane level, the ego attacks we are likely to meet in everyday life. Understanding these things, like being told the secrets of a conjuring trick, means that they loose their power; they no longer have control over us. The opposite is also true: by understanding these attacks, our own egos have less control over us.

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    As we saw in the section on the Goose and Rider, the Goose, (which is the Dove of the Pendle Zodiac subjugated by the hag), is under the control of the Rider, (the hag in the form of the 'witch'). The 'reins' she uses to control the Goose in this tableau in the landscape are formed by the River Nene, which can be looked on as No, No. Our challenge is to counter the control of the hag and to restore the Goose to its former state as the Dove, not only a symbol of peace, hope and freedom for mankind but also a symbol of his spirit, and in this case it seems, maybe his very survival. The tools we shall use are those described by Robert Graves in The White Goddess. Formally described by its publisher, Faber and Faber, as 'a historic grammar of poetic myth', it contains within its pages information unique in its insight and complex simplicity; and unique also in its suitability for our task. The other associations we are going to use have already been covered in the first part of the section on The Spider.

    Dealing at first with the Rider's control over the Goose: The River Nene is the means of control the Rider has over the Goose, being interpreted as No, No. We have found that wisdom is a combination of the sinuous S of intuition and I, the straight line of logic. Written as Si, Si, this can be interpreted as Yes, Yes, perfectly countering the No, No, of the River Nene and therefore breaking its control.
    Moving on to restore the Goose back to the Dove: Si, Si, is the sound of one of the four secret letters of the Beth-Luis-Nion Ogham so eruditely resurrected by Graves. His scholarly crossing of the divide between our culture and those before us enabled him to work out the associations given to the letters. The secret letter in question is the doubled C or CC. When we realise that the secret CC was normally written as Q but pronounced 'ku', we can begin to hear the call of the dove, 'ku ku'.

    We have indeed brought the Dove back to life, but in doing so have found the secret letter that hides another secret. The tree of the letter Q is the quert, the apple tree, the most mysterious of all the ancient sacred trees, the one Robert Graves associates with wisdom. In retreiving the knowledge of the secret letter we seem to have disturbed it and it is dropping its fruit all around us.
    It is raining Q's upon us. Where? Why? When? Who? What? or Quare, Quar, Quom, Quis, Quod, as they were originally. For it its only by asking questions, using logic and intuition, that we shall find the answers. We have persevered and the tangled web is getting a little clearer. By holding aloft the apple she was not tempting her hero to his death but offering him wisdom, and a partnership, a balance. He either grabbed it with both hands, having no intention of any partnership, as Theseus had done, or taking it with the best intentions he failed to keep a balance, in the mould of Arthur of British myth and legend. We have now been given another chance, not through one hero, but collectively, to change our world for the better.
    How can this be done? Where should we start? We should not forget that we found the Spider as representing the S of intuition and the I of logic, the two components of wisdom and that the spider in many cultures is a symbol of healing. The animal Robert Graves associated with the secret CC was the roebuck, or white hind, depicted in myth and fable as the unicorn, whose horn has great healing properties. Could it be that healing in some form or other is something to do with our way forwards?

    What exactly is it that we have accomplished? We have found a symbol in the landscape that seems to lead on from another symbol, a terrestrial zodiac. We looked at the immediately obvious clues that the Goose and Rider gave us and understood that it was a warning about nuclear weapons and the state of the environment - both life threatening to mankind and the planet alike. We then looked closer at the symbolism used and realised that it utilised ancient Ogham and its association with letters, birds, animals and the seasons of the year to change the Dove of the terrestrial zodiac into the goose of the Goose and Rider. This was done in much the same way as the Druids of the British Isles of old would have placed a 'charm' on something or someone. By taking another look at several classic myths we saw new connections that led us to an understanding of wisdom and used this knowledge to 'counter' the charm in two parts: first without the knowledge of the Ogham letter associations to break the control of the Rider over the Goose, and then with the knowledge of the Ogham letter associations to restore the Goose to its former state as the Dove. Symbolicly we freed mankind, giving hope and the possibility of peace. Furthermore, we found that the symbol that we found to represent wisdom, the spider, and the animal association of the secret letter representing wisdom in the Beth-Luis-Nion Ogham, the unicorn, both had an association with healing in world myth and fable - something that will be brought to the fore in Section Four.

    Before moving on to the second part of the section on The Spider and seeing it depicted in the landscape, it might be an idea to re-read the first part of the Spider section as it introduces concepts that can only seem alien in our times. But as familiarity is gained with the language used and the timeless nature of what is being said, the mist clears. Once the rules of any language are understood we can begin to see where the rules should be applied and can look for new areas of enlightenment.
    In the case of the Goose and Rider one obvious area to look is in the Ogham meanings of the letters N and E and the letters S and I that countered them. It might be thought that the results of the letter associations used up to now were coincidence. We have only used one letter, Q, and its tree and animal associations, and although they fitted perfectly into the jigsaw of meaning we are trying to unravel, just one success with Ogham is hardly conclusive proof of its use in this puzzle.

N    N is the third letter of the Beth-Luis-Nion Ogham alphabet. Its tree is the ash, the most famous of which is Ygdrasil of Norse mythology, the world tree that links heaven and earth and is the giver and sustainer of life. In Greek mythology the ash is the tree sacred to Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. Robert Graves gives the ash in the B-L-N Ogham as the tree of sea power and of the power resident in water. British folklore regarded the ash as the tree of spiritual rebirth. It should be remembered that water symbolises spirit: eg the water pitcher of Aquarius and the heart of the Dove symbolised by the Grafham resevoir. In symbolic terms therefore the N represents not only the continuation of our physical and spiritual lives but the very existence of any life at all.
E    E is one of the five vowels of the B-L-N alphabet and is therefore one of the most important letters. Its tree is the white poplar or aspen. Their leaves are dark on one side yet white underneath. This is accounted for in Greek mythology by the story of Hercules who on his quest in the Underworld made a wreath for himself from the leaves of a tree he found in the Elysian Fields, the area reserved for heros. As he bound it to his head the heat from his radiant brow turned the underside of the leaves white: proof that he was very much alive and had therefore conquered death. There is a Latin legend that Hercules bound his head in white poplar in triumph after killing the giant Cacus (the evil one). Cacus belched flame and smoke from each of his three heads and hung the bleached bones of his victims outside his cave. The symbolic meaning given by Robert Graves to the E therefore is hope of rebirth and triumph over evil.

    We have already shown that by using SISI, against the hag's NENE, we have been able to conquer the hag of death. By looking at the letter meanings above we can see that the hag has in fact used letters of hope, but by having them in her control has given them the opposite meaning, using them to destroy hope and keep the heart of the Dove firmly closed, ensuring its continuation as the Goose.
    Let us now look at the S and the I to see how their letter meanings defeated the hag's N and E.

S    S is the fifth letter in the B-L-N alphabet. Its tree is the willow. The willow is sacred to the death aspect of the Goddess. The goddesses representing the death aspect of the goddess as restored by Graves in  The White Goddess   are Circe, Hera, Persephone and Hecate, here given their original raw elemental meanings rather than their more modern tamed interpretations as goddesses of domesticity. Each have a slightly different meaning: Circe is associated with the natural cycle of death and rebirth, eg: the seasons - the cycle of natural things, Hera is associated with conducting the souls of heroes to the Underworld, Persephone is associated with normal death, but most importantly, with rebirth or resurrection. Hecate is associated with violent death and destruction.
I    I is again one of the five vowels and again one of the most important letters in the Beth-Luis-Nion Ogham alphabet. I is the death vowel and its tree is the yew, in all European countries the death tree. The Latin name for yew is taxus, and toxin, meaning poison, shares the same root. The Greeks used its poisonous berries to smear on their arrows and in  Macbeth  Shakeapeare features yew as one of the ingredients of the three hag's cauldron. In Italy and Greece the yew is sacred to Hecate.

    It is clear that in the same way that the N and E, letters of good omen, were taken and used in their opposite sense to control the Goose, so the S and I are used in their opposite sense to free the Goose from that control and restore hope to the heart of the Dove.
    Not only that. In using the S and the I the name of the hag has been discovered. It is clear that her name is Hecate.
    Not only that. We can see the word she whispered into the ear of the Goose and with which she hoped to set off the nuclear holocaust represented by Alconbury. By reversing the letters of Hecate we can hear the sound ourselves:   etaceH   etace   etac    attack   attack!
    Not only that. We can easily see the name of the Goddess who has helped us to unravel this mystery. We only have to reverse the letters of the ill omened SI,SI she used to counter the death goddess on her own terms to see that her name is Isis, the most ancient and fundamental of all the goddesses.

    Isis and her consort Osiris, so mythology tells us, ruled in harmony until Osiris' evil brother Set tore Osiris into 14 pieces and scattered them. Isis desperately hunted for the 14 pieces, knowing that she could restore Osiris and consequently the perfect balance they had achieved. She found only 13 pieces; the 14th, the phallus, remained lost. Isis fashioned a replacement from wood, but it was a poor substitute. The golden age was gone. Battles and rivalries were endless and from this grew the whole panoply of gods and goddesses that we can read about in mythology today. What is not so widely known is that religious change through the ages has followed almost perfectly the stories of mythology. This is because mythology is the history of religious change. It is both the history of things past and the history of things yet to be.
    We stand now at the start of a new age and have been shown things the like of which have never been seen before - and it has been interpreted using knowledge that up to now has been kept as the most closely guarded secrets of the elite of religions of old. In fact it has been kept so well that it has all but been forgotten. We have used the ancient knowledge to interpret something that exists in the real world - the Rider and Goose found in the British landscape. It has pointed out two threats to both our own and the planet's existence - that do exist in the real world. We have now unmasked our 'saviour' as Isis, the ruler of a perfect creation from a time long, long past. Isis has thrown caution to the winds in using her name to counter the evil depicted in the landscape. To find your opponent's secret name is how religions are overthrown. To give your own name away at the same time as finding your opponent's indicates that something fundamental has changed.
    The main British myth is of King Arthur and the search for the Grail. The Grail, so it is said, will heal mankind and bring about a Golden Age. It is said that the Grail can be found in the castle of the Fisher King who is mortally wounded in the thighs (taken to mean that he is sexually wounded). It is said that the Fisher King represents us all, his wound representing our concern more with worldly matters than things spiritual. Eventually Arthur too is mortally wounded and is carried away to the Underworld to be healed and from where one day he will return. Arthur is a British equivalent of Osiris, the original solar hero, and as such the golden spiritual age promised by the Grail must equate with the age of perfection of Isis and Osiris. But first the Fisher King must be healed. That healing too is offered to us in the form of a landscape figure - decoded in Section Four. First though we see the Spider in the landscape healing Arthur in the second part of Section Three.

    Before we leave this secret page we should remind ourselves again of what has been achieved. Hecate through the centuries has plunged man into war as part of our endless cycle of war and peace. By decoding the landscape figure we can see this for ourselves. By understanding wisdom we can see there is an alternative. With wisdom comes understanding. However bleak the situation, mankind needs hope. It was not by chance that that was where Hecate's attack was made. By denying the possibility of hope we descend into turmoil and (self) destruction follows. By using the wisdom found in the ancient secrets of mythology we seem to have found the possibility of reversing the situation. The Dove has been restored and evil defeated - symbolically at least. The means used to do this was a battle of letter meanings, culminating in a battle between the names of two ancient goddesses, one seemingly set on having us destroy ourselves, one trying to restore hope by perfectly countering every move of the other. We saw the secret meaning of Hecate's name revealed when it was reversed, both confirming her as the villain of the piece and causing her defeat in this battle. As might be expected, Isis is keeping one last secret in this battle, but despite this it does not take too much effort to gain a word of hope and encouragement when Isis' name is mentioned. In fact it's easy.
    By finding hope even in a desperate situation we will always prevail. There is no better way to express this than in a poem.

 

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      HOPE

When death is all around you
And hope begins to ebb,
That's the time to dig your heels in
And stop this downward tread.

To gather all your feelings
And sum them in your heart,
To really hold your hand out,
To feel that curtain part.

Gather in the strength you find there,
Never let it out of sight.
And know that light is shining
Bright in the darkest night.

You cannot fear the future,
No matter what it may bring.
Be true to what you feel there,
Don't let the darkness in.

Be truthful in your questions,
Let your answers be so sure.
Let action follow answer,
And darkness is no more.

 

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