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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.