The Devil and the Woke

I do not know where the term ‘woke’ came from but I always doubted it was correct English and I’m not frankly interested in its origins either. Back when I wrote my first book – Inner Journeys – I spent some time looking at two tarot cards – The Devil and The Lovers. These two cards are actually very similar and yet dramatically different and they have some relevance to todays woke silliness.

The Devil card shows Satan himself towering over two figures – male and female – who are chained below him.

Look closely however and you will see that the people are only loosely chained and could escape at any time if they so chose. Observe also the directions of gaze on the part of the three characters in the card.

Now, let’s compare with the Lovers card. Do you see the similarities?

In the Lovers, the Angel looks out while the woman looks up and the man across to the woman. As I wrote in Inner Journeys…

“For me, the man represents the normal waking self – the conscious person, and the female represents the inner or subconscious self. The Angel is the higher self. So what is revealed by this card is that the inner self is actually a pathway to the higher self. The card shows in occult (hidden) terms that the conscious self must look to the subconscious self to experience a connection with the Divine higher self – the one thing that is all. ” and I go on to write…

Looking more closely at the Devil card, it is apparent that, firstly the male and female figures look in opposite direction; inferring that the conscious and subconscious aspects of the person are out of synchronisation. In fact they are chained to a block of stone on which the Devil perches. The male and the female are not tightly chained. The chains are loose and either of the two people depicted could easily escape if they really wanted to. The stone block between the two people depicted could easily escape if they really wanted to. The stone block between the two figures only serves to reinforce the idea that they are separated by some gulf or barrier. Above them ominously sits Satan himself as the King of ignorance. While the Lovers card shows the result of a correct relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind, the Devil card shows what happens when that relationship is blocked. Not only is contact with the higher self, or God, lost but it is replaced by ignorance.

It seems to me that today, a lot of people are now stuck in Devil card mode. They feel trapped by fear and some even appear to celebrate this fact and call if being ‘woke’. Woke is a corrupted form of the word awakened and it belongs with the Devil card. The Lovers card shows how people in an awakened state really are. They have a correct and whole inner relationship and they see that the narratives of lies and fear are just that. They listen to their higher selves for guidance rather than the Guardian or CNN. The accept personal responsibility for their lives rather than outsource it to faceless Governments and they know with certainty that are FREE.

There is another side to all of this as well. While whomever it is that runs this world appears to be in the business of continuously subjugating the vast majority of humanity via fear and technology and the narrative of lies, they also leave signs everywhere. The signs show ways to awaken and escape their grasp. These are like the symbols on the US banknote and in many other contexts. It is as if they know that you do have free will and they cannot take that from you. They can hammer you into a hole of fear and despair, fill you with lies about history, gender, climate and vaccines, scare you to death with wars, terrorism and so on. Yet, in the end they have to allow you a way forward as well. It’s like those silly videos and memes that say – when you see it….

If I’m right about this, then it means that we can all awaken and throw off the shackles and especially now as we enter a new Age of Aquarius and because of the energy background the Earth is passing through right now.

So, take your chance. Awaken and be free.

Sue Vincent’s Qabalah

In the back of the book – The Mystical Hexagram – that I collaborated on with Sue Vincent is a section on the Qabalah that she had written earlier and she suggested might belong in that book. So there it was placed and it does seem to belong there as well. But for those of you who knew Sue, you may not be aware of her view of the Qabalah that now sits as Appendix 1 in the book?

Titled An Overview of the Tree of Life Sue shines out from every word. Se had written it based on her many years of working with the tree of life and then it seems to have resided on her desk. I know little more of its origins but when I shared with her the original manuscript of the Hexagram book and asked if she might help me ‘finish’ it, she immediately sent her work to me and suggested including it. When I read it I can hear her beautiful voice and Yorkshire accent and it makes me smile…. it is filled with her joyous view of life and her habit of seeing the value of everything and everyone.

Perhaps just as importantly, since the hexagram material came through to me from Asteroth in meditation and became an obsession for several years, it fits because the major part of the received material deals with using the hexagram as a key to unlock more value in the tree of life – and other magical systems.

It really should be published in its own right as a pamphlet or similar to be honest. I miss Sue. I’m sure many others do too.

Chasing the Templar Line

I just posted a new video of several sites around Jindrichuv Hradec that I visited this summer looking for the line…

In the video, I note a few things like how churches on the line are mostly attributed to male saints on the Perun line and female saints on the Mokosh line. I also show a site on the Mokosh line where there is a well, a pond and a cross – this happens very often. I also wonder if animals chosing to stay in a particular location is how the ancients figured out where the lines went and show a group of cows sitting on the line….

A Dream

I’m 62 and a half. I have a day job and it supports me very nicely yet I sometimes wonder how will I retire? After a very expensive divorce back in the early 2000’s, my ex took almost all my pensions and honestly since that time, I haven’t really bothered cos I figured I’d work until I dropped. But I do dream of being able to focus on my hobbies – dowsing, ghost stories, hiking, vlogging, blogging, music and photography. It would be nice to make a living from that…

This is why at some point I will start offering some dowsing classes off this site and why there will be many more books. However, a modern trend seems to be to ask people to support your effort with a small monthly donation to the cause. So, I’m going to try that as well and if interested, you can support me here.

It’s nice to dream about doing your hobbies for a living but for most, it remains just a dream. I’m going to try to make my dream a bit of a reality…

Drowning in Lines

The last few weeks, I have been trying to track the Templar line east of Brno. The problem is, I keep finding other lines. It is beginning to make some sense to me now but I am still quite amazed by the number of Type 4 lines in the area – these are 90-pace wide pairs – like the Michael and Mary line in the UK.

The Templar line runs north of Brno and seems to have one or two parallel lines following to the south of it as well as a north-south line intersecting them all. Now that should make for a rather energetic area north-east of Brno. Eva has been away but the one time she accompanied me and then took her dogs for a walk in the area on her own, she remarked at the strange energies in the area.

I’m still working on these lines and tracking them. The area concerned is the limestone karst that is filled with caves – some them can be visited and so its a touristy region. One cave was turned into a nuclear fallout shelter for the military and now can also be toured. Strangely enough, it is on the Templar line.

I also found an intersection of two of these lines last weekend just outside Sivice. As usual, there was a large church built at the point dedicated to Mary. The attached house next door has the all-seeing eye over its doorway and over St. Christopher.

Much more work is needed in this area to unravel everything.

Dowsing in the UK

Last week, I was back in the UK after a three-year gap sadly, for my Mum’s funeral. However, the week turned into a celebration of my parent’s lives and I managed a day of revisiting places where I had treasured memories. Eva had joined us for the last few days and thoughtfully packed her dowsing rods.

One place I really wanted to visit was a village called Lastingham in the north Yorkshire moors. It’s a pretty village with a magnificent village pub and an even better little church. It also has a number of wells dedicated to various saints spotted around it. I had first visited on a weekend of mystical delights with my friends at the Silent Eye mystery school. The church had resonated with an energy that I now know to be earth energies and so, I wanted to revisit with those rods. I made a video of the trip and it shows the church and crypt in some detail.

The church has an amazing history as alluded to in the video. St. Mary’s originates as a wooden monastery in 654. The Venerable Bede actually mentions this event and the first Abbott was one St. Cedd. In fact, Bede points to the earth energies by stating that the monastery was sited where ‘where once dragons lay.’

Cedd participated in the Synod of Whitby as a translator that decided to subsume the Celtic church into the Catholic one – rather a shame if you ask me! On returning, Cedd succumbed to the plague and was succeeded by his brother St. Chad. St. Cedd is said to be buried in the church by the alter in the crypt.

The church was rebuilt in stone around 1078 and is a magnificent example of architecture of that period. The crypt is magnificent and is a truly Norman crypt! A wonderful description can be found here. Now the crypt contains a lot of Saxon stones and pillars as well among which is one depicting two inter twinned serpents again hinting at earth energies.

On arrival, we immediately went into the pub for lunch sitting by a roaring coal fire and enjoying meat pies and other British delicacies. Even there, the energies were strong and vibrant. After lunch we went into the church and the energies are most strong in the crypt. So strong that Eva had to leave… Even my daughter – who believes in nothing of the kind said she felt dizzy…

The energies are created I believe by two 90-pace wide lines that we dowsed crossing within the church and by hundreds of years of worship and meditation. The ‘female’ line passes through the pub and down the aisle of the church while the ‘male’ line passes at a right angle through the church. There may be many other lines coming into the vortex – I did not have sufficient time to dowse a broader circle around the church. The energies are the strongest we have ever felt however and so, we remain a little puzzled as to why they are so so strong?

Eva felt the energies strongly and during her meditation she received the following beautiful lines…

Every way you go

Every place you stay

Help every heart you see

The love is on the way

To me these echo the sign in the church that says “Do not neglect to show hospitality to Strangers for thereby some have entertained Angels unawares“.

The church is said to lie on a ley line. I can now confirm that indeed it does as the crossing of the line pair would form a node on a ley.

We didn’t have much time but I also wanted to search for one of the wells – the Mary Magdalene well. I remembered pretty clearly where it was and soon found it. It too appears to lie on the ‘female’ line that passes through the church. You can find more about these holy wells here. However, it appears that this well is very ancient indeed going back to Roman times.

Later in the day, we visited the Rudston monolith near Bridlington. Standing over 25 feet tall, the monolith is the tallest standing stone in England but not so well known as it should be. As a boy, I visited several times with my father who could detect energy spirals around it using his meter (that he used in his work to measure electricity). We puzzled as to what its secrets were. A quick dowse showed that it too lay on a 90-pace wide line and who knows, it may even be the same line!