Thursday, 26 May 2011

King Arthur's Summer Solstice

My name is Arthur, I am he,
Once and Future, born to be.
Celtic Chieftain, Knight of Old,
I am the story as foretold.
Loyal Knights, must come to me,
Bowing to their destiny.
Where ’er we find them, we’ll right wrong,
For this must always be our song.
The Cauldron and the Cross unite,
Christian and Pagan, join our fight.
To re-unite the Celtic creed,
In it’s time of greatest need.

From the Rallying Song c. Arthur Pendragon 1987

There are tales, and there are stories,
Of Arthur and his Knights.
Of Standing Stones and Circles,
And ancient Battle sites.
But the place that figures most, is not a place at all,
‘tis Castle Camelot, without a Castle wall.
You’ll not find it on a map, or posted on a sign,
But it’s there wherever we gather and partake of the wine.

From Castle Camelot
c. Arthur Pendragon 1989

And its here and now, Stonehenge, Summer Solstice,
Come and Join Us.
c. Arthur Pendragon. 2011.

King Arthur's Summer Solstice by celestialelff
King Arthur's original poems narrated by King Arthur.
Original soundtrack King Arthurs Summer Solstice c. Celestial Elf 2011.
Celestial Elf is a member of Druids of the Second Realm, a seedgroup in SL formed by members of the RL Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids .

On King Arthur Uther Pendragon;

King Arthur Pendragon, crowned 'Raised Druid King of Britain' on 3 January 1998 on the ancient Coronation Stone by representatives from 5 Druid Orders, is also the Titular Head and Chosen Chief of The Loyal Arthurian Warband, Lawband, Clawband and Warband, or as may be called, Wizards, Witches and Warriors. King Arthur is a Pagan Priest, and Druid Swordbearer with an unshakeable belief in the Divine and his place in this system and most widely known for his role as an environmentalist, and Eco-warrior. What is best for the nation (Pendragon)must come first, what is best for the tribe (King) second, and what is best for the man (Arthur) last. His battles with the British Government (in the form of English Heritage) and campaigns for the right of everybody to enter Stonehenge at the Solstices have earned him great respect among many.
In 1998 with assistance of Liberty who acted as his Counsel, Arthur claimed to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg that because of the exclusion zone around Stonehenge, his freedom of thought, conscience, religion and expression were restricted. Although the court decided in favour of the UK government, Arthur can be justified in claiming victory as the exclusion zone around Stonehenge was never repeated and in 2000 full public access to Stonehenge was officially granted for those celebrating the solstices. King Arthur has also written of his experiences in The Trials of Arthur: The Life and Times of a Modern-Day King

Druid members of LAW may be found at Avebury on the nearest Saturday to celebrations of the eight-fold wheel, in London on Primrose Hill on the nearest Sunday to each Solstice and Equinox and at Stonehenge on the dawn of the Solstices and Equinoxes, performing public Ritual and Ceremony (English Heritage & Wiltshire Constabulary permitting).
The Loyal Arthurian Warband is a vast network of people working together throughout the world towards a vision of Truth, Honour & Justice.

The Historical-Literary Origins of King Arthur;

King Arthur was a legendary British leader of the late 5th and early 6th centuries, depicted in the 12thC by Geoffrey of Monmouth as the King who defeated the Saxons and united Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Norway and Gaul (History of the Kings of Britain). However the earliest literary references to King Arthur are in ancient Welsh and Breton sources, in which King Arthur defends Britain from human and supernatural enemies and is a magical figure associated with the Welsh Otherworld of Annwn. In the early 19th C, reawakened interest in King Arthur, established a new code of ethics for 19th-century gentlemen based on the chivalric ideals that he embodied and in the 20thC interest has continued through novels such as T. H. White's The Once and Future King (1958) and Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon (1982). T. H. White's novel was adapted into the musical Camelot in 1960 and this was made into a film in 1967. A recurrent and now realised theme of Arthurian literature is the notion that he would one day return to save his people.

The Sumer Solstice;

The ancient Summer Solstice festivals are still widely celebrated in Britain, Cornwall, Ireland and parts of Northern Europe.
In the northern hemisphere, the Summer Solstice is when the sun reaches it farthest point north of the Celestial Equator. This day has the greatest amount of time between sunrise and sunset making it the longest day and shortest night of the year and falls around June 21st every year. In the southern hemisphere, the winter and summer solstices are reversed.
In Norse traditions this time of year is as sacred as the Yule. The sun goddess Sunna is celebrated as she drives the sun-bearing chariot across the sky and Balder, the God of light, is honored and sacrificed, to be reborn again at Yule.

The Midsummer Solstice, also referred to by Neopagans as Litha, signifies the turning point of the Summer Season in the cycle of the year.
The Goddess is now at her most fertile as the seed planted earlier in her womb grows with the sun. She blossoms as the Earth overflows with flowers and fruit and the first harvest is a time of special joy. Handfasting ceremonies and weddings at this time demonstrate enduring ties with the Druids' celebration of this day as the 'wedding of Heaven and Earth' resulting in the belief of a 'lucky wedding in June'.
The Sun King is also at His strongest now, and due to the merry making of Beltane and His marriage to the Goddess, He has become a father bringing the heat of Summer and the promise of a great harvest which ensures the continuity of life in the face of the oncoming darkness of winter.
Wiccans and other Pagans incorporate the dying vegetation God into their rites, as the Oak King God of the waxing year gives way to the Holly King God of the waning year. In this tradition the two sides of nature and of ourselves are honored, the light and the dark.
Forces of magic also abound as fairies, elves and other spirits roam our world, because this Solstice is one of the turning points of the year, a time when the veil between worlds is at its thinnest. The most well-known example of this is in Shakespeare's play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" which has Oberon and Titania as fairy King and Queen.
This Solstice is celebrated most notably in England at Stonehenge and Avebury, where thousands gather to welcome the sunrise.

About Stonehenge;

Stonehenge has been used over 5000 years as a temple, burial ground, a place of gathering, for magic, for ritual, and as an observatory.
Built between 3200 BC and 1600 BC, Stonehenge lies 9miles north of Salisbury Hill in Wiltshire and is the world's earliest earthwork to contain specific lunar and solar alignments, composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones. That the Summer Solstice Sun rose close to the Heel Stone, and the Sun's first rays shone into the centre of the monument portrays the particular importance placed by its builders on the Solstice and Equinox points of the year.
Many spiritual beliefs still center on Stonehege, considering the location a cross roads of power and central hub of influentual ley lines alive with earth energy.
I include one such view here;
Stonehenge is actually far more than a marvellous astrological device, or a place for religious celebration... it was actually a trans-dimensional portal, a place where incarnate humans could communicate with spirit, where energies (or information) are 'communicated' from one dimension to another...Wisdom flowed from higher dimensions to the 'priesthood', to help the growth of humanity...linking lower energies (or humanity) and higher wisdom.
It is not a coincidence that Stonehenge was located in Britain, as Britain lies on an important planetary ley line configuration, which has long acted as a portal to bring changes to humanity, and that is why Britain has produced so many pioneers in many fields, and still today encourages transformation. Stonehenge was designed as a device to help this planet evolve, it is a Stargate!'' says Sahar Huneidi.

Happy Solstice to You !

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

The Life and Times of a Modern-day King

The Trials of Arthur:Five Star Book Review;
Arthur Pendragon and Christopher James'

The Trials of Arthur: The Life and Times of a Modern-day King.

Brilliant Book detailing the return of England's Ancient Leader, King Arthur in person.

Providing an account of his early life as John Timothy Rothwell, his progression from Biker Gang to British Army and subsequent return to the highways and byways as King John, so named by his friends because he held parties in the ruined castle at Odiham known as King Johns Castle.

As circumstances continued to present inescapable similarities of events and of personal identity, and following his Druid belief in reincarnation, he officially changed his name to became Arthur Pendragon on 11 June 1986.
Following his new calling, his campaigns on behalf of the people of Great Britain against injustice done to them such as in The Poll Tax, and on behalf of the natural sites of Great Britain such as most famously, Stonehenge, have lead to his arrest over 30 times.
Taking his responsibilities to heart however, no such inconvenience be it obstruction by the Law or by adverse weather has slowed down Arthur's actions on behalf of the people and the land.
For example of his dedication, he has stood vigil in all weathers fair and foul at Stonehenge to protest against and raise awareness of the British Governments control over the ancient religious site (in the form of English Heritage ) who have restricted access throughout the year and charge an entrance fee to enter this scared site.
His actions have to some extent proved successful as now Stonehenge is made available for all people to celebrate the Solstices.

Rightly earned then and as if an apparition from medieval times, Arthur was crowned 'Raised Druid King of Britain' by representatives from 5 druid orders on 3 January 1998 on the ancient Coronation Stone at Kingston Upon Thames. The small group of robed characters stepped magically past the everyday streets of a thriving shopping center in the town as Arthur climbed upon the Stone, all the bustle of the 20th C and its busy life providing an unlikely backdrop for this remarkable event.

A very Hearty and Heartfelt account full of derring do and of Down To Earth Druidry, following the path of Action.
Wether real or no, King Arthur has risen to meet the challenges before him with delight and good humor, Recommended.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

To The Venus Project;

This machinima film is a fictional message from a post apocalyptic and pro sustainablility future world to the current day Venus Project and its founders.

Greetings to the people of the planet of the Earth,
to the 21st Century before freedoms birth,
Greetings and thank you for the gift that you gave us,
And to Jaque Fresco for the path that he showed us.

Our historians detail of your troubled times of life,
Of the crimes of Great War and of Poverty and Strife,
The suffering and the conflict endured beneath corporate powers that sell,
The pollution of planet and recurring nightmares that fell.

Cyclical, endless and ancient hierarchs its true,
But listen a moment and you will find the way through,
Give a thought to the causes of the problems portrayed,
Step out and beyond from the pointless charade.

Whilst rooted in confusion and greed and neglect,
Centralized self interest did rule as much as could get,
But the lack of balance between nature and her people,
Was paid by the countless and voiceless as their masters did trample.

Our mission in this message is to remind you now, how,
You chose to emerge all those eons ago,
Your heart-mind remembered that we are all one,
A family of life-kind under the very same sun.

The day you said stop, and all the world stood still,
You threw aside chains of deceit, fear and ill will,
You began the great Venus Project with its bright principles fair,
United creation, carbon emissions reduced and CO2 cleansed from the air.

From outside of the deeps and the depth of all space time,
We send you our thanks for the courage it took,
To emerge from beneath the tyranny of your lifetimes,
To evolve beyond fear and approach life with a new look.

Listen a moment longer and you might see ahead,
Our world following where your exemplary vision has led,
A cybernated eco-civilization where technology serves that all may thrive,
A permaculture planet, bio diverse, blue-green and alive.

Abandoning the treadmills of competitive possession,
Turning platitudes into plowshares, well wishes into action,
Setting the obsolete and dangerous power systems aside,
For clean solar and wind, water and thermal energies supplied.

Your restructuring of society brought peace to the earth,
Planetary sustainability beyond politics poverty and war,
Your well conceived vision bypassed the impending apocalypse,
As people and planet restored, realized the abundance of life.

And as all nations embraced the new resource based economy,
Our mythologies tell how the geo-political collapse fell away,
And the community of Life-kind on earth at last flourished,
As humanity embarked on its true finest day.

From our sustainable cities, circular on sea land and in air,
With each concentric region ergonomically planned,
From the central hub, home of our community endeavors,
From the hearts of our speakers, we send joy, thanks and blessings.

To the Venus Project by celestialelff

c celestial elf 2011

nb for any who may be interested in the problems of machinima making, please see Viewless at Venus for an interesting encounter.

What is the Venus Project?

The Venus Project ( ) was started
around 1975 (formally called "Sociocyberneering") by Jacque Fresco and
founded on the idea that poverty is caused by the stifling of progress in
technology, which itself is caused by the present world's profit-driven
economic system.
Presenting a bold, new direction for humanity that entails nothing less than the total redesign of our culture, resolving the serious problems of unemployment, violent crime, replacement of humans by technology, over-population and a decline in the Earth's ecosystems.
According to Fresco, poverty, crime, corruption and war are the result of scarcity created by the present world's profit-based economic system.
The Venus Project is dedicated to confronting these problems by actively engaging in the research, development, and application of workable solutions through the use of innovative approaches to social awareness, educational incentives, and the consistent application of the best that science and technology can offer directly to the social system, The Venus Project offers a comprehensive plan for social reclamation in which human beings, technology, and nature will be able to coexist in a long-term, sustainable state of dynamic equilibrium.
Fundamental to the project is what Fresco calls a "resource-based economy". Such a system uses existing resources, rather than money, to provide an equitable method of distribution in the most humane and efficient manner. It is a system in which all goods and services are available to everyone without the use of money, credits, barter, or any other form of debt or servitude.
Fresco argues that the world is rich in natural resources and energy and that, with modern technology and judicious efficiency, the needs of the global population can be met with abundance, while at the same time removing the current limits of what is deemed possible because of notions of economic viability.

Fresco provides an example of this confusion in the following quote: "At the beginning of World War II the U.S. had a mere 600 or so first-class fighting aircraft. We rapidly overcame this short supply by turning out more than 90,000 planes a year. The question at the start of World War II was: Do we have enough funds to produce the required implements of war? The answer was No, we did not have enough money, nor did we have enough gold; but we did have more than enough resources. It was the available resources that enabled the US to achieve the high production and efficiency required to win the war. Unfortunately this is only considered in times of war."[13]

Fresco states that for this to work, all of Earth's resources must be held as the common heritage of all people and not just a select few; and the practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant and counter-productive to the survival of human civilization.

The Venus Project was featured prominently in the 2008 documentary film Zeitgeist: Addendum, as a possible solution to the global problems explained in the first film and first half of the second film.
Following the movie, an organization called the Zeitgeist Movement was established to promote the aims of the Venus Project.

On Sustainable Cities;

A sustainable city, or eco-city is a city designed with consideration of environmental impact, inhabited by people dedicated to minimization of required inputs of energy, water and food, and waste output of heat, air pollution - CO2, methane, and water pollution.
A sustainable city can feed itself with minimal reliance on the surrounding countryside, and power itself with renewable sources of energy. The crux of this is to create the smallest possible ecological footprint, and to produce the lowest quantity of pollution possible, to efficiently use land; compost used materials, recycle it or convert waste-to-energy, and thus the city's overall contribution to climate change will be minimal, if such practices are adhered to.

It is estimated that around 50%[2011] of the world’s population now lives in cities and urban areas. These large communities provide both challenges and opportunities for environmentally conscious developers. In order to make them more sustainable, building design and practice, as well as perception and lifestyle must adopt sustainability thinking.

On Permaculture;

Permaculture is an approach to designing human settlements and agricultural systems that are modeled on the relationships found in natural ecologies.
The ecological processes of plants, animals, their nutrient cycles, climatic factors and weather cycles are all part of the picture. Inhabitants’ needs are provided for using proven technologies for food, energy, shelter and infrastructure. Elements in a system are viewed in relationship to other elements, where the outputs of one element become the inputs of another.
Within a Permaculture system, work is minimized, "wastes" become resources, productivity and yields increase, and environments are restored.
Permaculture principles can be applied to any environment, at any scale from dense urban settlements to individual homes, from farms to entire regions.
While originating as an agro-ecological design theory, permaculture has developed a large international following. This "permaculture community" continues to expand on the original ideas, integrating a range of ideas of alternative culture, through a network of publications, permaculture gardens, intentional communities, training programs, and internet forums. In this way, permaculture has become a form of architecture of nature and ecology as well as an informal institution of alternative social ideals.