I was still standing on my own, watching everything, and the strong feeling was taking hold of me that my own terrible moment of truth was coming – and I did not want it to!
All the other protestors seemed to be in groups – watching people hurl themselves in front of the tracked vehicle, in case the line gave way. Others were now positioning themselves in front of the parked-up quarry lorries as well now, so they wouldn’t be able to move forward or backward, even if the line holding back the tracked vehicle finally broke.
The police seemed to lose patience when this second line of protest started and people were starting to get pretty brutally arrested. Some people were put off by the heavy police tactics, but with others it seemed to work the other way. I got the impression that some people who had just turned up, expecting only to watch, suddenly made the decision to join in instead, even to get themselves arrested, it made them feel so strongly.
I stood there. I still didn’t feel like doing the Action at all. In fact, I can tell you I actually considered just turning round and going away. Even then, I nearly left. I was just so fed up to even have to be in this hopeless situation. One problem was it seemed so obvious to me the protest would fail. OK, so people were holding their own on some of the tiny details, but in the big picture – to use my father’s horrible phrase – it was obvious it could not stop the stone extraction process starting. I nearly ended up trying to count the number of protestors, estimate the average arrest time and multiply the first figure by the second to work out how long it would be before the Action failed because they had all been arrested and taken away. Again I pulled myself up short; it was as if he was inside my head, again.
I just didn’t want to walk that final seventy-five yards into the mouth of hell – that’s what it felt like. So I stood rooted to the spot, lost, losing my identity in a way, I was so torn. Then I saw four kids from my college. Jamie was there. Jamie. I was so ashamed I had thought of him as Heathcliffe. They waved at me trustingly. They looked at me almost with hero worship. That was the last thing I deserved. ‘Oh Lou, can I be worthy of what you have done?’ I asked in desperation. Jamie crossed over to me. ‘I’m going to prison with you, Liam,’ he said.
‘No, Jamie, you mustn’t. You’ll get kicked out of College. Just be here. Don’t get arrested, mate. They’ll crucify you. Thanks – Jamie for – everything, mate.’ Tears filled my eyes. ‘Go back Jamie,’ I told him. But he wouldn’t. He stuck by me though he was shaking with fear.
I dimly remembered what we’d been told about undoing my jacket, ready for the moment when the police grabbed me. I found myself doing this. I told Jamie that’s what you had to do. ‘So it comes off when they grab it,’ I explained to him. I did it in a dream-like way, even though I was actually telling myself, at the same moment, that what I was going to do was to walk back to the bender and tell Esther I had decided not to join the Action, either. I didn’t want to be grabbed hold of by policemen. I looked at them and I disliked them so much.
The police seemed to be getting more and more impatient, rattled or tired, anyway more and more heavy handed. I didn’t want to be sucked into the despised British ‘Justice’ system. I had watched good men and women being arrested but told myself they were making a useless sacrifice. Jamie nearly collapsed at the knees. It was so truly terrifying and horrible. Then I remembered Lou’s voice. It echoed in my mind:
From 1998 I completed a five-year Field Study – a social anthropology of spiritual forms new to the modern West, including Utopian Community.
In this novel I am honoured to portray the ideals and struggles, the earth spirituality path of those who would treat lightly on the earth, live in connection to the Earth’s heart beat and rhythm, and protect the ancient sacred sites.
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I drew an Ogham Few this morning – and got Hazel.
I took this to be major and fortunate and to mean ‘Inspiration’.
I feel this is a major ‘step out time’ for me now.
I have been working very long hours mostly on Vedic Astrology for some months, but last week I had a Rune Reading which started with Tir which means Victory, and yesterday I recorded an access document for my Rune Course to make visionary contact with the Norse Goddess Freya and a drumming journey to meet Her, and these ‘broke the dam’.
So drawing Hazel this morning confirms I am inspired to now bring through into the form realm my next novel which I have been researching for months.
As a final step of preparation which I will make concurrent to doing the first pieces of writing of the novel, I shall start with composing access guides to the Gods and Goddesses of the ancient Irish such as the Dagdha, the Morrigan, Dian Cecht and Airmid, and doing drumming journeys to meet each of them.
Another big part of the preparation for the novel has each of them.
Another big part of the preparation for the novel has been reading Marion Dowd’s wonderful new book: The Archaelology of Caves in Ireland, a fascinating un-put-downable glimpse into the world of the Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age Irish people (the Medieval section next). For some reason it has totally gripped me to read Marion Dowd’s learned, elegant and very human writing of their material culture, their treatment of their dead and their use of caves as entries to the spirit realms.
So now my novel comes into form.
The novel is about going back in time the world of the Tuatha de Danaan, and it has now finally taken shape in my mind.
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It is when two planets are sextile each other (at 60 degrees) and each of them is in a quincunx angle (150 degrees) to the third planet at the apex of the Yod triangle. You can see this Yod embodied in the chart for today, below. And to the left is a diagram of the Yod chart aspect shape.
The energy created by a Yod is to give great importance to the apex planet – but it does create a situation where the person finds it quite difficult to actually apprehend the energy and meaning of the apex planet directly.
As with any Yod, what the person has to do is work in a visionary way or in a symbolic way at the energy of the planets in sextile that form the base of the Yod triangle. They have to do this in order to more fully understand the meaning of the apex planet.
So here we have in this energy in the heavens now as an opportunity for sensitivity and for vision. An opportunity to be developed through understanding the energy of Sun at 9 degrees Taurus sextile Neptune at 9 degrees Pisces. And that understanding can lead us to understanding the meaning of the North Node of the Moon which is currently at 8 degrees Libra.
So what does the energy of this Yod in the heavens at this time mean?
Well, I believe we are called to find and develop our own sensitivity to Sacred Earth.
I have just spent this time exploring a deep cave in the Lake District (called Cathedral Cave: see photo opposite) and walking through the weird weather to feel the beauty of Elterwater: the lake in the English Lake District whose name means ‘Swan Lake’ in Old Norse, the language of the land’s earlier inhabitants.
So, what is the meaning of the Sun – Neptune combination?
Well, Reinhold Ebertin in his wonderful study: ‘Combination of Stella Influences’ includes, the following manifestations when experienced with positive consciousness:
Sensitiveness. Vision. Compassion. Receptiveness. Active imagination, enthusiasm. Mysticism, soul life, inner life-experience. Great subtlety. He says these are Visionaries, mediums, sensitives. He writes that the aspect can offer abundant experience in psychic or spiritual realms. Mystical experiences, journeys to far-distant places. Success through sympathetic understanding of others.
And what is the energy of the North Node of the Moon in this Yod. Well, I was very interested to find that this degree in Vedic Astrology (14 deg Vedic Virgo) has the following Sidereal symbol based on ancient Vedic Star Lore:
SYMBOL : A radiant rainbow in the centre of which is the Sun in its brightness – Denotes a lover of nature in her grandeur, one of artistic, mystic and philosophic mind, who will move about a great deal and travel to various places. He is capable of spreading the light of truth and of helping many to see and appreciate its marvels. This degree is a fortunate one and promises much.
Through contacting the beauty of Mother Earth, our planet, we are brought to appreciation of the sacred which lies immanent within all landscape.
We create a collective energy field that honours the earth and the Sacred. In writing this I am contributing to that.
The Seeress prophesied at the beginning of time that the Gods of Asgard will not survive the final battle; the Nine Worlds are heading to destruction; beauty and order will fail. As the forces of chaos and darkness gather, Declan and Magda, two young people who have never even seen each other before, suddenly find themselves seized by Odin. He takes them from their own world to work together to save the magic of the Runes and create a new future for the gods. Caught up in the end of the worlds, they choose love, courage and even cunning, and they themselves undergo the awesome magic tests where Odin first won his great powers. But can the prophecy of the Seeress be averted? Can a new world be created? And what will be their place in it? ‘Heimdall has sounded the Gjallarhorn. The forces of chaos are invading Asgard,’ Magda said urgently.
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