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Monday, July 4th, 2011
3:52 pm
Questing this Summer
Is there any plans for questing this summer?
Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
4:48 pm
Sangreal Sodality and General Update
Well I randomly stumbled across the site of the Sangreal Sodality the other day and admist their history they include a bit of a blurb about William G. Grey and the vision he had that started things off:

At last, after nearly a lifetime. I had seen the Sangreal as clearly as if it had appeared in physical form. It was indeed an actuality. The actuality of ourselves being blest by the best blood in our own veins. We ourselves were the Vessels which contained this priceless power. Everything in the old-time legends fitted in. Nowhere was the Grail known as a Cup, but specifically a Vessel, which could be a container of any kind. It was the principle of containment which was signified, and the Blood Royal was always considered as a very special inheritance handed down genetically from the earliest times to our days which was said to confer kingly characteristics on those who bore even the slightest trace of it.

- William G Grey, 1980

An interesting idea, and in 1980 I can see it being quite mind blowing in its implications. The only issue is that theres also the model of the Graal being a stone, which doesn't really suggest containment to me. Although in that case "the land" itself could be the container.

Anyway, I thought I'd post it and find out how we're doing after the last meeting, and the quests and work of the summer. Has the Red Knight managed to craft a suitable SixtyStone as a meditative focus? Did anyone learn the language of birds? Has anyone found the way to infinite love or given all their blood to the cup? Hows the Queen doing with her quest to befriend the local loci? How are we doing with local power sites?

Time for one last quest before we stow the gear for the winter?
Thursday, August 6th, 2009
9:07 pm
Questers - I will be attempting a crazy daytrip down to Shropshire and back on Saturday!

People who fancy Sally's quest, I have room for three of you! We will be leaving Lancaster probably around six am though you guys get to sleep in the car! I will be packing a picnic of sorts!
Sunday, August 2nd, 2009
10:50 pm
Hello all.

Those wishing to go questing amongst the ragged beauty of the Stiperstones are welcome in my house on Friday (7th August). You're welcome to arrive any time Friday evening, questing is planned for Saturday day time, aiming to return to Lancaster by Saturday evening. There's no furniture left in the house, but there is enough bedding for three people as well as a sleeping bag and one camp bed. Anyone wanting to sleep on something more comfortable will have to provide for themselves I'm afraid. Directions to my house are here. It's number 10 and will probably have several to let signs outside. Directions to Stiperstones from my house are here.

Look forward to seeing people.
Monday, July 13th, 2009
2:34 pm
Oil and Incense Mixing
Well Mish asked me to post a link to this here since it came up in discussion at the meeting on Sunday.
Things you might want to know for Bornless/Samekh/Abramelin flavoured operations. Incense and oil recipies, and things to know about mixing them, and where to get the raw materials.
Friday, July 10th, 2009
7:23 am
Just To Remind...

We shall gather at the Heron Corn Mill at Beetham at 2pm on Sunday.
Sunday, May 24th, 2009
2:46 am
Grails In Other Realms
So, having by accident been a silent observer at the last meeting, it seems like time to broadcast my own recent movements in the quest.

As you may or may not recall from my writings in other areas, I've been experiencing, for around two years, sporadic dream encounters with a woman I've been referring to with some literality as 'the girl of my dreams'. I've come to the conclusion that she represents either my Grail or a step toward it. So earmark her the role of 'Grail Maiden' for the time being.

When I first dreamed her face, I was, in the dream, seeking something and simultaneously running from something. It was an urbanscape, and I was travelling on foot as best I could through a lot of strange areas. I remember vividly dropping down from a wall into a sealed courtyard, boots on concrete and gravel, and seeing her turn to me, dark dress, auburn hair, and realising that at this point I was Safe. The dream ended there. 

A couple of weeks later I encountered her in Lancaster, but was unable to get to her to talk.

Since then, she's been harder to find, and in those dream encounters I've had with her I've been with friends of the Quest and without - driving through Cumbria with the strange dream-conviction of bounty hunting, in battle (or, more precisely, brawl) in Newcastle... If I encounter her 'alone' I never see her face, never experience that moment, but the dream ends nonetheless.

This morning I dreamed of her again, out in the wilds somewhere. I'm uncertain as to whether the world around us was warped or whether dream-logic affected my interpretations. Again, I and my companions were looking for something else; again, the dream ended with my encounter and with that moment.

Any ideas or thoughts?
Monday, May 11th, 2009
4:01 pm
Communicating Ideas
I'm hoping to set out on a little bit of questing in the not too distant future, and as discussed, I hope to seek a suitable piece of material from which to craft an artifact that will aid the flow of Knowledge. I'd imagine it's going to be one of those "I'll know it when I find it" cases, but these are greatly helped by having some concept in mind, so I now invoke the wisdom of the party to point me in a direction.

To recap:
I have some idea of what the grail is to me, or at least, what it represents and/or is tied to. My ideas are too rambly to inflict on a group discussion, although they may precipitate out from time to time when they crystalise. The crux of the matter is that total knowledge or awareness seems to be the sought after state (the Salmon of Wisdom leapt up in connection to this). The Cook pointed out that this sort of thing depends on whether you consider enlightenment to be continual, or revelation-based. I'm inclined to believe that it's both: a continuous accumulation of seemingly unlinked perspectives, then a jolt that makes one see the big picture they're part of. And this has been largely my quest thus far: to have knowledge of the grail by knowing the Land.

To aquire this knowlege, however, I am sadly lacking in one talent - or, rather, I find myself at one end of a tradeoff of abilities that are both useful but mutually exclusive. Next to many members of the party, I'm a bit grounded in the... physical? Carnate? Corporeal? Although this grounding is vastly useful, and I would not trade it away, I do find I need to work quite hard to translate the world as the senses have it into something with the Subtext turned up.

And it's the concept of translation that's got me.
A feeling that there is something being spoken that I do not understand.
Or perhaps I do understand it, just am missing something as my grasp is not fluent. As if I'm hearing words spoken, but my fluency is not such that I can get what's really being said.
The Cook's talk of the Sixtystone's possible link to the formation of language got me thinking about language as a model for what Is, and now my mind drifts back to conversations with the Queen regarding different people's perceptions of reality itself being shaped by how their language expresses it.

The upshot of this is I am seeking an artifact of Language, and I would like to hear the thoughts of anyone who may have sudden ideas or questions that begin "Have you heard of...".

Going on the resources available to me, I'm not sure entirely of the relevance (to me) of a Sixtystone, seemingly linked as they are to the creation of matter. Perhaps on the quest they may well be relevant, however, due to their ties to the creation of living matter and, well, the fact that the fae have them (it? Is it unique?). If the Cook would care to elaborate on it's potential ties to language, or point me to elaborations, then that would be most welcome, as would any and all other thoughts.

When I have such an item, I may call it a Sixtystone anyway, as it's a cool name, and the image of a lump of rock with impressed powah is one I plan to cling to. ;)
Sunday, May 10th, 2009
5:29 pm
Sir Darius, The Red Knight, The Wandering Knight, The Web Knight and The Bard approached from between the trees, come out across the grass and enter the hall, it's high thatched roof, it's opened wooden door and wattle and daub walls. Cross the floor, wooden and polished for dancing, cross the hall to where the Queen sits, at the head of the great wooden table, beneath the portrait of a lady in blue next to the stove at which the Cook toiled.

The Meeting In The Queen's HallCollapse )
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
9:32 pm
There will be a gathering of the quest in the Hall of the Witch Queen (via IM) on Sunday at 3pm.
There we will welcome a new Knight and a Bard to our quest.

I expect tales of all our latest adventures on this quest.
Monday, January 26th, 2009
9:30 pm
Can see the grail.

Has seen the grail.

It is in the soul, the place where the soul is born the grail touches the land only slightly and from this place will begin your search proper for all the signs are there at that exact moment when you first see the grail with your physical eyes.

I can see the grail.
I have seen it with my physical eyes.

Keep moving. Keep walking. Keep looking because at that place at that time you will know where we are going just as we always have.
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
1:40 pm
News update
"Having spent the summer searching Skipholtskrokur, Italian cryptographer Giancarlo Gianazza and his team found no evidence of the secret underground dome they believe to contain the Holy Grail. Undeterred, Gianazza plans to return next year to survey a wider area of Iceland's highlands."

( Sagan Oll / Iceland Review )

- quoted in Withowinde, the Journal of the English Companions, No. 148, Winter 2008.
Saturday, October 4th, 2008
7:16 pm
"And eat your heart out Artie: the Holy Grail's in Iceland!

"According to a theory being propounded by Isolfur Gylfi Palmason, of the Hrunamannahreppur District Council, the Grail was hidden by Snorri Sturlsson (aided and abetted of course, by the Knights Templar) in an underground chamber in Skipholtskrokur. Before anyone suspects such base motives as enhancing local tourism, however, Mr Palmason claims to have incontrovertible evidence in the form of an 'ancient knife' discovered in a place overlooking the area and where he believes 'a guard may have stood to watch over the place...' [Iceland Review]"

-- From Withowinde, Journal of the English Companions, No. 147, Autumn 2008.
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
12:17 pm
White Horse in the national news!
For my money this reflects on some of the issues that have been raised in the quest...

Saturday, June 21st, 2008
12:04 am
Happy Litha
Out on Heysham Head. Did a brief ritual t the dead, not entirely sure why.

There are six fae graves. I burnt Frankincesnse and Myrhh over them and looked out over the ocean. I asked what I should see and did some messing around with tarot cards as well.

They had seen the grail a thousand time and plunged into the sand, they had larned a thousand times far from home and lands.
The question must be asked lest north and south and east be plunged into a wasteland. What is the question?

The journal must be physical as well as spiritual. The tarot cards I picked were:

The Devil reversed.
The Prince of Swords.
The Three of Cups reveresed.

I also picked the Queen of Cups reversed.

The Eight of Swords.

The Hierophant reversed.

I'm feeling kinda of out of it. Happy Litha. We continue in the Quest!
First to Iceland, then to the Ridgeway and finally to the Isle of Man. Thoughts?
Monday, June 16th, 2008
9:03 pm
Interesting Thing
Maybe interesting vision at pagan soc, it's a bit minimal though.

White wings speeding over reflecting, moving water towards a bright light (sunrise/set?) They were flying from right to left in front of me.
Monday, April 28th, 2008
9:30 pm
Spring is very much here, and I'm begining to feel like I can do my thing again. With that in mind, I went out for a bit more exploring over the weekend, keeping my mind in what the Witch Queen has referred to as 'Grail-space'. It was suggested that I try something coastal, which was also what my instincts were telling me, so I aimed to ride as far as I could to the coast, as far up as time would allow. As I was in the area, I made it up to the Giant's Seat near Silverdale to round things off.
Other than some interesting riding between Hest Bank and Carforth - certainly good for the bond between mount and rider, not so good for a life free from gullies, inlets, and sand that, if not quick, was certainly not dawdling - I didn't really get anything that stayed with me from the venture. I would, however, recommend that the our Witch Queen see the Giant's Seat for herself after what she says she saw in her dream. I felt nothing for the place, but I suggest others give it a go.
What I did get something of a feel for was certain aproaches to Warton Crag, and possibly even Warton itself (a place which is a lot older than I realised), and I shall probably make this my next destination.
11:24 am
The Dream Quest of the Grail
So, setting out the other day I entered a state part way between dreaming and awake. Now, some of the images I saw are almost certainly the result of my head meandering through the days events but at some point I slipped out of doze and into what I shall term 'grail-space'.

So, I was travelling besides the sea, kind of as if I was on a train but walking, along what looked like the train ride up along the coast towards Ravenglass. There was beach, sometimes headland, sometimes stones and sometimes the weird grassy little marshy thing. There was at one point a dolphin travelling along side me. I was travelling north when I came to a sudden rise, a cliff, a little like the one I visited with Pagan Soc with Ian in about 2002 (there are pictures on the pagan soc website...)
Then I was over a low wall and sat looking out to sea.

Small I know, but very important at the time.
10:50 am
The Meeting In Ulverston
So, we met in the Town of the Wolf, The Witch Queen, The Lady, The Cook, The Magician and the Knight of the Bay. It wasn't practicable to climb the Hoad so that will wait until later in the year. Some discussion was had as to the Cunning-Man's latest thoughts as regard the Fisher King and the Cook has posted a PDF about Odin, Bran et al which was discussed in the tea shop.

The Knight of the Bay announced his quest with the Lady to seek a cave behind a waterfall, which has since been found and is proposed to be quested to by myself, the Knight and the Lady.

Links between the Norse Gods and the Grail Quest were discussed and it was suggeted that this Land which we are starting from connects to them both.

I'd like to see people's personal quests coming up on the journal and not just being reported verbally to the Witch Queen - we're all in this quest and I really do feel that each others quests can help the others.
Sunday, April 27th, 2008
10:57 pm
All hail!
How goes it with everyone?

It would be grand to hear inspiring words from the rest of you!
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