SACRED PLACES TOUR 2018. To be guided by HILARY BOND PhD.

INTRODUCTION

I am still “umming” and “ahring” about exactly where the tour will go next year. I will definitely go to Glastonbury, Dodona, Delos, Athens and Epidauus in Greece. I am going to Glastonbury in a few weeks. And I have been researching how to get around in Greece and finding out how much everything costs. I definitely need five people, as well as myself, to make the tour worth while.

GLASTONBURY- CHALICE WELL

Chalice Well is one of Britain’s most ancient wells, nestling in the Vale of Avalon between the famous Glastonbury Tor and Chalice Hill. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and orchards it is a living sanctuary in which the visitor can experience the quiet healing of this sacred place. For over two thousand years this has been a place where people have gathered to drink the waters and find solace, peace and inspiration.

The Chalice Well is among the best known and most loved holy wells in Britain. It is even more well known than Bath. Many legends are attributed to its chalybeate waters, which flow ceaselessly at a steady rate and temperature that never varies. Not least among these is that they represent the blood of Christ miraculously springing forth from the ground when Joseph of Arimathea buried or washed the cup used at the Last Supper. For others the waters are acknowledged as the essence of life, the gift from Mother Earth to sustain its living forms and so a continuous spring like Chalice Well is a direct expression of an unbounded life force.
Druid priests and society considered Glastonbury their ‘holy mecca’. Complete with temples, stone circles, fertility sites and a sacred Goddess Center, druid high priests and high priestesses were trained, initiated and centered at the Tor and Chalice Well. I have seen a past life where I and many other Chalice Well priestesses were cut down by Saxons around 400 AD when the Romans no longer protected Britain. At that stage we could not call the Christian ladies nuns.

In ancient times before the Christians arrived the Chalice wellspring was considered to be the earth source for the Goddess, Gaia. Her red waters were sacred and used for healing.

The small village of Glastonbury itself is lovely and quaint, cradled among a series of velvety green hills. The tallest of these hills is the famous Tor, an oblong ‘whale shaped’ hill formation with the impressive monolithic remains of a church tower on top, dedicated to the Archangel Michael.

At the foot of the Tor is the Chalice Well and the spherical dome of Chalice Hill. Below in the town center lay the ruins of the great Abbey, site of Joseph of Arimathea’s church, and gravesite of the legendary King Arthur.

Wearyall Hill, location of the legendary thorn tree is on the west entrance to the village. I am sad to say just recently vandals have destroyed the Thorn Tree that Joseph of Arimathea bought to Glastonbury and planted at Wearyall Hill.

GLASTONBURY VORTEX SITES
There are four powerful energy sites within the township. Each site activates one of the upper chakras. That in itself is an extremely interesting phenomenon. The earth currents in the Glastonbury sites are all ‘electrical’ vortexes, meaning the flow is outward. These four vortex sites work synergistically to balance all 4 upper chakras, and resonate in unison as the World Heart Center. These resonate as follows:
7th Chakra -Crown : The Tor (Archangel Michael Tower)
6th Chakra – Third Eye : The Chalice Well (Kings Court)
5th Chakra – Throat : Wearyall Hill (Sacred Thorn Vortex)
4th Chakra – Heart : Abbey Ruins (Lady Chapel)

Three of the vortexes listed above, The Tor, Chalice Well and Lady Chapel, are created by the spinning effect of the Michael and Mary leylines intersecting. These 3 sites also contain a myriad of other energetic sources, but those equally sacred energies are not telluric in nature. The vortex at Wearyall Hill occurs only on the Michael line. (The Mary line is not present). Precisely at the Holy Thorn an energetic node occurs with a powerful earth- current vortex spinning upward. The vortex has a diameter of about 8 feet.

In addition to the primary power-points in Glastonbury, numerous other energy centers occur. The locations in Glastonbury that I feel resonate to the first three chakras are:
3rd Chakra – Solar Plexus – ‘Egg Stone’ ( Northwest side Tor slope)
2nd Chakra – Creative Center – Chalice Spring Wellhead (Chalicewell Gardens)
1st Chakra – Base Center – White Springs Wellhead (Westside Chilkwell Street)
The combined Glastonbury energies resonate as a heart center, and accordingly vibrate to the number four.

The Chalice Well gardens are open almost every day of the year. From April 1st – October 28th they are open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The small village of Glastonbury itself is lovely and quaint, cradled among a series of velvety green hills. The tallest of these hills is the famous Tor, an oblong ‘whale shaped’ hill formation with the impressive monolithic remains of a church tower on top, dedicated to the Archangel Michael. At the foot of the Tor is the Chalice Well and the spherical dome of Chalice Hill. Below in the town center lay the ruins of the great Abbey, site of Joseph of Arimathea’s church, and gravesite of the legendary King Arthur. Wearyall Hill, location of the legendary thorn tree is on the west entrance to the village.

Glastonbury was a major religious center long before the time of King Arthur or Joseph of Arimathea. The Druids utilized the Tor from 2500 BC as an initiation center for priests. Megalithic Age remains dating from 5,000 BC reveals Glastonbury as the site of a massive astrological calendar combining a stone circle, with solar and lunar alignments, (atop the Tor) and a land carved zodiac map, ten miles in diameter.

Glastonbury-Shaftesbury is believed to be the 4th Earth Chakra, the Heart. Located in the Southwest corner of England is the legendary village of Glastonbury. To say that this village is legendary is actually somehow an understatement, it has been recognized as a spiritual center since the megalithic era. It is the site of the first Christian church in the British Isles and claimed to be the Avalon of the King Arthur tale. The village of Glastonbury itself is pretty small but very quaint, cradled among a series of velvety green hills.

THE TOR

Tor is an English word referring to a high rock or hill, derriving from the Old Enlgish Torr. The Celtic name of the Tor was Ynys Wydryn, or sometimes Ynys Gutrin, meaning “Isle of Glass”. Tor’s ruins originiated around the same time as when Stonehenge was constructed. Thousands of years ago it was an island. Before modern drainage, the Tor in winter would have towered above the flooded Somerset Levels.The tallest of the hills is the famous Tor. At the top of Tor are impressive remains of a church on top, dedicated to the Archangel Michael. The top of the Tor was levelled at some point in the 10th or 11th century to build a large stone church. In 1275 an earthquake levelled this church. Years later a smaller church was rebuilt on the site in 1323 and lasted until the demise of Glastonbury Abbey in 1539. The church was quarried for stone and now only the tower survives.

At the foot of the Tor is the Chalice Well and the spherical dome of Chalice Hill. Below in the town center are the ruins of the great Abbey, site of Joseph of Arimathea’s church, and gravesite of King Arthur himself. Wearyall Hill, location of the legendary thorn tree is on the west entrance to the village. On 2/22/2002, archaeologists Nancy and Charlie Hollinrake of the Glastonbury Antiquarian Society announced that they have unearthed on top of the Tor the foundations of what looks very much like an ancient circular temple.
Glastonbury was a major religious center long before the time of King Arthur or Joseph of Arimathea. The most famous legend of Glastonbury tells the story of Joseph of Arimathea and the Holy Grail. After the Resurrection of Jesus, Joseph shifted the archetype of Everlasting Life -the Grail- from Jerusalem to Glastonbury. The Druids utilized the Tor from 2500 BC as an initiation center for priests. Megalithic Age remains dating from 5,000 BC reveals Glastonbury as the site of a massive astrological calendar combining a stone circle, with solar and lunar alignments, and a land carved zodiac map, ten miles in diameter. Druid priests and society considered Glastonbury their “holy mecca”. There were temples, stone circles, and fertility sites.

CHALICE WELL

The energy is soft and healing. The famous well is located at the back of the ample garden, and there are benches located throughout for relaxing and taking in the beauty. The gardens have a comforting feel and a vibrational purity. There are three distinct, yet harmonic energy sources within the gardens. These are the leyline energies forming the vortex in the King Court, the anionic energy formed by the Chalice wellspring and flowing waters, and the soft energy field of the vibrant trees and plants. All of these have tangibly different effects that vary from meditative, gently relaxing to vibrant electric intensity. The Chalice Well holds another dense energy around the wellhead area. The Goddess speaks from within that field, she is most tangible there. The wellhead is at the rear of the gardens with a perfect view of the Michael Tower atop the Tor, just a few hundred meters away. The wellhead is adorned with the sacred geometry symbol of the Vesica Pisces. The Chalice Well itself is very therapeutic and healing . The waters have been thoroughly tested and analyzed. The spring water is slightly radioactive, rich in iron and carries a detectable magnetic charge There are countless documented accounts of healing taking place here. In the mid 1700’s an English aristocrat was healed of a long-term infirmity after he was ‘instructed’ by an angelic apparition to drink from the well for five consecutive weeks. The highly publicized cure created a renewed notoriety for the Chalice Well. Visitors stream in from all areas of Europe to drink the water.

GLASTONBURY ABBEY

Glastonbury Abbey held a prominent and sacred position in the Christian world. Still today revered as holy grounds, the Abbey Ruins are the site of the first Christian Church in Europe, and are reputed to be the burial site of Joseph of Armithea, the Virgin Mary, Saint Patrick and King Arthur. Legends claim both the Holy Grail and Arc of the Covenant were kept in the Abbey grounds. Glastonbury was a site of religious importance in pre-Christian times and the abbey itself was founded by Britons, and it dates at least to the early 7th century. Later medieval Christian legend claimed that the abbey was founded by Joseph of Arimathea in the 1st century. This legend is intimately tied to Robert de Boron’s version of the Holy Grail story and to Glastonbury’s connection to King Arthur, which dates at least to the early 12th century. Glastonbury fell into Saxon hands after the Battle of Peonnum in 658. The Saxons under Cenwalh of Wessex conquered Somerset as far west as the River Parrett, perhaps with the intention of gaining control of the valuable abbey. However, Cenwalh allowed the British abbot, Bregored, to stay in power, a move perhaps intended as a show of good faith to the defeated Britons. After Bregored’s death in 669, he was replaced by the Anglo-Saxon Berhtwald, but British monks remained for many years after.

THE LADY CHAPEL

I found this chapel the most powerful location on the Abbey grounds is the hallowed Lady Chapel. It is found just outside the museum exit, in the main body of ruins. It is in the subterranean section of the cathedral assemblage. It is intact on three sides, and is topped by a low stone ceiling. A symmetrical stone altar occupies the center of the small chapel The Lady Chapel is located at a precise crossing of the Michael and Mary Leylines, in what was clearly the most ‘Christian’ employment of telluric energy in the religious mecca of Glastonbury. The heavy stone altar in the Lady Chapel was placed in the exact center of the Michael & Mary vortex. As such it radiates a very bright, telluric energy. Glastonbury is the Heart center of the World, and the Lady Chapel is the Heart Center of Glastonbury. It resonates to the 4th chakra. This is where I saw Mary and I spent an hour listening to her. This is why I am going back.

GLASTONBURY – THE TOR
On my 2018 Sacred Journey to Avalon and very soon, in late 2017, I will take the footpath to the top of the Tor, where we’ll enjoy sweeping views of the Somerset countryside. You can see for miles, all the way to Bristol! Rich in legend and mythological associations, the Tor may have been a place of ancient ritual. Today, it’s still a destination for spiritual seekers.

The terracing on the slopes of the Tor may be the remains of an ancient observatory, a seven-tiered sacred mount, a great three-dimensional labyrinth, a ceremonial way to the Otherworld. From the bottom of the hill coming out of Chalice Gardens, there is a sacred path that goes around the hill a number of times. This is a labyrinth and a sacred walk for one to take, even among the cow herd that is there. The cows won’t hurt you. I recommend trying it. Start at the bottom, follow the path up to the top.
At the top of the Tor are the remains of the Medieval St. Michael’s Church, dedicated to Archangel Michael. And if you are clairvoyant you can see Archengel Michel who appears to be around two hundred feet tall. He is blue and stands with his sword, completely passive, looking to the east.

Though the Tor is a majestic hill rising enigmatically above the flat surrounding meadows, it’s no ordinary hill! Some say it’s home to the King of the Fairies, Gwyn ap Nudd, a psychopomp who helps those who cross over to the Otherworld. These fairies who are the size of tall humans cluster around the legs of Saint Michael. To me they appeared as pastel colours rather than shining, rainbow colours. They are pale yellow, pale blue, pale pink, pale purple.

At the top of the Tor stands the remains of the Medieval St. Michael’s Church, dedicated to Archangel Michael.
– As you take the footpath to the top to enjoy its sweeping view of the Somerset countryside, take time to gaze at the landscape; you can see for miles.
Centuries of legends and folklore about the Tor all arrive at the same conclusion: it is a place where the veil between the worlds is thin.

THE ARTHURIAN MYTHS OF GLASTONBURY

Arthurian Glastonbury, modern-day Avalon, is home to some of the Arthurian legends. One is of Morgana sister to King Arthur who is supposedly buried at Glastonbury Abbey. Morgana, also known as Morgan le Fay, is a fairy queen and sorceress of Arthurian legend. She may have roots in a Celtic sea Goddess. Her epithet “le Fay” translates to “the Fate” (or “the Fairy,” itself derived from “fate”), aligning her with a Goddess of the ending of cycles.

She is one of three elder half-sisters to Arthur who are the daughters of Ygraine and Gorlois, the others being Morgause and Elaine. Morgana hated her half-brother Arthur nearly from the day he was born; the legends are full of her attempts to bring his downfall. Like Vivian, she is said to have been a pupil of Merlin. She is also the Goddess of beginnings. For though Morgana is forever trying to destroy Arthur, she also has powers of healing, and in the end she takes Arthur in to Avalon, to be healed of his wounds. According to prophecy, Arthur will wake, reborn, from an enchanted sleep to return to Britain in the time of its greatest need. Her predecessor Argante, called queen of Avalon in earlier legends, was also famed as a healer.

Morgana OR Morgan le Fey is associated with the magical island of Avalon. Avalon, which means “Apple Trees,” is a magical paradise-type island or joyous land of the dead which is usually described as an island in the seas of the west. Avalon is also identified with Glastonbury, a great hill or tor in present-day Somerset in southwestern England, which in modern Welsh is called Ynis Afallach, “Isle of Apples.” (Glastonbury Tor was once an island in a shallow marshy lake before the land was drained). An earlier name for it was Ynys Wydrin, or the “Isle of Glass” (though, oddly enough, the English word “Glastonbury” is not a translation), and glass is a substance associated in the Celtic mind with the Otherworld. Many legends speak of fantastic castles or towers made of glass, i.e. made from air or sea water, and Otherworld castles are frequently said to be islands in the sea or the sky, like Caer Arianrhod.

THE EGG STONE AT Glastonbury

This ancient stone was found last century in the middle of the grounds of The Abbey. After being ignored like a piece of old unwanted rubble, and being shifted about a great deal, it was moved to the back outside wall of the Abbots kitchen, where it sits today, waiting or those who recognize its sacredness to come and experience it.

– The Egg stone is roughly ‘egg shaped’ but flattened. Its measurements are approximately 3ft by 2ft 4 inches by 1 foot 4 inches. One of the flat sides is exposed and was found to be artificially leveled over a considerable area. In the center it has a roughly hollowed cavity.

– It’s believed by some researchers to be a former Pagan shrine that was honored as an Omphalus, which in ancient times was the most universal representation of the great Goddess, the Pagan equivalent of the Holy of Holies, the vagina, the womb or egg, the source of life itself. In fact the Shape of the Omphalus is that of the female birth cone or cervix. Today Neo-Pagans of the Glastonbury hold various fertility rites at the Egg stone. Dowsers have reported that the Egg stone emits powerful vibrations.
Nicholas Mann, author of Energy Secrets of Glastonbury Tor and The Isle of Avalon.

NEAR BY BATH TO THE NORTH:

Sulis was a deity worshiped at the thermal spring of Bath, England (the only hot springs in Britain). She was considered as a nourishing, life-giving mother goddess. Sulis’s name come from a root meaning “eye” or “gap”, referring both to the spring from where half a million gallons of hot water still well up every day, as well as to Her powers as seeress.

Her hot spring has been renowned for its healing powers since ancient times, and when the Romans arrived in Britain they built a bath complex around the spring, and named the place Aquae Sulis (“the Waters of Sulis”). Pilgrims came from mainland Europe to bathe in the therapeutic waters, and references to Sulis are known from as far away as Germany.

CONCLUSION

Today I have only spoke about Glastonbury. It is worth staying at least three if not five days here. I love staying in the High Street and if you book ahead the Bed and Breakfasts are a reasonable price and have a wonderful hot breakfast. I love the Arithmathean B & B which is around Aus $100 a day and very close to Chalice Well and the Tor.

If you come on my tour I will do your relocated chart. Glastonbury is right on my North Node, Hygeia and Vesta and it feels just lovely for me. So it is a place of healing and revelation for me. On Solar maps Glastonbury is right on my Nodal Axis so it focuses on this life as well as past lives. My North Node is early Capricorn. Greece is very healing for me with my Sun, Mercury, Chiron, Jupiter, and Hygiea strong here. If you contact me to check whteher this sacred tour is a power spot for you, I can look up your relocation chart.

I will talk more about the tour next week. Have a wonderful week, full of love, fun and abundance.

~ Hilary~

ASTROLOGICAL SUBPERSONALITIES (or distorted archetypes): SNOW WHITE Versus THE WICKED WITCH OR THE PSYCHOPATH By Hilary Bond PhD Copyright

INTRODUCTION

Ideally we should live in a world of Taoism where we flow with life, gently and calmly. Daniel Goleman in his book “Healing Emotions: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Mindfulness, Emotions and Health ” discusses the attributes of mindfulness meditation in healing our health and our emotions with the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama maintains that if we have painful experiences in childhood we shut them off or repress them. But he says on page 133, that “But when you repress this kind of childhood pain, it throws off the inner balance and harmony of the body-, it dysregulates the body on a profound level and it comes out as a disease.”

My  article examines  archetypes and we all have them. Caroline Myss calls these archetypes “Sacred Contracts.’ Some of these archetypes are “the saboteur, the victim, the prostitute, the matyr, the hero,  the mediator, the scholar, the artist, the healer, the mystic, the queen, the mother, the warrior, the shaman, the mentor, the innocent child, the lover, the liberator” and many others and these are pure “types” or “models of behavior” common to mankind all over the world. Obviously in its purist form “the lover” is Venus in your horoscope, the teacher is Saturn, the shaman is Chiron, the mentor is Athena, the queen is Juno, the mother is the Moon or Demeter, the warrior is Mars, the liberator is Uranus, the mediator is Mercury as go between and psychopomp, but the saboteur can also be Saturn or Mercury in his trickster form or Eris the goddess of discord. Carolne Myss notes that each of the archetypes has a shadow side or a distortion. However, recent research has revealed  sub-personality integration in the psychosynthesis therapeutic setting can help clients relieve anxiety and rebuilt their identities when dealing with culture shock, enhance creativity, and help to awaken personal and spiritual growth in self-identified atheists.

What are these sub-personalities? Essentially they are distortions of pure archetypes repressed childhood painful experiences. A secure child, who had caring parents,  who were always available, will have secure children, who grow into adults who have high emotional intelligence, positive social cognition and high interpersonal competence.  Maltreating or permissive (neglectful) parents or caregivers,  create mental representations in a child that in times of need and anxiety no one will be available or mental beliefs that you will be punished, rejected, abandoned or abandoned. Thus adults who come from these experiences will resort to any way of surviving that they see fit.

Many of these ways of surviving are copied from the parent-caregivers and these may be resultant “psychopathic-wicked queen” or “distorted innocent-snow white or gullible Pollyanna” behaviour. Both are distorted parts of a Neptunian-Mercurial-Chiron spectrum as they are formed from beliefs (Mercury) and illusions, glamours (masks) and delusions (Neptune) and neither have boundaries.   They both are wounded as a result of reacting to their dysfunctional childhoods and often these people have no idea because they are still reacting to old memories. They also are wounded as a result of reacting to situations in erroneous ways that just cause huge scenes or dramas and this further traumatizes them. Neither the psychopath-sociopath- evil queen or the distorted gullible innocent-Pollyanna-Snow White sub-personalities have emotional intelligence, social understanding or interpersonal competence so they do not understand themselves or others.

Often transits such as Pluto or Uranus or even Saturn, Chiron or Jupiter transits can trigger an opportunity to behave in new and positive ways. Shamanic soul retrievals can help enormously to work in with these transits. In my experience Uranus transits cause huge awakenings. They are very helpful. It is sad to see people who do not respond to the Uranian call as often  these people choose to be traumatized further. In the example horoscope I use at the end of this article if Uranus or Pluto has transited their Chiron in Capricorn they will wake up to the fact that they do not have to control others through fear, hurtful statements or even shamanic sorcery. They may realise that there are honest ways of gaining money  and they may awaken to the fact that if they speak truthfully  and sincerely that they will be recognized, appreciated, respected and noticed.

I will be explaining the Psychopath-Sociopath extreme first, then the Evil Queen and Snow White and then a very mixed  up man  who presents as a psychopath. Will I say, “Enjoy”. It doesn’t sound appropriate. But I do hope you gain some value from this article.

PSYCHOPATHS-  AN ASTROLOGICAL SUBPERSONALITY OF WOUNDED FIRE- PROMINENT  and DISTORTED CHIRON, NEPTUNE, SATURN, MERCURY AND PLUTO.

1. Psychopaths can con anyone. Everyone, including the experts, can be taken in, conned, and left bewildered by them. A good psychopath can play a concerto on anyone’s heart strings. Thus both the “Innocent-Gullible-Pollyanna-Snow White archetype” are on the Neptunian spectrum. Psychopaths are deceptive and wear a Neptunian and even Chironic mask- yes they are very wounded, especially when they have a first house Chiron. And look out for them if they have Neptune in their 10th house. A Neptune in the 1st house or Pisces ascendant person will be Pollyanna-Snow White- the innocent who is the epitome of the gullible-goodie two shoes. These are the people that psychopaths will target.
2. Pure psychopaths cannot admit to their guilt. Has person you know, an intimate friend or a co-worker of yours, ever made a big mistake and tried to pin it on you or, even worse, manipulate you into believing the predicament is all your fault? Lack of guilt as a key psychopathic trait.
3. A true psychopath feels no remorse. This characteristic is associated with a remarkable ability to rationalize their behaviour, to shrug off personal responsibility for actions that cause family, friends, and others to reel with shock and disappointment.
4. One of the key symptoms of psychopathy is egocentricity. Psychopaths do everything based on their own needs, because they are the centre of the universe. They have an inflated view of their own importance and have no trouble breaking the law, or reforming an unethical action. The live life according to their own rules.
5. Psychopaths lie to achieve their own ends. And if they get caught in a lie, they simply change their story to back it up. If you catch a psychopath in one of their lies, and I have, you will be amazed with all the contradictory versions they feed you. Psychopaths are proud of their ability to lie.
6. Psychopaths don’t spend much time weighing the pros and cons before acting. Impulsive by nature, their goal is rather to “achieve immediate satisfaction, pleasure, or relief. And that includes sexual gratification. They might tell you that you are the only person they have ever loved, but think about what they want short term and long term.
7. Most, but not all sociopath-psychopaths cannot plan ahead. Their impulsiveness makes psychopaths unable to plan ahead. Many psychopaths show a failure to follow any life goals.
8. Psychopaths are always searching for thrills. They run on adrenaline, whether it’s generated by legal or illegal activities. Their addiction for excitement is an inability to tolerate routine or monotony. There is a large slice of the puer eternus – Peter Pan- in them. Look for a Sagittarian Moon, or an Aries Venus or Moon or a stellium or excessive number of planets in fire. Roaring around on their motor bike, just missing cars on the freeway as they exceed the speed limit, skydiving, bunji jumping, showing off to their mates even when they are in their sixties and seventies are some of the actions of this thrill seeker.
9. Psychopaths seem to suffer a kind of emotional poverty that limits the range and depth of their feelings. They seem unemotional, even when they have tantrums and outbursts.
10. But they cast themselves in a good light. It is very hard, for even people who are not gullible to pick out a psychopath because, most of the time, psychopaths are fun and easy to approach. They are careful to show their best side. They can be entertaining with their unlikely stories. They generally are voluble, verbally facile, charming and they seem well educated.
11. Psychopaths have a large well of internal rage. They are quick to react strongly to what they perceive as an insult or slight. The slightest provocation is sufficient to overcome their inhibitory controls. But even when their outbursts are intense and they threaten or insult you, they regain their composure quickly and then they will be quick to accuse you of having a problem with rage. They will suggest that you need to see a psychiatrist.
12. They had early behavioural problems and dysfunctional childhoods where one parents may also have had a narcisscistic or sociopathic personality.
13. People do not become a psychopath or sociopath overnight. It is a mental and behavioural aberration or a condition that most often begins at an early age. Behavioural problems in children might include persistent lying (often to avoid beatings at home and it becomes a habit. So because it is a habit we look to the 4th house, Cancer, the Moon and the South Node. We may also say the lying is a type of addiction. Look for a challenging aspect from Mars and or Mercury to Neptune), cheating (to avoid problems at home or punishment at school; again Mercury- Neptune challenging aspects or Mercury conjunct Neptune in the 11th house of friends or in the 4th or 8th house of parents and ancestors), theft, arson, truancy, substance abuse (this one is a long one and I will address the addiction part of psychopaths at the end), vandalism, and or precocious sexuality. The early need for sex usually is part of the addiction trait and copying someone at home. I will add that one’s genes can throw back 300 years and people can choose spiritually to come into this life to break the criminal behaviour of an ancestor. Equally so ghosts of criminal or convict ancestors, those who have not gone to the light, may inhabit a child. I have seen this in people who have Mars-Jupiter in the 8th or 4th house and an Aries Moon square, quincunx or opposition to Pluto and a Mercury conjunct Neptune. They seem to be still in the grip of Viking or medieval or convict lives where they were violent.
14. Sociopath-psychopaths do not think they have a problem. They do not believe they have psychological or emotional problems, and they see no reason to change their behaviour to conform to societal standards they do not agree with. But they will argue vehemently that you have a problem if they perceive that you have crossed them.
15. They play the victim. Psychopaths often give the impression that it is they who are suffering and that the victims are to blame for their misery. And they will us that word. “I am suffering!” they will tell you. But beware, for like the victim of a vampire, you are without a doubt the intended victim, for your money, for sex, for the joy of hurting you and these types are the perpetrators of domestic violence, even if it is verbal abuse rather than physical abuse.
16. Pure psychopaths are  overconfident. While you might lack self-confidence, psychopathic people have an abundance of confidence, along with a grandiose sense of self-worth. But stay with them too long they will rob you of confidence.
17. And last, but not least, they will never change. Do you, try to change the psychopath, if they are your sibling, co-worker, partner, or client, despite their shortcomings, and would you like to make them aware of the issue so they can take concrete steps to improve their personality? Well you need to wake up and realise that your good intentions to change them will not work. There is little likelihood that anything you do will produce fundamental, sustained changes in how they see themselves or others.
18. In my experience psychopaths will take revenge and this is a Pluto trait.

THE INNOCENT ARCHETYPE : SNOW WHITE & POLLYANNA VERSUS THE EVIL QUEEN (PSYCHPATH)

Snow White is the picture of innocence. An ingenue. She is a very good example of a classic archetype called “The Innocent”. Pollyanna is another excellent example of this same archetype. Overly innocent Pollyanna may meet a predator or conman and be seriously hurt. Her shadow side is vulnerability to victimisation. Pollyanna Syndrome is an unrealistic optimism is described as having an excessive (and even harmful) belief that all things will have positive outcomes, no matter what.
Although Snow White is very emotional, it mostly comes through as exuberant cheerfulness. She is so sweet-natured and gentle that even her emotional distress can be endearing, attracting assistance offered from the most unlikely of places. In the fairy-story, this takes the form of a group of miners, and a gruff huntsman turned kindly in her presence. The Huntsman has been ordered to kill the young princess, but can’t go through with it after witnessing her rescue of a baby bird.
It is her tender nature and cheerfulness that make her attractive and her nature also brings trouble. Innocence has its enemies. In real life her naïveté can be taken for gullability and exploited. Has she had so much drama in her childhood that it becomes her shadow? Her innocent, caring nature can attract cruel bullies who enjoy invoking fear in the helpless, or who feel that she needs to be taught some tough lessons about “real life”. (Whenever someone’s motive is to “teach that girl a lesson!” you can bet they’re in the wrong.) It can also attract deep jealousy, and that’s where The Evil Queen comes in. Snow White sounds very Libran-Piscean. An “innocent” may have a Libran moon and a Pisces ascendant and a Sun square or opposition Neptune. A strong Neptune/Pisces can depict Pollyanna qualities. A challenged Jupiter at times (not always) may contribute to such behaviour. A strong Saturn and or Mercury can definitely modify this tendency, as would make the individual more rational or analytical rather than operating on faith alone.
People who have sensitive, loving, responsive, attuned, consistent, available and accepting parents grow up with secure attachments where their parents are interested in their child’s emotional, mental, creative, spiritual and physical well-being are used to coordinated or cooperative relationships. Securely attached children are able to express and experience negative emotions. These children and adults are able to behave openly and flexibly within all relationships. Securely attached children have high self-esteem and insecurely attached children or traumatised children generally have low self-esteem and will do anything to be loved including enduring abuse or endlessly being good or very bad. And this is what the “Innocent-Pollyanna” and the “Wicked Witch-Psychopath have in common. People who as traumatised children; who grew up in highly dysfunctional homes, where they were beaten, screamed at, abandoned or are in constant danger for displaying strong feelings can release this fear if they have a “safe, consistent, predictable therapist” who takes his or her time with this person. People who grow up in secure homes where they are consistently loved and understood are those who have a strong internal representation of themselves as psychologically coherent and lovable people. They recognise, understand and regulate their emotions and are competent social people in the face of any adversity because they know who they are. They attract available and responsive partners who are not dysfunctional. Please see David Howe (2005) “Child Abuse and Neglect: Attachment, Development & Intervention.”
So let’s look at another form of the “psychopath.”
THE EVIL QUEEN (or the Bitchy King)
The Evil Queen has to be the center of attention at all times, and is highly offended when she isn’t. In real life, she’s the person breaks into other people’s conversations and switches the subject to herself. She may be a Juno person in negative aspect or a Pluto person with a negative aspect to her Moon, Jupiter and Mars. She disrupts the meeting with her grandstanding of usually off-topic opinions because, of course, her opinion is so very much more important than anyone else’s. And if you try to steer things back again there’s an explosion of high drama because you “never listen” and “don’t respect” her.
An Evil Queen is completely judgmental of everything and everyone. It’s an endless stream of bitter comments and put-downs about how bad someone’s appearance is, how “stupid” they are, how tasteless this or that is. She may believe that judging everyone negatively will make her look better in comparison. She may even invite you into a conversation only to cut you down with bitter, hurtful comments and sarcastic jokes.
An Evil Queen is aloof, haughty and imperious. If you don’t meet her impossible standards, she’ll somehow take offense to everything you have to say, but won’t tell you why. She’s so egotistical that she thinks you should have to find out how you’ve displeased her. She’s so self-important that she thinks you’ll worry about this. Every time you open your mouth to speak, she’ll react with shock and distaste.
An Evil Queen is very territorial, so if you have the misfortune to work or live with one, you won’t be able to avoid friction with her. She’s close kin with “The Drama Queen” and the “Petty Dictator”, so you’ll see some of those qualities in action as well.
An Evil Queen is seething with jealousy, seeing everyone as a potential rival over which she must assert her dominance. And we see Pluto-Moon aspects again at their lowest vibration or even Moon in Scorpio or the 8th. If you are attractive or talented in any way, you are a special target for her abuse. So much as look in her general direction and she’ll turn his face away with a pronounced gesture, as though you are the most repugnant thing she has ever seen in her life. If you’re lucky, she’ll pointedly ignore you, and actually think this will hurt your feelings, because she’s just so special and wonderful, and is depriving you of her brilliance. The Evil Queen in your life actually does hurt everyone’s feelings, at least until they figure her out. She may even incite their hatred. But somehow her own behaviour is never at fault, everyone is is “just a hater” who “doesn’t appreciate” her. She is so special that most people can’t even see it! She is a sociopath-psychopath.
An Evil Queen will quite often be a bully. She’s every bit as threatened by perceived weakness as she is by strength. If Snow White’s gentle nature elicits sympathy from those around her, it will draw wrath from The Evil Queen. Any attention paid to others is a threat to her need for total domination of her social environment.

THE MAGIC MIRROR

In terms of symbolism, the magic mirror is a hint about the true nature of these two archetypal characters: the Snow White and Evil Queen archetypes. They mirror each other. The reason The Evil Queen is so rigid and territorial is that she secretly feels vulnerable. If she were truly as great as she wants everyone to believe, the presence of meek little Snow White would be no threat to her. But if we go back to attachment disorders both will come from dysfunctional homes where parents are not available because of illness, substance abuse or poverty.
Snow White knows that it’s okay to be vulnerable, and to ask for and accept help. Her soft-hearted tenderness is a kind of strength, because it draws support from the community around her. An Evil Queen hungers for that kind of support, but never seems to get it. “You don’t support me!” is a common complaint made by Evil Queens. They never get the support they are asking for because they pretend not to need it. What an Evil Queen needs to learn is how to be vulnerable, or rather, how to show vulnerability in an open, fearless and honest way. She has to re-learn the trust of a child, the kind of trust that Snow White exhibits naturally.
For her part, Snow White’s failing is that she can be very, very gullible, to the point of being stupid. She is not street-wise. In old versions of the story, the Queen comes to the cottage to kill her on three different occasions; and each time, Snow White opens the door to her! If she’s tricked or exploited, a Snow White can fall into the state of another archetype “The Victim” or even “The Martyr”. Her deep trust needs to be tempered with caution. What she can learn from The Evil Queen is how to effectively set social boundaries. While The Evil Queen’s boundaries are far too broad and too rigid, she’s far safer than Snow White, who seems to have none at all. (It’s interesting to note that modern retellings of the story feature Snow White preparing to battle the Queen by putting on armour, a potent symbol of the this need for self defense.)
WHITE, RED AND BLACK
A clue to the integration of these two archetypes is given at the very beginning of the story. Although the princess is given the name Snow White, it is only one of her physical characteristics. Snow white is described as having “Skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony.”
White stands for purity and innocence, which Snow White embodies. She is “pure as the driven snow.” But in her story there is darkness, embodied by The Evil Queen, who is always “in a black mood.” In the tension between these two there is “life’s-blood” vitality, energy, even rage. The Evil Queen grows livid at the sight of her; she “turns red.” The interaction between these two will be bloody, but ultimately prove beneficial. It’s in this “red zone” that these opposites meet and can potentially integrate in a person’s psyche.
Snow White and The Evil Queen don’t necessarily need to meet in real life. The Evil Queen’s bid to always be “Fairest Of All” has to fail eventually. Eventually old age will come, and she will have no choice but to be vulnerable when she can no longer care for herself. Likewise with Snow White: eventually the harsher realities of life will wear her down, and she’ll have no choice but to put up some defenses against it. But meeting each other’s real-life counterparts can certainly speed up the process.
Ultimately an Evil Queen must connect with something “Snow-White-ish” in herself, realize her own inner vulnerability and innocence and to express it honestly without fear. A Snow White must connect with her inner “Evil Queen” and learn to stand up for herself, to defend herself and define her own limits. She must learn to be just a little bit cautious and wary, yet still remain open.
They both need to find a balance between these extremes. An Evil Queen must allow her hard but fragile ego to be a little bit porous, to let in just a bit more of the light of the world. A Snow White must crystallize her ego a bit to protect it from life’s difficulties. The pair are like a Yin-Yang symbol: They’re complementary, each having a tiny seed of the other within. The challenge, then, is to become aware of these hidden “inner qualities” and make them manifest.

VANQUISHING THE WICKED WITCH OR EVIL QUEEN:

The light and the darkness must be fully integrated. If we are an “innocent” we need therapy and even past life healings or soul retrievals even hypnotherapy so we stop being the “gullible goody-two-shoes.” This is not, of course, what happens in the story, but it does happen at Disneyland where all is forgiven and Snow White and The Evil Queen are now friends. Uneasy friends, surely, but friends nonetheless…
A CHALLENGING TRANSPLUTO. Another form of lack of attachment in childhood is the Moon-Transpluto aspect and its relationship to maternal jealousy. Many astrologers may see this pattern of parent-child relationship to Moon-Mars (maternal competitiveness) or Moon-Pluto (the projection of maternal resentments and feeling out of control onto the child). While the behaviour of the critical, perfectionist mother is usually the projection of the mother’s own fears, failures and shortcomings onto the Moon-Transpluto child, this behaviour can also be symptomatic of the mother’s own frustrations and lack of emotional fulfilment. As the young female child begins to develop some autonomy, the mother uses criticisms to sabotage the child’s efforts to be successful in any undertaking deemed threatening to the mother. If the child is successful, the mother can become both critical and angry which the child does not understand.
Mothers are supposed to be proud of the achievements of their children. She may even encourage the success of the child but, out of jealousy, attack the child at every turn. This gives rise to a fear of success in the child. In this case, it is not a fear of failure but a fear of rejection, recrimination and psychological retaliation from the mother that success would engender. Those with a strong Trans-Plutonian influence tend to have hypercritical parents, which leads to self-criticism and self-judgment and judgement of others later in life. They’re often perfectionists, feeling nothing they accomplish is ever good enough. They desire full control and self-sufficiency as a means to avoid being criticized by others. They give and give and give, but do not wish to be on the receiving end of other people’s charity, as that would mean relinquishing their autonomy and opening themselves up to the judgments of others. Used destructively, perfectionism never allows the individual to be content. Always dissatisfied and troubled by self-recriminations, the ego is diminished by a low self-esteem, an image unfairly projected by the parent. In anticipating failure, the individual painfully procrastinates or gives up before the efforts see fruition. In dodging failure (often found when there are many Mutable placements in the horoscope), the individual may take on an irresponsible attitude, drift from one job or relationship to another, and never really try anything. Such an attitude reinforces the belief that the perfectionist parent is correct,“I am a failure.” It is common to find such extreme cases when the individual never experienced any approval from the perfectionist parent.
TransPluto people may be perfectionists, need to be self-sufficient and they often feel alienated and criticized.  Because both Chiron and Transpluto both concern feelings of marginalisation and alienation one can imagine the obsessive self-critical thoughts a Chironic-Transpluto person may harbour: “ I will never have any friends. No one loves me!” would be some.

CONCLUSION

I hope this article has shed some light on the spectrum of the two archetypes of Snow White and the Evil Queen or the Psychopath-Sociopath and Pollyanna as they both emerge from dysfunctional childhoods and their emotional, mental and spiritual frameworks of the world as not based on their own internal security. People with a high number of water planets are far more likely to have the “Innocent” archetype than those with a lot of earth planets because they are not very grounded and are very fearful. The psychopath types generally have a lot of fire planets and the fire planets are generally in water houses so the fire puts the water or empathy and compassion out.

BEFORE I GO I WILL DO ONE PSYCHOPATH EXAMPLE.

I met this man as a client because his lady friend had been having problems with him. She old me, “He was very charming at first and took me lovely places, he picked endless arguments and then he blamed me for arguing. If I was not at his beck and call, day and night he threw a tantrum. He was very tense and after a while became very critical. Christmas day was a nightmare because we saw my family. He was so angry about that. ” This male came to see me once, but under duress.

One can see that with Chiron conjunct Vesta in his first house, his heart chakra is very wounded. He is wounded at core level. When the heart chakra is of a low vibration and closed there is a great deal of anger.

He has Mercury, Venus, Mars, Moon and Pluto all in fire and they all are in water houses so there is little empathy or compassion because all the fire burns away the water, therefore there is an emotional desert and no luxuriance or internal beauty. His seething, steaming, angry emotions are harsh and everything is for himself.

With an unaspected Mercury in Aries his level of communication and thought processes are very primitive. Even though his Sun is in the 3rd house of communication,  his Sun is in Pisces, so  he has no boundaries as to what he says. His Sun squares his Sagittarian “puer eternus” Moon. So there is a lot of inner tension and his conscious mind and his unconscious are not in harmony. With his Moon in the 12th house his emotions are swept under the carpet and he told me, “I have to escape my wife, frequently, so I go on long motor bike rides when she gets angry. ” Ah!” I thought, a wife and a lady-friend.

“Are you still with your wife?” I asked.’

“No, she lives separately to me, but she controls the purse strings. She doesn’t listen to me. She doesn’t trust me.”

“Ah,” I thought. “Chiron in Capricorn conjunct the Capricorn ascendant. Money issues  and not being recognized, appreciated, acknowledged and heard are the key to the agony and anger.”  I suggested that if he spoke softly, instead of having angry tantrums people may give him more respect and listen to him. I also said that perhaps speaking up regularly in sincere communication, where he didn’t stew or brew, where his fury boiled over into his very obvious facial expressions or body language would help. These were all Chiron in Capricorn  and Chiron in the first house wounds.

He didn’t answer.

“How long have you  been married and has it always been like this,” I asked.

“Forty years and seeing I do all the work on our houses and the garden I let her take over the finances. It’s easier that way. But she blocks me, from money making schemes.”  He also revealed that whatever his father did he never made any money.

“Mmm, ” I thought quickly, “Money and control issues and where is Saturn, because it is the ruler of the ascendant? Libra, its in Libra in the tenth, conjunct Neptune and opposite Mars-Venus. Saturn is square Chiron,  and opposite Mars and Mars is square Uranus. ”

I suggested that perhaps “keeping up with the Jones and only associating with other millionares had kept him festering about his lacks.” I suggested that perhaps love  and real friends  and a real relationship with his wife were more important that a constant need for status and accolades and that perhaps what he really needed to seek is to love oneself, to recognize, appreciate and respect oneself, just the way he was instead of constantly reflecting back on the poverty stricken little boy who was often hungry because his father drank all their money away.  And perhaps his fragmented self, so full of pain and fury was  a reflection of a fragmented consciousness which could be mended by sincere therapy where he reflected and came to appreciate himself and his wife.

He gave me a filthy look and shuffled his feet.

“Do you yell at your wife?”

“Yes, but she gets really angry and then I go off on one of my long trips, and it has never been resolved.”

“Is this how your parents acted?”

“Yes!” he answered. “Only Mum left him when he beat her so hard she was hospitalized and then when I was twelve I went to live with Dad. He committed suicide when I was nineteen.”

“How did you cope?” I asked.

“I shut down.”

I guess he did as his Moon is in his 12th house.

He needs constant thrills with that Sagittarian Moon and enjoys bitchy gossip, if we include Juno conjuncting his Aries Mercury. His father  which is represented by his Sun in Pisces in the 3rd and Mars in Aries opposite Saturn and Neptune, could not communicate normally and he was a perpetrator of domestic violence, because he had a totally ungoverned temper.

With Transpluto conjunct South Node in Leo in the 8th house the client is very susceptible to paranoia about perceived criticism and he is very jealous. He needs to be king of his castle and so he is a solitary creature where he has a subservient lady friend who will cater to his every whim. He is very abusive verbally to his lady friend, just as his father was to his mother, and yet with his Sun in the sociable third house he can seem publically charming and yet he is a home devil.

His virtual manic-depressive moods are evident with his Saturn conjunct Neptune in Libra in his 10th opposite his Mars and Venus conjunct in Aries in his 4th. His Vesta conjunct Chiron squares both his Mars-Venus and Saturn-Neptune. He was an angry father too. He rides his motor bike excessively fast and dangerously and frequently gets speeding fines for being 30 miles an hour over the speed limit. He has admitted he rides at other cars to frighten people. With his Chiron opposite his Uranus in the 7th. It seems obvious that he traumatises his lady friend  so he can heal her and appear to be compassionate. In fact he enjoys being abusive. However, you may be wondering what has happened with transiting Uranus conjuncting his Venus. He has gone back to his wife, and even though he asked his lady friend to wait while he tried to get his share of his money back from his wife, she has just left. The last I heard was six months ago and he was furious.

I forgot to say that with his Moon in the 12th and his Sun in Pisces he should be very psychic and one wonders whether he is. One would never know because he is a compulsive liar. But unfortunately he went to an introductory shamanic weekend and learnt how to go into his Sacred Garden. He now has become a sorcerer who hurts people spiritually  and physically if they cross him. He also has major addictions in the sexual realms as we can see with South Node and Pluto in his 8th and his Sun-Pluto aspect. His strong Neptune and Pisces suggest substance abuse and he was an alcoholic for years. His wife supplied the alcohol, he said and he drank two bottles of wine a night.

He has an insatiable need to be secure and be loved because his self-love is low. He has admitted that, like his father, he can’t bear being alone because he cannot sleep at night. He is a chronic omfrt eater and is 15 kilograms overweight.  This is revealed by his Venus –Neptune and Saturn –Venus and the insomnia is Neptunian, specifically his Pisces Sun squaring his 12th house Moon. His Jupiter-Hygeia square his Pluto suggests a pornographic addiction which he has.

Counselling is an ongoing process where the clients have self-realisations and with Uranus and Pluto setting off all his cardinal planets (Uranus, Saturn, Neptune, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Chiron and Vesta) his really should be having some degree of transformation.  The goal that the Australian Federation of Australian Astrologers provides for counselling clients “is to provide insight into the potentials, challenges and nature of the client’s chart whilst also providing hope and direction for future change. This may involve addressing psychological complexes, shadow issues, wounds and defenses that could be operating outside a client’s current level of awareness. The goal is to empower the client to understand their experiences so as to encourage the client toward their optimal growth and development. The natal chart is a map of the psyche and as such should be approached with respect, compassion, care and patience. Remember “Do No Harm”.

So regarding these goals,  I asked the client whether he would like to come back. “No,” he answered. “Too much money.”

“What about mediation or relationship with your lady friend.I could provide that on a long term basis.” And I read out the FAA aims.

He looked in the air and rolled his eyes. ” Nope, I’m having mediation with my wife. We go to a cheap community organization. I need to get my share of my money back. Then I’ll leave her. Then I’ll be rich again.” And he left.

Control, money, the need to be in charge and an unconscious need for the inner peace of an orderly consciousness,  where he actually accepted and recognized his hard work were giant issues in his life. How far does one go for control when one has a challenging Capricorn Ascendant, Capricorn Chiron and a challenging Saturn? And the difficult Chiron in the first house. He needed to recognize his own self-worth and be self-disciplined with his body. He needed exercise to take off weight  and overcome his insomnia. He needed persistence to submit to this exercise regime and a routine so his body would not fragment.

I also examined his Chiron T square where Mars was the apex. I suggested diplomatically that his blocked energy and motivation led to low or no energy and that feeling thwarted would show up in his life as hyper-reactions, depression and chronic fatigue and energy zapping viruses. He said he had never really recovered from chronic fatigue 12 years ago. I also suggested that if he did not attend to his wounds which I wrote down he would have constant violent explosions from the pressure cooker effect of Uranus-Mars-Chiron.

I added before I ended the session that with his Sun-Chiron aspect that he had the potential for healing  if he attended consciously to his wounds and issues. I also suggested that his Sun Pluto aspect meant that this lifetime was the end of an old cycle and the beginning of a new one and that he could choose to elevate his consciousness up one octave.  He had the potential to challenge and confront old wounds which I had talked about and release them. I did say that with the quincunx that if he failed to address this he would tend to take out his criticisms negativity, frustrations and irritation on others, especially his nearest and dearest. I told him that continual verbal abuse was a police matter. It was domestic violence. I suggested a hypnotherapist, acupuncturist, some yoga teachers and health resorts. This was all in 2016 and I have never heard from him again.

ON THAT  NOTE
I will say farewell for the time-being. A psychologist friend of mine, years ago, wisely told me: “Apples have a core if you peel them, but onions make you cry if you peel back the layers. They have no core, just a black hole.

So all Pollyannas beware of trying to change people unless they really wish to change. It is useless taking clients who have been “forced to see you because someone near and dear wanted them to.” People change when they are ready.

I hope all who read this article have a wonderful day.
Cheers and blessings from Hilary (StarCounsell).

A TOUR TO SACRED ORACULAR PLACES IN GREECE. By Hilary Bond PhD. Copyright.

A TOUR TO SACRED ORACULAR PLACES IN GREECE. By Hilary Bond PhD. Copyright.

INTRODUCTION

I am taking a discovery tour to some sacred sites on the Apollo-Athena leyline as the pre-cursor to running a scared tour to the oracular sites of Dodona, Delphi, Delos and Athens next year. Besides checking out the visions and healing properties of each sacred site I am looking for the most pleasant, cheapest and accessible hotels or B & Bs for these places. I am also discovering the best way to go there ie, flying, driving, sailing. I hope you will consider coming with me as potential travellers with me. I have traversed the Michael-Mary leyline in 1995 and I now know the knowledge of “what to ask” these oracles and the ways to gain the most beneficial therapeutic effects. As a past life seer and healer and shaman I have experience going back to 1995 to gain the most benefit for going to these Neptunian-Jupiterian places. And I can chart these places into your horoscopes as favourable or not favourable places for you, So message me is you’d like to come with me on my spiritually evolutionary tour either this time or next year.

LEYLINES AND SACRED PLACES
Ley lines are lines of energy running over-ground in straight lines, often reflected in ancient trackway lines and alignments of prehistoric and historic sacred sites in the landscape. Ley lines are properly defined as straight over-ground energy lines that echo the sinuous paths of larger underground rivers. They carry Yang Qi relative to the Yin Qi of underground water, and are associated with Heavenly consciousness and human spiritual ceremonial sites. These straight (at least over dozens of miles) spirit paths are found equally in China as elsewhere in the world, and frequently define the processional routes to major palaces, temples and cathedrals. Appropriate for sacred sites, these energy pathways are less comfortable for secular living, and houses built on them are generally a thoroughfare for all manner of spirits.
They can be compared and contrasted with the more yin underground water lines as a yang energy matrix associated with a more heavenly consciousness, and are frequently worked by human ceremonial practice at sacred sites designed and constructed at key points in the landscape along these lines.
The classic leyline as described by Alfred Watkins in his 1925 book ‘The Old Straight Track’. These are overground lines of energy, straight over perhaps 60 miles with slight changes of path over longer distances, which echo the sinuous paths of underground rivers across the earth. These carry energy of various types and levels, and can be worked via key points either as part of a programme of regular maintenance for the spiritual hygiene of a land, or as a specific therapeutic action.

THE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL AND MOTHER MARY LINE
Perhaps the most famous Leyline is the ‘Michael and Mary’ line which runs across England from St. Michael’s Mount in Cornwall to Hopton in Norfolk. Twin underground water currents, known as the Michael and Mary lines after the number of churches dedicated to either St. Michael and St. George, or St. Mary found upon them, run with a central overground Ley across England, oriented to Mayday sunrise. I went on this in 1995 and saw visions of Mother Mary at Glastonbury and Archangel Michael at many other of these sites as well as giant “Atlantean” men at some of the stone megaliths I went to. It is an amazing line of therapeutic energy.
THE APOLLO –ATHENA LINE.

The sacred geography of continents: the Archangel Michael/Mary – Apollo/Athena Line runs across Europe oriented 60’11’’ west of North. It passes through: Skellig Michael, St. Michael’s Mount, Mont St. Michel, Mayenne, Le Mans, Tours, Blois, Issoudun, Bourges, Sancoins, Nevers, Moulins, Digois, Charolles, St.Vincent des Pres, Cluny, Macon, Perouges, Lyons, Vienne, St. Beron, Bozel, Sacra di San Michele (Turin), San Michele (Castiglione di Garfagnana), Perugia, Monte saint Angelo (Gargano), Dodona, Delos, Delphi, Athens, Rhodes & Mount Carmel. The major Apollonian oracle centres form the main axis of Greek sacred geography in a straight line: A. Kerkyras (Corfu) B. Delphi (Mount Parnassus) C. Athens D. Prasaias E. Delos F.Lindos (Rhodes).

Around Athens I intend to see the Athena Hygeia healing temple at the Acropolis, the Ascelepius-Hygeia healing – incubatory temple at the Acropolis, the Ascelpian-Hygeian healing temple at Epidaurus;  the Apollo healing temples at Delos and Delphi; the most ancient Dione-Zeus healing incubatory temple  at Dodona to check out the healing energy this year.

THE EARLIEST ORACLULAR CENTRE
The earliest known oracle or sibyl was in the renowned temple of Per-Wadjet. This was an important site in the Predynastic era of Ancient Egypt, which includes the cultural developments of ten thousand years from the Paleolithic to 3,100 BC. The temple was dedicated to the worship of Wadjet and may have been the source for the oracular tradition that spread to Ancient Greece from Egypt. The Per-Wadjet tradition continued through the entire history of the Ancient Egyptian culture. The later Greeks called both the goddess and the city Buto.

THE TEMPLE OF DONDONA
Dodona is near Ioannia in Epirus in northwestern Greece and it is the oldest Hellenic oracle, possibly dating to the second millennium BCE, according to Herodotus. The earliest accounts in Homer describe Dodona as an oracle of Zeus, but during classical antiquity (500 BC onwards), priestesses and priests in the sacred grove interpreted the rustling of the oak (or beech) leaves to determine the correct actions to be taken, but some suggest that the oracular sound originated from bronze objects hanging from oak branches and sounded with the wind blowing, similar to a wind chime. Dodona was an oracle in pre-historic times, devoted to a Mother Goddess (identified at other sites with Rhea or Gaia, but here called Dione) who was joined and partly supplanted in historical times by the Greek deity Zeus. Dodona is in a remote region away from the main Greek cities, but it was seen to be second only to the oracle of Delphi in prestige. Aristotle considered the region around Dodona to have been part of Hellas and the region where the Hellenes originated. Dodona was an vital religious sanctuary until the rise of Christianity during the Late Roman era.
Zeus was worshipped at Dodona as “Zeus Naios” or “Naos” (god of the spring below the oak in the temenos or sanctuary, a place of the Naiads) and as “Zeus Bouleus” (Counsellor). The earliest mention of Dodona is in Homer, and only Zeus is mentioned in this account. In the Iliad (circa 750 BCE), Achilles prays to “High Zeus, Lord of Dodona, Pelasgian (from Thessaly), living afar off, brooding over wintry Dodona” (thus demonstrating that Zeus also could be invoked from a distance). No buildings are mentioned, and the priests (called Selloi) slept on the ground with unwashed feet. No priestesses are mentioned in Homer.
The oracle also features in another passage involving Odysseus, giving a story of his visit to Dodona. Odysseus’s words “bespeak a familiarity with Dodona, a realization of its importance, and an understanding that it was normal to consult Zeus there on a problem of personal conduct.” Odysseus says to the swineherd Eumaeus that he (Odysseus) went to inquire of the oracle at Dodona whether he should return to Ithaca openly or in secret (as the disguised Odysseus is doing). Odysseus later repeats the same tale to Penelope, who may not yet have seen through his disguise.
Like the temples of Serapis; the temples of Isis and the Hygeian-Ascelepian temples, the ancient  and isolated temple Dodona was a therapeutic -incubation sanctuary temple, like Delphi, where clients slept to dream about the god or goddess and be cured. Often  people hoped to be healed by standing in the dirt under the sacred oak tree as well as sleeping in the sanctuary.

DELOS
Delos is also an Oracle Centre and was originally seen by Leto, Apollo’s mother as a ‘Floating Island’ when Juno was trying to hunt her down and have her killed. Jupiter had fallen in love with this ancient Titaness, who was far older than him and Juno was jealous and enormously vengeful.

Delos is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece. Its location at the center of the Cyclades gives rise to the theory that the name of the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean sea comes from the word, circle or ‘kyklos’ that form around the island of Delos. The island is famous as the birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. As well as being an important archaeological site, Delos is connected geometrically with other important Greek sites and is a part of the ‘oracle octave’ as proposed by Livvio Stecchini.
Apollo’s temple is the major religious site here, but Dionysius and Hermes also have temples here. I will write more about this  in another post.

DELPHI
One hundred miles northwest of Athens, soaring high above the Gulf of Corinth, stands the holy mountain called Parnassus. Nestled amidst the pine forested slopes and rocky crags of the sacred peak are the beautiful and exceptionally well-preserved ruins of Delphi. A city of wondrous artistic achievements and grand athletic spectacles during the flowering of Greek culture in the first millennium BC (or 1000 years BCE), Delphi is best known,  and supreme oracle site of the ancient Mediterranean world. I will see if this is true, because I think the healing power at Dodona is greater, because Dione (as in Dione Warwick) is a very ancient Earth Mother Goddess or personification of Gaia. Aphrodite, in one mythological version, was the child of Dione and Zeus-Jupiter. Thus Venus-Aphrodite is the epitome of abundance or fertility on every level.
According to the earliest legends the site was originally a sacred place of the earth goddess Gaia (also called Ge) and was guarded by her daughter, the serpent Python. Later legends state that the site was the center of the world as determined by the god Zeus. Two eagles (or ravens) had been released by Zeus from opposite ends of the earth and following great flights across the skies they finally met at Delphi. A still later legend relates that Apollo, the son of Zeus, came from his home atop Mt. Olympus to Mt. Parnassus to slay the great serpent Python. Fleeing from the peak, Python sought safety in the sanctuary of the Earth Mother at Delphi. Apollo relentlessly pursued Python, however, and claimed the site. Later repenting of his crime, Apollo purified himself (on the island of Crete) and, returning to Delphi, persuaded Pan (the goat-god of wild places and evocative music) to reveal to him the art of prophecy. Upon the site of his battle, Apollo erected his own oracular temple (orienting its axis to align with midsummer sunrise and midwinter sunset) and, at the exact place where he had ‘speared’ the serpent, an omphalos stone was set in the ground.
This omphalos stone (meaning ‘center of the earth’ to the ancient Greeks) later became the center of the inner sanctum of the shrine of the Delphic oracle. The site was originally called Pytho, after the guardian serpent. It was renamed Delphi after the dolphin (delphis in Greek), whose form Apollo took in order to bring Cretan sailors to Delphi so that they might become priests in his new temple. Regarding the omphalos, one legend tells that the original stone, now lost, was a large meteorite fallen from the sky in deepest antiquity, while another legend says it was the first physical object to emerge on dry land after the waters of the Deluge had settled. The omphalos stone currently on display in the Delphi museum, while very old and indeed from Delphi, is thus not the original sacred stone. It is interesting to inspect this exhibited stone however, for its conical form and sculptural designs derive from the old pillar and tree worship of the prehistoric goddess cults.
Archaeologically (as contrasted to the mythological discussion above) we know but little about the early beginnings of Delphi. Excavations have revealed the site was a Mycenean village from 1500 to 1100 BC, during which time the primary religious emphasis was on an oracular cult of the Earth Goddess. Around 1000 BC the worship of Apollo became dominant when this new god was introduced by either the Dorians or other people from the northern region of Greece. The oracular use of the site continued during Apollo’s occupation and, through the endeavors of politically astute priests, Delphi achieved Panhellenic fame as a major oracle shrine by the 7th century BC.
Women, who were considered more sensitive than men to the oracular powers of the site, would first bathe in the waters of the nearby sacred Castalian spring (said to have been created when the winged-horse Pegasus struck the ground with his hoof, and to be favored by the Muses). Next they would drink from the sacred Kassotis spring, inhale the fumes of burning laurel leaves and finally, sitting in meditation near the omphalos stone, would enter into a visionary trance state. Many archaic accounts of Delphi relate that the oracular priestesses, known as Pythia, sat upon a tripod-legged chair situated over a fissure in the earth from which emanated trance-inducing vapors. Plutarch (46 – 120 AD), a Greek philosopher who served as a priest at Delphi, and Strabo (64 BC – 25AD), an ancient geographer, each told of geologic fumes, known as pneuma, which caused the visionary trance states. Plutarch also commented that the gases had a sweet smell and that the oracular priestesses, after inhaling the gases, often behaved like runners after a race or dancers after ecstatic dancing. A traveler in the generation after Plutarch noted that the Kassotis spring, on the slope above the temple, disappeared underground and then emerged again in the adyton, this being the room inside the temple of Apollo where the oracular priestesses sat. It is interesting to note that the word pneuma, meaning gas, vapor and breath, gave rise to the English words pneumonia and pneumatic.
Until recently this matter was considered to be a fabrication from post-Delphic times. French archaeologists began excavating the ruins in 1892, digging down to the temple’s foundations, but no evidence of a fissure or fumes was found. By 1904, a visiting English scholar, A. P. Oppé, declared that ancient beliefs in temple fumes were the result of myth, mistake or fraud. The Oxford Classical Dictionary in 1948 voiced the prevailing view:  “Excavation has rendered improbable the postclassical theory of a chasm with mephitic vapours.”
During the late 1990’s however, a geologist, an archaeologist, a chemist and a toxicologist teamed up to produce a wealth of evidence suggesting that the ancient legends had in fact been accurate. The region’s underlying rocks turn out to be composed of oily bituminous limestone fractured by two hidden faults that cross exactly under the ruined temple. Tectonic movements along the faults created friction that heated the limestone to a temperature at which the petrochemicals methane, ethane and ethylene vaporized. The two faults also created cracks through which underground spring water and the fumes could rise to the surface and help induce visions. In particular, the scientists found that the women communing with the oracle probably came under the influence of ethylene,- a sweet-smelling but psychoactively potent gas once used as an anesthetic. In light doses, ethylene produces feelings of disembodied euphoria and visionary insight. Concerning the effects of ethylene, some years ago an American anesthesiologist Isabella Herb discovered that a 20 percent mixture of ethylene produced unconsciousness but that lower concentrations induced trance states in which the patients remained conscious, were able to sit upright and respond to questions, and experienced out-of-body states and euphoria.
Earlier archaeologists studying the Temple of Apollo and its oracle chamber had noted several anomalous features of the temple’s architecture. The adyton, the inner sanctum where the oracular priestesses had sat, was set two to four meters below the level of the surrounding floor; it was asymmetrical with a break in the internal colonnade having once accommodated a now vanished structure; and built into the foundations next to the recessed area were subterranean passages and a drain for spring water. Each of these features seems to indicate that the Temple of Apollo had been specifically designed to a enclose a particular area of terrain where issued the oracular waters and vapors, rather than the temple having been created to house an image of a deity, such as was the primary purpose of other Greek temples.
Questions regarding the future would be asked of the oracular priestesses. The answers, interpreted by male priests and then spoken in verse, proved so accurate that the Delphic oracle came to exercise enormous political and social influence in the Greek empire for nearly a thousand years. Historical sources indicate that the Delphic oracle was open only one day per month during the nine months of the year when Apollo was considered to be resident at the site. For a variety of reasons the Delphic oracle was in decline by the 1st century AD and the last recorded oracle was in 362 AD. The Christian emperor Theodosius officially closed the vast temple in 393 AD, thereby signaling the end of the ancient tradition of Greek oracles and the ascendancy of the new god of Christianity. Delphi was abandoned to the elements and gradually fell into ruins.
Delphi is the place of an ancient goddess site being later taken over by a culture whose primary deity was a male god. The ‘spearing’ of the serpent may be interpreted as the marking of the energy beam point (a small area of concentrated energy at a power place) with a spear of stone and also the symbol of the masculine usurpation of a feminine deity shrine. The omphalos stone, and the earlier marker stone it replaced, were used to gather, concentrate and emanate the energies of the power place for the benefit of the local people. From earliest times the particular energy of the site, as well as the chemical vapors rising from deep within the earth, had been recognized to induce prophetic visions in people and as a consequence a quasi-religious cult had developed over time.
Here we have Tholos temple at the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, with sacred Mt. Parnassus in the background. Located roughly one-half mile from the main concentration of buildings at Delphi, Athena Pronaia was the gateway to Delphi. The site, having been occupied since the Neolithic Period (5000-3000 BC) and later by the Myceneans, may actually predate Delphi as a sacred place. Originally dedicated to the worship of an Earth Goddess, the shrine was eventually occupied by Olympian deities, Athena in particular. A guardian of wisdom and spiritual consciousness, Athena continued the ancient veneration of the feminine principle and brought devotion to the Earth Mother into the Classical Age of Greece. The Tholos temple, built in the early 4th century BC, has an unusual circular shape. This shape and the leaf-adorned capitals of its Corinthian columns are representations of the sacred forest groves of the old Earth Goddess religion. Writing in The Earth, The Temple, and The Gods, Vincent Skully comments that
“The omphalos, or navel, which was supposed to mark the center of the world, was kept in the sanctuary of Apollo’s temple itself (in the center of nearby Delphi), but the Tholos of Athena’s sanctuary more clearly seems to evoke the navel of the earth than does any other building there.”
Mt. Parnassus, in addition to its other mythological associations, holds a similar position in Greek legends as Mt. Ararat holds in the Old Testament. After the waters of a great flood receded, an ark-like boat carrying Deucalion and his wife Pyrrha landed on Mt. Parnassus. High upon the mountain, Deucalion sought advice from Themis, a resident earth goddess, regarding how to repopulate the earth with humans. Themis instructed Deucalion and Pyrrha to throw rocks over their shoulder, these being the “bones” of the Earth Mother, and that the stones would be transformed into the first human beings. Themis (who was another daughter of Gaia, by Uranus) also figures in an alternate legend of the Delphic oracle. In this account, Themis succeeded Gaia as the guardian of sacred Mt. Parnassus and later instructed Apollo in the arts of prophecy. In these myths, Apollo does not kill the serpent Python, but rather an evil dragoness known as Delphyne. Python then becomes the guardian of Apollo’s oracular temple, while Themis continues to reside upon Mt. Parnassus. Mt. Parnassus is also the legendary home of the Muses (three or nine in number according to different legends), these being divine singers and musicians whose music enchanted the gods. The association of the Muses with the mountain has made it a source of poetic inspiration and the favoured pilgrimage destination of poets.

CONCLUSION
Please message me if you would like to come with me as a fellow traveller this year and as a member of my tour next year. Advantages :

  • I have visionary abilities to tell you what is happening at each sacred site, teaching, and shamanic experience to help you see clairvoyantly and hear clairaudiently.
  • I will be giving daily “talks” and instruction on grounding as these places can make you euphoric and ungrounded.
  • I will be looking at the energies in your charts and teaching appropriate yoga poses and breathing so you will be grounded and helping you understand, before we go, about the energy and possible visions you may have at each site.
  • I will also be giving advice on the ethics and protocol of giving back to the earth for allowing you to be there and be healed in any way.
  • You may also have initiations  at particular sites as the energy is so high and this will make you a more compassionate person with greater clairaudient, clairvoyant and clairsentient abilities. Note the word “may”. It is not guaranteed that you will evolve here, but certainly everyone who goes to these sacred healing temples reports the most wonderful feelings.
  • For example, when I walked the Mary-Michael Leyline in southern England from Land’s End to Bury St Edmunds I certainly had a full scale initiation at Glastonbury, but I felt nothing at the Cheese ring stone circle. Everyone is different and in my case transiting Neptune and Uranus were conjuncting my Sun. At the moment transiting Chiron is transiting my first house.
  • I will look at and discuss, particularly, your natal Hygeia, Jupiter, Zeus, Sun, Moon, Venus and probably Ceres and Vesta as we may visit Demeter and Hestia’s temples on the Acropolis. I will talk to you and our group about how relocating to these spots in Greece can effect you.   Zeus is one of the Trans-Uranian planets.
  • I will see what the costs and time is like this year to see if in the future I can include Mt Pelios- Chiron’s home and places like Cluny and Mont San Michele which are also on the Apollo-Athena line. I forgot to say previously that Athena, in Hellenistic times Athena took on the name Athena Hygeia as she became a healing goddess. Apollo was always the god of healing and he originally was Chiron’s teacher.

I am most probably going on my exploratory tour in September, 2017.
Thanks for being an armchair traveller with me as you read this article.
I send you joy and many blessings,
Hilary.