“A fascinating travelogue about some of Great Britain's most ancient structures.”
– Video Librarian
“A visual pilgrimage to the sacred sites of Old England- magical, mysterious and intelligently portrayed.”
– Adele Getty, author, The Goddess, Mother of Living Nature
This beautiful documentary examines:
The mysteries of the laylines;
The earth’s chakra system, called the “Paths of the Dragon”; and,
The sacred symbolic myths associated with these magical sites.
Explore the mysteries of these phenomena at sacred sites across Great Britain, including: Stonehenge, Avebury, Glastonbury, Iona, Lindisfarne, and a multitude of stone circles in England.
This program reveals why people were drawn to erect monuments to their beliefs on these sites -- from Neolithic times to the early Christian period churches -- and why the sites continue to attract contemporary pilgrimages from around the world.
Written, produced and directed by: Lou Montgomery
51 Minutes DVD
TOTAL RUNNING TIME FOR BOTH FILMS 108 MINUTES
DRAGONQUEST EXPERTS: Information from Lou Montgomery, producer of DRAGONQUEST
John Michell, Sir John Trevelyan, Paul Caponigro, Jennifer Westwood, Geoffrey Ashe, and John Mathews.
has written and compiled over sixty books on the Arthurian Legends, Wisdom and Grail Studies, as well as numerous short stories and a volume of poetry. He has devoted much of the past thirty years to the study of Arthurian Traditions and myth in general. His best known and most widely read works are The Grail, Quest for Eternal Life, The Arthurian Tarot (devised with his wife Caitlin) and The Winter Solstice, which won the Benjamin Franklin Award for 1999. He was recently guest editor of the journal Arthuriana and his book Celtic Warrior Chiefs was a New York Public Library recommended title for young people.
John has been involved in a number of media projects, as both an advisor and contributor, including the big budget movie King Arthur, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Antoine Fuqua, released in 2004, on which he acted as an historical advisor. Much in demand as a speaker both in Europe and the United States, he has taught at (among others) the Temenos Academy in London, St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and at the New York Open Centre, and at the University of Seattle in Washington. He has also worked in collaboration with the Joseph Campbell Foundation, with whom he continues to retain contact. He is currently working on several new projects, including a study of Merlin. His eagerly awaited edition of Thomas Malory’s masterpiece Le Mort D’Arthur appeared in 2002, and soon thereafter the publication of his history of wizards and a major divinatory pack, The Green Man Tree Oracle.
Many of his historical books are centered on factual analysis of the Arthurian legend, and the archaeological past of King Arthur, beginning with his King Arthur's Avalon: The Story of Glastonbury, in 1957. The book was inspired by what Ashe had read in G. K. Chesterton's Short History of England.
He is a major proponent of the theory that the historical King Arthur was Riothamus, presented in an article in Speculum, April 1981, and expanded in The Discovery of King Arthur (1985), The Landscape of King Arthur (1987), and in various further articles. His fresh idea was to scrutinize Arthur's foreign campaigns in Geoffrey of Monmouth's account and take the material seriously, concluding that, though the legendary Arthur is a composite figure, the career of Riothamus seems to underlie at least a major portion of Geoffrey's account, for which Ashe adduces passages in a Breton text and several chronicles.
Ashe has also helped demonstrate, through acting as secretary to a dig undertaken by Ralegh Radford in 1966-70, that Cadbury Castlein Somerset, identified as Camelot by the 16th-century antiquary John Leland, was actually refortified in the latter part of the fifth century, in works as yet unparalleled elsewhere in Britain at the time. Ashe's point is that when Leland picked out this hill as Camelot, he picked what seems to be the most plausible candidate; yet even an archaeologist could not have guessed that the fifth-century fortification was embedded in the earthworks, just by looking without digging.
"I would say there must have been a tradition about the hill and its powerful overlord, handed down from the Dark Ages", Ashe has said, and added "In the film of the musical Camelot, you have a brief glimpse of a map of Britain, and Camelot is in Somerset. It's there because I told Warner Brothers to put it there. That is my one contribution to Hollywood." He has offered later mentions of Artoriani or "Arthur's men," a group of soldiers sharing Arthur's name (as has happened to other historical generals of the age) that survived his death, as possible basis for the legendary Knights of the Round Table. Ashe is the author of a novel about an occult group that meets near the site of Avalon entitled The Finger and the Moon.
He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1963. Ashe was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire(MBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to heritage.
John Frederick Carden Michell (9 February 1933 – 24 April 2009) was an English writer whose key sources of inspiration were Plato and Charles Fort. His 1969 volume The View Over Atlantis has been described as probably the most influential book in the history of the hippy/underground movement and one that had far-reaching effects on the study of strange phenomena: it "put ley lines on the map, re-enchanted the British landscape and made Glastonbury the capital of the New Age."
In some 40-odd titles over five decades he examined, often in pioneering style, such topics as sacred geometry, earth mysteries, geomancy, gematria, archaeoastronomy, metrology, euphonics, simulacra and sacred sites, as well as Fortean phenomena. An abiding preoccupation was the Shakespeare authorship question. His Who Wrote Shakespeare? (1996) was reckoned by The Washington Post "the best overview yet of the authorship question."
Michell was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. He did national service in the Royal Navy, during which time he qualified as a Russian translator at the Joint Services School for Linguists. He then worked for a while as an estate agent in London. In 1966 one of his properties, the basement of his own residence, became the base of the London Free School. The Black Power activist Michael X, having previously run a gambling club in the basement, had now become active in the organisation of the LFS and brought Michell into counter-culture activities. Michell began to offer courses in UFOs and ley lines.
His first book, The Flying Saucer Vision, was published in 1967. At this time Michell took the view that "an imminent revelation of literally inconceivable scope" was at hand, and that the appearance of UFOs was linked to "the start of a new phase in our history". In 1969 he published The View Over Atlantis, a book which explored Alfred Watkins's concept that an ancient system of ley lines linked together megaliths and monuments from the distant past. Gary Lachman states that the book "put Glastonbury on the countercultural map." Ronald Hutton describes it as "almost the founding document of the modern earth mysteries movement". By the late 1960s Michell was closely associated with members of the Rolling Stones.
In the 1980s Michell was a member of the Lindisfarne Association and a teacher at its School of Sacred Architecture. He lectured at the Kairos Foundation, an "educational charity specifically founded to promote the recovery of traditional values in the Arts and Sciences". He was for some years a visiting lecturer at the Prince of Wales' School of Traditional Arts.
Sir George Lowthian Trevelyan:
Sir George Lowthian Trevelyan's life spanned the twentieth century from 1906 to 1996. This online archive sets out to record his life and work and to bring forward his ideas into the twenty-first century.
He was a pioneering, charismatic teacher and educationalist, a visionary who caught the imagination of thousands of people. He was also a remarkable furniture maker and a lover of nature, poetry and Shakespeare.
Sir George was a powerful and inspired orator and teacher. He planted the seeds of a new spiritual world-view, respected by people of many beliefs and walks of life.
The magical way he talked about the new humanity, about spiritual freedom and a rising tide of love, made the budding ideas of the 1960s spiritual renaissance respectable and understandable for everyone.
He seeded and expounded ideas which, in our time, are growing in validity. Take a look through his books, lectures and articles.
From 1947-1971 Sir George was Warden of the Shropshire Adult College at Attingham Park running pioneering courses in a wide range academic, cultural, esoteric and down-to-earth subjects.
In 1971 he founded the Wrekin Trust, an educational charity concerned with 'The Spiritual Nature of Man and the Universe'. For two decades the Trust ran courses and conferences in new thinking and spiritually oriented knowledge. The Trust received the Right Livelihood Award ('Alternative Nobel Prize') in Stockholm in 1982.
Sir George has been fondly referred to as 'the Grandfather of the New Age Movement', a title somewhat misunderstood by those who did not know him. His 'New Age' did not involve cult, fad and woolly notions. It involved a non-sectarian, holistic outlook, scientific and practical as well as mystical. It involved a compassionate, global humanitarianism very pertinent to our day.
"It is our loss if we choose to confine our thinking and interpretation solely to the provable and ponderable mundane - or the pedantic intellectual. So much more exists and calls to us. This is indeed an age of mystery, wonder and hope."
"Conditioned by the materialism of our time, we tend to identify ourselves with our bodies. It must be re-emphasised that man in his core is an eternal being of spirit, housed for a time in a body."
"We are in the second Renaissance. In the first, our European ancestors explored the seas and discovered new continents. In this, our present age, we are setting out to explore the cosmos and reality."
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Caponigro started having an interest in photography at age 13. However, he also had a strong passion in music and began to study music at Boston University College of Music in 1950, before eventually deciding to focus on studying photography at the California School of Fine Art.
Caponigro studied with Minor White and has been awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships and three grants from the NEA. His best known photographs are Running White Deer and Galaxy Apple. His subject matter includes landscape and still life, taking an interest in natural forms. He is best known for his landscape works and for the mystical and spiritual qualities of his work. He is often regarded as one of America's foremost landscape photographers Caponigro's first one-man exhibition took place at the George Eastman House in 1958. In the 1960s Caponigro taught photography part-time at Boston University while consulting the Polaroid Corporation on various technical research. Caponigro lived in El Rancho de San Sebastian during his time in New Mexico from 1973-1993.
In 1971, his work was exhibited in group exhibition "Le Groupe Libre Expression : Expo 5", presented by Jean-Claude Gautrand, at Les Rencontres d'Arles festival, France.
Caponigro's work is included in the collections of the Guggenheim, Whitney, Norton Simon Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
He was awarded The Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (HonFRPS) in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography in 2001.