Sunday, December 22, 2013

Swan

According to an esoteric tradition there was a primary trinity of holy mountains, i.e. Mount Moriah in Palestine, Mount Sinai in Egypt, and a mysterious Mount Heredom. The latter is not to be found on any map. Could it be that Mount Heredom was also "Mount Zion in the far north" as recorded in the Davidic Psalm? Moreover, in her work entitled Celt Druid and Culdee, first published in 1938, Isabel Hill Elder refers to the gigantic monoliths placed in circles and piles of stones called si'uns or cairns. She points out: "The similarity of si'un with the Hebrew word 'Zion' (fortress), the Mount of Stone (as the name Zion in Celtic means) is striking."






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Russian State Ballet brings original "Swan Lake" to Beijing
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China International Ballet Season in Beijing has just opened. Originally presented by the Russian State Ballet, "Swan Lake" has always been 
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Seaplanes to land on Swan
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Commercial seaplanes have been given the green light to fly twice daily, seven days a week on the Swan River. The soon-to-be disbanded ...
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"Once Upon a Time" fans who ship Swan Queen weren't very happy when they saw a tweet from Michael Coleman, the actor who plays Happy ...
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Injured Swan Once Stranded on Newaygo County Lake May Be ...
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BITELY, Mich. – The mate of a swan that was stranded on a frozen Newaygo County lake has made it to shore, but now there is growing ...
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 Stevens defends Wayne Swan 
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It's all magic tricks and witchcraft to make the sheep believe. They have the sheep right where they want them, dumbed down and deceived.
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RBA Governor Glenn Stevens defends Wayne Swan against claims ...
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The Reserve Bank governor says former treasurer Wayne Swan did not "deplete" the central bank's reserve fund, despite Abbott government ...
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In the writings of the Chevalier de Berage, first published in 1747, on the origins of Freemasonry, he states: "Their Metropolitan Lodge is situated on the Mountain of Heredom where the first Lodge was held in Europe and which exists in all its splendour. The General Council is still held there and it is the seal of the Sovereign Grand Master in office. This mountain is situated between the West and North of Scotland at sixty miles from Edinburgh." If we follow these directions precisely and plot a course mid-northwest from Edinburgh for sixty miles we arrive at Schiehallion, which is to be found at the geographical centre of Scotland. Furthermore, Albert G. MacKay, in his "Lexicon and History of Freemasonry" says that he found the word "Heroden" given in an old manuscript of the Scotch Rites, as the name of a mountain situated in the north west of Scotland, where the first Metropolitan Lodge of Europe was held.

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THE 2006 SWAN-UPPING CEREMONY HELD ON THE RIVER THAMES

The Last Vestiges of a Tradition Thousands of Years Old
Andrew Collins reports

The Swan-upping flotilla reaches Goring Lock, Oxfordshire, on 20 July 2006 (Pic: Andrew Collins)

Thursday, 20 July. I travelled to Oxford and Berkshire in pursuit of one of the River Thames's oldest traditions, the Swan-upping ceremony, whereby all cygnet swans are weighed and marked during a colourful journey that takes place over five days in July each summer. The whole thing is conducted by members of two of London's oldest livery companies, the Vintners and Dyers, who, along with the monarch's swan-warden, gradually make their way from Sunbury, Middlesex, to Abingdon in Oxfordshire, capturing any young bird they might come across. It is a truly royal ceremony, as the reigning monarch is deemed protector of all swans in Britain. On the Thames itself, only the Vintners and Dyers are granted the right to own swans, this being in honour of their annual contribution to the Swan-upping ceremony.
Swan-upping appertains not only to the 'upping' out of the water of the cygnets, but also to the up-river journey itself. In many ways, it is like a symbolic journey to the source of the waters of life, something that I am convinced has being going on here on the Thames for thousands of years. Officially, Swan-upping began only in the fifteenth century, but the Royal Windsor website speaks of it going back as far as the thirteenth century, and I argue in THE CYGNUS MYSTERY that it is an echo of something much more ancient, when the city's vintners came under the jurisdiction of the Roman temple of Isis, the inventor of wine, whose avataristic forms included the swan and goose. Moreover, the Vintners' Martinmas feasts held each year in honour of the swan resonate with pre-Christian traditions that saw this bird as the carrier of souls into the next world.


The Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas imageI’ve just been reading Francis one of our many Christmas books. It was The Twelve Days of Christmas illustrated by Brian Wildsmith published in 1972. I sang it to Francis (lucky no-one else was listening !) all the way through & he loved & remembered it all by the end. I must say after Eight Maids a Milking, it all gets a bit muddled & now I know why ! There are several [all correct] versions. Brian Wildsmith’s book has Twelve Lords a Leaping, but another version I read today says 12 Drummers Drumming. It’s the drummers drumming, ladies dancing, Lords a leaping & the Pipers Piping (verses 9-10-11-12) which vary. How confusing !
Here are some of my favourite facts & snippets of research I’ve compiled about this song: It was first published in England in 1780 without music & is thought to be originally French. The 12 days in the song are the 12 days starting Christmas Day to the day before Epiphany, 6 January. The ‘pear-tree’ is probably really perdrix, French for partridge (in Old French it was pertriz). It was originally a “catechism song” to help young Catholics learn the tenets of their faith. Catholics in England during the period 1558 to 1829 were prohibited from ANY practice of their faith by law – private or public. My True Love refers to God. The “me” who receives the presents refers to every baptized person. Note how the first 7 verses are all birds, as the Five Gold Rings may have originally just referred to ringed pheasants or goldfinches.
1 Partridge in a pear tree = Jesus Christ
2 Turtle Doves = The Old & New Testaments
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the theological virtues
4 Calling Birds = the four gospels & /or the Four Evangelists (it was originally colly birds, meaning common birds).
5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch”, which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.
6 Geese a-laying = the six days of creation
7 Swans a-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids a-milking = the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed
Anyway, here’s our own Apley version which I’m sorry doesn’t quite match up in terms of holiness:
On the first day of Christmas Lord Hamilton gave to me
1 partridge with a few pears – reared, shot, plucked & prepared on the Apley Estate; Apley’s own pears are sadly now over, but we still have others in stock.
2 game terrines – on the Delicatessen counter made in Apley’s own kitchen
3 corn fed chickens – sold by our butcher Mark Lowe, from Packington in Staffordshire
4 Christmas puddings – made by Julie in her special baking kitchen in the Courtyard at Apley
5 gold rings of delicious cheese – made by Shropshire’s own Mr Moyden
6 geese – from our butcher. Or alternatively just try our amazing duck eggs – something a bit different & tastier on Christmas Day
7 swans are all owned by the Queen, so why not 7 handmade Apley minced pies (actually they come in packs of 4 or 6) will have to do
8 pints of milk – you’ll need more than usual over the Christmas week if you have lots of guests & visitors
9 boxes of dried fruit – Gavin’s favourites are Elvas plums from Fortnum & Mason’s (which, being made in Portugal, are not sold at Apley !)
10 liqueurs to make your party guests leap like Lords (I’ve never yet actually measured how high Gavin can leap) – I’ll write about the stacking liqueurs we’re stocking this Christmas.
11 bags of nuts from the Ludlow Nut Company
12 crackers to give your Christmas a lift from the Bauble Barn
1739  Alexander Drummond
       H.M. Collector of Customs at Greenock, afterwards H.M. Consul at Aleppo.

     1747    Robert Mollison
     H.M. Inspector of Excise at Ayr.

1756    Archibald Hamilton of Dalserf

1769    George Murdoch
Provost of Glasgow 1766-67
         
1795    Andrew Houston of Jordanhill

1805    Sir John Stewart, Bart. of Allanbank

1813    Sir John Maxwell, Bart. of Pollok
Member of Parliament for Paisley

1827    Henry Monteith of Carstairs
Lord Provost of Glasgow 1814-16 and 1818-20, Member of Parliament for Lanark Burghs  

Sheriff of Lanarkshire, Lord Rector of the University of Glasgow

1867    Captain Archibald Alexander Speirs of Elderslie D.L
Member of Parliament for Renfrewshire

1868    Colonel Walter Montgomerie Neilson of Queenshill
     Colonel of 25th Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers

1880    Sir James Bain (appointed but resigned prior to Installation)
  Lord Provost of Glasgow 1874-77

 1880    Sir William Pearce, Bart.
 Member of Parliament for Govan

1889    John Graham of Broadstone, C.A.


1905    Alexander Archibald Hagart Speirs of Elderslie, V.L., J.P
   Vice Lieutenant of the County of Renfrewshire


1930    John Rankine Andrew, J.P.

1931    John Marr Grant, J.P.

1936    Sir Alexander Brown Swan, D.L., J.P., LL.D.
  Lord Provost of Glasgow 1932-35

Sock-clad babe swans about
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The young swan is among 70 birds Carol and Frank Harwood of Turangi have nursed back to health this year. Ziggy, who has a broken leg,

According to an esoteric tradition there was a primary trinity of holy mountains, i.e. Mount Moriah in Palestine, Mount Sinai in Egypt, and a mysterious Mount Heredom. The latter is not to be found on any map. Could it be that Mount Heredom was also "Mount Zion in the far north" as recorded in the Davidic Psalm? Moreover, in her work entitled Celt Druid and Culdee, first published in 1938, Isabel Hill Elder refers to the gigantic monoliths placed in circles and piles of stones called si'uns or cairns. She points out: "The similarity of si'un with the Hebrew word 'Zion' (fortress), the Mount of Stone (as the name Zion in Celtic means) is striking."



wThe Orion According to an esoteric tradition there was a primary trinity of holy mountains, i.e. Mount Moriah in Palestine, Mount Sinai in Egypt, and a mysterious Mount Heredom. The latter is not to be found on any map. Could it be that Mount Heredom was also "Mount Zion in the far north" as recorded in the Davidic Psalm? Moreover, in her work entitled Celt Druid and Culdee, first published in 1938, Isabel Hill Elder refers to the gigantic monoliths placed in circles and piles of stones called si'uns or cairns. She points out: "The similarity of si'un with the Hebrew word 'Zion' (fortress), the Mount of Stone (as the name Zion in Celtic means) is striking."

THE 2006 SWAN-UPPING CEREMONY HELD ON THE RIVER THAMES

The Last Vestiges of a Tradition Thousands of Years Old
Andrew Collins reports

The Swan-upping flotilla reaches Goring Lock, Oxfordshire, on 20 July 2006 (Pic: Andrew Collins)

Thursday, 20 July. I travelled to Oxford and Berkshire in pursuit of one of the River Thames's oldest traditions, the Swan-upping ceremony, whereby all cygnet swans are weighed and marked during a colourful journey that takes place over five days in July each summer. The whole thing is conducted by members of two of London's oldest livery companies, the Vintners and Dyers, who, along with the monarch's swan-warden, gradually make their way from Sunbury, Middlesex, to Abingdon in Oxfordshire, capturing any young bird they might come across. It is a truly royal ceremony, as the reigning monarch is deemed protector of all swans in Britain. On the Thames itself, only the Vintners and Dyers are granted the right to own swans, this being in honour of their annual contribution to the Swan-upping ceremony.
Swan-upping appertains not only to the 'upping' out of the water of the cygnets, but also to the up-river journey itself. In many ways, it is like a symbolic journey to the source of the waters of life, something that I am convinced has being going on here on the Thames for thousands of years. Officially, Swan-upping began only in the fifteenth century, but the Royal Windsor website speaks of it going back as far as the thirteenth century, and I argue in THE CYGNUS MYSTERY that it is an echo of something much more ancient, when the city's vintners came under the jurisdiction of the Roman temple of Isis, the inventor of wine, whose avataristic forms included the swan and goose. Moreover, the Vintners' Martinmas feasts held each year in honour of the swan 
Arm is a minor spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy some 3,500 light-years (1,100parsecs) across and approximately 10,000 light-years (3,100 parsecs) in length.[2] The Solar System and therefore the Earth lies within the Orion Arm. It is also referred to by its full name, the Orion–Cygnus Arm, as well as Local Arm, Orion Bridge, Local Spur and Orion Spur.
The Orion Arm is named for theOrion constellation, which is one of the most prominent constellations of Northern Hemisphere winter (Southern Hemisphere summer). Some of the brightest stars and most famous celestial objects of this constellation (BetelgeuseRigel, the stars of Orion's Belt, the Orion Nebula) are located within the Orion Arm, as shown on the interactive map below.
The Orion Arm is located between the Carina–Sagittarius Arm (toward the Galactic Center) and the Perseus Arm (toward the outside Universe), the latter one of the two major arms of the Milky Way. Long thought to be a minor structure, a "spur" between the two longer adjacent arms Perseus and Carina-Sagittarius, evidence was presented in mid 2013 that it might be in fact a branch of the Perseus Arm, or possibly an independent arm segment itself.[3]
Within the Orion Arm, our Solar System and Earth are located close to the inner rim in the Local Bubble, about halfway along the Orion Arm's length, approximately 8,000 parsecs (26,000 light-years) from the Galactic Center.
  1. Rothesay Castle swans 6th May 2009 - YouTube

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiIPUTc_XgE

    May 6, 2009 - Uploaded by scalpsie
    A soothing swim in the moat of Rothesay Castle for the five day old cygnets - in pouring rain! Hope this finds ...