Suffolk's Ancient Sites : a Vision of an Arcane Landscape
by Jeremy Taylor
Far away from the mind boggling complexity of the pyramids of Giza, yet equally compelling, sit seven sites of mythic antiquity whose geomantic and geometric design collectively creates a beautiful and vast heptagon in the landscape.
The distances between the locations and the dimension of this symbol has been faithfully duplicated at other locations in Southern Britain, consciously created and designed to personify a harmonious fusion between temple proportion, the Earth’s circumference and ancient units of measure.
"This is a well researched book which adds to our perception and understanding of the peoples who inhabited our lands millennia ago and I would commend it to the reader". David Furlong
"I was seduced into reading it. Its wealth of antiquarian detail is woven around a core of mystical knowledge". John Michell
It is only now that we are beginning to truly recognise that our European Bronze age ancestors showed the same remarkable levels of sophistication and civilisation as that of the ancient Egyptians and cultures of the Middle East. The remarkable locations and sacred sites within Suffolk which we shall explore shortly are of 'stone age' ingenuity and cosmological significance. Once rediscovered they open up one's consciousness to our ancestral heritage and in so doing demand from us consideration with beginner's mind once more to the world around us, restoring to us that sense of ‘awe’ that modern day living can so easily obliterate. History, the ritual landscape and geometry once resonated very much as one, and I earnestly believe that there is something here in Suffolk of enigmatic design and purpose and whose origins were laid down millennia ago. Faint traces of our ancestors, whose silent whispers in the landscape once conveyed so much awe and splendour now sadly lie silent, their purpose and meaning largely forgotten, for in general there is a present day lack of any real sense of connectedness. This compounds our ability to relate - be it to the environment - through the seasons, the cosmos - through the heavenly bodies or to our community through a neighbour.
Several different metaphors have been proposed in trying to understand our present 'pathological alienation' between human consciousness and the rest of the biosphere, the most common one being a collective amnesia, that our species has forgotten something which was commonplace to our ancestors. They‘ practised certain attitudes and kinds of perception’ with ‘ an ability to empathise and identify with non-human life, respect for the mysterious, and humility in relationship to the infinite complexities of the natural world. Thus, for a complex variety of social and historical causes, a core feature of the European psyche is a dissociative split between spirit and nature ' (Metzner, 1993). Metzner concludes that the ‘great mother goddess of ancient times has become the dead matter of modern materialism.’
‘The bond between a person and his (or her) country is not merely geographical or fortuitous, but living and spiritual and sacred. His country... is the symbol of, and gateway to, the great unseen world of heroes, ancestors, and life-giving powers which avail for man and nature’ (A.P. Elkin, cited in Levy-Bruhl, 1983).
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By Terri Waller
As a general spiritual seeker I am new to the world of England’s sacred landscape and it’s secrets. Jeremy Taylor’s book Seven Wonders, goes a long way to teaching me some interesting facts and thoughts about the Symbolism, Geometry and the Sacredness of the wonderful country we live in. Although his work is based on finding in his home land of Suffolk he also connects he’s research with other sacred areas in the world.
I am no editorial expert but for me his book is written with a spiritual awareness and connection that I found easy to read and relate to [resonate with!]. This book makes me want to travel up to Suffolk to check out all the area’s mentioned and further more, find out about the area of Essex that I live in.
I feel sure this book will be of special interest to the inhabitants of Suffolk, but also of interest to anyone looking for the spiritual and historic attachments we have to our Mother Earth and our spiritual connectedness to the past and the places we live.
Well done Jeremy for all your dedicated hard work, I feel sure this one is a winner!
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