The Michael Alignment

Malkgulumbu, Lake Titicaca, Glastonbury, Dragons and the City of Lions.

 

On my return to Somerset from Australia I set out to rediscover the places I know, love and have painted in the past; Glastonbury, Avebury, Wandlebury Rings in Cambridgeshire and around where I live and also where I grew up in Somerset. I realised that most of the places were on or near one of the most well-known 'ley lines' that passes through southern England, The St Michael Alignment.

 

I have plotted the line around the world and if you click on the image below, you can see how it goes.

 

The Michael Alignment Map

The Michael Alignment Map

 

The alignment marks the path of the sun on the 8th of May (The spring festival of St. Michael) on an azimuth of around 242° (28° north of east). This day was celebrated in past times as 'Beltane', the beginning of summer, and a cross-quarter day, marking the midpoint in the Sun's progress between the spring equinox and summer solstice. Along this path where the sun is seen to rise lie a series of St Michael temples and churches dedicated to him, sites such as Glastonbury Tor, Michael's Mount, Brentor Dartmoor and a string of St Michael churches and places along the way. These places were used from pre Christian times even before the medieval churches were built upon them, for celebration, pilgrimage and communal worship to celebrate and venerate our connection with the cosmos and with our ancestors. St Michael being the Archangel of high places and the bringer of light (or enlightenment) was the ideal candidate to dedicate these special places in later Christian times. William Blake's poem comes to mind implying that a pilgrimage visit by Jesus would briefly create heaven in England. The poem was inspired by the apocryphal story that a young Jesus, accompanied by Joseph of Arimathea, a tin merchant, travelled to what is now England and visited Glastonbury during his unknown years. He would have followed this line from Cornwall.

 

Along the route one comes across symbols of the Sun, sun worship (including the symbol of Christ with his halo) but also dragons and in particular the image of St Michael, his equivalent, St Margaret or St George slaying one. In the stained glass of church windows or in the names of nearby hills where dragons lived and were slayed. The idea of these saints coming to the salvation and protection of the people symbolises Christianity coming to rescue people from their pagan beliefs and druidic rituals such as sacrifice, witchcraft and devil worship. The energy currents that flow through the landscape were portrayed as dangerous and ungodly representing a wild, uncontrollable energy. A spirit represented as a serpent beast that is often portrayed in Christian mythology, legend and in the fabric of the churches themselves. All the while the churches were also on the line of these currents which snake across the landscape, taking over the local places of worship.

 

Around the world:

 

"..If this line is extended across the globe it is fascinating to me that it crosses right through Malkgulumbu where this project started off. The fact that this line also goes through the Glastonbury Festival site in Somerset where I work for Michael Eavis is also fascinating.."

 

The St Michael Alignment is a straight line (or slightly curved, taking in to account the curvature of the Earth) linking special places along the way. If this line is extended across the globe it is fascinating to me that it crosses right through Malkgulumbu where this project started off. The fact that this line also goes through the Glastonbury Festival site in Somerset where I work for Michael Eavis is also fascinating. It also passes through Lake Titicaca in the high Andes on the Peruvian / Bolivian border. In this deep high Andean lake is the Isla de Sol. this rocky island is recognized for its historical and mythical features. It has around 180 ruins dating back to the Incan period, which includes a labyrinth-like monument and a Sacred Rock. The island is also believed to be the place, where the Incan Sun God, Inti was born.

 

"..I then looked off shore in the UK, in the Atlantic, as soon as the St Michael alignment leaves Cornwall it passes directly through Seven Stones Reef, legendary site of the Celtic City of Lions and then further on, in the middle of the Atlantic it passes through the Azores. Through Ponta Delgada. The island is called Sao Miguel Island.."

 

City of Lions (Lyonesse)

 

There is also the Celtic, City of Lions (Lyonesse). A legendary submerged kingdom that lies some eighteen miles west of Land's End on Seven Stones Reef. This is the capital of the legendary kingdom of Lyonesse. In Arthurian legend, Lyonesse is the home country of Tristan, from the legendary story of Tristan and Iseult. The mythical land of Lyonesse is now referred to as the "Lost Land of Lyonesse," as it is ultimately said to have sunk into the sea. While Lyonesse is mostly referred to in stories of legend and myth, there is some belief that it represents a very real city that sunk into the sea many years ago.