Robin Heath, stone stalker and archaeoastronomer, has spent very many years rediscovering and demonstrating the knowledge and genius of people who have walked these Isles before us. In his information-packed, and excellent book, Bluestone Magic, Heath reveals much of what he has discovered while tramping the commonly wet and blustery hills of West Wales, and how their perfectly-sited and oriented constructions have never stopped straight-talking with each other and with the, sun, the moon and the stars. ¹
In their book, The Holy Kingdom (P.144), historians, Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett, & the author, Adrian Gilbert, state that when Meurig, King Arthur’s father, was the king of Glamorgan (6th Century), the abad (abbot) of Clas Nanhyfer was Meurig’s brother, Cuhylyn, no less.¹ This would confirm that this early, so-called ‘Celtic Christian’ monastery was a very important one.
Gors Fawr, meaning Big Marsh, is the location of an important prehistoric ceremonial area in the Preseli Hills of Pembrokeshire. It is the site of the one remaining, almost complete, stone circle in the county. It is built on the vitalising dragon energy of Y Ddraig Ffraed.
Looking back, after three years of walking with Y Ddraig Ffraed back and forth through the three counties of southwest Wales, very few places have matched the fraught confusion that She displayed in the immediate environs of Gors Fawr stone circle.
Divining Ddraig at the atmospheric ruins of the once great medieval abbey of Strata Florida (Vale or Street of Flowers) in Ceredigion, mid-Wales. 20th August 2018.
St. Margaret’s church & well, Binsey, Oxfordshire
Midnight, and monks by candlelight
Although less than 2 miles from Oxford’s city centre St. Margaret’s is hidden behind trees and shrubbery at the end of a long and winding country lane. The church is a strange, isolated and moody little building sometimes welcoming and warm while at other times slightly sinister. It is lighted only by oil lamps and candles as it has no electricity supply.
St. Margaret’s was once the living for a priest called Nicholas Breakspear, who became England’s only Pope, Adrian lV, in 1154.
The church is also famous for its holy well and its legendary connection to St. Frideswide, the patron saint of Oxford. I strongly suspect that Frideswide is really the ancient Briton’s goddess and saint, Ffraed.
This was the ‘Treacle Well’ of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
I referred to Graham Robb and his book, The Ancient Paths, at the end of my article, Grave suspicions. It’s the builders’ fault. Well, I’ve had a few moments free time to scan through it, and there are some quite amazing synchronicites.
Several times I’ve mentioned how elements of the Mabinogion have cropped up while on this journey with Ffraed, and how there are noteworthy connections concerning Pembrokeshire and Oxford – a place where I have spent the greater part of my life. There is a strong Welsh connection with two colleges, Pembroke and Jesus Colleges. I’ve previously too talked about Dragons and their affinity with Oxford, in so many ways.The centre at Oxford is a Dragon location in the Mabinogion. We have also discovered that Y Ddraig Ffraed leaves the coast of the Isles at St. Bride’s.