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The Atlantis Legend

The lure of Atlantis is like the call of a Siren for many. It’s a vision of a utopian world that was rumored to be technologically and culturally advanced.

If we believe the tantalizing tidbits that have been scattered through time and history, then Atlantis was real and existed about 9,000 years before Plato. Since Plato died around 348 BCE, we can date the existence of Atlantis at approximately 11,000 BCE.

This is rather critical when we consider what was occurring on a planetary scale at that point in history. Earth was emerging from the latest Great Ice Age. And, it would have been roughly in a position that placed it at the opposite side of the Milky Way Galaxy, near the galactic center, halfway through the orbit of one galactic year, which takes 26,000 years to complete.

Many people were waiting for the fulfillment of what the common interpretation of the Mayan prophecy of December 21, 2012 declared. Words of catastrophic changes on Earth were counted down in a frenzied rush almost like staring down the oncoming train light while standing in the rail bed.

The legend of Atlantis that has survived and come down to us tells of the absolute and immediate destruction of the Atlantean civilization. What if the prophecy was correct, but the galactic center was at the other side of the galaxy. Was this what destroyed Atlantis? Was it a burst of radiation that connected with the power stations of Atlantis, overloading the power grid, setting off a catastrophic cascade?

And what if, since they were purported to be technologically advanced, they were able to predict the coming catastrophe and prepare for it? Could they have evacuated their homeland and scattered themselves across the globe? Could they have opened a dimensional portal and stepped through, waiting for the right time to return? And what if they were, as legend portrays, half human and half alien?

Join Katie Walsh and her colleagues as they attempt to get to the truth of Atlantis. The story starts with “Trove  (The Katie Walsh Mysteries Book #1)” and continues with “Harbinger  (The Katie Walsh Mysteries Book #2).

Beltane

Fire

                                CELEBRATE BELTANE

Among the many rich Celtic myths and legends, there are days that are an affirmation of life. I’d like to introduce you to one of the more earthy and sensual Celtic celebrations, the time of Beltane or as many refer to it, May Day.

Most, if not all of us, have heard the saying:

April showers bring May flowers

And if you’re from New England it actually goes like this:

April showers bring May flowers and what do May flowers bring? (Think for a moment…)

Pilgrims!  I know it’s trite, but it goes over big with the elementary school crowd … but I digress.

April’s welcoming rains signal a change in seasons. Warm air from the south pushes back against the cold northern winds of winter, blowing them back to the Arctic hinterland. The Earth’s axis in relation to our Sun enables us to enjoy more hours of daylight further enhancing the warming cycle. It is a time of awakening.

In a previous blog posting, I introduced you to Celtic Legend of the Green Man. In it I wrote:

General consensus is that the Green Man is a symbol of fertility and rebirth. Every spring life begins anew as the countryside blooms. Early pagan cultures probably added him to their spiritual pantheon to mirror the human cycle of birth. Understanding basic biology, these early groups could have wondered, “How could Mother Earth give birth without some help?”

In answer to that question, I offer you the celebration of Beltane. While the celebration entails several activities, two of the more well-known are the Fire Ritual and the fertility celebration. Fire in and of itself is primarily considered a destructive force since it consumes matter, turning it to ash. Yet from the destruction and devastation, new life emerges. Seedlings sprout through the carnage reaching for sunlight long denied. The soil is enriched with nutrients released in the inferno. A transformation commences as the circle of life begins anew. For humans, the circle is complete when the Green Man impregnates Mother Nature and fertility is celebrated.

The peoples of Britain have, for centuries and perhaps much longer, celebrated the fertility rites by reveling and cavorting on Beltane night. Cattle were blessed with fertility by being driven through the smoke from the fires while humans cavorted in the woods. It was and still is a celebration of the sensuality of the reproduction of humans.

But is this all there is to the legend of the Green Man? Does it exist merely to be the Yang to Nature’s Yin? Get to know Katie Walsh and her fellow adventurers in Trove and the follow them in the next book in the Katie Walsh Mysteries, Harbinger, due out in late Summer 2013.

Celtic Legend of the Green Man

Green Man

Kilpeck_Green_Man

Black & white photo was taken by Simon Garbutt and is a carving on the Church of Saint Mary and Saint David in Kilpeck, Herefordshire, England

The Celtic Legend of the Green Man

The Celtic culture is rife with ancient and perplexing myths and legends. One of the more well-known is the legend of the Green Man. The oft-depicted image, of a male face not just surrounded by green (i.e. fertile) foliage, often displays the flora flowing out of his mouth. What could this possibly represent?

General consensus is that the Green Man is a symbol of fertility and rebirth. Every spring life begins anew as the countryside blooms. Early pagan cultures probably added him to their spiritual pantheon to mirror the human cycle of birth. Understanding basic biology, these early groups could have wondered, “How could Mother Earth give birth without some help?”

People think of Britain and envision different colored fields of pastures separated by long linear hedgerows. Thousands of years ago, the countryside was far from civilized and open. The land was in fact heavily forested. These thick, dense woods were often dark, even in the bright, high summer sun. Forests were generally feared and there are many stories that warn people of the dangers of the brooding woodlands. It’s no wonder that tales of a spiritual being became associated with such a fearful place.

But just what is it that erupts from the mouth of the Green Man (see the black & white photo above), is it simply a metaphor for life springing forth? What if it is entirely something different, something that is relatable more to the modern age?

I’ll leave you this to ponder, if the Green Man is a pagan symbol, why is it found on and in many Christian churches in Britain. One of the churches, which may be familiar to you and is known to have over 100 Green Man visages, is Rosslyn Chapel. Do I have your attention now?

In Harbinger (the second book of The Katie Walsh Mysteries), I postulate an entirely different origin and meaning for legend of the Green Man. Start the adventure with Trove (the first of the Katie Walsh Mysteries), then in late Summer 2013, continue the journey with Harbinger.

Trove is available from Amazon.com in two formats:

Trove – Kindle format

Trove — print format