FULL DESCRIPTIVE CONTENTS
The spiritual priority of Glastonbury â€“ the 'holiest earthe of England' â€“ an image of paradise - landscape and legends â€“ a sanctuary from time immemorial â€“ the privileged Twelve Hides â€“ their sacred light â€“ the spirit of Celtic culture-Tudor sacrilege - the modern renaissance.
PART I: PREHISTORIC TIMES
1. The Primordial Paradise
A landscape wheel â€“ the Glastonbury archipelago â€“ the wandering tribes â€“ their community of purpose-their economy â€“ their feasts â€“ their estates â€“ their culture â€“ spiritual perception â€“ stars, myths and landscape-tribal sanctuaries â€“ sacred isles.
2. The Seven Island Stars of Arthur the Great Bear
The seven chartered isles â€“ Avalon and the wooden church â€“ Beckery's Irish pilgrims â€“ St. Brigit's chapel â€“ King Arthur in the Chapel Perilous â€“ his mystical experience-the legend of Godney â€“ St Guthlac at Marchey â€“ Meare and St Benignus â€“ his miracles â€“ the vines of Panborough island â€“ Nyland hill â€“ the seven island chapels â€“ correspondence with the Great Bear â€“ the island planisphere-the Great Bear, Arcturus and King Arthur â€“ traditions of the seven-star constellation â€“ the stellar landscape in old China â€“ Glastonbury Tor the pole star â€“ the planetary Round Table - the Maltwood zodiac â€“ its conception â€“ 'marks of authenticity' â€“ simulacra â€“ a powerful image - antiquity of the seven island constellation.
3. The Somerset Elysium
The Fortunate Isles â€“ Glastonbury as Avalon â€“ as universal pole - as an Elysium â€“ Arthur in the underworld â€“ Gwynn ap Nudd and his realm below the Tor â€“ St Collen dispels his enchantment â€“ the Hollow Tor â€“ the abduction of Guinevere â€“ initiation â€“ the primeval golden age â€“ the Grail quest.
4. Megalithic Magic in the Age of Giants
The tribes form settlements â€“ the first Glastonbury farmers â€“ the exit from paradise-hunters, miners and traders â€“ priests and megalithic builders â€“ their contact with the underworld â€“ their use of light â€“ megalithic alignments â€“ Irish mounds â€“ the powers of the earth â€“ the invocation of giants â€“ the exploitation of thought-forms â€“ Chinese geomancy â€“ the manipulation of earth forces â€“ the age of Taurus â€“ Mother Nature's giant progeny â€“ the Titans â€“ agricultural deities â€“ Saturnus and Kronos â€“ memories of the golden age â€“ Glastonbury and the Blessed Isles.
The labyrinth on the Tor â€“ Geoffrey Russell's discovery â€“ a work from the age of giants â€“ the St Michael line â€“ Burrowbridge Mump â€“ Avebury â€“ Silbury hill â€“ a landscape of ritual â€“ the Mump and the Cheesewring â€“ the serpents and the straight line â€“ a pilgrimage path â€“ poetic images â€“ the linear chant â€“ a legend of the line-a symbol of sacred union on the Tor.
6. The Giant-Killers
Phantom monsters â€“ the raising of elementals â€“ Stonehenge and Merlin â€“ the landing of Brutus â€“ Corineus the giant-killer â€“ the downfall of the giants â€“ the rise of Apollo â€“ Arthur at Brent Knoll â€“ early Celtic Britain â€“ magical warfare â€“ Druid spells â€“ the power of Excalibur.
7. Arthur the Sun-King and the Zodiacal Round Table
The dawn of Aries â€“ the Bronze age-its splendour â€“ Celtic craftsmanship â€“ solar orientations â€“ the solar civilization and its law â€“ the rule of the twelve gods â€“ twelve-tribe nations â€“ their cycle of festivals â€“ their music and myth â€“ the zodiacal order â€“ King Arthur in the Glastonbury landscape â€“ the Twelve Hides and the twelve-part mythic cycle â€“ Arthur in other lands â€“ the Order of the Round Table-Arthur's Chariot â€“ the clock of the Great Bear â€“ reading the Glastonbury landscape - its twelve divisions â€“ image of the Heavenly Jerusalem â€“ the zodiac and the Round Table-the transformations of Arthur â€“ the constancy of his mission â€“ the twelve revivalists â€“ Arthur's vigil.
8. Life and Religion in the Kingdom of Arthur
Glastonbury's priestly rulers â€“ the local economy â€“ rights and obligations â€“ a relic of the Celtic system â€“ the twelve â€“ tribe society â€“ its benefits and limitations â€“ its reflection of the zodiac â€“ the science of enchantment â€“ the breaking of the spell â€“ the rise of commerce - Glastonbury's wealth â€“ "the Bristol of its day" â€“ the Druidic social order â€“ its decline and suppression â€“ new cults at the dawn of Pisces â€“ the reformation of Druidry â€“ the Christian revelation.
PART II: THE CHRISTIAN REVELATION
9. The Glastonbury Legend
The coming of St Joseph of Arimathea â€“ denigrators of the legend â€“ sceptics and partisans â€“ mystical clergymen â€“ royal visitors to Avalon â€“ the flowering thorn â€“ Jesus in Britain â€“ Cornish legends â€“ the 'Secret of the Lord' â€“ the Celtic mysteries â€“ their influences on Christianity â€“ the Priddy legend â€“ a divine foundation â€“ the priority of Albion â€“ the Virgin at Glastonbury â€“ galloping gullibility â€“ its possible function â€“ a key to the mysteries.
10. Joseph of Arimathea and the Ancient Wooden Hut
The ancient relic â€“ pilgrims at the Old Church â€“ the mystic shrine-its holy emanations â€“ William of Malmesbury at Glastonbury â€“ the sanctity of the Old Church â€“ its destruction by fire-its foundation legend â€“ the Abbey library â€“ Norman builders â€“ early charters â€“ the church built by 'no human art' â€“ Arthurian pilgrims â€“ the St Joseph legend in the Middle Ages â€“ Glastonbury and the Grail romances â€“ the ritual of the Fisher King â€“ the Grail ritual â€“ St Joseph, his sprouting staff and the two holy cruets â€“ sacred allegories.
11. Twelve Saints and the Mysterious Conversion of the Celts
Successive foundations â€“ the two papal missionaries â€“ a chain of anchorites â€“ their number always twelve-St Patrick arrives â€“ becomes first abbot â€“ climbs the Tor â€“ Glasteing and the twelve brothers â€“ the twelve founders â€“ St David and his twelve foundations â€“ the zodiacal system of twelve tribes â€“ the twelve gods â€“ Brutus and the twelve-Jesus and the twelve apostles â€“ twelve gates, tribes, magi â€“ twelve knights, heroes, saints, missionaries, rites of initiation â€“ Christianity a reformation of Druidry â€“ lack of early martyrs â€“ the conversion of the tribes â€“ magical contests â€“ the power of light â€“ astrological reckoning â€“ the dawn of Pisces â€“ Britain and the Holy Land â€“ the worship of angels â€“ the ubiquitous legend of twelve Celtic saints â€“ twelve founders in Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, Scotland, Gaul â€“ their sanctifying of wildernesses â€“ the twelve â€“ part ritual â€“ the twelve apostles of Ireland â€“ the twelve Syrian Fathers â€“ the twelve-fold Arthurian cycle-the Grail ritual â€“ the twelve dedicated initiates â€“ the power of music and chant â€“ enchantment through the twelve-note chromatic scale-perpetual choirs in Celtic realms â€“ the twelve choristers â€“ the ancient chant maintained at Glastonbury Abbey â€“ the zodiacal cosmology and the restoration of the Grail.
12. The Wattle Church and the Hall of Light
The focus of the mysteries â€“ the wooden hut shrine in China, Japan, Rome, England â€“ the Roman Regia â€“ the Chinese Ming T'ang â€“ its primitive character â€“ simplicity of its rituals â€“ its sacred dimensions â€“ the Ming T'ang and Stonehenge - the Stonehenge orientations â€“ Glastonbury's wooden hut â€“ the foundation ritual â€“ a heavenly sanctuary and the invocation of Paradise on earth.
13. The Foundation Pattern
Summarized history of the Old Church â€“ its unaltered condition â€“ the rebuilding after the fire-the new St Mary chapel â€“ joined to the main church â€“ St David's pillar â€“ its inscribed plate-text of the inscription â€“ the pillar rediscovered â€“ the pyramid in the Abbey cemetery â€“ the finding of King Arthur's bones â€“ their identification â€“ the trepanned skull â€“ the burial site rediscovered â€“ Bligh Bond's excavation â€“ the Masonic tradition â€“ the octagonal site plan â€“ the position of St Joseph's church â€“ the symbolism of proportions and measures â€“ the development of the foundation pattern.
14. The Glastonbury Revelations
F. Bligh Bond appointed to the Abbey ruins â€“ his qualifications and interests â€“ his mystical views â€“ psychic archaeology â€“ The Gate of Remembrance-automatic writing â€“ Johannes the monk â€“ his tales of the old days â€“ Bond's understanding of spiritualism â€“ his disgrace, exile and death â€“ his influence in the Glastonbury revival â€“ an English Bayreuth â€“ the Glastonbury ritual revived â€“ the magical order of W.B. Yeats â€“ his spirit medium consulted by Bond â€“ The Gospel of Philip the Deacon â€“ a spate of mystical booklets â€“ Bond warned against spiritism â€“ his poetic guidance-his achievement and its limitations.
15. The Stonehenge Prototype and the Meaning of the Foundation Pattern
The pattern on the paving â€“ William of Malmesbury's account â€“ its effect on Bligh Bond â€“ an astrological site plan â€“ the advent of 'Brother Simon' â€“ The Company of Avalon â€“ the spirit of Romualdus â€“ his description of the foundation pattern â€“ another account â€“ further details from an American medium â€“ gematria and sacred architecture â€“ Bligh Bond's revelations â€“ the foundation plan disclosed â€“ its application to Stonehenge â€“ Bond's misconception over the site of St Joseph's church â€“ his quest for the founders' cells â€“ the octagonal pattern â€“ the twelve cells positioned â€“ the tomb of St Joseph â€“ Bond's search for the Grail chalice â€“ the Philosopher's Stone at Glastonbury â€“ the Glastonbury legend for pilgrims â€“ the mystic treasure â€“ alchemical transmutation â€“ contemplation of meaning â€“ towards the centre of the mystery â€“ knowledge and faith â€“ the light of prophecy.
16. Glastonbury in the Light of Prophecies
John Leland at Glastonbury â€“ astonished by its library â€“ the ancient chronicle of Melkin the Bard â€“ Melkin's prophecy of Glastonbury â€“ Carley's translation and comments â€“ Islamic features to the prophecy â€“ its alchemical flavour â€“ St Joseph and the Grail â€“ the Great Work â€“ the mystic tomb â€“ the linea bifurcata â€“ the zodiac on the church floor â€“ a hidden relic â€“ concealment of Abbey treasures â€“ the theme of an earthly paradise-its implication in the foundation pattern â€“ the science of initiation â€“ an invitation to paradise-the paradisial archetype â€“ its image as a city â€“ Blake and Plato â€“ the limitations of civilization â€“ the ready â€“ made pattern â€“ its relation to the Grail â€“ its invocation in ancient Glastonbury â€“ its accessibility today.