The King’s Table

As we sat drinking soft drinks in the heat of the day and watching the innumerable butterflies flitting by we googled for other things to see in the Velehrad area. It was I who found reference to a dolmen – the King’s Table (Kraluv Stul) in the area. I had never seen a stone in the Czech Republic – not one so this seemed like a reasonable objective.

Quickly, Jan started looking for references to it as did I and we both found it on Google maps and on several websites. Finishing our drinks, we got in the car and punched in the name of the village nearby where the stone was supposed to be. After several kilometers, I pulled over. Where we going to the right place? Still 33km and yet the stone was supposed to be nearby? We then discovered that there were two ‘Jankovices’ in the area and we had chosen the wrong one. “These stones can be hard to find,” I told Jan.

Arriving in Jankovice, we asked a man and his kids where the stone might be. He scratched his head and told us it was way back where we had started. This didn’t appear to gel with out Google map GPS so we decided to go with technology and go to the point on Google maps. After driving along gravel and bumpy single track roads, we pulled up and headed into the forest convinced the stone was just a couple of hundred meters away….

“I told you these stones were hard to find,” I said again. “In fact, Sue often tells me they sometimes don’t want to be found at all!” as we reached the spot on Google maps and yet saw nothing but forest. No sign of any stone nor anything that looked like the pictures we had seen on internet sites. By this time, it was 5ish and with an hour trip home to Brno, I figured the stone was hiding from us and didn’t want to be found.

A tad despondent, we got back in the car and drove along the road hoping perhaps to catch a glimpse of the stone in the vicinity but no such luck. We ended up in a small village well off the beaten track where we asked an older lady walking her dog. She had heard of it but didn’t know where it was – we should try the pub she told us. At the pub, detailed directions were duly provided and off we went.

“Told you these stones don’t like to be found,” I said again.

After following the directions back to Jankovice, we came to a road up and over the hill that I didn’t fancy driving on. It looked like one large pothole! However, one last try! “It’s hiding from us,” I said.

The road was horrendous and I feared for my suspension and drove slowly until we reached its end. “Perhaps I should have asked how far along this road it was,” Jan said. I nodded. Plainly, we had missed it and the stone was determined not to be found afterall.

Despite this, we stopped at the T-junction and walked a couple of hundred meters into the forest either side in the vain hope of sighting it. We didn’t but…. we did meet a family mushrooming who informed us that actually, it was 250m away down the road.

We thanked them and jumped back in the car.

The stone that didn’t want to be found had been found. The King’s Table.

According to one website,

The King’s table is shrouded in many legends, especially related to the Great Moravian past of Central Moravia. It is considered by some researchers to be a megalithic dolmen, which was supposed to be used to determine the days of the equinox and solstice. For this purpose, not only the marks on the stone block itself were to be used, but above all the surrounding stones, formerly called “benches” and destroyed in 1870 during the construction of the road. Apparently it could have been a cult place, as some archaeological finds suggest. Undoubtedly, however, for centuries it served as a natural landmark part of the boundary of the cadastre of the Velehrad monastery. It is first mentioned in the property deed of the monastery in 1228. As a natural landmark of the border, it remained at least until the 18th century, when a treaty on the mutual border between the Velehrad monastery and John of Rotal was concluded on October 6, 1706,

The king’s table was the subject of much research. The first detailed description with a plan and a map was prepared and published by the school board J. Chodníček in 1903. He was intensely interested in members of the Starý Velehrad association, who conducted a survey here in 1929 and published the results in the Velehrad collection. Antonín Zelnitius published the results of his research in a separate paper in the mid-1940s. Exploratory archaeological probes were carried out in 1976 and 1977. At present, it is again in the center of attention of researchers and archaeologists who are trying to answer the question of the true origin and purpose of this monument. Previous surveys have confirmed the prehistoric landscaping and artificial settlement of stone and Dr. St. Štěrb managed to prove the carved characters as Celtic runes.

The stone is a large block that immediately reminded me of a dragon’s head or snake – some kind of serpent – though the sign there says archeologists thing it was a bull’s head. It is within a circle of smaller stones but not in the center – it is offset to one side. My dowsing rods suggested to me the stone was displaced and should have been more or less in the center of the circle. It is marked with runes and as I touched it, it seemed to rock and sway under my touch.

In the fading light late in the day, it seemed at time to be ablaze with solar energy. Earth and Solar energies melded together in a dragon’s head circle.

I like to talk to stones and so I had a mental conversation with it. I talked about my desires, hopes and wished as well as thought on someone else who needed the stone’s attention. Jan also held a silent conversation with the rock. It listened in silence seeming to sway and rock under my touch. You could feel that there was a remnant of energy and that it appreciated our presence but I also knew it was damaged. The building of the road had disrupted its circumference and some stone had been removed for road foundation.

As we said goodbye and drove away in the fading light, I made a promise to return when I would have more time to sit, meditate and try to work with it further.

Riddle You Too…

Funny and true

France & Vincent

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…The Irish are particularly fond of the riddle and of the consciousness, which underpins its use.

When living in the village of Saughall on the border of Chester and Wales my brother-in-law and I were frequent visitors to the village pub which boasted two stouts: Guinness and Murphys.

We prided ourselves on being able to tell the difference and would often buy one of each in order to discern which particular brew had been ‘kept best’.

Upon joining a couple of Irish chaps at their table one night they must have observed our traditional ritual with some amusement and challenged us to ascertain what they were drinking.

“You are both drinking Guinness,” we said after taking a sip of their drinks.

“I am drinking Guinness,” said one, “but that is Murphy’s” and then pointed at his friends drink.

“You are both drinking the same stout and it is Guinness,”…

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The Dragons of Velehrad

Velehrad is a small village with a significant past and is the center of an important pilgrimage in the Czech Republic. It is thought of as the 9th Century capital of the Slavic state of Great Moravia and recent archeological work has turned up some evidence of that period. These days though, it is know for the Basilica there. The Basilica of the Assumption and of St. Cyril and Methodius.

800 years ago, it is said that 12 Cistercian monks founded a monastery in Velehrad. A national pilgrimage to Velehrad takes place every July which draws thousands of pilgrims. Pope John Paul II visited the monastery in 1990, his first visit outside the country after the fall of Communism. On July 5th every year, the site is inundated with pilgrims to celebrate the evangelisation of the Slavs by the two Greek missionaries (Sts. Cyril and Methodius) in the 9th century. It features some Romanesque remnants and is a very beautiful building.

I noticed immediately that at the back of the church around the alter and in the Romanesque part, there is a tremendous Earth energies. While we we were there, several people had arrived seeking healing and undoubtedly, it is these pulsating energies that they seek and utilise. My friend, who usually professes to feel nothing at all, also felt the energy. I took a few moments to meditate and redirect the healing energies to another friend in need of it and trust that it found its way.

My friend Jan is gradually becoming aclimatized to my views on the magic of the land himself. He has a healthy degree of cynicism but having visited a couple of other sites with me this year, beginning to wonder about such things. So it was I felt a bit of a cosmic joke that as we walked around the Basilica and towards the end with the energies, I looked up and saw a dragon. “Is that a dragon?” I asked incredulously. We both stopped and peered up and indeed, there was not one but two dragon heads on the ends of drainage pipes at that end of the Church right over the part of the church were I had felt the energy strongest. Jan already knew that dragon’s often symbolize the Earth energies and so the point was not lost on him either. “Do you really think the builders knew about the energy?” he asked. I don’t know but I have seen this before – clues hidden in plain sight.

Interestingly enough, there were also numerous examples of spirals on and around the church.

The incredible wasn’t over for the day however as the powers that be had something else in store for us. We decided to visit the underground part of the Church where we examined various pieces of masonry and so on before walking around the entire building in a maze of narrow and dark corridors and crypts. Again, I felt the energy strongest at the Romanesque part of the Church. There were some interesting symbols on old tombstones as well.

As we walked I was talking to Jan about the Butterflies. Indeed, I had been pointing out the Butterfiles all morning outside and marveling that there were so many at this time of the year. I had just told him about my last blog on Butterflies in fact when out of nowhere, a large black Butterfly or Moth suddenly appeared flying around INSIDE this part of the Church! It seemed like a final bit of proof, if any where needed. Another synchronicity to guide us on our way….. and later that afternoon, we would need guiding as we searched for an ancient stone that didn’t seem as if it wanted to be found….more on that later.

Year of the Butterfly

I’ve written a couple of times about seeing Butterflies and even having them land on me. Well, here we are in mid-September and everywhere I go is filled with Butterflies of some shape or description. The flutter across my path as I walk my daughter’s dog or along the side of the road as I drive my car. They are everywhere and I cannot ever recall seeing so many for so much of the year.

For me, a Butterfly represents joy, happiness, transformation. I’m reasonably happy and I have transformed in recent months becoming happy with alone time and living alone but I fear I’m also angry and not joyful. Perhaps the Butterfly is a signal o remind myself to be joyful and to let things be. Anger over what other people think, behave and believe doesn’t do me any good and doesn’t do anything at all to them. Why this angers me I haven’t truly gotten to the bottom of. It’s not a control issue. It’s more a ‘can’t you see the truth when it staring you in the face‘ sort of thing. It’s not my problem really.

Maybe the Butterfly is saying that I should focus on my spiritual world and express the joy that I feel when in nature in my entire life? When in nature, I’m filled with a deep love and awe of what I see around me and I am joyful because of it. It is only when I have to deal with other humans that I become angry and morose.

The answer isn’t to become isolated. I think the answer is to care less about others – their thoughts, actions and interactions. Not to care less about them as people and to allow them to live. To be joyful for them.

Subtle Memories

The smile

Laughter lines

Brighter moments

Woozy feelings

Falling, falling, falling into a kiss

Sultry moments of pure bliss

Lip-locked silence

Tongue touches tongue

Searching

Researching

Are you the one?

Stumbling through flashing lights

Holding her hand so very tight

Her sweet smell

Perfumed moistness

breathing

Her deep

Now just memories flickering

Across my soul yet lingering

She is lost

In times’ mists

Floating

glimpsing

The darkened lust of the night

Is fading in my inner sight

To the Girl

To the girl of my dreams that I have yet to meet

You better hurry, make it before I die

To the girl who tempted me so and whose name

I do not know, what was your secret?

To the one who loves me with a love so pure

I’m sorry I truly am. You deserved to be loved back

To the one I dreamed of when just a boy

If you were ever real, don’t leave it longer

I cannot wait

Time is passing

Don’t leave it late

I ache

To the girl who stole my kiss and bit my lip

Standing outside giving me hope only

to steal it away the very next day

To the girl I slipped 6000 miles in space and time

Yet knew it could never last

But took the chance anyway

You are the memories of a life swept fast

You took a role and made the cast

of my life

Time is passing

Don’t be late

I ache

Hellier and Greenfield

Anyone with an interest in the paranormal will likely have heard of the documentary ‘Hellier‘. This show now in its second season, has the following premise,

“In 2012, Greg Newkirk received an email from a man calling himself David Christie, who claimed that he and his family were being terrorized by unearthly creatures by night. After exchanging emails, David disappeared. For the next five years, the case only got stranger, as more connections and mysterious emails came in. Then, in 2017, Greg and a team of researchers traveled to rural Kentucky, not knowing what they would uncover, or how deep they would discover the case might go.

As the team continued to investigate, it got drawn into a number of areas like ufology, nature spirits, strange synchronicities and much more. Everything seems connected. Occultists have suggested that the series is actually a ritual in which all viewers and actors participate.

Allen Greenfield

In season 1, episode 2, we are introduced to a book – The Secret Cipher of the Ufonauts by one Allen Greenfield. Indeed, the book and Allen become central to the swirl of events through to the end of series 2. Greenfield is an ex-high ranking OTO magician and ufologist who is now experiencing a little fame and a run on his books.

But who is Allen Greenfield? What is his involvement in the Hellier mystery? and why does his theory that UFO’s Cryptids and the occult are all one and the same thing resonate?

I thought I would find out and booked Allen to peak with me for my Magical World of G. Michael Vasey podcast series. The result is a fascinating conversation that covers the OTO, Ufology, The origin of the cipher and its use, The identity of the mysterious Terry R. Wriste and synchronicities around Hellier…..

Listen in here.

Snapping with an iPhone

One of my pals here in Brno is a man named Walter Novak. I met him a few years ago when he was sent by the Prague Post (now defunct) to photograph one of my Brno ExPat meetings. A friend of mine, Joe, and I ran these to try to build relationships in Brno between foreigners quite successfully for a few years. Indeed, almost all my friends here originate from those meetings. Walter is an award winning photographer who spent much of his professional life in the USA just like me. He is very accomplished and has met more stars and celebrities than I have had hot dinners making him very interesting to have a beer with. BTW – he has published a wonderful book of images of rock stars that you can purchase from him….. here is a video we made to promote that book featuring one of my own songs as background music.

The View from my Window – G. Michael Vasey

About a year ago, Walter encouraged me to start photographing things too. With just an iPhone and use of an editing software package on the iPhone. I am so glad he did.

In that time, I have seen the world with a different eye. It is hard to explain but suddenly, clouds, sky, landscape, people….. they become possible photos as you see a new beauty, a new depth to things that you never saw before.

So, now I have added photography to my hobbies and passions. You can see a few of my shots here. Even purchase one or two if you like them. You can also get the odd photo as a gift from contributing to support my work at Patreon and much more beside……

Finally……

Today, on the fourth attempt, two copies of my book – Chasing the Shaman – finally arrived!

I am now the proud owner of two paperback copies. I have to say, I quite like the photos inside of it. That really adds something. Though, it would be better if they were color. Unfortunately, color makes the book horrendously expensive.

Anyway, I’m not sure what the problem was with my address as plainly, the books made it this time……

It feels good to hold your own book.

Now with several 5-star reviews…. check it out!

G Michael Vasey draws the reader into his world with accounts of weekend retreats in search of magic, connection, and purpose. His writing style is swift and clean with terrific rhythm and a lively pace. Those readers yearning for a bit of magic in their lives will resonate with Vasey’s pure-hearted adventures.

To my shame I know nothing about the Czech Republic, and could not point out its location on a map. Nor could I offer you even the smallest morsel of information about its history or its myths, legends and deities. Yet Gary Vasey, a Yorkshireman, has shown that by making contact with the Spirit of the Land, Czechia can be seen as universal, with marvels that can resonate with all of us everywhere. He tells his story in a simple, chatty, personal way that gives the book a lot of energy. You can empathise with his initial feelings of alienation and personal hurt in the opening chapter, and appreciate the ways in which he overcomes this, thanks to the innate magick he finds within the Land. By the end of the book you’ll end up going back through it to make note of the various ‘places of power and light’ around Brno that were hiding in plain sight all along, and say to yourself: ‘Hmmm…. I want to go there!’ With the help of this little book, you already have…

If, like yourself you don’t know much about Spirituality but would like to learn then this is a thoroughly recommended start. The author writes honestly and articulately about his experiences, making for a thought provoking read. I enjoyed this book very much.

Stop the Madness

I have written a few articles recently of a political nature and this is another. It’s not that I favor a particular candidate or party because to tell you the truth, I think politicians snake oil salespeople and worthy only of our derision. We need a new system. One free from the clutches of interest groups and ideologies but what that system might be I do not know because very few people are knowledgable enough these days to really run a country. It’s not that people are thick or something – far from it. There are just too many complexities, too many divergent opinions pandering for your attention and no one is qualified nor experienced enough to know everything.

However, those who worship at the alter of post modernism are slowly changing things anyway. In my blog – It started with climate change – I tried to show how science has been hijacked by these people and that the last 40-years of climate change discussions (during which time the world has NOT ended btw – nor will it), the post modernists learned how to subvert. With COVID – another overhyped ramp up the fear strategy – they have learned more besides.

Let me give you some examples and cut straight to the point. Hysterical loonie leftie post modernists celebs like Jane Fonda want to take away your democracy if you won’t listen about climate. The Guardian wants to put you in jail if you disagree with its thrashings on climate. This isn’t just a few loonies talking – this is how post modernism works – My way or the highway!

In the US, increasingly, the post modernist left, alarmed by a renewed wave of populism that may push Trump into 4 more years are beginning to threaten revolution, armed insurgency, mass civil disobedience and blocking the vote.

The problem is this. Post modernists don’t believe in democracy. They see democracy as a failed system in which these threats to humanity never get dealt with. They believe their pseudo-science. They believe that there is consensus. They want COVID to be a horrendous death mongering pandemic. They want the climate to burn up the planet. Why? Because that’s how the wrestle control away from us all. It’s too urgent to allow democracy. It’s too urgent to allow people to hold an opposing view.

The problem is that climate is not an emergency – except to them and COVID isn’t a mass killer pandemic p except to them. They live in a parallel universe.

Post modernism and globalism are linked. The UN promotes a post modern agenda and has done for years. Bill Gates really does suggest that each of us should have chip implanted in our arm and have our health monitored on that chip which would allow us to be controlled by the ruling elite – presumably he would be one.

This is not conspiracy theory. This is real. A group of left wing post modernists is trying to steal our world from us. We must stop them.