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Magical Transformations – Taliesin, Christ and Sophia

July 6th, 2012
Sculpture of Taliesin at the Order of Sancta Sophia, Pennal, Wales. Photo David Iona.

Sculpture of Taliesin at the Order of Sancta Sophia, Pennal, Wales. Photo David Iona.

The Order’s 2012 Mt Haemus lecture has just been published. It has been written and researched by Kris Hughes. In this paper he explores the way the Welsh Taliesin material may contain keys to help us in our inner transformation, and he discusses a way in which the forts in the Spoils of Annwn can be associated with the endocrinal system, forming a ‘Western’ or local understanding of the chakra system. This relates his paper nicely to the lecture for 2011, in which the herbalist Julian Barker discusses the relationship between the endocrinal system and the seasonal cycle.

In looking for an image to illustrate Kris’ paper I discovered this photo of a sculpture from the garden of the Order of Sancta Sophia in Wales. What is that Order? Here’s a quote from another blog about it:

A Welsh chum of mine, the Reverend Geraint ap Iorwerth, was never happy with a Holy Trinity of “two he’s and an it“.

Forty years ago he founded the Order of Sancta Sophia which sees God as the Divine Feminine. Believers from all over the world visit first his website and then make pilgrimages to the Church of Wales’ St Peter ad Vincula at Pennal, near Aberdovey, where he is rector. ap Iorwerth told me: “People are fed up with traditional religious structures. The church is dying because most people live outside the old religious commitments. Less than eight per cent of people in Wales go to church or chapel on Sundays so there has got to be something wrong.

“I still function as a traditional Anglican priest for those who see me in that role, but I promote the ancient Celtic church as well. It was gentler and more tolerant. They are more in touch with the feminine and more akin to the Eastern Church. Praise and thanksgiving rather than doom, gloom and hell fire.

“The Wisdom of God, always feminine, can bring people together. She is almost like a Divine Consort. Pennal is where Christ and Sophia dance together.”They dance in greatly altered surroundings. Next to the altar is a sanctuary dedicated to all religions with an icon of the Divine Wisdom from the Byzantine church. A barn has been converted into an Ashram. There are sacred trees in the churchyard and a slate picnic table which doubles as an altar. Nearby is a barbecue and a bonfire site where, on all major feast days, fires are lit as they would have been in pre-Christian times to celebrate Midsummer (Feast of St John the Baptist) and the Celtic New Year (All Hallows’ Eve).

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To read Kris’ paper follow the link below.

If you’d like to come to the Order’s Mt Haemus day in September you need to book soon. Only a few places are left. Click here for details.

2012 – Magical Transformation in the Spoils of Annwn and the Book of Taliesin – Exploring the Backbone of Druidry

Kris Hughes

Kristoffer Hughes, author of Natural Druidry, is a writer, teacher, workshop leader and Head of the Anglesey Druid Order. He is an Ovate of the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids. He is a native Welsh speaker, born to a Welsh family in the mountains of Snowdonia in 1971. He is a keen student of Celtic literature and teacher of the Celtic mystery tradition, and a reader at the National Library of Wales. He lives on the Island of Anglesey. In his Mount Haemus research Kristoffer explores and interprets material from the legendary Welsh manuscript ‘The Book of Taliesin’ and presents an analysis of the magical transformations and mysteries it conveys.