What Next?

In almost every dimension of human society, whether in love or war, politics or the weather, improving our understanding of what the future has in store confers an advantage, and since the very earliest times we have been trying to peer over the horizon by one means or another to get a glimpse of tomorrow … Continue reading What Next?

Hope springs eternal

The Eleusinian Mysteries centred around initiation into an ancient agrarian cult founded on an early myth about the origins of agriculture and why the seed lays dormant underground through the winter months.   The myth describes how Hades opened up a chasm in the earth through which he abducted Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, goddess … Continue reading Hope springs eternal

Pilgrim for a Day

While many pilgrimages are epic in distance and duration at the other end of the spectrum, small local sites or shrines allow pilgrims to step outside the cacophony of daily life for a few hours at most.  My personal favourite is a journey of around 50 miles to St Peter’s on the Wall; the oldest extant … Continue reading Pilgrim for a Day