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Arth Vawr and the Pendragon: Astronomical Link Between the Great Bear and Draco Constellations and the Arthurian Legend?

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From Mystery Hill and the spot dubbed Calendar Hill in New England to the venerable Stonehenge, from Incan Pyramids to the Australian outback, from the windswept northern Islands of Great Britain to sun-washed Egyptian ruins, the findings all are similar. There seems to be plenty of evidence that most, if not all, megalithic monuments had an astrological connection that pointed to something in the heavens. On the morning of a solstice, stand in the center of Stonehenge, visit Newgrange, climb a watchtower at Mystery Hill or trek back into the Peruvian jungle to one of the great pyramids, and you will certainly understand that there is as much mathematical precision at any of those ancient places as you will find in the most complicated observatory built today. If you factor in degree of difficulty, even more. After all, although contemporary astronomers have sophisticated computers and telescopes at their disposal, if challenged, not many of them could duplicate our ancestors’ work if all they were given to work with was stone.

The Link Between Arthurian Saga and Astronomy

But the astrology of ancient times is hidden away in other disciplines as well.  Katherine Maltwood, for instance, wrote a book in 1929 called A Guide to Glastonbury’s Temple of the Stars. It caused an immediate stir because she claimed to have discovered, in the very face of the landscape which was, in her time, covered by fields and seemingly natural folds of the ground, a series of huge figures that were literally carved into the earth. She recognized in them the signs of the Zodiac, each figure constructed beneath its parent constellation.

At the time of her discovery, she was diligently at work illustrating The High History of the Holy Graal, a work that had been translated from old French by a Dr. Sebastian Evans. On the final page of that book she found written these words: “ The Latin from whence this History was drawn into Romance, was taken in the Isle of Avalon, in a holy house of religion that standeth at the head of the Moors Adventurous, there where King Arthur and Queen Guenievre lie.”

King Arthur's tomb site at ruins of Glastonbury Abbey (Moriori/Public Domain)

King Arthur's tomb site at ruins of Glastonbury Abbey (Moriori/Public Domain)

Avalon? That was right there at Glastonbury! Could there be a connection between the Arthurian saga and astrology? 


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Jim Willis is author of nine books on religion and spirituality, he has been an ordained minister for over forty years while working part-time as a carpenter, the host of his own drive-time radio show, an arts council director and adjunct college professor in the fields of World Religions and Instrumental Music. He is author of Supernatural Gods: Spiritual Mysteries, Psychic Experiences, and Scientific Truths and Ancient Gods: Lost Histories, Hidden Truths, and the Conspiracy of Silence

Top Image: Constellation Ursa Major (The Great Bear). ( CC BY-SA 3,0)

By Jim Willis

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After graduating from the Eastman School of Music, Jim Willis became a high school band and orchestra teacher during the week, a symphony trombonist on the weekends, a jazz musician at night and a choral conductor on Sunday mornings. ... Read More

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