The Big Issue, June 2001 – a magazine sold by the homeless on our streets
We were very excited. A publisher in Glastonbury had asked for the full manuscript of the book which at that time was called The King and the Goddess and included the research into P L Travers’ Mary Poppins. We decided to deliver the manuscript by hand and spend the day in Glastonbury.
After leaving delivering the MS, wandered around the town and into a bookshop. While browsing, a youth came up to Cassie and started talking rapidly in a low voice about crop circles and had she seen some of the latest? She was a little taken aback by his friendliness but decided to go along with it as he had a gentle and serious manner. She noted his youth from his rosy cheeks and thick, black hair.
He was keen for her to see one crop circle in particular, reported in July 22, 2000 near Avebury, Wiltshire. Within the gigantic circle were two hemispheres made up of diamond patterns. He explained that the patterns were being created by the magnetic pull of two white areas at opposite ends of the circle. One was magnetic north the other magnetic south. The diamond patterns were iron filings which were reacting to the magnetic attraction of these points. The circle was demonstrating how the opposites make a whole. It has to be said that Cassie would not have understood this without the youth’s description.
While she was still marvelling at the diamond shapes, he turned to her and said that the owner of the shop was not going to be best pleased and, as he said this, he drew out a copy of a magazine. At that point, she suddenly noticed he had dirty finger-nails and when she saw the magazine was, The Big Issue, she realised that he was sleeping rough on the streets. As many know, The Big Issue is a magazine which is specially produced to be sold by the homeless to give them an income and help them on the path to recovery. She decided immediately to buy a copy and the kind owner of the shop said nothing. The youth politely said goodbye and left the shop.
It was then that Cassie looked at the magazine’s cover (Issue, June 4-10 2001) and got a shock. The cover background was black and in big, white capital letters were the words ‘LION KINGS’. She immediately understood she was being told that ‘the big issue’ of the day were the ‘Lion Kings’ whom she realised were the many Sacred Kings – the lion being one of the animals sacred to kingship, as it still is today – who were so cruelly sacrificed worldwide, in great numbers, over a long period of time. We are still sacrificing them subconsciously today.
The homeless boy was no ordinary youth therefore. She was touched by the poignancy that he was a mere boy with ruddy cheeks who should approach her, as research had revealed his was just the age, 16 – 21, that many young kings were put to death. The stark message was that the ‘big issue’ of the Lion King’s/ Sacred King’s trauma is a stumbling block to the opposites coming together in harmony and balance, and becoming oNe as shown by the crop circle.
The cult of the sacred king was centred on conflict – the conflict between the two sacred kings for their position at the top which was the right to marry the queen. They were made to fight each other for that position and it was a fight to the death. During our quest in the early 2000’s British politics underwent a bizarre period where the ruling party kept replacing its leaders in quick succession. This was the energy of the cult manifesting itself in a very real way.
The competitive nature of sport also has its origins in the cult, from those based between two people, such as boxing and tennis, to those between two teams, such as football. The latter grew out of a different aspect of the cult whose memory has come down to us from the Head Cult of the Celts. The head of the sacred king was thought sacred and possessed of protective and oracular powers. Hence, after a sacrifice, communities would fight in turn for possession of the head, and here we have the origins of football, rugby and polo. We know for a fact that a head was originally used in the game of polo.
Our conflict-based sports mean that participants are in a constant state of see-saw emotions, either experiencing the elation of victory or the despair of defeat. Rarely is there time for being in a state of peace and harmony. The mode is one of constant striving for fear of not measuring up.
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