Once And Future King
‘The God Tree’ throws new
light on the Arthurian quest for the Grail through the discovery of the
close connection between King Arthmael, concluded by several authorities to
have been King Arthur himself and 3 Celtic Saints known as the Keepers of
the Graal Secret in the Welsh Triads. These 3, Illtyd, Cadoc and Peredur,
from the Druid world, had double identities as both saints and Arthurian
knights. Illtyd and possibly Cadoc, who received his lands from Arthur, were
blood relations of Arthur. The secret they kept concerned the origins and
properties of a certain Tree and the knowledge was thought to have died with
them. But did it.? Certain clues left behind led to a great adventure as the
authors followed the trail. Wolfram Von Eschenbach, the last traceable
person to speak of the secret, in the 12th century described the graal as
‘the perfection of Paradise, root and branch’, but could say no more for
fear of his life.
Did Joseph of Arimathea really bring a cup to Glastonbury which contained
the blood of Christ known as the Grail? New evidence suggests that this
object was in fact a wooden staff cut from the Tree that Jesus hung on,
which contained the bloodline of the Tree of Life and the Elixir of
Immortality. Many will find ‘The God Tree’ controversial and challenging,
questioning some of our most deeply held beliefs and ideas, as the narrative
ranges from mythology to history and then to scientific facts revealed by
the authors’ pioneering research into the DNA of certain trees..
‘The God Tree’ reinstates the importance of the legendary World Tree or Tree
of Life in the past history of most cultures. These trees have been seen in
our times as purely symbolic but gradually the reader is led to the
understanding that the Tree is a real tree which is still here.
Significantly, ancient cultures saw the Yew as the Otherworld Tree which
appears to act as a Door to Otherworlds and dimensions. These were mysteries
known to Merlin. Where matters concerning King Arthur, Merlin and the Quest
are concerned, it seems there is always more to discover.
‘The God Tree’ is the first book to take up the quest for the Golden Bough
since JG Frazer’s classic study in 1915 with the discovery of the bough
growing once more, as the rare adornment of a small number of ancient Yews.
This book develops the interest in ancient Yews in Wales begun in Janis
Fry’s previous book published by Capall Bann, ‘Warriors at the Edge of
Time’, and also the rediscovery of the Tree of Life in ‘The Sacred Yew’ by
Anand Chetan and Diana Brueton from the work of Allen Meredith. It reveals
the fact that Yews of particular significance were brought to Britain from
Ancient Egypt and the Holy Lands as dry staffs carried by pilgrims, at great
personal risk, thousands of years ago. These were planted in remote
sanctuaries, particularly in Wales where they sprouted and grew into trees.
Thus those who carried them ensured the continued existence of something so
precious, it was essential it be preserved for future generations. Why was
it that Britain was chosen for planting the sacred trees? Perhaps those who
instructed the planting knew Britain to be Albion, the White Island, the
most holy site in the world. Ancient Egyptian texts locate the Tree of Life
on such an island in the west.
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