I have mentioned before how the Long Man of Wilmington area is a 'Time-Clock' that was set to trigger in the Spring of 1997 when the Hale-Bopp Comet appeared. I have also gone into what I am going to say here in other sources but it is worth going into this again since the Hale-Bopp Comet seems to be of greater importance that we first thought. The source of these ideas is in 'The Wilmington Giant' by Rodney Casteleden who quotes from S.F. Sinett's idea that this area forms the setting for an episode in the Petit Saint Graal story about Peredur. Keep in mind that Peredur is the Welsh name for Parsifal who is also Perseus the Greek Hero and Demi-God, Son of Zeus.
- Peredur is on a quest when he comes upon a castle with no inhabitants - less than a mile to the north-west of the Long Man is a mound called Burlough Castle which is a mound but has no castle.
- In the hall he finds a chessboard on which the pieces are playing by themselves; he takes sides and loses, in anger throwing the chessboard out of the window into the river - beside the mound is a stream bed of the River Cuckmere. The Chessboard Castle appears in many romances as the mysterious castle where all kinds of strange and wonderful things happen to the Hero.
- A maiden comes into the castle and rebukes him saying that he can amend for this by going to the nearby wood and beheading the white hart. He does this and slays and beheads the hart - three quarters of a mile south of Burlough Castle is a small wooded grove in which is a small church; the White Hart connects to the name Hindover Hill near the White Horse overlooking the Cuckmere Valley.
- A mysterious knight appears, seizes the head and carries it off. For his failure Peredur has to go to a mound beneath which is carved the figure of a man - the Windover Hill barrow and the Long Man figure.
- There he recites a spell and a huge black man springs out of the mound preparing to do battle. Peredur defeats him and the black man disappears into the mound - the huge black man we can liken to the figure of 'Black Peter' who accompanies Sinter Klaas (Woden) and is thus a dark-aspect of Woden himself. This dark aspect is the 'Lord of the Dead'.
The 'huge black man' is mentioned elsewhere as having a huge club in his hand and is the 'Lord of the Animals' and the 'Horned One', also known as Herne the Hunter. The woman with the chessboard features in another version of this where the hero is Perceval ('Pierce the Veil'). Here she is a young woman wearing a red-dress strew with twinkling stars. The goddess of the Red Dress appears in Egil's Saga as a 'Red Queen', her name being Gunnhilde.
Emma Jung in a different version of this tale tells us that the Star-Woman is accompanied by a hound -
'Here the Star Woman reveals that it is she who has inherited the fairy Morgana's chessboard...'
Morgana! I shall recall once more that when the Hale-Bopp Comet came over I had a vivid dream in which a voice mentioned - 'Capricorn - the Horn of Plenty' and that the Comet was - 'Sent by Morgana'. The 'Horn of Plenty' is the Skapker Heidhrunar - the 'measuring-vessel of Heidrun the Goat'. This was the vessel that sustained the Einheriar. Here we have yet another link which further proves the idea of a 'Time-Clock'. What is interesting here is the use of the name 'Morgana' which is 'Celtic' and yet the whole of the Mysteries of Helgi and The April Fool were Germanic-Norse. Why was I given this name if it was not in some way a key to the whole of these Mysteries? Capricorn is the 'Gateway to the Gods' - the Northern Gateway.
Emma Jung does not help by calling her 'the fairy Morgana' since the term Fata Morgana means more like the Goddess of Fate - Wyrd. This 'fairy' idea is very late and the term itself stems from the root of 'fate' and is not the 'little people' of Victorian tales. What we have is a Star-Woman dressed in a Red Dress adorned with Twinkling Stars who is the owner of the Chessboard. We should remember that board-games such a chess and taefl were not mere 'games' as they are seen today, but were used in a religious and a ritual context, sometimes in order to foretell future events such as the outcome of a battle.
During the period of the Hale-Bopp Comet I was subjected to a series of tests which I can see now were set by 'Morgana' (Wyrd), just as the tests were set by Morgana (or her stand-in) for Parsifal-Perseval. The guide was Woden as the April Fool - The Hooded One. The 'chessboard' is a game based upon the conflict of opposites - Light and Darkness (White and Black). It was these conflict of opposites and their fusion that was the aim of the tests set for me.
Although it is the general concensus that Morgana is not the same as the Irish Morrigan, the two are both associated with battle and with fate - like the Disir or Walkyries. It has been suggested that the Morrigan is connected to the mannerbund groups of young warriors - the Fianna in Ireland - and she does appear as the caillech - 'one-eyed woman' with female characteristics of Woden. Celtic roots of her name make it 'Phantom Queen' or 'Great Queen' but using Germanic Roots this becomes 'The Terrible One'.
On this same line there may also be a connection to the Germanic Goddess called Perchta or Berchta since Perchta is associated with the Twelve Nights of Yule, is a spinner or weaver (of fate), led a train of 'unbaptized children' (*) and is associated with a masked procession of the Perchten. She also acts like a 'Father Christmas' in giving gifts to good children and punishing bad children, the latter by splitting open their bellies and filling them with a new substance. This may sound gruesome but it is a concept linked to Warrior Initiation Rites or Shamanic Rites.
(*) The 'unbaptized children' sounds very Christian and may be a later addition, though her role as being linked to children (maybe unborn children) is important. Her name is usually seen to mean 'The Bright One' but it is also suggested that it means 'The Hidden One', and since the name 'Helgi' has similar and opposite names this name could mean both - she appears as a Young Maiden (Bright) and a Hag (Dark, Hidden). She leads this Wild Army, as does her male counterpart - Woden.
The Hale-Bopp Comet seemed rather strange as it stood for weeks apparently in the same position of the sky - significantly near to Casseopaia which is the Northern Constellation that looks like a 'W', or if the whole thing is joined up a Beorc-Rune. The similarity between Berchta and Beorc/Berkana should not be missed. Actually, this rune is associated with 'birth' and linked to Peorth which is the Rune of the Birth (as its shape suggests). The Beorc-Rune shows the breasts and swollen belly of a pregnant woman, and is thus really symbolic of the child in the womb. Again, we have a similarity between this and the Legend of Perchta who slits open the belly of young children and fills it with a new substance. Both the Beorc-Rune and the Peorth-Rune are thus linked to Perchta/Berchta, which might explain the different spellings of here name (by synchronicity). many years ago I had a dream which featured the idea of 'fettering' and 'breaking fetters' and this featured the Peorth-Rune; I don't actually recall the exact details but logically the Beorc-Rune would be to fetter and the Peorth-Rune to free.
At the time of the Comet one thought that came into my head was that this was Sleipnir, the eight-legged Steed of Woden 'sent by Wyrd' and travelling between the worlds. Another strange thing is that the Stone of At-al-land was put outside because my ex-wife seemed afraid of it for some reason (at that time, not before this); when I put it in the shed to calm her fears and then started back to the house the whole shed lit up with a brilliant bright light! Considering the connection of the Comet with the sinking of At-al-land this now seems like it was 'charged' by the Comet.
We cannot be sure if the Hale-Bopp Comet was the same one that caused the sinking of the lost lands, or whether it was the herald of coming disaster and sent as a warning. Another possibility, since this time it went hand-in-hand with the HelgiH Mysteries, and thus with the coming of the Last Avatar, is that it heralded the appearance of a previous Avatar, just as we are told that the herald for the birth of 'Jesus' was a Star in the East. At the time I saw a 'New Star' appear in the North-West which has to be symbolic of a new appearance of the Avatar.
The Stone comes from an area of the Moray Firth in the Scottish Highlands, near to a point on the beach called The Fairy Glen. The Odinist Magician that pointed me to the Stone said that it had come from within the Earth in a massive catastrophe which happened some 7,000 years ago and which sank the landmasses in the North Sea, and split Scotland apart in this area of the Moray Firth. This is a 'fault-line' and on this is Loch Ness which is famous for its 'monster'. We are talking about around 5,000 BCE which is around the dating given by recent archaeology in the North Sea area.
The area of the Long Man seems now to link the ancient past to the present, looking towards the future and the Coming Avatar.