'Steyning is unique in this part of England by having its Christian origins associated with a saint whose story has been recorded against the back ground of the local landscape.'
Cuthman - A Continuing Tradition (Pamphlet in the local church).
The story of 'Cuthman' is one in which symbolism has been mistaken for historical truth, and as is usual with the Established Christian Church the symbolism has been distorted to suit their own ends, though the truth clearly shows through when the legend is looked into more deeply.
Cuthman is a shepherd who tends his flocks, a piece obviously put in to connect him to Jesus Christ. However, as a boy tending his flocks and having to leave them he 'drew a line in the ground forbidding them to cross it; the sheep obeyed'. A magical act that connects Cuthman to someone who is connected to boundaries. He was also said to have sat on a stone which was later said to have miraculous powers - magical powers in other words.
It is hotly debated as to whether the 'stone' in the local church is the same one as mentioned in the legends - it would seem obvious that it was this stone. When his father died he supported his mother who was an invalid, and he decided to push his mother eastwards in a barrow. On the journey the rope he used to pull the barrow snapped. Some reapers in a nearby field mocked him, but their work was ruined by a sudden storm. It would seem that our 'saint' - Cuthman - was a powerful wizard who could raise storms!
Cuthman vowed that when the rope broke again he would stop wherever he was and build a church. It was at Steyning that the rope broke again, luckily his mother was uninjured! There Cuthman argued with a local woman - Fippa - who impounded his oxen which had strayed into her territory (we are not told where these 'oxen' suddenly appeared from - maybe another 'miracle'). When she refused to return them Cuthman took her sons and harnessed them to his plough. Fippa came to curse him, but Cuthman returned the curse so that she was 'taken up into the sky, and when she fell to ground the earth opened up to swallow her'.
When Cuthman came to build his church he was said to have hung his gloves on a 'sunbeam'. As the work neared completion he struggled to fix the main beam, at which a 'stranger' appeared to help him finish the task. Cuthman asked who he was, to which the stranger replied - 'I am he in whose honour you are building this church'. In one version the implication is that this is Christ, in another Saint Andrew (whose name was later applied to the church).
Now, unfortunately this story is actually believed by many people who cannot see that the whole thing involves a complex symbolism. There are so many inconsistencies such as the 'oxen' suddenly appearing and used to harness a 'plough' - by a shepherd? Cuthman is a powerful wizard in view of his being able to raise storms and to send back curses placed upon him.
I have been through this before many times but I have decided to do so again, trying to add what I can to these mysteries, because I do not think that people have seen the importance of the White Stone of Ing to the creation of the English Nation. Here I am going to set forth the most important points which have been stated before but which do not seem to have been seen in their true importance.
- Cuthman is a name that stems from Old English cudda (cudhdha) pronounced 'cuththa', which forms part of the phrase 'Kith and Kin', cudda actually referring to the 'kin-land' as well as to 'kin'. This means that 'Cuthman' was regarded as the 'Landsman' - the Divine Ancestor.
- The Legend of Cuthman, as I have shown, is the Legend of Ing, where he goes eastwards over the waves. This can also refer to Bootes which moves around the Pole Star and 'drives' the Waen - Woden's Waen.
- The 'barrow' that his 'mother' is in has a symbolism very like the seven stars of the Great Bear, and the 'oxen' are a very old concept linked to this constellation. So is the plough which is yet another name for the Great Bear. There is so much symbolism here that we can hardly dismiss it as false.
- The idea that he hangs his gloves on a 'sunbeam' suggests that he represents a Sun-Hero or Sun-God, and we know that Ingvi-Frey, in Norse Mythology, has a Golden Boar, the Boar's Bristles being symbolic of the Sun's Rays. Here we have a direct link to Ingwe-Frey (Ing-Lord) and both Christ and Ingwe are the 'son' (Ing). The dedication of the church is also ambiguous since it could just as well be dedicated to Ingwe as to Jesus Christ. Indeed, the depiction of Cuthman carrying the 'main roof beam' shows his garters as an Ing-Rune.
- The stone was discovered in 1938 and had been laid face-down as a step for the church, a move perhaps due to its heathen links, but one which saved the markings for us.
Some 'scholars' believe that Cuthman should be linked to the work of Saint Wilfred at Selsey, others to a 'Celtic Mission' (that always crops up) in the Manhood Peninsular referred to by Bede in his 'Ecclesiastical History of the English People'. These legends do have similarities to those of 'Celtic Saints' which could be seen as deliberate distortions to destroy the links to the Divine Ancestor of the English - Ingwe. It would seem that 'Irish Christians' did live around this area and were responsible for bringing this alien faith to the English Folk.
Cuthman is said to have links to Chidham ('Bag-Ham') and to Bosham, from where he went 'eastwards' to Steyning. It is also considered that the church was built upon a heathen site which was built around the Stone of Ing - this was thus the site dedicated to the Divine Ancestor of the English Folk. How much more important can the Stone and the Holy Site have to the English? And yet this has been almost totally ignored in the 'English Community'.
The Normans took Cuthman's name from various sites around this area, and were no doubt responsible for altering the legends to erase all knowledge of the Divine Kinman of the English. The day dedicated to St. Cuthman is February 8th which was again a date dropped through the Norman destruction of the Saxon Legend. The church came to be dedicated to 'Saint Andrew' and Cuthman forgotten until about 1865 when a revival can be traced back to M.A Lower's Worthies of Sussex. Lower was a founding member of the Sussex Arcaeological Society.
Whilst the argument goes on over the 'Patron Saint of England', St George or St Edmund, the real 'Patron' - Cuthman or Ingwe - has been rejected, and this is the Divine Ancestor of the English. No wonder the English Awakening fizzled out and came to little!
Then there is the fact that the finding of this Holy Stone was prophesied long ago in the book of Revelations - enough to tell us how important this was to the English Struggle. The theme of this prophecy is that the 'white stone' would contain a 'new name' known only to he who discovered the mysteries of the 'white stone'. A 'pillar' would be made in the 'Temple of God' - i.e. the Stone in the Steyning Church. On the one who discovers the mysteries will be plaved this 'new name' (Ing) which is the 'new name' of 'my God' (note the term 'my God' which does not fit with any Christian ideas). Thus, it is written clearly that the 'New Name of God' is Ing. This is the Age of Ing. Indeed, this was made clear by the planetary formation of August 11th 1999 when the 'Sign of the Son of Man' appeared in the skies - the Ing-Rune or Cross of Fro-Ing.
Again, there is the strange statement -
'And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works until the end....I will give him the Morning Star...'
Steyning means 'Stone-Ing' and the White Stone has on it the runes which state 'Gift of Ing - Fire' (Gyfu-Ken-Ing). Since Ingwe is associated with 'Fire' this proves how important this Runic Stone really is. It is also associated with the Inga-Fire and the Serpent-Fire - but that is another story. In fact, if we look at the passages in Revelations we find reference to the author of the words as being 'he that holdest the seven stars in his right hand' and to the 'Son of Man' 'having on his head a Golden Crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle' both of which suggest the Constellation of Bootes - i.e. Ingwe. The 'revelations' written down are thus attributed to Ingwe!
Indeed, the passage in Matthew 24 about the 'Sign of the Son of Man' and the idea that the 'Coming of the Son of Man' would be 'as the days of Noah were' suggest that this heralds a massive catastrophe such as a flood (real or symbolic). From this point (August 1999) the 'Elect' ('Elect of Woden') would be gathered 'from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other'. This act would be heralded by the sounding of a 'great trumpet' - the Horn of Hama sounding from the Deep.
There is a very strange poem called 'With this Mysterious Earth...' based upon this church and on Cuthman. In it we find the following...
'Will that be true of the wisdom
of people who knew the Earth,
and sensing the power of the ley-line
close to where it starts
sets on it the altar of this church
on its journey to distant Chartres...'
This piece of Heathen Lore seems to have slipped through the net, getting into a book about the Church. Clearly someone sees this church as being the start of a 'ley-line' running to Chartres Cathedral in France, famous for its 'Occult Lore' and esoteric significance. The poem goes further -
'And it is not every journey
that follows the straight line track;
the labyrinth turns us about to see
what once was at our back.
Stretch across the thin division
that appears as time and space...'
The labyrinth thus allows insight into the distant past, overcoming the barriers of time and space. 'For perhaps we're closer than we knew, in mind as well as space'.
The other symbol is the 'Tree' which is 'shaped and sculpted by evolutionary law - and more?' and quotes Hopkins as recognising the 'essence' or 'inscape' - the core of every living thing, and of Wordsworth who sensed the 'presence' of living things. The poem ends so -
'Straight line, tree and labyrinth,
new dimensions beyond, within,
granted blessings from good Saint Cuthman
let our pilgrim's journey begin.'
This is a strange, mystical poem which holds some more secrets based around the figure of Cuthman. Even with the well-known destruction through the Norman usurpers and their attempts to erase all knowledge of this Divine Ancestor of the English, his legend endured and was 'resurrected', as was his Holy White Stone which tells us of the Legend of Ing.
There are hidden meanings in the above symbols -
- The Tree - the hidden 'essence' or 'inscape' of the Legend of Cuthman, i.e. the Legend of Ingwe hidden in the text.
- The altar of the church was laid out on a 'ley-line' connecting this to Chartres Cathedral in France - this needs further investigation to find the significance.
- The Labyrinth - this takes us back to the past, and the hint here is that whoever wrote this knew of the mysteries concerning 'Cuthman' and wrote the poem in order to awaken the minds of those who were destined to find the secrets.
The area of Bramber which is next to Steyning was a stronghold of the Knights Templar which may not be a coincidence. It would seem obvious that the area held great importance to the Saxons, so much importance that the Normans tried to destroy all knowledge of the figure of 'Cuthman', no doubt with the knowledge that he was the Divine Ancestor of the English.
Here lies the problem with the English Awakening and the reason why the 'English Community' has not taken up these ideas and has not accepted that Ingwe is the 'patron' of the English, because both 'Saint George' and 'Saint Edmund' are Christian Saints and these people have held strongly to the values of an alien faith and more, a faith based in the dying era rather than the new religion of Folkish Wodenism needed to take us into the Age of Ing.
This was not just a biblical prophecy for Nostradamus predicted the Black Sun of 1999 and the symbol of the 'King of Terror' (Solar Eclipse) which would revive the 'King of the English' (Ing) at the turn of the millennium. All of which came true, and was also heralded by the Lord of the Rings film trilogy which was based upon English Mythology.
The Constellation of Bootes is the Constellation of Ing, and the Great Bear is the Chariot of Ing; Ing is The Awakener and the force which drives the Seven Stars around the Pole Star. Within this constellation is the bright star Arcturus who is 'King Arthur', not in his 'Celtic' guise but in his Hyperborean Mythos of Arctur - the Once and Future King. King Arctur is the White Krist who appears riding a White Horse and carrying a Flaming Sword, leading the Armies of Light against the Servants of Darkness.
The importance of not rejecting the 'Christian' aspect is that if we take the path of throwing this out we are in no position to show that the whole thing is a distortion, but that there lie snippets of truth of importance within these texts. In some way Bootes has a connection to Wid-Ar which is as yet not clear, but the Son of Man (Ing) and Wid-Ar are both similar archetypes.
The only part within the rune-poems that actually refers to 'Krist' is the Norwegian Rune-Poem under the Hagal-Rune, and I see a link between this rune and HelgiH, partly due to the rune-sound 'Heil' or 'Hael' (Haegl) and partly because of the nature of the rune as being a 'Hallowed Rune' ('Helgi' can mean 'The Hallowed One'). HelgiH must contain the balance of opposites as the Hagal-Rune does (especially in its Norse version). The rune also implies 'wholeness' and the 'heildom' but also implies 'hail' - destruction - which are both roles of HelgiH. HelgiH is the 'preserver' (Vishnu) and the 'destroyer' (Shiva) - Kalki Avatar.
The 'main roof beam' which Cuthman struggled to get into position represents the Central Pillar or Central Tree of the 'house'. This is the Sacred Centre to which Cuthman is connected. We thus find Ingwe connected to the Sacred Centre which is represented by the Pole Star, or rather beyond the Pole Star. Since Cuthman 'pushes' his 'mother' (The Plough) around the Pole Star he is the 'Driver of the Waen' (Woden's Waen or Ing's Waen).
We still do not know where the White Stone of Ing originated, since it is a stone which cannot be found in this particular area of England. Indeed, it may not even originate here in England. So carefully was this secret held that the figure of Cuthman was inverted into a 'Christian Saint' who brought Christianity to the area - rather than a Heathen Ancestor. This was a deliberate ploy, maybe to convert the English, but in doing so the secret was hidden in a way that it could be found at a future time - and this was achieved through the Holy White Stone of Ing and its runic inscription.
February 8th is very near to the date we use for Wali's Day - February 14th. Wali is another 'Avenging God' who was born to avenge the death of Baldaeg by Blind Hod. Wali slays Hod in revenge. The Christians turned this into 'Saint Valentine's Day' and made it a 'Day of Love' omitting the theme of just vengeance by the Gods for the death of the Sun-God. Symbolically, Ingwe thus returns prior to the New Dawn, at the end period of the Dark Winter. As Wali the Archer-God his Fiery Arrows start to warm the Earth ready for Spring and the New Dawn. In mythological terms Wali 'slays' the Darkness of Winter, heralding the coming of Wid-Ar who is the Last Avatar who will finally defeat the Forces of Darkness and Matter.
Thus February 8th is the period associated with the coming of 'The Avenger' as Wali, Son of Woden, and April 23rd with the 'Dragon-Slayer' when the Forces of Darkness are finally defeated. The 'New Dawn' would coincide with the Summer Evennight of March 21st - this period is usually associated with Hama. We can see here the overlapping archetypes of this period of the year.
It was unfortunate that some of Jung's followers promoted the idea that his archetypes were facets of the human mind and nothing more. In reality the archetypes are the Gods and thus work within the mind but exists outside and separate to the human mind. The White Stone of Ing represents the Archetype of Ing and thus a separate reality and power of its own, and it represents the Soul of the English Folk - as their Divine Ancestor. Much is also made of the 'Stone of Scone' or 'Stone of Destiny' to the Scots, but here we have our own Stone of Origin and Destiny and not so far away in Surrey (Kingston) we have the Stone of Kings used for the coronation of the English Kings, another stone almost forgotten by the English. These are powerful magical talismans in these dark times, powerful enough to awaken our Folk when they are accepted for the importance they have to our struggle.