The Endtime Tribe of Galicia

The Endtime Tribes

“Mixing and mingling with the endtime tribes is a strange lot of free-lance wizards on whom one hardly dares to put a name. Shamans, they are. But shamans of another order, whose lineage extends from the future as much as from the past. These wizards have an imaginative flair, the gift for magical realism (more below). They can be elusive, but they are strangely, disarmingly direct when it comes to imparting the initiatory secrets of their trade. Exhibiting a paradoxical mix of arrogance and humility, they are fine teachers, although they do not belong to any tradition, school, or educational program. They are generous and ruthless, but also capricious. And in social and spiritual style, they are occasionally brutal.”

John Lamb Lash, The Party of Xolotl

The story of the Endtime Tribe of Galicia begins around 77,500 years ago (nearly three days of Gaian time) as much of Europe went into a deep freeze and the people migrated south. In our practice of Planetary Tantra, we are looking back into the past to pick up the threads that were dropped, so that we can bring them forward into our lives today. I am discovering factual snippets from the past, echoes of lives that show where the threads got dropped, filling in the gaps through the gift of imagination and bringing the themes forward to guide us in our lives today. This is the process of weaving the thread of our lives into the fabric of the universe, to make it more robust and beautiful.

Imagine our ancient ancestors, traveling in small bands and family groups, following familiar landscapes, guided by the trees and animals of their homeland. Today, we might map their route to a south-westerly journey through what has been labelled the Euro-Siberian zone.

Euro-siberian zone

 

Image from Terpsichores.

These people were attuned to the land and knew how to find water, track game and the seasons of fruits and wild vegetables in the forests and meadows. They were naturally nomadic, which accounts for the similar DNA markers across the region that scientists have recently discovered. Their animal instincts were keen, but they were also guided by the proto-shaman amongst them; the men and women who were especially sensitive to the rhythms of nature. These folk would have observed the shortening, cooler summers and the longer, drier winters and they would have urged their clans to head south and follow the sun for food and warmth. Hunter-gatherers depended on their shaman for survival.  It was a hard life and when these foragers found themselves at the end of the world, Finisterra, they settled in the forests of Galicia, because they must have looked so familiar to them.

Gaia’s Dreaming comes to us through the land. This is one of the insights that came through very clearly at out Beltane Retreat in 2015. She has different dreams for different places, which are all in continuous, contemporaneous streaming, sending out tendrils that catch the eye of any human dreamer who is ready to respond. She designates specific areas of the planet to specific tribes and these are the indigenous people of that region. That doesn’t mean that we can’t move around, we are not trees after all, but that we will flourish more easily in the areas She intends for us. I am an indigenous European; I might even have biological ancestors from this specific  area, but the key point is that I responded to Her call and am making this place my home. We thrive in the regions Gaia intends for us and this has never been more important than in these turbulent times.

I didn’t know this when we moved here, of course. We just came here on holiday and the beauty of the place captured me. Exploring the history of the area and finding threads from the distant past that we want to weave into our lives is part of the process of rooting ourselves here and making it our home. It gives me pleasure to discover facts about the past that feel as though they are fractally encoded into my DNA, like a key that opens up a new chapter of possibility in my life.

The threads I’m teasing out, come through the pagan roots of the people who lived here long before the Church of Rome took over. Even the famous Camino de Santiago was known as a route for pagan travelers at least 1,000 years before Christianity. Cave paintings in Altamira on the coast in Asturias from 35,000 years ago, together with artifacts found in the Terra de Lemos from 12,000 years ago when the ice finally retreated, show that this valley was a home and meeting place and for over 200,000 people. This valley was once a strategic location between the hinterland and the coasts. The gentle, undulating land is made moist and lush by the Sil and Cabe rivers and has always been several degrees warmer than the surrounding areas, making it a fertile sanctuary. That is very good to know as some scientists think that reduced solar activity might be heralding a new ice age within decades.

Altamira bison

One of the cave paintings in Altamira, Asturias.

 

Paleolithic Monforte routes

Agriculture was thought to have emerged out of the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East around 10,000 years ago, but more recent research showed that it emerged in several places at once. There is no record of when farming became established in Galicia, but if there were 200,000 people living in this valley 11-12,000 years ago, they cannot all have been foragers. They would not have survived without some sort of farming. This is another thread to pick up. The farming industry today is an abomination; food for profit is a failed experiment and we have to find another way.

Timeframes are sketchy when we look back into prehistory, but it is possible to find a significant overlap between the Celts, the Gnostics and farming, all of which seem to have emerged in the same area and epoch. This begs an interesting question: the Celts were pagans and fearsome warriors and they lived in the same place and time as the Gnostics; why didn’t they defend the Mysteries?

I think that the Celts and the Gnostics embodied the male and female polarities of our white European ancestors. There are many similarities between the two tribes to explore but to answer my own question, I think the Celts loved the battle too much. Farming allowed them to settle and forge weapons and practice the art of war. Knowing that their women and children were relatively safe and had enough food afforded them the freedom to go and fight in other places. The Celts (also known as Gauls) fought as mercenaries for the Romans, Greeks, Egyptians and anyone else who would pay them.

“The kings of the east then carried on no wars without a mercenary army of Gauls; nor, if they were driven from their thrones, did they seek protection with any other people than the Gauls. Such indeed was the terror of the Gallic name, and the unvaried good fortune of their arms, that princes thought they could neither maintain their power in security, nor recover it if lost, without the assistance of Gallic valour”.

Marcus Junianus Justinus. Epitome of the Philippic History of Pompeius Trogus XXV, 2, circa 3AD

Celtic bands of mercenaries have been documented from as early as 347BC and after generations of fighting, drunk on morbido, they forgot what they were fighting for. The Gnostics, guardians of the Mysteries, and their own women and children were engulfed by the wave of paternalism that swept across the land, morphing into Christianity along the way. Paganism became punishable by death, the connection to our Mother, the Aeon Sophia, was severed and we got very lost.

Fast forward to today and what has changed? Gangsters plunder our land and wealth and the people are enslaved to the gods of profit. And where are our warriors? All our armed forces are bought and paid for by corporate interests and the Jew World Order; they are mercenaries fighting for foreign powers. It is the same theme playing out until the end of Kali Yuga. What do we do about it?

This brings us to today and the role of the Endtime Tribe of Galicia. We need to pick up the threads that got dropped here in Galicia, because this is where we now live. These are the threads we are picking up in our tribe.  This is our mission:

Healing the Gender Rift
Gender politics has gone rogue all over the world and there’s not much we can do about that. Our role is to bring morbido the masculine polarity back into the embrace of the feminine libido. This is a big part of our unlearning and learning.

According to John Lash, morbido is the instinct to kill, which has gone rogue in our society and needs to be harnessed:

“I’m proposing that the morbido is a death dealing force, an instinct to kill, predominately, but not exclusively, operating in the male of the human species. And this instinct to kill, this drive, is actually the weapon provided in human nature to oppose and defeat the spoilers and merchants of death……”
John Lamb Lash NB95 Concerning Morbido

Libido is the instinctual drive for the full expression of our animal natures, including the hedonic and sexual drives.

Both of these drives have been intentionally suppressed in all of us and we cannot enjoy life as fully bonded couples, in a sane society, without the full and correct expression of these drives. Our role here isn’t to go out fighting injustice but to recognize that as women we must bring out the hero our men, so that they can experience the sweet surrender of sexual passion with us. This is what the Celts forgot.

Gaian Gardening: Permaculture and Alchemy
Somewhere along the line, the way we found food and water went rogue too.  We don’t want to go back to the stone age, but how do we grow food in a way that supports us, serves Nature and does not cause suffering to other animals?

“… Animal agriculture is arguably the most environmentally damaging industry in the world. Animal Agriculture takes up 45% of the entire world’s land-space and is alone responsible for 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, 80-90% of US water consumption, and 91% of Amazon destruction. It is also the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and habitat destruction in the world, and this is only a small fraction of the statistics.” –Patrick Haize

These days we have a sense of defiance about learning how to live in harmony with nature.  False authorities and corporate entities are making it more and more difficult for people to become self-sufficient.  It is not yet illegal to collect rainwater here, but it is a game of hide-and-seek regarding many restrictions that are not in place to benefit people or nature.  Natural living is the new protest movement and we need to begin the process of remembering the skills of our hunter-gatherer ancestors that were destroyed with the advent of agriculture.  This is a long path home and we don’t know whether we will find a resolution to the eternal conflict on the way, or not.

“The key event in prehistory is undoubtedly the introduction of agriculture. At least one cultural historian (Jared Diamond) has argued that agriculture is the single greatest mistake in the life of our species. A similar view is developed by Daniel Quinn, an author who presents metahistorical issues in fictional form. In Ishmael a gorilla plays guru to an anthropologist, enlightening him about how humanity became split into two camps, Takers and Leavers, represented by Cain and Abel in the Bible. The Leavers are hunter-gatherers who live off nature and leave it intact, but the Takers are agriculturalists who take more than they need, thus devastating nature and infecting themselves with envy and competition. Here again, the crux of Eternal Conflict in the human realm seems to involve lack of self-regulation.”

John Lash,  Eternal Conflict

We draw strength from the fact that our activities are fractally embedded in the full spectrum of nature, to include the supernatural and the practical mystical. Every step we take is a step for the whole of humanity. Gaian Alchemy is the process of learning how we contribute to the creation of the biosphere through our biological processes. We are learning this through the process of co-creating food forest, as we observe the weather and the seasons and how we interact. Thus we draw the threads back to our ancestral shaman and their journeys through the land.

Our land is Gaia’s laboratory and it will provide most of our medicine as well as our food.  We are growing organically and with minimal digging and weeding and using different companion plant combinations.  It is a delightful experiment!

The Vision Quest
The Endtime Tribe of Galicia is engaged in a planetary vision quest, the practice of Planetary Tantra.

“Knowing Gaia is not a matter of belief: it is a vision quest for the entire human species.
The challenge of this quest is to realize how we can live interactively with the immediate source of all life, rather than remaining blindly, passively dependent upon it. The first step in meeting this challenge is to learn and practice the vision story of the divine presence of the earth, Gaia-Sophia.”

John Lamb Lash, Sacred Ecology

It is hard for us here now to acknowledge that most of humanity will not choose a visionary path; many are environmentally conscious, without recognizing that we are intimately involved in the co-creation of a living planet. Others are socially conscious, while choosing to ignore the fact that we cannot have social justice without eliminating the predators of humanity. Others are waiting to be saved and many more are the walking dead. It is too painful to be around such people.

I want to say something about the sacred here. All of life is sacred, but we do not see ourselves as sacred within that process and, most importantly, we do not live that way and we fail to take action against others who violate the sanctity of life. Numbing down through meditation is no better than anaesthesia via drugs or alcohol. To hold life as sacred means to live it fully without reservation as a continuous process of participation. The currency, the means by which life becomes a journey of ever-increasing awe and wonder, is Gnosis.

“GNOSIS. The word means simply “knowledge”, but of a special kind. It derives from the root gno-, “to know, cognize, discern”. This Greek verb-root matches the Sanskrit jna-, which carries the same meaning. In Buddhism prajna is the “supreme discernment” of the true nature of reality. Likewise, Gnosis is the knowing of what is true and real in the ultimate sense. Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (1965) gives: “immediate knowledge of spiritual truth”, contrasted to mere belief, unquestioning faith, and blind acceptance of doctrines prescribed by authorities. In short, Gnostic spirituality is an anti-authoritarian path based on first-hand experience of Divinity. It encourages an intuitive, i.e., direct, experiential, approach to God. It assumes the possibility of revelations from beyond the human realm, but it requires cognitive training to assess these revelations. Gnosis is the yoga of intellect that unifies far-seeing mental-mystical vision with the wisdom of the body.”

John Lamb Lash GNOSIS

We are recovering the telestic practice of receiving instruction by the Organic Light.

“The ancient mystics of the Mysteries had a dual mission: to maintain their visionary practice of gnosis, and transmit their method to future generations. Transmission depended on conferring the core experience, instruction by the Light, upon neophytes who would in turn become telestai, “those who are aimed,” i.e., guided by the wisdom of the earth goddess, Sophia.The rite of instruction (mathesis, also called theoria, “beholding”), the most deeply guarded secret of Pagan initiation, was never openly declared—until now.”

John Lamb Lash, Spiritual Warrior

We are sharing our discovery in retreats and gatherings, to help other endtime tribes and practising ourselves, just for the pleasure and beauty; drawing from a vision of the yuga to come.

“If the human species does not survive, it will ultimately be due to failure to observe Beauty.”

John Lamb Lash, Gaia Responds to the Panic

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planetary Tantra in Andalucia

Theoria 2015 Andalucia

Planetary Tantra in Andalucia

November 12 – 20 2015

 The Maine terton and I are planning a shamanic retreat in Andalucia, Spain, to be held from November 12 (arrival day) to November 20 (closing day). The event comprises seven full days of which five will be dedicated entirely to the Mystery School method of instruction by the Light. There will be one all-night session in telestic trance to attain theoria – the Greek word for beholding the Divine Light. The event is limited to twelve participants (see below, details of the caryatid with basket).

JLL will conduct this event in the manner of a telestic gathering on the model of the Mystery cells. He will show how to work with directed intention and guide the experiment at every step. Participants will be closely briefed on how to encounter the Organic Light in a trance state. The entire group will unite in an experiment with the telestic method using a question to posed to the Organic Light.

The event includes plenty of time for walks in the spectacular hills, instruction in cording, local excursions (if desired) and sky-viewing lessons.

 

Sacrament basket

Image: Caryatid handmaiden of Demeter from the porch of the Acropolis, bearing on her head the sacred basket containing the psychoactive sacrament of the Mysteries.

Source: http://www.clavielle.com/the-temple-of-demeter-and-the-curse-of-eleusis/

Note that the basket is decorated with a twelve-petalled florette, enclosing a smaller florette of eight petals. At Eleusis and other Mystery Schools, people were taken twelve at a time into the inner sanctuary to be initated for instruction by the Light. Of those twelve, neophytes who succeeded in encountering the OL were eligible to advance and become core members of a Mystery cell (eight petals).

The time for the Mysteries to spread via the internet and archontic media has passed and is replaced by real, face-to-face connection and group interaction. The focus now must be on developing confidence in the basic PT practice of interactive magic with Gaia. Discussion through the week will include routine topics of Gaian sorcery, as well as considerations of the challenge to prepare and set up groups and communities based on PT and the Terma of Gaia Awakening.

Event fee €50/day, €450 total, food and lodging not included. An event coordinator will assist attendees in finding local accommodations at €20-25 per day, most of them within walking distance of the venue. It is suggested that two atendees arriving by air to Malaga rent cars, the cost to be shared with other attendees for transportation. (Some airline deals offer car rentals for €10/day or less.) Those who stay in the village will need transportation. Other expenses will be food. Attendees are expected to make and share food or eat in town.

We are inviting interest in this event, with advisement that limited participation will require selection and vetting of applicants based on previous experience with psychoactive plants or mind-altering substances.

Andrea Avanzato is coordinating the advance enquiries on our behalf.  If you are interested, please contact me using the form below and I will forward you her email address.

Yolanda

 

 

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Wasp Attack

A couple of weeks ago, I disturbed a wasp nest.  Wasps attack immediately when they feel threatened and I was stung 10-15 times on my arm, hand and leg.  I couldn’t get away because of the long grass and brambles.  It didn’t hurt much initially, so I carried on working.  Then I started to feel a ferocious itching and burning in my groin, which I knew was lymph and I decided to head back to the cabin.  Before I got back my scalp, palms and the soles of my feet were on fire.  Within minutes my whole body was covered in a painful red rash and I jumped in the shower and turned on the cold water to try and give myself an adrenaline boost.  It didn’t seem to work.

Dean found an anti-histamine, which I was reluctant to take, but I could see he was worried.  By this time, my face was really swollen and the pain was intense.  I put me feet in a bucket of cold water and had Dean rub me all over with St John’s Wort oil to try and cool me down.  Then my throat started to close and Dean wanted to know if we needed to go to the hospital.  I had a moment of fear and thought: take me now or make this go away and the swelling in my throat began to ease and the pain became more bearable.  I was still nicely swollen two hours later when Claudius and Michelle showed up, but managed to get out of bed a bit later so we could go out to dinner.  It took several days for all the swelling to go completely.

Since then I’ve been wondering why I had such a strong reaction and why did I not want to take the anti-histamine?  I don’t like pharmaceuticals and consider them to be more harmful than beneficial in most cases, excepting emergencies; and this was an emergency.  I don’t think Sophia set up this experiment with the intention that we should succumb so easily to insect stings either, although poisons definitely have their place.  However, histamine is not a poison, it is a neurotransmitter, so why do we need to shut it off?

A neurotransmitter is a chemical that is released by neurons in the nervous system and crosses the synaptic gap between neurons, to be received by another neuron in order to generate a specific reaction. The constant stimulation of neurons causes reactions in the body which are specific to the type of neurotransmitter that is passed.  Histamine’s role is to produce an immediate inflammatory response as part of the immune system that comes into action when your body is under attack.  Histamine causes the blood vessels to swell, so that white cells can get to the problem area quickly, that sounds like a good thing.  Over-reaction, like mine, is considered to be the result of histamine intolerance, due to the body not being able to break down histamine properly.  We always have a small amount of histamine circulating in the body and when I was stung, more was released at the site of the the wasp stings, flooding my body.

The exact composition of wasp venom is unknown.  From the wasp’s perspective, it stings to paralyse other insects that it wants to eat, or to warn off larger animals like me.  Wasps have been around for longer than humans and they are very effective predators, see Wasp Warriors.  However, it is not the poison that causes the allergic reaction.  Wasp venom contains a protein enzyme called hyaluronidase, which speeds up the dispersion through the body of any injected substance, by reducing the viscosity of hyaluronic acid that cushions the cells and increasing tissue permeability.  (Yes, hyaluronidase is used to break down hyaluronic acid based cosmetic fillers after people have had too much of it pumped into their faces to make them look younger!)  My allergic reaction was caused by the combination of hyaluronidase and histamine, which generated a systemic inflammatory response and the anti-histamine probably helped in this situation.  Adrenaline also stops the production of histamine, which is why people who know they are highly allergic carry Epipens.

But why do I have too much histamine in my body?  There are many  foods that contain histamine (and these foods are often involved in food allergies) but my intolerance most likely stems from the fact that I was on Zantac for 25 years, because of a stomach ulcer.  Zantac/Ranitidene, like its cousins Tagamet and Pepcid is a histamine blocker.  It targets the H2 histamine receptors, which are found in the stomach lining, heart, uterus, vascular smooth muscle cells and white blood cells.  It stops these cells responding to histamine, so that there is no inflammatory response from food or drink that would normally cause irritation.  The body naturally responds by producing more histamine, causing a permanent overload.  In addition these drugs, and others, actually deplete the levels of diamine oxidase in the body, which is primarily responsible fro breaking down histamine in the digestive tract.  I weaned myself off Zantac in 2010 and have had no pain or bleeds since and I’m able to eat and drink more liberally than I ever was while on Zantac.  I now need to look into how to reduce my baseline histamine levels – more on that in another post.

Apparently, most people who get an allergic reaction to wasp stings do not get it for bee stings, or vice versa.  It’s one or the other, so that’s a relief!