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.
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.
One of the cave paintings in Altamira, Asturias.
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