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February 28, 2013

The Occult Role of Burrow Mump in the Divine Right of Kings

by Ishtar Babilu Dingir
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Several of us on my discussion forum have been wondering about Burrow Mump in Somerset, and the 9th century King Alfred the Great. Through the excellent research of Cort Lindahl, we’ve been realising that Burrow Mump, where Alfred encamped, seems to be some sort of world axis mundi, because there are so many major alignments between megalithic sites and ancient ecclesiastical buildings and monuments worldwide that either include or emanate from Burrow Mump.

Burrow Mump has both ancient and modern alignments, from the Ring of Brodgar in the Orkneys and the Avebury Circle in Wiltshire to the 15th century Midlothian Rosslyn Chapel and a Tower of the Magdalene in Girona which aligns, through the Pyrenees, with the similar Tower of the Magdalene at Rennes le Chateau.

Did Alfred know about these alignments? We’ve been talking about how he camped out near Burrow Mump, at Athelney, when the Vikings ruled most of England, and from where Alfred began his big push to banish them from the land.

Alfred the Great, Winchester

Alfred the Great at Winchester

We’ve also been discussing “Alfred’s jewel”, made of quartz, many of which he distributed to his bishops, and wondered whether it was a geomantic tool.


And not least, we’ve been wondering why the only thing we’re told at school about King Alfred is that he burnt the cakes! Yet this tiny five-foot man with a lifelong bowel complaint seemed to come from nowhere to route the Vikings from this country. How could this be possible?

It has been occurring to me for some time that Alfred’s victory could have come about via a little known occult law ~ that ‘he who rules the leylines,  rules the land’. I don’t know that this is a law for sure ~ it’s just a hunch, but do read on to find out why.

For one thing, it could be what’s meant by the mythological sun god hero that grinds the head of the serpent under his heel, to conquer the whole universe. We see carvings and pictures of St Michael fighting the dragon- serpent in various churches along the Michael leyline, which is main serpent line that snakes its way along the south of the British Isles, via Burrow Mump and Glastonbury Tor, to Bury St Edmunds on the east coast.

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Bury St Edmunds is named after King Edmund whose great supporter was the 10th century Abbot of Glastonbury, Dunstan, who later became Archbishop of Canterbury.  Why did King Edmund insist on being buried at the end of the Michael leyline? I think it very likely that his adviser, Archbishop Dunstan, was also an alchemist if not a geomancer.

But even two centuries before Dunstan, Alfred, who had been trained in Rome from the age of six, and whose mentor was a Druid, could also have regarded the St Michael line as the Finger of God, the alignment which the ancient Egyptians set such great store by, and reference to which used to be included in the coronation ceremonies of British kings and queens  … but I’m getting ahead of myself …

We need to start at the beginning, and where better than at Burrow Mump itself?

Burrow Mump

Burrow Mump is a hill and historic site near Taunton Deane in Somerset, England, where both ‘burrow’ and ‘mump’ mean hill.  Some say it is natural; others that it is an artificially constructed earth mound, rather like those found in America. It stands at 24 metres (79 feet) high and it is composed of Triassic sandstone capped by Keuper marl. OK, that’s the science bit.

Now for the magic bit. It is also located at the point where three rivers join ~  where the River Tone and the old course of the River Cary joins the River Parrett.  These ‘three-way’ junctions are known in magical law to be the places of faery: Alfred’s name  (Old English: Ælfrēd, Ælfrǣd) means “elf counsel”.

Burrow Mump also has a relationship with the Glastonbury landscape zodiac. It forms the ‘nose’ of the Girt Dog of Langport, the tethered dog that’s been engineered as a giant effigy on the land, artificially drawn by irrigation and by pathways, and he appears to guard the approach from the Severn Channel. The place names in that area betray our ancestors’ knowledge of his presence ~ Wagg (on its tail) Earlake (by its ear), the river Tone on his tongue, North Curry and Curry Rivel (after ‘cur’) and Curload (Cur Road) leads to his nose on Burrow Mump.

Longitude and Latitude of the effigy of the Girt Dog sheet 51 degrees 03N, 2 degrees 51W.Langport, Somerset.


The nose of the Girt Dog of Langport is aligned in the heavens with Sirius, the Dog Star, and as he is positioned just outside the ecliptic of the Glastonbury Zodiac, he is considered to be equivalent of the ancient Greek mythical guard dog Cerebus, who guards the gateway of the Underworld and who is the first spirit guide that the initiate meets on his journey down into its depths, to discover the great Mysteries. He can also be compared to a similar hound, Anubis, who guided the ancient Egyptian initiate down in the Underworld.

Glastonbury Zodiac

Glasto zodiac

Archaeoastronomers have discovered that a great many ancient megaliths sites are aligned with Sirius, if not the vast majority. The shafts from the King’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid are aligned to Sirius (Sopdet). It was a star of great importance to the ancient Egyptians. They based their calendar upon its heliacal rising, as it would coincide with the flooding of the Nile. It was also an important star of navigation to the Phoenicians. Sirius A and Sirius B were and still are of great significance to the Dogon people of Africa. Ptolemy of Alexandra used Sirius for the Earth’s central meridian.

So did Alfred have this knowledge about Burrow Mump ~ that it was aligned with Sirius? I’m sure he would have done, with his training in Rome and his Druid mentor. But even more interestingly, did he know that the Sirius connection had a greater significance than any that we’re aware of today? And was this connected to some sort of spiritual initiation that led to his routing of the Vikings and claiming the throne?

Mary Caine, who wrote the excellent The Glastonbury Zodiac: Key to the Mysteries of Britain, believed that there was much more to Alfred than we’ve been taught and I reproduce this extract here, with gratitude.

by Mary Caine

…What was Alfred doing, skulking in Athelney, burning those famous cakes? (It was a hot time for the Dog, what with the Danes burning Langport on his back leg and Alfred burning his nose.)

Mrs Maltwood propounds a startling theory: was Alfred preparing a ‘sop to Cerebus’ before entering the Mysteries as an Initiate? Burning barley cakes is an ancient solar custom, and the Zodiac is the solar myth. She tells us that cakes used to be fed to the Dog, but whether she meant the well-known ‘sop to Cerebus’ in Greek myth, or was recollecting a local custom at Athelney is ambiguous. I have not traced any such local custom, and would be very interested to hear if any such tradition survives. But whether there was a habit or not, the very fact that this odd story survives in Asser’s Life of Alfred should alert us to ‘double-entendre’.

But Alfred, a Saxon? What could he know or care about Britain’s ancient Secret? The truth is that the West Saxons of Alfred’s line stemmed from Britain. His ancestor Cerdic bears a British name; it is a variant of Caradoc, a royal name; Cerdic’s forebears were Bron, Beldeg and Odin ~ or Bran, Belin and Gwydion ~ British god kings to a man. The family was known as the Gewissae, which surely means the Knowers, Wise Ones ~ perhaps Gnostics? It is not surprising to find then that Merlin came from the land of the Gewissae. What was it that they knew?

The clue, as if we needed one, is found in Taleisin’s poem.

There is a greater secret, though known to a few
The magic wand of Mathonwy, which grows in the wood
With more exuberant fruit, on the bank of the river of spectres.
Kynan shall obtain it when he comes to govern.

Kynan is another royal name, both Cornish and Breton. Math, son of Mathonwy was the Celtic Pluto, ruler, like Gwyn ap Nudd, of the Underworld. His magic wand or measuring rod, the foundation of mathematics and star measurement, was doubtless the pole star Tree who exuberant fruit were the starry apples of wisdom, growing on the bank of the river Parret, Cary or Brue, all rivers of Avalon’s ‘spectres’.

This secret was obviously passed down from royal father to son. Alfred obtained it too when he came to reign. The West Saxons under Cerdic then were not simply barbaric pirates taking advantage of Britain’s weakness, but ex-patriate Britons, invading what had once been their homeland to regain the lost patrimony.

The conclusion is confirmed by Alfred’s choice of Asser, a Welsh monk, for his adviser, whom the Welsh say was a brother to Morgan Hen, king of south Wales. His curiously Assyrian name is that of the sun-god, Asser, Ahura, equated with Arthur; the laws that Alfred encouraged him to decode were the old British laws of Molmutius, deriving from the famous and enlightened laws of the Medes and the Persians – our Trojan law.

The picture Asser gives in his Life of Alfred of thick-armed thanes tumbling over each other to gain Alfred’s approval by learning their ABC is delightful. Alfred’s zeal for learning, his informed religious enthusiasm, his sense of justice, are surely Druidic.

He had indeed a Druid for mentor in his youth, for Swithin’s name is that of the Syweddyd or Druids. Druids were said to be able to control the weather – surely Swithin’s reputed power over the weather reflects this. He wished to be buried outside Winchester cathedral, not inside it, but they ignored his last direction. Druids worshipped in the open air – “in the face of the sun, the eye of light” – Swithin was undoubtedly a Druid and a Christian one. He is said to have taken Alfred as a boy to Rome. (Winchester still has Arthur’s Round Table in its Law Courts).

And where did Alfred baptise Guthrun, his defeated Danish enemy? At Winchester, his capital? At Glastonbury Abbey, already famous in his time? No – at Aller, on the pilgrim’s path that draws the Girt Dog’s back. To those that reject the Zodiac’s existence, this is inexplicable; it was in the middle of nowhere. Alfred generously gave his enemy the choice of having his head cut off or becoming a Christian; Guthrun very sensibly chose the pilgrim’s path. It was not only a Christian baptism, but an initiation into the ancient Mysteries. As Alfred could not get rid of the Danes in the north-east of England, he was dressing Guthrun to rule the Danelaw – and seeing to it that he ruled by laws altogether more sublime.

In Asser’s Life of Alfred, Aller is spelt Aahl. Is this not Aahlu, the Sumerian Paradise of Gilgamesh? Does not Alfred’s own name contain the magical syllable? Athelney, Aller, Avalon, Arallu is, I believe, the royal secret that occurs in so many “Saxon” kings names. They obtained it when they came to govern.

At Wedmore, after the baptism, Alfred gave Guthrun “many fine houses”. I suspect that these houses were the houses of the Zodiac…

…Alfred, only about five feet high and afflicted with a bowel complaint throughout his life, was able to bring the Danes, twice his height and girth, into some order: in a reign torn by wars fought against impossible odds, he brought a renaissance of hope, justice, education, religion and prosperity to his country. His inspiration, as much evidence shows, was the Zodiac: his Catholic Christianity was informed by its Celtic fount.

But I made the Finger of God and kingship connection through reading The Enchantments of Britain, which was written by the original discoverer of the Glastonbury Zodiac, the highly esteemed Katharine Maltwood.

The Finger of God in the Glastonbury landscape zodiac is depicted by the Sagittarius seated rider figure, and where he points his finger reveals the age of the Zodiac. He is pointing towards the Eye of the Bull, Taurus,  which is directly east from him. This, according to Katherine Maltwood, it is a dead giveaway that the zodiac was constructed in the age of Taurus, (4300 to 2150 BCE).


Mythologically, it was the Finger of God that wrote the 10 Commandments and it was the Finger of God that caused the plagues of Egypt, according to the Bible. It was also the Finger of God that ‘casts out devils’ according to the New Testament.

But here’s where the connection is made between St Michael’s leyline, the Finger of God and kingship. Katharine Maltwood, herself married to a senior Freemason, had written:

“…in Operative Masonry, the Egyptian method of surveying and orientation is the Guild method still in use. They first find the central line by running a blue cord or handline from the position of the Sun’s rising above the horizon to the Holy Place, i.e. from east to west.

“Upon and from the centre line given by the Sun, the masons fixed the centre of the four corners of the intended Temple. In the Egyptian Underworld, there are 12 bearers of cord, whose function it is to measure and we are told it is the cord of the law, and it is upon the cord of the centre line that the great finger in Somerset lies.

“The branch of the Egyptian priesthood 4,000 years ago and more, whose work was surveying, was called “Cord Stretchers”. A religious ceremony, ‘the stretching of the cord’ was held to fix the axis and orientation, and the priest read the sacred text during the laying of the foundation stone and during the fixing of the four corners with accuracy by the four supports of the heaven.”

Katharine Maltwood also reports that a spoken affirmation, which represents an ancient piece of ceremonial magic, has been dropped from the royal coronation ceremony, ever since the times of James 1st. It was known as the Ritual of the Ring.

In the Ritual of the Ring, a ring set with a giant ruby would have been placed on the king or queen’s finger. It was engraved with the cross of St George. This ring symbolised the land that has been included within the templum by the Finger of God, and delineated by the measuring cords.

And then the affirmation would have been given thus:

“God the creator of all things in heaven and earth, and ffownteyne of spiritual grace, which doest write thy laws in the harts of the ffaithful with thyne own finger, to whom the Egyptian Sorcerors yielding confessed this is the Finger of God.”

Of course, the true meaning of the Finger of God writing the law, is about the laws of universe ~ they are the natural, mathematical laws which create order and harmony. They are nothing to do with the Draconian laws over property and souls enacted by the medieval Papal bulls under which we endure today.

The ‘blue measuring cords’ are no longer visible ones on the ground, but are denoted by the many octagonal directional pointers that Cort Lindahl has so brilliantly found connecting significant Masonic buildings across the world.

The octagon represents a symbolism that goes back at least as far as the Vedic fire altars, where the four-sided square altar represented the Earth and the circular altar represented the Heavens. If you put a square (the Earth) in a circle (the Heavens), which is what squaring the circle is all about, you can find the octagon.


So with their own builders, the Masons, building octagons to point “the Finger of God” in certain specified directions, successive kings and queens over thousands of years have been claiming ownership of their designated lands across the Earth and under the Heavens.

Cort has found that the  Danes were also practising this system. I believe that Alfred, possibly with his quartz jewel, very likely found a way to get the Finger of God to point in his favour and to the detriment of the Danes, to take the crown of Britain.

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