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February 28, 2013

The geomantic knowledge and practises of King Alfred the Great

by Ishtar Babilu Dingir
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If you’ve ever wondered why King Alfred the Great was considered to be so great, when all school children are taught about him is that he ‘burned the cakes’, this article reveals what that apocryphal story is perhaps trying to hide.

Some of what has been hidden, like all occult lore, may help to explain about how Alfred finally came back from nowhere and defeated the Vikings at the Battle of Edington, which changed the sovereignty of the British Isles and thus the course of history.

Through the excellent research of Cort Lindahl, and my own more local enquiries, I’ve been realising that Burrow Mump in Somerset, where Alfred encamped after being defeated and forced south-west by the Vikings, seems to be some sort of world axis mundi. There are so many major alignments of leylines 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.



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 ~ I’ve just heard it muttered in my ear – but there is rationale for this which I’ll go on to explain.

The leylines of Burrow Mump

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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Michael is the male, fire, solar leyline which follows a course of buried quartz crystal across the country, as it goes east. Dancing alongside him, through streams, rivers and wells, is the female, water, lunar line known as Mary. These names are both Christian glosses on what would probably have once been known as the Lugh line, after the Celtic solar god, and possibly Danu or Ellen for the female.

The Michael and Mary lines cross at what would have been the altar of the ruined church on the summit of Burrow Mump. These crossing points are highly potent locations and known as ‘nodes’ – there’s also a node on top of Glastonbury Tor.

The twisting and intertwining Michael and Mary perform their fertility dance along as far as Bury St Edmunds. Bury St Edmunds is named after King Edmund whose great supporter was the 10th century geomancer and alchemist, the 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? Probably on the advice on Dunstan. There are many old Saxon kings buried in Glastonbury Abbey on the Michael and Mary line.

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 Michael and Mary lines 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

The ‘magic of place’ of 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”.

The Glastonbury Temple of the Stars

Burrow Mump also has a relationship with the Glastonbury Temple of the Stars – a huge circular temple made up of 13 giant effigies geo-engineered into the landscape.

Burrow Mump forms the ‘nose’ of one of those effigies – the Girt Dog of Langport, which is the tethered dog that’s been artificially drawn on the land 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 Temple of the Stars, 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.

But locally, in our Faery Lore, this great hound is known as Dormath, the dog of the king of the faeries, Gwyn Ap Nudd. (Read more about the faery lore of this landscape temple in The Mysteries of Britain, the Matter of Sovereignty and the Glastonbury Declaration.

Glastonbury Temple of the Stars

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?

The sculpturess and artist Katharine Maltwood discovered this Temple of the Stars in the 1920s. In later years, astrologers called it the Glastonbury Zodiac – although unlike modern zodiacs, and according to my research, this one also reflects lunar and stellar lore, making it thousands of years older.

As I understand it, a story was told on the land – the characters of which are represented by the giant effigies – and this story was a means of communication and well, love really, between our early ancestors and the spirits of the Land, known as the Fae.

However, these findings are more recent and still very much in the embryonic stage.

Katharine Maltwood was followed by another respected researcher, Mary Caine, who wrote the excellent The Glastonbury Zodiac: Key to the Mysteries of Britain. She 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 Temple of the Stars, Katharine Maltwood.

The Finger of God

The Finger of God in the Glastonbury Faery Ring is shown in the effigy of the seated rider figure at Baltonsborough, known as the King of the Fae, Gwyn ap Nud. Below him, you can see another giant effigy, the Horned One, at Ponters Bar.

Where the faery king points is revealing – it is towards Collards Hill, the home of the Sisterhood of the Deer, in this mythos, reflecting the Pleiades or the Seven Sisters above. The Sisterhood are the midwives of the birth of the Radiant Child, the Once and Future King, on the Winter Solstice. (Read more here about The Birth of the Radiant Child on the Winter Solstice).

The Finger of God also points along a newly discovered leyline, by local artist and researcher Yuri Leitch, called the Melkarth/Herakles line, which also has associations with initiation and kingship.

Sagittarius by Osmond Caine

Glastonbury rider

Mythologically speaking, 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.

“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.”

In this kingship ritual, 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.

Here I think is the true meaning of that symbolism, and it’s shown here in Gerri McLoughlin’s early sketch of the Glastonbury Temple of Stars, with the new faery lore that is slowly emerging.

Faery Circle by Gerri Mclouglin

I’m coming to believe that the ‘cross of St George’ on the ruby ring symbolises the cross of the royal stars, Fomalhaut, Alderbaran, Antares and Regulus, as they appear above The Temple of the Stars. Gerri has drawn them as the sword Excalibur. According to King Alfred’s biographer, this land was known as the ‘land of the nobles’… perhaps because it is under the royal stars?

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.

Could it be because he who holds the reins of the leylines reigns over the land?

The meaning of the octagon

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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