The Cult of The Black Virgin by Ean Begg

Wow- how fortunate was I to pick up this little treasure in a Glastonbury book store whilst looking for something else? It didn’t throw itself off the shelf at me; it was already out on display.  It’s not that I got it at a cheap price as it’s cheaper on Amazon, but I probably wouldn’t have known to get this book it I hadn’t seen it sitting there.

I’ve lots of notes on this book and the subject became a major revival story for me in 2017 including visits to many of the cathedrals and churches where there are Black Madonna statues, and of course it is the continuation of my story with Taj and the first trip to France, written about on the blog Where Angels Fear to Tread?

I feel confident is saying this is a book I will hold onto and would hesitate in lending as it’s very much needed at the moment to refer to for my new work which is up and coming and very much connected to unveiling the mystery of the Black Virgin.

I’ve made some notes, but on reading through them and looking at the book again, I am already feeling to read it again very soon.  It’s quite short as half of it is a list of sites.

Queen of Sheba

Despite this name being in general use especially in  my youth, I had never really thought of where the saying came from “Who do you think you are?  The Queen of Sheba?”   Amazing that in the 20th-21st C we are still referring to a person from centuries ago from a country on the other side of the world!  The author claims that she came from what is now South Yemen – immediately I found this very interesting as that is where I was born and in fact Aden is only about a days car travel away.  The area is also where the Sabian Symbols (Saebia) are said to come from – I did not know that, so it was an area very much connected with astrology and perhaps even the first place.  It has occurred to me a few times the similarities between Aden and Eden.  The author argues the Queen of Sheeba = Black Madonna = Isis.

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Connected to the Goddess Anath and all goddesses whose names contain the syllable ‘an’ – Annus in Latin = ‘old woman’ as well as ‘fundament’, changing to ‘nonna’ in Vulgar Latin, from which our word ‘nun’ derives.  (Nonna also being Italian for granny?)   In general I have found the author to be very insightful in decoding language and understanding wordplay.

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The Surrender Experiment by Michael A Singer

I read this at the tail end of 2017 – it was lent to me by CT who had mentioned it a few times and I was interested in reading it as there were some aspects that sounded familiar, yet also the extent of his worldly success was immense, so I was curious about where his path had taken him in comparison to mine.

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