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John Michell: From Atlantis to Avalon Paperback – 6 May 2010

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  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Heart of Albion Press (6 May 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 190564616X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905646166
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.1 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,812,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Paul Screeton has done a fantastic job in writing this book on the life and philosophy of John Michell. John has a giant in the world of geomancy, earth mysteries and forteana. This excellent book is written with both wit and the authority of someone who knew John. Sadly John is no longer with us, but this isn't a biography as such, more a celebration of his life, work and philosophy. This is a must read book and deserves a place on everyones bookshelf.
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HASH(0x927b57b0) out of 5 stars Insufficient depth 15 July 2011
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John Michell may well be honoured in centuries to come for his work in sacred geometry, and for his mystic spiritual vision of the English landscape. He will NOT be remembered for his output on more trivial matters, such as magazine articles, by which he merely made his living. This book would have been valuable if it had examined his ideas on sacred geometry in depth, but the author admits that he lacks the necessary knowledge to do this. A proper review of JM's work would require knowledge of mathematics and surveying (JM was a trained surveyor).

A more critical approach would also have challenged his ideas about hierarchy and kingship- not to attack the man, but simply to look at potential problems in his ideas, e.g. the corrupting effect that power has had on all priesthoods throughout history.

As regards the man himself, I wanted to know much more. This is after all supposed to be a biography. JM was a product of the English upper class, Eton, Oxbridge, the Army- one would have anticipated a marriage to a debutante and a quiet life in the Home Counties. Instead, by his 30s he was hanging out with the Stones, Michael X, and Mike Eavis, proclaiming Blake's vision of Albion and teaching landscape mysteries in a Free School in Notting Hill, as his worldly inheritance evaporated. What internal and external factors influenced this transformation? His astrological chart would have been an appropriate inclusion in this book.

The many photos of Earth Mysteries types having picnics were of little interest. A few diagrams of sacred geometry of Stonehenge, Glastonbury, etc, would have been more useful.

Paul Screeton wrote a great book in "Quicksilver Heritage", but someone else needs to write John Michell's biography. "From Atlantis to Avalon and Beyond", the biography of JM's friend Tony Roberts, is a much better book.
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