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New Light on the Ancient Mystery of Glastonbury : Paperback – 16 Aug 1995

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gothic Image (16 Aug. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0906362156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0906362150
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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About the Author

John Michell was involved with Glastonbury since the sixties and his major works have attracted many people to this ancient centre of British mysticism. His numerous books and pamphlets cover a diverse range of subjects, but they have a common theme: the re-emergence of the traditional worldview and the ancient science and philosophy associated with it, as a natural reaction to the uncertainties of modern life.


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I learnt quite a few new things from John Mitchell's book, and from that point of view it was definitely worth reading. Some of the information and discussion contained within the book, however, is sometimes less than clear and Mr Mitchell often writes about myth and legend as if it is fact. He also does not cite sources of information in several places, and again presents ideas as 'fact' and then does not substantiate them with references to evidence and sources. As a book then, it is something of a mixed bag, but on the whole if you are a fan of Glastonbury, it is something that one should read.
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A clear, well researched and sincere investigation into the mystical 'Ancient Isle of Avalon'. From the sacred geometry of the Abbey and the 'Old Church' which Jesus instructed Joseph to build, to the Ley lines of the Tor - the book makes one really feel there is a real possibility of sacredness in Glastonbury, beyond the hype and commercialist charlatans that have arrived there recently. Michell concludes the book well; the ending is indirectly very personal and points to a esoteric, universal message from the area of Glastonbury, UK, the 'New Jerusalem'. Well balanced.
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The recently deceased John Michell was an extraordinarily prolific writer and an extraordinary prolific character all round - it was reported that even as he was passing his final days in the West Country he was seen (bilocating obviously, and ever the bibliophile) in the Charing Cross Road, but it is almost as if he had been doing this all his life, such is the ubiquity of the man and his acquaintance and geography (Only a few days ago, a Medium friend of mine told me of a year long Gypsy Caravan trip he took around Ireland with a close acquaintance - when did this occur in his chronology?)

He was a `seminal' figure of the 1960s, knew everyone from the Stones to the Incredible String Band and was the founding spirit of the Glastonbury Festival; no surprise that he is often described in terms of being a proto New Age/Hippie type (he somehow was able to keep up the phenomenal quantity AND quality of written and visual work over the decades whilst smoking copious amounts of weed)

But Michell was a living contradiction, a cosmological mathematician and a true philosopher of the most knowledgeable and scholarly cast, fitting with ease into the Classical Ancient systems of thought as exemplified by his beloved Plato.

To Michell there is no Pagan/Christian schism and this book, though centred primarily on Glastonbury, ranges from the depths of prehistory to the 20th century and all points of the globe. This impressively compact 168 pages therefore constitutes an ideal introduction to Michell's vast output and one sentence near the end seems, if anything can, to perhaps best sum up the central theme of his life's work:

`Behind all the legends, prophecies and revelations at Glastonbury can be discerned one single theme: that the will of God will finally prevail, and humanity will rediscover its natural condition within an earthly paradise.'
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A thoughtful analysis. Well written and thoroughly engaging read.
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