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Thomas Napier Speir Memorial, Paisley Abbey

The apparent overlaying of pre-Christian, probably Druidic sites, particularly in the more Celticised regions, by the later Celtic monastic orders would seem to run parallel with the view that the Culdees were the ‘Christian inheritors of the Druids’. In other words the same mystery wisdom teaching would appear to be central to both the Druidic and Celtic Christian philosophical tradition, especially when one considers that both appear to have employed the same principles embodied in an ancient sacred science. For example, the siting and format of their places of worship and also the use of holy healing wells.” Barry Dunford 

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St. Peter’s Well, Renfrewshire

“It would appear that in the remote past certain geomantic vortex points on the earth’s surface were found to be conducive for the interconnection between sub-terrestrial, terrestrial and cosmic influences and vibrations. A specific vibrational field was created by the interaction of these forces which proved conducive to spiritual activities and higher communement with other dimensional frequencies. It was at these geomantic points that sites of spiritual worship were often established, and thus we find megalithic stone monuments (circles, standing stones and dolmens etc.) and later temples, monasteries and churches, all strategically placed at these geomantic power points and almost always sited in some form of alignment with each other.” Barry Dunford

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Click here for more information on Visions of Albion: The Key to the Holy Grail by Barry Dunford. 

The Barochan Cross

The Barochan Cross

The Barochan Cross, Paisley Abbey

The Barochan Cross

The Barochan Cross under a stained glass window dedicated to William Wallace, featuring Samson breaking the chains.

The former site of The Barochan Cross in Renfrewshire is now the location of a war memorial.  It is possible, in the past this was a gathering site for the people to come together as a community for prayer and to discuss issues of the day. 

I wonder what would happen if instead of war memorials on the power points we had something celebrating the peace makers, the philosophers, the mathematicians, the astronomers, the musicians, the inventors, the artists, the mystics and the poets. 

My friend Robert Knox on a visit to the former site of The Barochan Cross, Houston

https://www.facebook.com/Vision-of-Albion-The-Key-to-the-Holy-Grail-1067260570023540/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Peter%27s_Well%2C_Houston

https://canmore.org.uk/site/43098/barochan-cross

https://ancientmonuments.uk/124181-barochan-cross-paisley-east-and-central-ward

http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/architect_full.php?id=203714

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Picture by Paul Hinshelwood

The branding iron’s at the ready, waiting to sear our minds.
Twisted and tortured in the never-ending binds,
You’re British ya fool, over you we rule.
Only our history we’ll teach you in school,
Don’t think for yourself, just live in our hell.
While stories of our Greatness we will retell
No stories of your nation’s contribution,
No celebrations of its countless solutions.
That evolved the world and the people within,
The creative gifts to our worldly kin.
Left you rootless and searching for answers.
As we infect your mind like a virulent cancer
We’ll keep on forcing our flag on you,
Our vision of unity in red, white and blue.
Dripping in blood and the destruction of cultures,
The flag on my license, the one of the vultures.
I’m a Scot, I tell you but you won’t listen
As the moisture of tears makes my eyes glisten.
Shedding tears for the past and for the future,
Stitched up again like a surgeon’s suture.
Our wounds and our scars continue to weep,
As finally the truth into consciousness seeps,
The Scots are Sovereign and Scotland’s a nation.
She’s not even a queen with her fake coronation.
We’ve been living a lie and we all know it’s true
But where we go now is all up to you.
I hope we walk forward together hand in hand,
Repeating the calls that have come from our land.
Justice, freedom and equality for all around the world,
As the prophecies fulfilled and our future unfurls.

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Over the entrance to Holyrood Palace.

Photograph by Rashelle Reid

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Nemo me impune lacessit. – “No one provokes me with impunity.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemo_me_impune_lacessit

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Photograph by Rashelle Reid

Photograph by Rashelle Reid

Motto: Avito viret honore
‘Flourishing through ancestral honour’
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renfrewshire_(historic)

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Once again Freedom Square, Glasgow was awash with saltires flying high as Scotland joined thousands around the U.K. and Europe taking to the streets to demand an end to Austerity.  Estimates from Police Scotland say there was 1000 in attendance but I’d say that’s a fairly low estimate as people were coming and going all day.  The mood was more sombre than it’s been at the recent Hope over Fear demos as the memory of those we’ve already lost to austerity and what the next five years might bring weighs heavily on the minds of those in attendance.

Renfrewshire was well represented with members of the SNP’s Tannahill branch in attendance as well as members of Renfrewshire CND and individuals from Paisley including local teachers and nurses who see clearly the effects these cuts are having on real people’s lives.  Our newly elected M.P. for Renfrewshire and Paisley, Mhairi Black was also in attendance, though unfortunately I never seen her as I was walking around in a cold induced haze giving out Scrap Trident leaflets for Scottish CND.

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With stories that Paisley’s job centre is one of the most heavily sanctioned in the country, there is no doubt our community is paying the price for austerity and yet the current government would rather spend £100 billion on Trident instead of investing in the people of the U.K.  As Scotland is the home of this supposed “nuclear deterrent” that Greenpeace showed long ago isn’t a deterrent  and we are all in the Kill Zone should there be an attack or accident at Faslane it is vital we encourage all our representatives to work together on this regardless of their political persuasion.

Overall the message of the day was hopeful and as the event came to a close the crowd sang along with Gerry Cinnamon’s Hope over Fear anthem, optimistic that we can create a fairer more just Scotland together.

Mhairi Black M.P. being elected was one of the highlights of the 2015 election and shows clearly what can happen when a community comes together with a common goal.

As we approach the Scottish Elections in 2016 it is important that we understand that should Scotland return 67% of Pro-Indy supporting SMP’s a Universal Declaration of Independence is not only possible but inevitable and Scotland’s Independence is the key to changing it all and the reason why so many people in attendance at Saturday’s event were wearing their I’m still YES t-shirts while waving their YES flags.  We are no longer a country divided, we are a country united in our vision for a fairer more just society and this time we’re gonna do it anyway.

We're gonna do it anyway

https://www.facebook.com/events/921928267846219/

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Activist’s, Actor’s, Poets, Musician’s and even the Artist Taxi Driver in Freedom Square, Glasgow choosing Hope Over Fear.

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Sovereignty

 

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You can’t take away my sovereignty, it was gifted straight to me.

You can’t con me out my sovereignty cos all your tricks I see.

You can’t destroy my sovereignty, it’s in the life I’ve lived.

You can’t devolve my sovereignty, it isn’t yours to give.

You can’t buy my sovereignty, it comes with no price tag.

You can’t banish my sovereignty or hide it with a flag.

You can’t wipe away my sovereignty, like life itself, it lives on

You can’t erase my sovereignty by trying to change our song

You can’t deny my sovereignty, or weigh it in your hands

You can’t re-write my sovereignty, interwoven with this land.

 

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Unicorns by Jim Warren

Unicorns by Jim Warren

The unicorn has broken free,

No longer chained to a tree

Back to where it’s meant to be

Freedom for the people

Symbology there for all to see

No longer held by false royalty

Babylon’s not meant to be

Freedom for the people

So just tell her majesty

The unicorn is now set free

They are no longer the powers that be

Freedom for the people

Spread the word and spread it clear

Out to those who need to hear

There’s no longer a need to fear

The unicorn is free

Love will spread no longer bound

What was lost has now been found

The chains thrown onto the ground

Freedom for the people

Now perhaps we will wake up

All drinking from the same cup

Realise what’s meant to be

Freedom for the people.

Paul Edgar, 2013

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