King Arthur’s Tintagel Castle – 20.12.14

English & Cornish Gaelic

English & Cornish Gaelic

Map Showing Various Paths to Castle

Map Showing Various Paths to Castle

Ruins of Tintagel Castle - North Cornwall

Ruins of Tintagel Castle – North Cornwall

Steep steps leading up to the castle

Steep steps leading up to the castle

Ruins of 12th Century Castle

Ruins of 12th Century Castle

Inner Wall Defenses

Inner Wall Defenses

View into Castle Interior

View into Castle Interior

Mei-An - the Intrepid Explorer!

Mei-An – the Intrepid Explorer!

Meditation in the Castle Grounds

Meditation in the Castle Grounds

Gee & Mei-An in the Castle

Gee & Mei-An in the Castle

View from the Castle - Atlantic Ocean

View from the Castle – Atlantic Ocean

Merlin's Cave - High Tide

Merlin’s Cave – High Tide

Loving Kindness (Metta) meditation links with the Noble King Arthur

Loving Kindness (Metta) meditation links with the Noble King Arthur

Tintagel Castle Ruins - Sunset

Tintagel Castle Ruins – Sunset

Adrian & Xena - our faithful German Shepherd Dog

Adrian & Xena – our faithful German Shepherd Dog

Gee - Bridge into Camelot - Tintagel

Gee – Bridge into Camelot – Tintagel

Gee & Mei-An sheltering from Elements

Gee & Mei-An sheltering from Elements

Cove Below the Castle - the Baby King Arthur Floated in a basket to Merlin's Cave

Cove Below the Castle – the Baby King Arthur Floated in a basket to Merlin’s Cave

King Arthur – at least in the earliest strata of his legend – is an indigenous Romano-British King, who embodied what has become known as ‘Celtic’ spirituality. His legend pre-dates the rise of Christianity in the UK – and the original King Arthur was not a Christian monarch in any sense of the term. Like the feudal emperors of ancient China, King Arthur represented the union of humanity with the divine-sky above, with the broad earth below. Indeed, the Chinese ideogram ‘王 ‘ (Wang) means ‘king’ in the Chinese language. It is comprised of three horizontal lines (which refers to the ‘divine-sky’ in the Book of Changes – 三), with a vertical line uniting the other three. This signifies the character of a great person who possesses such a virtuous strength of character, that all are united under its transcendental influence.

The cycles of nature on earth, and the needs of humanity meet in one extraordinary character who exists only as a focus for communal living. Much later, when the Arthurian legends became Christianised, the pagan wizard Merlin is distorted into a madman, and Arthur’s divine ability became superimposed with a Christian cross – and his life mission ordain by a Christian god. It is interesting to note that this feudal ideal of perfection has existed all over the world – and links the legend of King Arthur with such places as ancient China, ancient India, and ancient Egypt amongst many others.

The point is that Arthur represents a radical unification between nature and humanity that allows for a higher perspective in the chosen leader; a robust wisdom and knowledge that remains unsullied by the self-limiting, and guilt ridden strictures of monotheistic theology. Merlin, of course, is the true hero of the story. In him is embodied all the beauty, magic, and mystery that surrounds and ancient Britain and her diverse peoples. Surely Merlin’s example is the basis for the modern character of Gandalf, as depicted in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Like the Buddhist masters of old, Merlin lived and meditated in a cave just below Tintagel Castle. The place is atmospheric and wondrous. This is not surprising, as Arthur and his divine teacher Merlin represent everything that is both beautiful and noble about the peoples of Britain.

Tintagel Castle - Difficult Terrain to Attack

Tintagel Castle – Difficult Terrain to Attack

 

Tintagel Castle - Positioned for Defense

Tintagel Castle – Positioned for Defense

Coastal Path to Glebe Cliff

Coastal Path to Glebe Cliff

Steep Road Leading Down to the Cove

Steep Road Leading Down to the Cove

 

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