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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