Totem group – Picts – Sign of Zodiac - Giant
Type of Spiritual Experience
If we go back to the fundamental of the mystic system and remind ourselves of the principles
- The Great Work– The Great Work is the plan for the universe’s creation and evolution. Within this plan are types of task in the Great Work eg communication, design etc [see why are we here]
- Totem groups are groups of people whose destiny is to complete one of the types of tasks in the Great Work
One of the types of task in the great work is Construction or building. The following poem is German, it describes the Symbols chosen for the Signs of the Zodiac from the point of view of the Germanic races and thus is not going to be exactly the same as the Pictish symbols. Picts and Celts knew the boar, stag, cows, hares, archers, wolves and there appears to be some similarity in the Totems chosen
‘Boar, giant, and celestial cow we count to the winter.
Hare, wolf and human pair represent the spring.
At rooster, stallion and corn-ear-woman is summer solstice.
Swallow, deer (stag) and archer are the frame of autumn.’
The symbols that remain are the Giant, human pair, rooster, corn eared woman, and swallow. No Pictish stones show Roosters [cocks], nor human pairs, nor corn eared women, nor swallows.
But there is a stone that shows a Giant – the Eassie stone
Genesis 6 King James Version (KJV)
6 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
A description of the experience
The Eassie Stone is a Class II Pictish stone of about the mid 8th century AD in the village of Eassie, Angus, Scotland. The stone was found in Eassie burn in the late 18th century and now resides in a purpose-built perspex building in the ruined Eassie church.
The stone is a cross-slab 2.04 metres (6 ft 8 in) high and 1.02 metres (3 ft 4 in) wide, tapering to 0.84 metres (2 ft 9 in) at the top, and is 23 centimetres (9.1 in) thick. The slab is carved on both faces in relief.
The cross face bears a cross with circular rings in its angles, surrounding a circular central boss decorated with a keywork design. The cross is a cross within an egg meaning it probably was once a mark stone indicating the location of a citadel – a key holy site. The whole stone is beautifully carved as one would expect for a stone indicating a very sacred site. The arms and shaft are decorated with a variety of complex interlaced knotwork designs and the upper quadrants held a pair of angels, but have suffered some damage, the right-hand figure being almost completely lost.
Another stone, seemingly pointing to the same place, also contains a large figure with the addition of a bird Totem group in the South East. The figure is depicted differently, but his size cannot be disputed.
Stones such as these indicating a major citadel, often depicted the Totem groups that were to be found near the Citadel and indeed to the south east we see the stag Totem group, the Wolf [Lion] Totem Group and possibly the Fox Totem group.
The lower left-hand quadrant, in other words the area south west of the citadel, shows the Totem of a man; and the man is indeed enormous in comparison with the three other group. The figure is of a cloaked warrior armed with a small square buckler and spear. A buckler is a small shield, gripped in the fist with a central handle behind the boss. The figure’s proportions are not quite right, his legs are short, his body is long. Given the precision and accuracy often found in Pictish stones of this quality, this represents a man of somewhat peculiar proportions – and the man may be a Giant.
It should be noted that Giants actually did exist and do exist today, as such this Totem group was not just symbolic, it was a literal description of them.
The source of the experiencePicts
Concepts, symbols and science items
Science ItemsSacred geography - citadel
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