Albion in Occult Fog

Secrets and riddles with a shade of mysticism – this is what always manits people. However, most prefers to stay from such things at a distance – so, just in case. We are accustomed to watching brave researchers on the other side of the blue screen, admiring their finds and secretly envy their impressions.

But sometimes curiosity rears fear, blood boils in the veins, life turns out of his heads. It is at such moments that the routine classes should be left for a while, order airline tickets, getting a faded companion and go to England. There are enough impressions for a long time.

Huge Megapolis London, in which you will deliver "Airplane with a silver wing", – This is not entirely England. Increasingly incredible cocktail from various nationalities, cultures, brands and languages, also inherent in such cities as New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Paris, leaves an inexperienced tourist in ignorance – where is the real country?

England begins immediately after the rest area of ​​the capital disappears in the rearview mirror of the car. Having setted the goal of traveling around the country, it is better to rent a car, as the bus excursions are often limited to visiting one or more specific objects without the possibility to slow down on the sideline and spend on the soft grass of some picturesque field.

At the same time, the route is still working in advance – this is not Estonia, where everything, in general, not far and get lost problematic. Although friendly locals (if you, of course, not in the deaf forest) are always ready to extract in search of the right turn.

Ours "Base" For a week, the small town of Taunton, located in the south-west of England, in County Somerset. Cozy atmosphere, beautiful and very diverse architecture, brisk trade on the main street and real English pubs with soaked cheerful elements with tables and high oak bar racks, followed by a friendly bartender to shine rolls glasses and mugs. Tauton, perhaps, personifies the truly English style – a little conservative and tin, but at the same time surprisingly folding, without discovering parts.

It is believed that the English mysticism, for which we hunt, begins in Glastonbury. This is almost the official headquarters of the British occultists, and in the last 50 years – and informal youth, once who came to the famous Annual Music Festival and forever captured fairy-tale atmosphere and impregnated incense air.

About 50 kilometers on the picturesque country highway – and we get into the fairy tale. And without any exaggeration – Glastonbury, centuries absorbed bizarre legends, turned into a concentration of otherworldly power, which, by the way, does not scare at all, and sometimes even calm.

In the Middle Ages in Glastonbury, such a huge number of pilgrims-occultists were glaked that he was dubbed "Second Rome". The most important attraction of the town is its inhabitants. Brightly dressed hippies, as if canned since the 1960s, long-haired pale girls and women in spacious white robes, street musicians with a kind blurred look, ready to play on a voyage or guitar, many hours in a row, – the colorful population circulates in small streets, periodically disappearing in Glasses selling magic drugs. On the small main square on the steps of the fountain, we usually do not have free places – everything is found here, sing songs, drink beer or wine, pray. Before starting a walk around the town, it’s better to sit down to the fountain and a little "acclimatize", so that then do not lose his head from the abundance of an unusual and inexplicable.

By the way, there are two most popular vehicles in Glastonbury: this is either a funny little tricycle, or … broom! Wooden vehicles of the latest models can be purchased immediately, in the bench of the novice wizard. Moreover, the merchant explicitly verses in the dynamic characteristics of a particular broom, which is versed in its additional functions and offering warranty repairs, barely time to accept orders – from buyers there are no post off.

The town is an amazing confusion of cults and religions, countries and continents. Buddhist Ganesh and African idols. From everywhere heard the smell of incense, the incredible range of which is striking imagination.

But the most interesting places of Glastonbury – magic shops. The popular attribute is not for sale, which can be found in any major European city, here everything is truly. Wooden racks stretching along the vintage walls, completely forced by flasks of archaic forms and mysterious content. The herbs of the most bizarre colors neatly signed, but almost all the shops hang up the following contents: "The seller is not a magic, so in the choice of ingredients for magical mixtures (!) can not help you. If you are looking for medicinal herbs, contact the pharmacy".

Special candles are adjacent to the grass, a huge number of special literature (most of the pretty battered and readable), fortune-money cards and even daggers marked "only for ritual use". The most interesting thing is that this kind of shop flourish, they are not designed for tourists – rather, on local magicians. Big trading from dawn to sunset pays off, according to owners, not only rental of premises, but also brings a tangible income. Although all in one voice said that magic is not a business. This is passion.

Riddles continue outside the town of Glastonbury, located at the foot of the hill torus, revered place among the occultists from all over the world. In the 1920s, the famous Occult Science Researcher Dion Thong (1891 – 1946) settled in Glasteonbury. To the county, Somerset it was attracted by the Thor – an impressive hill of about 500 feet and visible up to 25 miles, on the top of which the remains of the medieval chapel of St. Mikhaila. In his diaries, Dion Thongs repeatedly admired the shape of the hill. In 1934, she wrote: "When observed from the distance, the torus is a perfect pyramid, but as you see that it seems that it has the outlines of a lying heraldic lion with a tower on top. Its pyramidal form, as if growing in the center of wide plain, is too remarkable and commensurate for natural education, not corrected by the work of human hands. From a close distance, a terraced route is clearly visible, in three tiers, the envelope of the hill core is undoubtedly done by a person".

Regarding the shape and origin of the hill there are many theories, however, the most amazing belongs to the Thoune Dion. She believed that the entire hill torus was turned into a huge three-dimensional labyrinth in prehistoric times. A little later, in the 1960s, when other researchers became interested in the hill, this theory unexpectedly found a confirmation during the research of Philip Ratz from Birmingham University. He discovered the objects of the Roman era, the dark centuries (IV – IX centuries.) and the Middle Ages who are significant interest. Ratza and his team members managed to prove that the hill torus was known and visited in the time of the Stone Age. Among the finds made by archaeologists were treated silicon dated Paleolithic and Neolithic (10,000-2000 years before. NS.), as well as a polished ax from the greenish stone of the neolithic era.

All members of the research team are quite educated and serious scientists, not very inclined to believe in magic – after the end of the work they talked about the fact that "The hill did not want to reveal our secrets and give their treasures". During the excavations, problems occurred periodically with equipment, which broke from constant dragging it up and down the slopes. Researchers fought from the top of the Torah, it was sitting in such a way that many received solar strikes.

Mysterious place – Mecca as for lovers of esoteric and occult, and for ordinary tourists, the row of the closures are drawn along the terraces of the hill. From the top of the breathtaking view of the endless fields, forest arrays and nearby cities (including Glastonbury). It looks very funny here that people with brooms under the mind seem to be very fun here – it seems, we are about to run away and fly to search for adventures.

Even young people who took a good pace at the foot, have to make 2-3 stops along the way to the top. Fortunately, caring locals installed several benches on different slopes of the hill. At the entrance to the territory of a hill, fenced with a low-glanced fence, proudly ritual boulder ritual, on which everyone strives to leave something from themselves – whether it is a coin, bane, chain or note. They believe in the people that it will bring good luck – because the power of the Torah is still, rather, bright than the dark.

Looping along narrow well-groomed roads of Somerset, we came across another riddle of England – created on the slope of one of the hills of a chalk horse, the silhouette of which in the pre-ordinary sun seems something supernatural. Who and why created these drawings, which can be found in different parts of the country, are still not known exactly. However, the grass, where the artist dropped it, does not grow. Chalk soils common in England, store images of some horses in centuries.

Our horse was among the youngest – it was created at the beginning of the last century. The oldest old white horse, "Living" In the town of Uffington (County Oxfordshire), according to some estimates, about 3000 years. Uffington Beauty is also the largest image of almost 114 meters long. By the way, many historians scientists claim that it is not a horse at all, but a dragon. Next to the Uffington Hill is a dragon hill. If you look at it from top to bottom, you can notice that in its lower part there is practically no grass, only white chalk stain. According to legend, the grass does not grow in this place because here St. George killed dragons and the earth around poisoned by their blood.

It is said that the most beautiful sunsets in England can be observed in County Somerset (hence the name). When a huge sky is flooded with blood, and the sun, who worked all day, seeks to fall behind the horizon, amazing feelings arise. When you make your way on the car along the tracks, the whisper of the druids and the rustle of long raincoats, in which the witches glastonbury are wrapped in, going to the inspection of the territories only. Secrets Express the imagination, and somewhere inside the insurmountable appetite is born – to find, learn more, squat, see with your own eyes.

Car with strange for any European steering location, rustling tires on narrow country roads, brings us into search of old cathedral cathedrals and ghost castles. Traveling in the mysterious and mysterious places of England continues.

The following is our destination – a small and very cozy city of Wales. Friendly citizens, souvenir benches, paved by a large cobblestone street, Parks with juicy green grass – all as in an old knightly ballad about old England. It seems that, walking along the houses of artisans, you hear the king of the armor of the companions of King Arthur, and looking into the old forged older window, you feel the smell of a hot metal, from which craftsmen will later do a real knights sword.

Full compliance with the medieval atmosphere in Wales is preserved with special care. From the main square, the street is departed, which is considered the only fully surviving medieval street in all England. Walls of houses here directly hang over a narrow pavement, as if striving to bombard the heads of surprised citizens and few tourists. The street leads to the Majestic Bishop Palace, which is officially recognized as one of the 5 oldest residential buildings of the country. Built in the XIII century as a defensive structure, the palace is surrounded by a deep moat, in which swans are peacefully swimming.

Two steps from the main square in a huge territory, the Gothic Cathedral is located, which is of particular interest to us. The first mention of the cathedral is dated 1185 – it was then that the construction, which brought many grief to local residents. Works last 5 centuries, and during this time, due to exhausting work and inhuman loads, several hundred builders died here.

When O "Cathedral on Kostya" We speak with the local pinkish and smiling merchant, his gaze is gloomy, and the curved strip of compressed lips says: "Do not remember those dark times".

Despite the fact that under the severity of stone slabs on the construction work of the Cathedral of Wales, people, the peasants hurried to sign up in volunteers – it was almost the only way to provide and feed his family. Through many centuries, poor peasants continue to build a cathedral. All year round, especially in star and bright nights, on the roof you can see white figures that are stones, and local children often wake up from the grooves who have been coming from the cathedral. Sometimes, almost tangible nights of the night cuts a treasure cry – this is another "Eternal builder", Without keeping equilibrium, broke off from a narrow cornice and from a height of 20 meters fell in ditch. Plushing and bouffaging of water drowning the suicide groans.

In the Cathedral of Wales still pass. With splitting sunlight into several colors of stained glass in the parishioners, the faces of the Anglican saints look. In one of the side chalves, unusual hours are installed, smoothly working from the XVI century: every fifteen minutes four wooden knights enter into a fierce fight, at the end of which, before returning to hours, the loser dismixes.

However, in a bright sunny day, the Wales Cathedral looks rather solemn. Those who do not know terrible stories from the past are not ceased to admire the majesticity of the structure.

Leaving behind Wales, we are heading to admire the views of the Bristol Gulf and Ocean. Constantly loops up and down the hills road is so narrow that in order to disperse with the oncoming machine, you have to look for "Pockets" on the sideline, keeps in constant voltage. The brakes are corrupt, and the engine temperature is inexorable grows. Finally, the last steep congress is overcome, and we are opening amazing beauty. More than half a kilometer above the ocean-sticking out of the water, like the cozois of vintage ships, rocks, fishing boats on the water stroit – from indescribable beauty begins to spin the head. Downside, among the multi-colored fields, the silhouettes of peacefully grazing sheep are visible.

At the border of counties, Somerset and Devon on the territory of 690 square kilometers stretched Exmur National Park. The next mysterious place is located here, among the peers covered by Hills. In the valley there is a settlement of Duster, which grew up in the XI century around the castle of the same name. The city retained its medieval appearance thanks to the Lattrelli family, to which he belonged to 600 years, until 1976.

Inaccessible walls and defensive towers, impressive size of the gate and underground catacombs – all this is carefully renovated. The castle stands on several small hills, the little river flows down at the bottom, and the whole territory is an amazing multi-tier park with unknown exotic plants.

Albion in Occult Fog

In Dunster regularly arrive adventurers. After all, this castle ranked second in the list of the most famous British mansions inhabited by ghosts, which amounted to Fund employees "National heritage" (National TRUST). Dunster Po "Infernal" Save only the castle of Blickling Hall in Norfolk, where she is looking for peace headed in 1536, Henry Viii’s wife Anna Boleyn and her subjects – Knight John Fastolf, served by the prototype for Shakespeare’s Falstaff, and also killed on duels in 1698 Sir Henry Hobart.

Going along the erased stone steps into the basements of Dunster, clearly feel the breath of the ice breeze. It’s always cold here and gloomily. Special signs marked places where there are periodically seen the ghosts of the former inhabitants of the castle. The most restless of them – "Man in green". He has been horrified by the locals, walking along the medieval settlement and the park around the castle for many centuries. The ghost loves to pry in the souvenir shop located at the entrance to the castle, where goods fall from the shelves, and the owners tortured to look for sellers – all previous workers talk about "Threatening atmosphere" and prefer to look for a new place.

In the catacombs of Dunster, a peak is heard – these are volatile mice, usurpiced several premises. The castle was donated by William Conqueror of the family of a prominent politician of the time of William de Mokhun. In 1376, Duster sold the Lattrelie family, whose heirs in 1976 passed his foundation "National heritage".

Researchers from National Trust argue that from 630 open to visit Castle 230 inhabited ghosts.

Dunster’s atmosphere Even in a sunny and cloudless day quickly removes nerves from equilibrium. In order to bring thoughts in order, we go to walk on a huge park around the castle. Trees hang over the path, forming a natural tunnel among thick vegetation. Above the murmur river, arming the back, spreads wooden bridges. The terrace of the park, enveling the hill with the castle on it, have many branches and end with a break. The pacifying atmosphere is deceptive: the more look at the natural beauty of the ancient park, the stronger you get down on the way.

After a half-hour walk, gathering to continue the journey, we simply could not find exit from the park, which turned into a real labyrinth. About 30 minutes was spent to restore the proposed route, another 20 minutes – to climb the hill to the castle. Leaving Dunster, we felt goosebumps on my back.

On the way to our "Headquarters" – Town City, when the Sun began to tear down to the horizon, we completely accidentally stumbled upon an ancient burial ground, folded from huge monolithic boulders in the middle of the endless field. The connoisseurs of these places said that somehow, driving by, he drew attention to the strange group of people, the Renigs followed somewhere on the field. Following them, he saw that the occultists with candles in their hands descend under the ground.

When this unusual crypt was folded and who was buried in it, could not find out. Part of the central passage, from which on both sides are the tomb rooms, are littered with stones. Surprise causes the design of the burial ground – on vertically standing multi-torque monoliths that serve as walls, laid flat stones forming the roof. Narrow rapid stones of smaller sizes serve as side backups. How all this stood many centuries, remains a mystery – apparently, the position of the stones was carefully thought out.

Inside, the smell of incense is clearly felt, after a small inspection, we also found several candles in glass jars and bonfire. Doubts disappeared completely – here the Occultists spend their homes at the full moon. To be at sunset in the cheese burial ground, completely covered web, after such finds turned out to be higher than our forces. We decided not to experience fate, so as accidentally not to be a member of some unpleasant ritual or sacrifice, and chose to leave the mysterious place.

Thoughts about how you can build something like this, considering the size and weight of stones, did not leave us all the way home. Smooth on the one hand and rough – on the other stones clearly brought off the coast, to which from the burial ground on the field of kilometers 20.

A lot of mystical stories and legends are connected with mysterious stones in England. Ritual stones are found in many villages, in the fields, hills and roads. Someone the complex is surrounded by a fenceman, some sheep graze. But everywhere there is a strict order of the location of the boulders regarding the parties of the world and each other. The most famous complex of stones in Britain – Stonehenge – every year attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. Our trip would not be complete without visiting the structure at the Salisbury Plain, which someone considers the ancient temple, someone – the astronomical observatory, and someone – the landing site UFO.

Stonehenge is located 130 kilometers south-west of London. It is difficult not to notice or pass: the roadside of the road is year-old forced by cars, and a big sign announces that "You found Stonehenge!".

The first researchers tied the construction of Stonehenge with Druids, excavations, however, pushed the time of creating Stonehenge to new stone and bronze centuries. Carbon analysis indicates 2440-2100 GG. to N. NS. Submit such numbers is simply impossible. Approaching the majestic construct that is the UNESCO World Heritage Site as if you get under his spell. Crowds of tourists go around the fence as a Lunatic, forgetting even about their cameras. Touch the stones or study them near will not succeed – from recently because of the possible damage to the construction (each one wants to take a piece of mystery) Stonehenge is fenced with a high fence.

The inner circle of Stonehenge with a diameter of 33 meters consists of 30 sarsen stones whose height is about 4 meters. Each stone weighs about 25 tons. From the outer ring, an arc of 13 stones is preserved. Most of all, we were surprised by the system of fastening of horizontal jumper stones: the grooves of the round shape were poured into them, in which the protrusions on vertical stones were inserted.

Until now, Stonehenge is not clear to the end, but it should have been extremely important for the people of that time – to think only how much power was spent on the grand construction. The mystery remains undelivered.

When evening fog falls on the field, and the horizon illuminates the sunset flame, Stonehenge’s stones acquire a truly unearthly view. From the windows of the castle Dunster looks his possessions "Man in green", preparing to a walk in the Labyrinth Park. Landing under the severity of stones, continue to build the Wales Cathedral Peasants. Someone falls with a cry in the ditch, but they do not pay attention to it. The rim of the occultists again goes to the mysterious bilgeon in the middle of the field. England continues to live his life overwhelmed by mysticism and through the impregnated legends – cheerful, sad, beautiful and terrible.

Albion in Occult Fog

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