“Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!” Annon.
The Green Man often graces many a church.
Even the owl, a classical symbol of wisdom the ancients was still used.
Could this be a Woodwoose?
Are these just pretty flowers or is there an unspoken meaning behind them?
These rather poor images above are of roof bosses in St Aelhaiarn’s Church, Guilsfield, Powys.
The one’s below are of the font there.
The figures, around the font are of interest.
Around the Church it’s self grow twenty two yews.
The retaining wall is raised and circular, suggesting this could have been a pagan site, of either a henge, or stone circle.
St Aelhaiarn’s feast day is November 1st.
The clues are there, for those with the eye’s to see… or perhaps for those who look beyond the veil?
In times gone by, much of the congregation would have been illiterate; pre-reformation, Churches were highly decorated with paintings showing biblical scenes. In these modern times, we see very little of these frescos, but what is left can be most interesting. IF the observer truly opens their eyes. So what if this IS a Christian site now? The fact that it is still a place of worship, matters little in the grand scheme of things. Much can be seem here, I think, of the religion it replaced. Just how that religion took form we do not know; we know it existed though, but there is no un-broken thread from pre-Christian days to the present… only clues.
With that in mind, it might be time to look at Churches in a different light, remembering:
- Obfuscation comes in many forms. Sweep it away and what is left, is the truth, no matter how improbable!
- Look at things with a different perspective and those who have gone before us, speak, sometimes with pagan symbols.
- Nothing is ever forgotten.
- Question everything and everyone; only the ignorant are afraid of asking questions… the answers are out there!
- Seek out these little gems of information, and a different understanding will blossom like flowers in the spring.