Many are those who have contributed snippets, advice, infrmation and input into the MAP project, though the three main contributors thus far are:
I live on a farm at the centre of Penwith, formerly resident and doing similar work in Glastonbury, Somerset until 2008. History, geomancy and archaeology have been an interest throughout my adult life. This started when, as a student in 1969, I rather naively slept at the centre of the Ring of Brogar stone circle in the Orkney Isles, having a vivid dream there of dancing, chanting ancients who invited me to join them - which, for better or worse, I did! I've been smitten with issues of our ancient past and also our future ever since, privileged to know and work with such antiquarian luminaries as Tom Graves, Michael Green, Sig Lonegren, John Michell, Hamish Miller and Ronald Hutton.
I'm a book editor, webmaster, photographer, author, humanitarian worker (Palestine), counsellor and adviser. The Kingfisher Encyclopaedia of World History, which I wrote in 1999, received a Smithsonian award. I studied geography and social sciences at LSE 1968-71 and, since then, I've been absorbed in history, geopolitics, psychotherapy and alternative knowledge (such as astrology, cereology and geomancy), speaking, writing and teaching on these.
I'm known for the seminal book The Only Planet of Choice
(1993). My latest is Power Points in Time
(2014), about the astrology of cycles of time. Pictures of Palestine
(2012) is the story of my exploits out there. I've built and run interesting websites since 1995 - my own voluminous site is at palden.co.uk
. I seem to be a sucker for big projects such as MAP and the three holistic educational projects I founded, and for tasks bordering on the impossible (such as my work in Palestine
Well, "It's not what you get, it's what you become by doing it" (Jefferson). My core belief: it's always okay in the end, and if it's not okay, it's not the end.
I'm the mainstay of the MAP project, working in collaboration with Maen Mamvro and others. Also known for making a good cup of tea.
I spent my childhood in Cornwall and became interested in ancient sites and earth mysteries in the 1960s, when I knew many of the early researchers into leys and alignments, such as John Michell and Paul Devereux. After university in London and Cambridge, I lived in the far north of Scotland for a few years before returning to the south, and working in teaching, bookselling, training and librarianship.
In 1986 I returned to my native Cornwall, and have lived here ever since. Upon my return, I started the Cornish Earth Mysteries and alternative archaeology magazine Meyn Mamvro
which has been produced continuously since then, and is now approaching its 30th year of publication. From that came the Earth Mysteries guides to ancient sites in West Penwith, Bodmin Moor and North Cornwall, Mid-Cornwall, the Lizard and the Isles of Scilly.
I have written extensively about the sacred and mythic landscape of the prehistoric peoples, and our relationship to it nowadays, in particular in books such as Pagan Cornwall
, Fentynow Kernow: in search of Cornwall's holy wells
, Megalithic Mysteries of Cornwall
and Between the Realms: Cornish myth and magic
. A parallel and interwoven interest has been Goddess spirituality, which I have explored in the magazine Goddess Alive!
that I edit, and in books such as The Earth Goddess: Celtic and pagan legacy of the landscape
, Daughters of the Earth
, The Goddess in Crete
and (forthcoming) The Goddess in Ireland
Together with my partner, we run Goddess Tours International
, whereby we take small groups of people to places such as Crete, Ireland and Malta, and we also have a home in Crete as well as Cornwall. I am passionate about Cornwall and her sacred sites and, although now 'retired', I continue to work for my ancestral land, and am Chair of the environmental group CASPN
(Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network).
I live with my partner (and our cat!) in West Penwith in a house overlooking the sea and close to the moors of this very special and sacred land.
2015 is the 50th year of my visits to West Penwith. It's the beauty of the coast and valleys and the deep old granite paths, and the flowering hedges, combined with a feeling of the presence of the past and the concentrated atmosphere of the ancient sites that draw me here. One result of it all has been the compilation of the alignments list that acts as the basis of the MAP project, a particular fascination - and the writing of articles for the Meyn Mamvro journal.
My other interests have been wider, and these include a study of both the UFO and Crop Circles phenomena over many years, the latter with an administrative role in the CCCS (Centre for Crop Circle Studies). In an associated, but more esoteric, sphere, I am a member of the Anthroposophical Society.
Down to earth, I have a wide-ranging interest in classical music. For nearly twenty years I have helped run a music journal specifically devoted to Anton Bruckner. My many musical devotions include the music of Gustav Mahler, Franz Schubert and, in the 20th century, Carl Nielsen and Nicolai Myaskovsky.
Another interest is the American West. I am currently secretary of the English Westerners' Society, an educational organisation of people who have a special interest in the preservation of the historical, ethnological and cultural background and evolution of the West. Book reviews take up some time here.
In addition to all that a love of literature is paramount.
Appreciation is extended to Craig Weatherhill and John Moss for their advice and expertise, to the late Hamish Miller and John Michell for the work they did locally, to members of the volunteer group carrying out field research, and to archaeologists and geomancers past and present for their input into the pool of knowledge and understanding of the ancient sites of West Penwith.