Prints Now Available: King Alfred the Great Statue Wantage

Beehive Yourself! presents:-

Have you a connection with Wantage? Or an interest in King Alfred the Great? Or know someone who does?

Christmas is coming so why not treat yourself or someone you know to a hand-made print of the King Alfred Statue.  The King Alfred statue is an icon for the town of Wantage and is situated in the middle of Wantage Market Place (Wantage Town Centre).

These prints are being sold at Dolphin Art, 23-24 Market Pl, Wantage OX12 8AE.  This is a local independent shop so please support it.  Dolphin Art sells a lot of Wantage Art or should I say, many pieces of art from local artists in the Vale of the White Horse.

My wife, Pauline Herbert, is a Wantage based artist and has begun to sell her linocut prints.  

If you LoveWantage, wouldn’t a handmade print of the King Alfred statue be a nice addition to your home or the home of someone you love.

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Ashmolean Museum Spellbound Exhibition – Magic Ritual Witchcraft – a review

 

The ‘Spellbound’ exhibition takes its visitors into the inner lives of our ancestors and takes them on a journey through the magical practises driven by fear, love and rage.  This is an excellent exhibition and you should visit it.

 

I came away from this exhibition with sense of unease.  I think it comes down to the fact that the whole notion of magical cannot be properly explained.  Yet magical can be felt, smelt, touched, seen and tasted.  I know it when I feel it; that tingle; that shiver down my spine; that sense of dejavous; my mind is transported elsewhere.

Maybe understanding the origin word from which magical is derived from might help.  Magic is the ‘art and science of causing changes in consciousness in accordance with will’.  Whose ‘will’ and whose ‘consciousness’ perhaps is pertinent to why practitioners or suspected-practioners of this art, were treated with fear and suspicion.

Consciousness has a surface and a depth.  I do wonder if the rituals, artefacts and superstitions of the past were a means of working the depths of the subconscious to manifest change.  But are the mage of the past really that different from today’s psychologists, nlp practitioners, hypnotists, advertisers, politicians, bankers, teachers?  Read More »