Magic of the Isle of Man must have been known in very ancient
times. You only need to draw a line between John
O'Groats and Land's End to see that it goes right through the Island.
Not only that, the
mid-point is in West Baldwin, which makes it the exact centre of
the British Isles! Measurements may not be
accurate but I'm sure it is too close to be just
coincidence. When the Vikings established our
Tynwald in 979 AD, they divided the island into
what is still
called Sheadings, six divisions of land.
Superimposed on the map, the Three Legs of Man
seems very significant.
Tynwald stems from the Norse Thing-Vollr meaning an assembly field. It has
counterparts throughout the Scandinavian world and the lands which they
settled. There were two grades of "Thing", an Al-thing being a
meeting of a whole nation and a Hus-thing being an assembly of a town or
community. The Icelandic assembly has the name Althing. The
word Sheading is a combination of the Manx gaelic 'shey' meaning six, and
the Norse word 'thing' the Gaelic pronunciation would have been
'ding'. Each Sheading had a meeting place or a Tynwald. The
hill at St. John's is still used for the annual ceremony. One of the
oldest known sites of a Tynwald Hill is in West Baldwin.
location is about one hundred yards north of St. Luke's church,
along a stony path and over the stile, there you'll see the most
stunning views of dear Ellan Vannin with its green hills by the
sea. In the picture above, I'm standing in front of the
plaque which states: "Site of Tynwald - Holden at Killabane -
Three Legs of Man: the
oldest depiction, in the form we recognise as
our national flag, can
be seen in the British Museum on a Greek vase dating back to the
6th century BC Historians
believe that Alexander III of Scotland, whose son-in-law, Edmund,
was King of Sicily at that time, adopted the symbol when he gained
control of the Isle of Man at the end of the Norse period of Manx
rule in 1266. It’s
origins and meanings have been the subject of debate for
is my belief that the Isle of Man’s symbol of the Three Legs, is
much older and far more profound than historians would have you
believe. I would go so far as to suggest it is even much
older than the flood of Noah. The
Great Flood, as recorded in Genesis by Moses, is just one of many
accounts, from all corners of the world, of an almighty cataclysm.
In all of these accounts, there is one family or group who
are saved from the inundation.
I believe this to be the same cataclysm that Plato
described in 500 BC when
he spoke of a civilisation that disappeared in the
Atlantic ocean 9,000 years previously.
Plato had learned of this from the high priests of Egypt.
His account of Atlantis is considered by most to be pure
mythology, but to quote
dictionary a Myth is a "traditional narrative involving supernatural or imaginary
persons and embodying popular ideas on natural or social phenomena
etc.” Myths Legends
and Fables are all conduits for keeping alive the basic truths of
our origin and destiny. There
is always something in these stories, no matter how far fetched,
that always rings true - deep
in our subconscious.
Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval have recently challenged the
traditional Egyptologist views on the dating of the Sphinx and
Great Pyramid. They
have presented very convincing evidence to show a date of 10.500
BC, a date which coincides with geological evidence of a
world-wide inundation, the end of the ice-age.
, the ancient South American city
with it’s massive
of the Sun, has recently been
shown to have also been constructed in 10,500 BC.
As yet, no archaeologist has found conclusive proof that
Atlantis ever existed, but we are getting closer. In the 1930s,
the American psychic Edgar Cayce (see footnote) predicted
that the first evidence of Atlantis would appear in 1969, off the
That was the year the monolithic sea wall was seen for the
first time. Now known
Bimini Road, it’s paving stones are giant
blocks, similar to those seen in Mayan ruins. William Donato has
been exploring this region since 1989 and in 1998 discovered
multiple sites just to the north of Bimini, near Andros
Indications are that there could be a number of cities
buried deep in the sand and silt. United Press International and
major newspapers in the United States
reported during the summer of
1973. “Maxine Asher,
the co-director of a scientific expedition that claimed to have
found Atlantis at the bottom of the ocean, "Divers had found
evidence of roads and large columns, some with concentric spiral
motifs, exactly as described by the Greek philosopher Plato.
are many other similar discoveries in the same area.
A pyramid was explored by Dr Ray Brown on the sea floor off
Brown was accompanied by 4 divers who also found roads,
domes, rectangular buildings, unidentified metallic instruments
and crystals. You may
by now be wondering where’s the connection with the Three Legs
of Mann? I'm getting there,
read on. The
Edgar Cayce psychic account of
Atlantis disappearing beneath the waves is so similar to
that of Plato. Cayce
spoke of a large continent that was broken up around 50,000 BC.
There was further inundation at 28,000 BC This left a group
of smaller islands, one called Poseidia.
The Cayce readings state that among the ruins to be
discovered would be the Temple
That legendary Greek god is the link.
Neptune, Mannanan, are all trident
the Antediluvian World” one of the most comprehensive works on
Atlantis, was published in 1882 by Ignatius Donnelly .
No book, before or since has accumulated such a mass of
geological, archaeological and legendary material.
According to Donnelley - and in fact many other sources,
Atlanteans, aware of the impending cataclysm, migrated east and
west from their homeland in the
Donnelley compares the names of cities in
and those of central America
which were already named when the first European explorers
Here are a few examples:
In all, Donnelley lists 626
similar references, far too many to ascribe to coincidence.
Man derives its name. According to legend, Mannanan, like Kukuklan
was able to fly. There
is a Manx legend that tells of Mannanan flying around his island
home in a fiery chariot, laying down a mantle of mist to protect
it from marauders. Mannanan’s
mist still occurs around the coast of the island.
It’s appearance is almost as if the vapour trail of a jet
plane had settled on the sea.
In the many readings Edgar Cayce gave on Atlantis, he
that were able to overcome gravity and were guided by beams of
light. The ability to
overcome gravity might also explain how the huge blocks were
lifted into place in these ancient monuments. The Cayce readings,
given many years before the invention of the laser, also describe
surgical instruments and cutting tools that appear to be accurate
descriptions of what we now know as lasers.
Many carvings of Kukuklan by the Maya,
show him wielding a
“fire stick” Close
examination of ancient Egyptian artefacts
confound experts who claim that even with today’s
advanced cutting tools, we are still unable to match the skills of
these ancient craftsmen. OK,
back to the three legs.
were not only similarities in
place names but also ‘legendary gods.’
The one that is of particular interest to me is Kukuklan
- feathered serpent god of the Maya.
In Celtic mythology, we have the Irish
magician Cuchulain. Many
godlike powers were attributed
to Cuchulain, some of these
powers he gave to the sea-god Mannanan from whom the Isle
Celtic cosmogony, Mannanan is the same person as the Latin
Neptune, and the Greek, Poseidon as illustrated on the right.
There are other ancient cultures with a similar sea-god and
these myths probably all refer to the same person, only the name
In each case, they are depicted holding a three pronged
spear and often shown to be riding a horse or dolphin over the
waves. It is this
three pronged trident, I believe, that has become our
Three Legs of Mann. Variations of
this symbol indicate that it may well be one of the most
ancient of all symbols.
The Isle of
Sicily has an identical three legs logo but with one major
difference, it also features the snaked head of Medusa, pictured
left. The serpent, as we will see,
is inextricably linked to the three legs, remember,
Kukuklan was the feathered serpent god. It is my belief that the three legs symbol was used to
demonstrate the divine principle of Three in One.
are two more examples of how universal the 3 Legs symbol is
throughout the world. These show the coat of arms of
Füssen a small town in Bavaria, Germany situated 5
kilometres from the Austrian border on the banks of the Lech
River. In 2002 it had a population of 14,357. Note the
unusual arrangement in the enlarged portion.
All matter is comprised of atoms with its three main parts,
the proton, neutron and electron. You could say that the atom is
the building block of all matter, be it earth, air, fire or
water. The atom then is the ‘three in one principle’ from
which the four elements are created.
The ancient Hindu symbol which the Nazis adopted and called
a Swastika, is not just a symbol of the sun, it is the outgrowth of the 3 in 1 principle.
Atoms become one of 4 elements, the 4 arms of the
swastika.. Three in One
becoming four is clearly indicated in the pyramid with its three
sides reaching towards the heavens on a four sided square base.
An atom is the smallest particle of a chemical element.
Moses, when describing the creation of Adam in Genesis,
uses the analogy of a speck of dust, the smallest particle man
could conceive. If you
subscribe to the theory of evolution and hold that life as we know
it evolved from the sea, then an in-depth study of Genesis would
not be at odds with this view.
Fabré D’Olivet in “The Hebraic Tongue Restored”
shows how Moses wrote on three levels simultaneously.
Each letter has a meaning, so each word then, would create
a sentence. For
instance, the name Adam, using D’Olivet’s
keys for unlocking the mysteries of Genesis, becomes
“Red, ruddy, firm. Universal man, an immortal group, capable of
becoming one with God: a group of Godlike powers capable of
unlimited potential.” The
Greek myths especially, describe such Godlike beings.
Poseidon or Neptune, god of the sea,
was also the god of earthquakes. He was called the
Earth-shaker! If the
destruction of Atlantis was, as Plato described, Caused by a
devastating earthquake, then no wonder this ancient sea-god is
remembered as the Earth Shaker.
a study of Eastern texts on meditation I learned that there, is at
the base of the spine, an energy which for the most part lies
dormant. Carl Jung
called it the “sleeping serpent.”
There is a right way and a wrong way for this serpent to be
aroused. When used for
self, it becomes the libido, but when you enter into meditation
and focus on the one true Being, this energy is raised
(physiologically) along two channels which intertwine the spine
until it reaches the highest point, the crown
Good Shepherds crook is a symbol
risen serpent seen on the forehead of Pharaohs .
shows that the Pharaoh has achieved these godlike
powers. The story of Adam and Eve in the garden now takes on
much more meaning, the serpent representing the sex drive and the
tree of life is the same as that in Eastern mysticism with it’s
roots in heaven (brain) and branches in the earth (body).
Think now of Moses coming face to face with the burning
bush. The illustration on the
right shows a cut-away of the nervous system in the body of
who meditate know
that when the energy reaches the highest centre, it then pours
down again, through the entire body.
The whole nervous system would be glowing with this energy.
The burning bush is a perfect analogy.
Remember also how Moses cast down his ‘staff’ which
turned into a serpent which then devoured the serpents of the
Egyptian magicians. This,
for me shows the constant battle between the positive and negative
channels of this energy or kundalini.
The symbol of the healing profession the Caduceus
(right) is also
known as the staff of Hermes, architect of the Great Pyramid,
picured on the left.
According to psychic, Edgar Cayce, Hermes, who is also the
second Enoch in Genesis, was an Atlantean who brought his wisdom
and knowledge to
before the flood.
That knowledge, and the history of Atlantis is inscribed on
“The Pillars of Hermes” which are located in a chamber beneath
the Sphinx at Giza.
Cayce predicted that this chamber could be discovered
around the turn of the century.
Recent examination of the area, seem to verify
Cayce’s prediction. The
Caduceus shows that when the twin serpents rise up in perfect
balance, the soul takes wings,
transcends the earth, and becomes one with universal
twin serpents, rising to the highest, is I believe the basic
Celtic chain which is seen in so many of our stone crosses, on the
Isle of Man
, especially Gaut's cross in Kirk
Michael. A close examination of this cross clearly shows two
channels twisting around what appears to be the vertebrae of the
The concept may
not be orthodox Christianity, but it is certainly very spiritual
and I'm sure this is
what Gaut was trying to show in his carving.
There is also Odd’s cross in Braddan which depicts interlaced dragons below the cross bar (now
missing) and looking remarkably similar to Mayan carvings. Left is
Gaut's Cross and on the right a close-up view.
Among the many Manx stories about Mannanan is the legend of
his ability to change form and become a ‘fiery wheel.’
Coincidentally, the Hindu term Chakra, the spiritual
centres in the body, means fiery wheel.
There are seven Chakras, four of them represent the
physical body (earth) and the three higher centres represent the
spiritual (heaven) Once
again, the combination of the 3 and 4.
my opinion, all that I have related in this article, goes beyond
coincidence. It shows
to me that there is, historically, an essential unity in all
religion and philosophy and that the
Isle of Man
symbolises, through it’s flag,
crosses and heritage, Man’s quest for enlightenment.
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