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    Current Astrological Influences with Their Roots in the Past

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  • Books by Ean Begg

    Ean Begg read Modern Languages at Oxford and later studied at the C.G.Jung Institute, Zurich, where he gained the Diploma in Analytical Psychology. His thesis was on “The Lord of the Rings”.

    His first book was “Myth and Today’s Consciousness”.

    His second, “The Cult of the Black Virgin”, has been translated into four languages and has had several editions.

    “On the Trail of Merlin” and “In Search of the Holy Grail and the Precious Blood” were co-authored with his wife, Deike.

    Ean has done a great deal of lecturing and broadcasting at home and abroad, notably the 6-part BBC2 TV series “Is There Something After Death?”, and the BBC C.G.Jung Centenary programme, both of which he compiled and presented.

    His interests include comparative religion, Gnosis (ancient and modern) and Norse mythology.

    He is a member of UKCP, IAAP and IGAP and is in private practice in London, Battersea. He can also analyse in French and Spanish.

    Ean is available for sessions in person and/or on the telephone. He can be contacted on 00 44 (0)207 801 0310.

  • What are Black Virgins? 

    Theirs were the great pilgrimage shrines of the Virgin, some still are: Chartres, Le Puy, Montserrat, Rocamadour, Einsiedeln, Walsingham, Loreto, Czestochowa, Altotting, Hal, Guadalupe (Spain and Mexico). All the images are black and there were hundreds more, some destroyed, others whitened, others disappeared, but many still exist, either in the original sites or in museums. In the West they are classically small statues from the 13th Century, thrones of wisdom with the divine child bolt upright, facing forward. The recurring refrain from the Song of Solomon ‘I am black, but I am beautiful’ links them to the Queen of Sheba.  

    No one wrote books about them as a special category called “Black Virgins” until the threshold of WW2. Are they of any interest to us today other than devotional or historical? 

    Their re-emergence, and the many apparitions of the Madonna, have coincided with other signs of the times, pointing to a change in the dominant ideas of consciousness, away from patriarchal one-sidedness. These include the successes of the women’s movement; the discovery of the Nag Hammadi Gnostic library and the Dead Sea Scrolls; shamanism; the Gaia hypothesis; Jung’s depth psychology; the spread of Buddhism in the West; renewed investigation of animal cave paintings; epic fantasy and the literature of magic and spiritual communities from Esalen to Findhorn. 

    Jung called this the “right time for a metamorphosis of the the Gods”. The Black Virgins, the most important still living symbol of the Christian age, heralds the return of the Goddess, who is Nature and our mother, the Earth.  

    Ean Begg is author of The Cult of the Black Virgin.

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