what follows is a piece Stan Gooch wrote 35 years ago regarding human origins.
‘Chimpanzees and gorillas both have very heavy brow ridges. Gibbons also have these, but to a noticeably lesser extent. Orangs do not have them. The infants of all ape species have them in much less degree than the parents. In fact the young of all primates look a good deal more human than the adults. For my own money, the young of the gibbon look most human of all.
The young of apes look more human because further back in evolutionary time the adult ancestors of these primates were more human. The eighteen-week-old chimpanzee foetus looks quite amazingly human. These creatures have become more ape-like, after an initially closer start to ourselves, an example of devolution. A second, more important point is that young apes look more like us because we have managed to play one of nature’s oldest tricks – that of preserving child-like characteristics into adult life. This process is called neotony and is one of nature’s commonest methods of continuing the evolution of a species, in particular for backing it out of a dead-end. We have, for example, the flat face of the baby chimp, gorilla and gibbon, not the jutting muzzle of the adult. The process of neotony is central to any understanding of man’s evolution, and in particular to my own views.
One last word in favour of gibbons. Bernard Campbell states significantly: ‘The evidence for brachiation in man’s ancestry accumulates.’ Of course, with this statement Campbell does not mean to indicate the gibbon as such. Yet, the gibbon is the master brachiator.’
Taken from –
pages 34-35 of The Neanderthal Question (1977), by Stan Gooch
The Drachenhöhle (dragons cave) is in Austria, near Mixnitz, and was named after the finding of the remains of cave bears, which were thought to be the remains of Dragons, as cave bears were unknown to the people who discovered them.
In this sediment a huge amount of remains were found, not just the bones of cave bears, but human remains like ancient fire places and flint tools. These are among the oldest human remains found in Austria, 65.000 to 31.000 years old.
At Chillingham Castle in Northumberland, England, there exists a rare ancient breed of cattle consisting of about 90 animals which inhabit a very large park that has existed since at least the Middle Ages. Behind a dry stone enclosure this herd has remained genetically isolated for hundreds of years, surviving despite their small population. These cattle are not domesticated in any way, further claims suggest that Chillingham Wild Cattle may be direct descendants of the primordial ox “which roamed these islands before the dawn of history“;
‘Chillingham cattle are small, with upright horns in both males and females. Bulls weigh around 300 kg, cows about 280 kg. They are white with coloured ears (they may also have some colour on feet, nose and around the eyes). In the case of Chillingham Cattle, the ear-colour is red – in most White Park animals the ears are black (which is genetically dominant over red in cattle). Chillingham Cattle are of generally primitive conformation while White Parks are of classical British beef conformation.’
The researcher Alan Wilson claims Chillingham cattle were the original holy cattle of the Druids who once inhabited Britain. The cattle were sacred to the Druids, as can be seen in this text from Mysteries of the Druids (1861) by W. Winwood Reade:
‘When the new year approached, the Druids beset themselves to discover this plant (mistletoe) upon an oak, on which tree it they marched by night with great solemnity towards the spot, inviting all to join their procession with these words: The New Year is at hand: let us gather the mistletoe.
First marched the Ovades in their green sacrificial robes leading two milk-white bullocks. Next came the bards singing the praises of the Mighty Essence, in raiment blue as the heavens to which their hymn ascended. Then a herald clothed in white with two wings drooping down on each side of his head, and a branch of vervain in his hand encircled by two serpents.
He was followed by three Derwydd (Druids) one of whom carried the sacrificial bread–another a vase of water-and the third a white wand. Lastly, the Arch-Druid, distinguished by the tuft or tassel to his cap, by the bands hanging from his throat, by the scepter in his hand and by the golden crescent on his breast, surrounded by the whole body of the Derwydd and humbly followed by the noblest warriors of the land.
An altar of rough stones was erected under the oak, and the Arch-Druid, having sacramentally distributed the bread and wine, would climb the tree, cut the mistletoe with a golden knife, wrap it in a pure white cloth, slay and sacrifice the bullocks, and pray to God to remove his curse from barren women, and to permit their medicines to serve as antidotes for poisons and charms from all misfortunes.’
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As we trekked the zodiac, making pilgrimage up Wood Lane towards the sign of Aquarius, Osterley Park, we almost were diverted off course upon discovering a magical secret en-trance hidden within the roadside thicket but chose not to let our curiosity side-track us from the main task which was to reach the holy grail of western folklore.
As the crow flies, Osterley Park is a mile or so from the edge of Brentford. Pheasants have been spotted in the Osterley area by the 5ociety’s ornithological expeditionary parties in the past and are known to inhabit Osterley Park and the surrounds.
What is considered to be the nearest conventional bird to the phoenix – the gold pheasant was once caged in the Menagerie of Osterley along with a bald eagle that the U.S.A equates with the phoenix.
As previously mentioned in the Osterley Park: Holy Grail post, twin stone eagles guard the en-trance steps that lead to Osterley House. The Eagle and the Phoenix are known to be synonymous particularly in Craft Freemasonry.
The Bennu, a heron, is an ancient Egyptian deity linked with the sun, creation, and rebirth. It may have been the inspiration for the phoenix in Greek mythology.
If you include the previously discussed Peacocks of Kew Gardens, Falcon of Osterley and Griffin of Brentford there are actually 6 types of bird that we have now identified on our travels as being associated with the local area of Brentford and Osterley that have connections to the phoenix. (Seven if you include the chemtrail guzzling Thunderbirds soaring overhead taking on the New World Order’s squadron of metal birds as they leave Heathrow in pitched battle for air superiority.)
This would make sense as according to the Godmother of Synchromysticism, Mary Caine, Osterley Park itself is a giant bird. Or more pertinently the Aquarian phoenix of the grail legend and Chaldean zodiac.
This is the ‘herstory’ of the twelve knights of the round table or landscape zodiac of yore that all religions originate from.
The peacock, the heron, the falcon, the griffin and the pheasant are all biological signatures that testify to the zodiac. Although eagles no longer reside in the area, they are remembered in the stone statues.
As the phoenix symbolism would suggest, Brentford is forever changing. New structures are constantly being built with the present day being no exception with a hive of activity currently underway to regenerate the town.
Osterley is quieter, its village feel defies development by town planning laws and local consent as well as the will of the zodiac which inspired Francis Childs to wall off the grounds in the first place in what was seen at the time as an elitist statement of separation that someone like Anglo-Aussie eccentric Trenton Oldfield would see as divisively fencing something in. But with the sprawl of London an unimaginable possibility at the time the decision almost certainly saved this mystical metropolitan oasis from being concreted over with yet more residential properties and the grail would have been lost forever in the concrete forests of suburbia.
Yet the grail of Osterley Park, like Brentford, and as with the seasons is always changing, continually providing rejuvenating qualities yet forever remaining the same.
The Osterley Park Aviary was like a microcosm of the local eco-system that is home to a wide variety of ornithological species. But the more exotic winged creatures could not be caged.
The peacocks of Kew Gardens have the run of the place, although they were turfed out of Syon Park due to their squawking. Herons have been in London longer than modern man and the elusive griffin defies capture with implausible ease drifting into the folklore of the town, hidden in plain view in the very fabric of Brentford discernible to those who read the signs.
The opulent Peacock Alley Bar remembers the lost peacocks of Syon.
According to Mary Caine’s Kingston Zodiac, Osterley Park forms the sign of Aquarius equating it with the phoenix-eagle, or waterpot, cauldron or grail.
“The earliest Chaldean sign for Aquarius was simply a water-pot. But crested bird, Cauldron and Grail all symbolise much the same idea; rebirth on a higher octave. Crested eagles, phoenixes and even peacocks sometimes appeared on Roman and early Christian tombstones; the crest signifying where the spirit escaped from the body. Just as the old or dead were plunged into the legendary cauldron and were revived, so the phoenix rose from its own ashes with the new year.”
As you enter the park through its front gates and walk up the tree-lined Alameda you instantly become aware of its rejuvenating qualities and peacefulness. On a summer’s day a breeze whistles through the towering row of trees before you reach the lake which forms the phoenix’s left leg.
A royal legend that adds intrigue to the zodiac theory is the story of how Edward III gave Osterley to a man called Fawkener on condition that he rode round it annually with a falcon on his wrist. This appears to be an example of nominative determinism.
‘Three adjacent signs here stamp Man’s evolutionary journey on the landscape – from primal innocence through bitter experience to final illumination.’
The 5ociety concurs with Caine’s theory on the origin of the place-name ‘Oster-ley’ associating it with the goddess Ostara as well as the Great West ley-line that becomes the ‘A30 ley-line’. The Piccadilly line runs through Osterley and according to Alfred Watkins and a book called ‘London’s Ley Lines – Pathways of Enlightenment’ is itself a ley-line that runs parallel to the Great West Road at this juncture.
Two eagles stand guard over the en-trance to Osterley House and an aviary once existed nearby in the park that housed among other creatures, the gold pheasant and bald eagle that are both associated with the phoenix.
Horace Walpole of Strawberry Hill remarked on Osterley House
“Oh, the palace of palaces! And yet a palace sans crown, sans coronet, but such expense! Such taste! Such profusion! The old house I have often seen, which was built by Sir Thomas Gresham; but it is so improved and enriched that all the Percies and Seymores of Syon must die with envy.”
He was less enamoured with the park itself labelling it ‘the ugliest spot in the universe’. Anyone who visits Osterley Park today will probably think the opposite especially if they venture into the gardens to the rear of the house which contain a Robert Adams Orangery and Temple of Pan and is one of the most idyllic corners of England but sadly the National Trust has in recent years placed a paywall at its en-trance. Among its other natural wonders are a sacred grove of rhododendrons, a walled garden and mature cedars.
Nevertheless, the common man, a theme of Aquarius, can still wander freely along the lake and through another copse of mature cedars beside Osterley House adorned by its dreamy wisteria like a jewelled necklace and can still enter the gardens for a few pounds.
If you are early enough and fortunate you can see the sight of a swan using the lake as a runway before taking flight signifying the freedom and majesty the Holy Grail of Osterley heralds for one and all.
The Griffin was a part of Brentford’s heritage long before the first modern sightings of a real-life Griffin were reported in the 1980s.
Brentford Football Club’s ground is called Griffin Park. A pub on a corner of the stadium is called The Griffin. They serve Fuller’s Ale, brewed in bordering Chiswick. Fuller’s logo features a griffin.
The Green Dragon estate is a famous landmark of the town (seen in the background in the photo above). Griffin Court is situated just off the High Street.
The legend of the Griffin runs throughout the town, embedded in the street names, estates, football team, pubs and local folklore.
It transpires that there is historical evidence of a family of griffins who lived on Brentford Eyot. So the story goes, King Charles II bought the first one here as a present for his mistress, Nell Gwynn. Neil A from the Beasts of London website picks up the tale
“During the middle of 1984, a Kevin Chippendale was strolling along Braemar Road, when he observed a strange creature in the skies near the Green Dragon apartments, rather coincidentally! He claimed that the beast resembled a dog but with wings and a beak.
Mr Chippendale saw the creature again in the February of 1985 and said that the apparition bore some resemblance to the creature painted on the sign of the Griffin Public House.
A friend of Kevin’s, an Angela Keyhoe also claimed to have seen the flying monster. She was on a bus journey when she saw it sitting on the gasometer next to the Waterman’s Art Centre. She said it resembled a giant black bird. Several passengers on the bus apparently saw the creature, and so did psychologist John Olssen, one morning whilst he was jogging near to the Thames. Sightings seem to escalate, and the legend was featured in the press and also on The Six O’ Clock News.
Nell Gwynn, who had a house in the Butts at Brentford. One day the griffin was playing on the banks of the River Brent, which flows past the Butts, and fell in. The hapless creature was washed down the Brent into the Thames, finally being washed up on Brentford Eyot. As it was assumed to have been killed, it was left alone and was able to live on the Eyot for many years – griffins having a lifespan of centuries.
Then Sir Joseph Banks brought back a griffin from a Pacific island where he had been with Captain Cook. This griffin was originally housed in the Pagoda in Kew Gardens, which is on the opposite bank of the Thames from Brentford Eyot where it found a mate awaiting it.
There was soon a whole colony of griffins and they spread out from the Eyot all over the town of Brentford, where they can still be seen to this day, if you look closely enough.
This story has stayed with me…it is a nice bit of Brentford mythology.”
It could be convincingly argued that it is this very connection that inspired this obvious hoax in an attempt to give the story credibility. Maybe. But whoever did so did their research or were lucky to have such a back-story to put meat on the bones of their reports.
Whilst remaining alert for pranksters, trolls and hoaxers that dwell within T’Hinternets, we are open-minded as to the alleged sighting of the elusive Griffin of Brentford. We recognise the symbolism in the town and comprehend its importance, we have researched the history and we are well aware there are more things in this world than is thought possible in the seemingly humdrum existence of suburbia. This includes griffins, dragons, giants, genies, thunderbirds, wizards, centaurs, fawns, fairies, yeti, nessie, pixies, crypto-terrestrials, unicorns* and all the other characters of mythology and folklore.
In fact, we would go so far as to say that virtually every mythological creature is or was a real creature once upon a time. Many of which may still exist in habitats off-limits to human exploration or stumbled across by a fortunate or unfortunate few intrepid or accidental tourists whose Fortean stories are filed away under cranks and hoaxes because despite recent inventions such as the GPS and applications such as Google Earth and Ocean we should be reminded that mankind has yet to explore the depths of the oceans, the subterranean realms and impenetrable mountain ranges and rain-forests.
Who knows, perhaps some may even be a lot closer to home, obscured by our own disbelief systems and social constructs. We see what we believe.
*We are still undecided as to whether unicorns were/are real or 100% mythological.
The Peacocks of Kew Gardens
Video taken April 2013 by 5ocietyx @ Kew Gardens
In modern times, peacocks gained a bad rep for being squawking show-offs strutting around like they were royalty with a trailing plumage longer than Princess Diana’s wedding gown.
But this wasn’t always the case. Throughout history and in various traditions, the peacock was known as a mystical bird with phoenix-like attributes and associated with royalty, rejuvenation, spirititual awakening and immortality.
If nature had not created them and a fiction writer were to invent a fantastical creature along the lines of a peacock the reader would be required to suspend disbelief such is their seemingly implausible design.
Yet the 5ociety managed to catch up with one of these magnificent birds recently in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and captured it displaying.
Is our current perception of the peacock a modern symbol of how we as humans have been intentionally prevented from knowing our true nature and should we look again to the proud peacock and learn from it how to display our beauty, integrity and true colours of who we really are?
Other qualities possessed by the peacock include vision, guidance, holiness, protection, refinement, incorruptability, and watchfulness.
Video taken April 2013 by 5ocietyx
Yet the peacocks of Kew are not the only ‘mythical’ birds with a bad rep to grace royal Brentford…
Avia Venefica provides a definitive explanation of the symbolism of the peacock:
In Greco-Roman mythology the Peacock is identified with Hera (Juno) who created the Peacock from Argus whose hundred eyes (seen on the tail feathers of the Peacock) symbolize the vault of heaven and the “eyes” of the stars.
In Hinduism the Peacock is associated with Lakshmi who is a deity representing benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and good luck.
Similar to Lakshmi, the Peacock is associated with Kwan-yin in Asian spirituality. Kwan-yin (or Quan Yin) is also an emblem of love, compassionate watchfulness, good-will, nurturing, and kind-heartedness. Legend tells us she chose to remain a mortal even though she could be immortal because she wished to stay behind and aid humanity in their spiritual evolution.
In Babylonia and Persia the Peacock is seen as a guardian to royalty, and is often seen in engravings upon the thrones of royalty.
In Christianity the Peacock symbolism represents the “all-seeing” church, along with the holiness and sanctity associated with it. Additionally, the Peacock represents resurrection, renewal and immortality within the spiritual teachings of Christianity.
Pelorus Jack was a Risso’s dolphin who helped guide ships through a perilous stretch of water between the islands of New Zealand. First seen in 1888, and last seen in April 1912, ‘he’ would meet and escort ships through Cook Strait, New Zealand. In 1904 Pelorus Jack was shot at from a ship called The USS Penguin, after which a law was passed protecting Jack from any harm in the future. Interestingly, the experience didnt put him off of his important work, though Jack would never escort The Penguin again, and it was wrecked on the rocks 2 years later.
Pelorus Jack would swim alongside a ship for twenty minutes at a time. If the crew could not see Jack at first, they would often wait for him to appear.