Mysteries Concerning the Dragons of Albion

A member of our inner group asks a question and it is put to Merlin thus: "what is the significance of the imprisonment of the Dragons of Albion below the city of Emrys and of the enmity between the Red & White Dragons?"

Merlin seems a little taxed by this question and after holding himself in silence for a while he begins to speak....

"The question that you have asked me comes from the distortions of your scribes, and I can only answer you from the truth of a disentangled mythos. The Dragons of Albion are of the order of Angelic beings known to you as the Seraphim, meaning "fiery serpents." These divine beings came from the heavenly spheres long before The Great Flood; this being on their part a voluntary act for the means of planetary evolution.

Now, at the time of their coming, Humanity as a life-form was still very bestial in it's appearance and habits; and so it came about that the Seraph took on human form and bred with the daughters of men. The purpose of this was to confer upon Humanity a genetic advantage and so that they would become more of the countenance of the Gods. This however, along with the tradition of the coming of Lucifer as "light bearer", has been distorted by religion into a Fall from Paradise through pride and rebellion. Of course these Angels fell through the spheres into the material world, but only for the purposes of the initiation of the World and of the Race of Men.

Later the Seraphim took on Dragon form to act as Earth Guardians. These Fiery Serpents became associated with the force lines of Earth Energy, the science of which became known to many nations of the world. These Serpent Seraphim were called upon to uphold the justice and sovereignty of the land. There is no enmity between the Red and White Dragons, only a difference of polarity"

Here Merlin pauses, and explains the following:-

Three races migrated from the South-East to the Isles of the Mighty, The Hyperborean Isles("The Land Beyond the North Wind"), which later became known at The British Isles. This migration occurred before the time of The Great Flood as related in The Bible. That flood ended The Golden Age, and the three races which migrated back to Hyperborea were:-

The Company of Bran, who were of the lineage of The White Dragon of Albion.

The Race of Avalon, which was of the Pendragon Lineage of The Red Dragon of Albion.

The Children of Danu, (The Tuatha de Danaan) who were descended from the Seraph known as the Green Dragon of Albion, which was formally of The Isle of Erin (now known as Ireland).

After this explanation, Merlin pauses, breathes a sigh and then bids us listen to another tale:

"It so came to pass that the cycles of the ages were turning once again, and this time progressed into an age of darkness and blindness. The sons and daughters of men were becoming more and more selfish and cruel, and forgetful of their right relationship with the Gods.

It was at this time in the Land of Erin in The Isles of Hyperborea, that a bitter conflict was raging; for Queen Maeve (Medb) was desirous to possess the brown bull of Cualaigne (Cooley), owned by King Conor Mac Nessa of Emain Macha (Navan Fort), near Armagh in Ulster. Because of Conor's refusal to lend her the bull to breed with her herd, she had decided to plunder it for herself, and waged battle to gain it. The war which she began over this bull (which became known in legend as Ther Cattle Raid of Cooley) brought Ulster to ruin and destroyed completely the great fort of Emain Macha (Emania).

Here is how the two great Bulls, the Red and the White, were originally begotten: " There was once a quarrel between the two pig-keepers of the kings of the Sidhe (The Faery Folk of the Mounds) of Connacht Province and the Sidhe of Munster Province. They left and each went his own way. One entered the Sinann (Shannon) River, the other the River Suir, and they spent two full years under water. One year they were seen devouring each other in the Suir, the next in the Sinann. Next they turned into two stags, and each gathered up the other's herd of young deer and made a shambles of his dwelling place.

Then they became two warriors gashing each other.

Then two phantoms, terrifying each other.

Then two dragons pouring down snow on each other's land.

They dropped down then out of the air, and became two maggots. One of them got into the spring of the River Cronn in Cuailgne (Cooley), where a cow belonging to Daie mac Fiacha drank it up. The other got into the well-spring Garad in Connacht, where a cow belonging to Medb (Maeve) and Ailill drank it. From them, in this way, sprang the two Bulls, Finnbennach, "The White-horned" of Ai Plain; and Dubh, "The Dark Bull" of Cuailnge.

The words of the epic poem "The Tain", translated from Irish Gaelic:-

This was the Brown Bull of Cuailnge-

dark brown dire haughty with young health

horrific overwhelming ferocios

full of craft

furious fiery flanks narrow

brave brutal thick breasted

curly browned head cocked high

growling and eyes glaring

tough maned neck thick and strong

snorting mightily in muzzle and eye

with a true bull's brow

and a waves charge

and a royal wrath

and the rush of a bear

and a beast's rage

and a bandit's stab

and a lions fury.

thirty grown boys could take

their place from rump to nape

a hero to his herd at morning

foolhardy at the herds head

to his cows the beloved

to the husbandmen a prop

the father of great beasts

overlooks the ox of the earth.

A white head and feet

had the Bull Finnbennach

and a red body the colour of blood

as if bathed in blood

or dyed in the red bog

or pounded in purple

with his blank paps

under breast and back

and his heavy mane and great hoofs

the beloved of the cows of Ai

with ponderous tail

and a stallion's breast

and a cow's eye apple

and a salmon's snout

and hinder haunch

he romps in rut

born to bear victory

bellowing in greatness

idol of the ox herd

the prime demon Finnbennach."

[from the epic poem "The Tain bo Culaigne"] (6)

It was in the body of a young hero and warrior of the House of The Red Branch Knights that the Master Taliesin was this time incarnate. His name was Setanta, but because of his great deeds for the house of the Red Branch he was known ever afterwards in Erin as Cu Chulainn of Murtheimne or "The Hound of Cullan".

Now as Cuchulainn lay wounded upon the battlefield and was close to death; it so happened that The Finnbennach, Maeve's white-horned bull stood beside him, though at that time it was known to be dead, killed by the brown bull of Cualaigne. The Finnbennach spoke to Cuchulainn in human tongue, though it appeared in the form of a bull:

"Cuchulainn" it spoke, "You must gather what is left of your clan and follow wherever I would lead you."

At this Cuchulainn lost consciousness, and when he came round again he was lying in his sick bed, with his friend Cathbad by his side. Now Cathbad was a very wise old Druid; and though Cuchulainn had related to him with difficulty the memory of what he had seen, Cathbad knew of the significance of the apparition.

A company was gathered, and as soon as Cuchulainn was fit, they set out to follow The Finnbennach. The company consisted of Cuchulainn the Warrior, Cathbad the Druid, those family, friends and helpers who were called, and also a clan of witches who knew of the Finnbennach's apparition. (The names of these witches were Raven, Mara and Mother of the Cauldron.) The rest of the people of Ulster would stay behind and help to rebuild Emain Macha. Because of the loss to him of his beloved friends Cuchulainn and Cathbad, and of the destruction of The Red Branch Knights, King Conor's heart was broken and he later died of grief.

Ever eastwards The Finnbennach led Cuchulainn and his group, always by night. By day they slept; and thus they passed unnoticed trough the land, until they reached Erin's Eastern shore. Across to the Manx Isle (The Isle of Mann) they sailed and there they rested for a month; until The Finnbennach appeared once more and led them across the sea to the mainland of Albion (England).

Eventually they came to a wild and desolate region; and it was here, beneath a great hill that The Finnbennach was last seen drinking, before disappearing into the mists never to be seen again. Cuchulainn and his followers named the hill "Bull's Well" and it was here that they settled.

Now, The Finnbennach's lasts words to Cathbad were that Cuchulainn should be made King; for it was his destiny to marry the land in The Sacred Marriage (Heiros Gamos) and to awaken the sleeping Dragons for the Guardianship of Albion and the coming of The Sangreal. So it was that on the following Feast of Bealtainne on the even of May day, they set up a great bronze cauldron upon the Penn Hill. There, a first-born white bull, the re-incarnation of The Finnbennach, was slaughtered in willing sacrifice and boiled within the huge cauldron, acccording to it's last instructions.

As the witches Raven, Mara and Mother of the Cauldron raised the power within their Magical Circle, Cuchulainn was entered into the cauldron and ate of the broth. At once the land shook and those ancient sleepers who were the Seraphim since the beginning of time, appeared to them from out of the hillside.

Firstly, within an aura of brilliant light, came The Red Dragon of Albion, who took to the air and flew northwards to reside within the Cairngorm mountain range of Caledonia (which is now called Scotland). Next, came forth The White Dragon of Albion, which climbing skyward, flew south to take up refuge within the mountain range of Snowdonia in Wales. Lastly, the Green Dragon of Erin came forth. Alas, it did not return to Erin, but flew across England and came to reside in the Cheshire plains. It did so because of the lost sovereignty of Erin's Isle, broken by the bitter enmity of the battles waged in Ulster by Queen Maeve and King Conor after the Tain Bo Cualaigne. ("The Raiding of The White Bull of Cooley").

 

It was sometime later that Cuchulainn happened to observe the planetary conjunction that appeared in the south-east. Having once again asked counsel of his Druid, Cathbad, as to the significance of the "star," he set out alone and on foot, guided by the bright star in the heavens. Eventually, having reached the town of Bethlehem in Judea, he was guided to a house where the Sangreal Child was born. Having witnessed the Child of Light he then presented to his mother a gold circlet set with a star-ruby. This was Cuchulainn's crown of his kingmaking, later to be melted down by Joseph of Aramathea and cast into The Holy Grail. This became the legendary receptacle that caught Christ's blood upon his Crucifixion, which was to become a symbol for the Sangreal bloodline or The Grail Lineage.

This which I have told is the story of the Company of the Warriors of Cuchulainn; and of the frail peace in Ulster broken by the stealing of The Finnbennach. It is also the story of the Trail of the Finnbennach and the awakening of the Dragons of Albion by Cuchulainn; who entered earthly realms for the coming of The Pendragons and the manifestation of The Sangreal."

Now that he has related these tales to us, Merlin falls silent once more.

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