A Troubadour’s Journey in Cathar Country: Part 2

A Troubadour’s Journey in Cathar Country: Part 2

“Al cap dels sèt cent ans, verdejara lo laurèl. The laurel will flourish again in 700 years”

This quote was said to be a prophecy given by a Cathar Parfait in the 13th century. Seven centuries after the 1244 massacre at Montsegur, many souls would be reborn to take up the torch and return to this land called Languedoc, to find the fragments of the Cathar church of love, the peaceful way of the dove.”

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A Troubadour’s Journey in Cathar Country: Part 1

A Troubadour’s Journey in Cathar Country: Part 1

“For author C.S. Lewis, the troubadours “…effected a change which has left no corner of our ethics, our imagination, or our daily life untouched.”

Echoes of the troubadour’s song can still be heard across the lands of Oc, ringing in the silence and the song of the nightingale, in the melody of flowing springs and sometimes a chanson from a modern minstrel. Since the beginning of time, the music of nature and of muse wove a spell that sustained the harmonious patterns across the landscape and between earth and heaven.

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Songs of the Eternal Dream

Songs of the Eternal Dream

Once upon a time in the faraway Land of Oc, the spirit of the Troubadour was returning and spreading across the countryside. New stories of the Grail quest were emerging and inspired the people. Poetry and songs of hope and love were rising out of twelfth century Europe, sung in medieval chateaux, meadows, mountain fortresses—new art rising up like a sleeping giant who greets the dawn of a new day.read more >
Nuclear Frequencies

Nuclear Frequencies

This article covers relationships between sound, elements, solar flares, astrology and healing. This integrated system mirroring heavenly patterns on earth is ancient Hermetic knowledge. For more explanations, see the Sound Medicine and Voice Analysis pages on this site.   Quan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion and healing. Her longer name is Guanshiyin, which means “observing the Sounds (or cries) of the world.”   March 14, 2011 ~ I awoke to a brilliant sunrise and began to pray for the people and country of Japan, for the containment of the radioactive materials in the nuclear power plants, for the earth, for our children who will inherit…read more >
The Hero and the Goddess

The Hero and the Goddess

by Jean Houston-- Interview and commentary by Ani Williams “One of the potencies of The Odyssey lies in its origins: It is bardic. People spoke and sang this great poem. We charge and change the brain when we sing and chant.” All article quotes by Jean Houston This interview with Jean was recorded Spring Equinox 2009 and edited on the New Moon December 14, 2009, the birthday of the esteemed cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead. There are no accidents in the timing of things, as Mead helped launch an entire life’s work for a young Jean Houston. In her early life,…read more >
City of Secrets

City of Secrets

An interview with author Patrice Chaplin by Ani Williams on November 24, 2008 Additional commentary © December 2008 by Ani Williams All photos copyright © Ani Williams unless otherwise noted. “…the Grail is a living force, it will never die; it may indeed sink out of sight, and for centuries even, disappear… but it will rise to the surface again and become once more a theme of vital importance…” ‘From Ritual to Romance’ by Jesse Weston. Background on Author and Mystic Patrice Chaplin Patrice Chaplin is an internationally renowned playwright and author who has published more than 25 books, plays…read more >
On Earth As It Is In Heaven

On Earth As It Is In Heaven

“…to penetrate the mysteries of music is to prepare for initiation into those fathomless mysteries of man and cosmos.” -- Joscelyn Godwin, professor of music at Colgate University. A Musical Universe We live in a musical universe. Even the word itself is telling…uni-verse, meaning one song. Everything in creation is singing, and all of Earth’s life forms can be identified by their frequencies. String theory, which is being called the Holy Grail of modern physics, gives us an explanation: The fundamental particles of matter once thought of as one dimensional particles, are actually tiny vibrating strings. Similar to the strings…read more >
Goddess of the Americas

Goddess of the Americas

Our Lady of Guadalupe— Dark-skinned Madonna of the New World “In her name— Whose Love is Endless, Who has never abandoned us. On the contrary, we have left Her too long…” ‘La Diosa de las Americas’ by Ana Castillo Teotihuacan Guadalupe Vision The first rays of Primavera, Spring Equinox sunlight spread over the land to touch the 20,000 pilgrims climbing the Pyramid of the Sun. Plumes of copal incense filled the sky, as Aztec drums beat the ancient rhythms that our bodies could not resist. Feathers of brilliantly colored birds decorated the heads of lead dancers bowing into the circle…read more >
Mary Magdalene Mistress of the Grail

Mary Magdalene Mistress of the Grail

by Ani Williams "The Earth lifts its glass to the sun And light–light is poured. A bird comes and sits on a crystal rim And from my forest cove I hear singing. ….An emerald bird rises from inside me And now sits upon the Beloved’s glass. I have left that dark cave forever. My body has blended with His. I lay my wing as a bridge to you So that you can join us singing." ‘The Crystal Rim’ from ‘The Gift–Poems by Hafiz’ translated by Daniel Ladinsky Like pearls from an ancient lover’s gift, Magdalene sites and legends lie cast…read more >
Geometry, Music and Healing

Geometry, Music and Healing

by Ani Williams   "Legend recounts how Orpheus was given a lyre by Apollo…by playing his lyre, Orpheus produced harmonies that joined all of nature together in peace and joy. Inspired by this Orphic tradition of music and science, Pythagoras of Samos conducted perhaps the world’s first physics experiment. By playing strings of different lengths, Pythagoras discovered that sound vibrations naturally occur in a sequence of whole tones or notes that repeat in a pattern of seven. Like the seven naturally occurring colors of the rainbow, the octave of seven tones". ‘The Harmonic Lyre’ by Stephen Ian McIntosh All of…read more >
Maria Magdalena

Maria Magdalena

by Ani Williams "And all shall be well and All manner of thing shall be well When the tongues of flame are infolded Into the crowned knot of fire And the fire and the rose are one."  — T.S. Elliot (From an engraved window at Salisbury Cathedral, England) 'Scarlet Woman, penitent sinner, Sister-Bride, whore, Black Madonna, high Priestess of Isis, Mistress of the Elements, Beloved wife of Jesus, favored disciple, Mary of Bethany, Miriam of Magdala, Magdal-eder, the tower-stronghold, Daughter of Sion', Maria-Sophia, are just some of the titles and attributes accorded to me. I have been described as 'beauty consuming itself…read more >
Music as a Mirror of Creation

Music as a Mirror of Creation

with Ani Williams by Diane M. Cooper Text ©Ani Williams 2002 Reprinted with permission of Drunvalo's online magazine: Spirit of Ma'at Magazine   Ani Williams, one of the world's most celebrated harpists, with more than 20 albums to her credit, has done seminal work in the study of sound healing and the relationship between the Music of the Spheres and the human voice. She does sound therapy through seminars and individual counseling, and leads tours to sacred sites in Egypt, England, Scotland, France and Spain, where her groups experience the transformative power of sound. We have had the incredible experience of listening to and singing…read more >
Egypt’s Star-Song Temples

Egypt’s Star-Song Temples

by Ani Williams The sky and its stars make music in you. -- Dendera wall inscription Frankincense and myrrh wafted through the great pillars in the temple at Dendera Egypt. Harp strings sounded the ancient chords as voices chanted in the processional toward the Holy of Holies. I could sense the timelessness of our ritual entrance to the temple of Hathor, Goddess of music, dance and beauty. Carved on the pillars, one can observe harps, double pipes, sistrum (rattles), tambourines, and sacred dancers offering gifts for the abundant life of creation. Passing beneath the large figurative zodiac painted on the…read more >
Riding the Celtic Songlines

Riding the Celtic Songlines

by Ani Williams (This article appeared in the Feb/Mar 2000 issue of Four Corners Magazine) "...an unsung land is a dead land: since if the songs are forgotten, the land itself will die." -- "The Songlines" by Bruce Chatwin DRAGON LINES ACROSS THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE Glastonbury, the mythical Avalon, lies in the gentle green hills of southwest England and has been a place of pilgrimage throughout known history. From the time of the Druids, early Christians, Arthurian Knights, and those in search of the Goddess and the Grail Mysteries, Avalon has drawn seekers. The Tor, an earthen mound, the central…read more >