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In Cornwall's Landscape Zodiac, Sheila Jeffries writes that she is "a mystic, born with gifts of clairvoyance", whom God, space men and fairies have spoken to. She is a former resident of Glastonbury, who now lives in Porthallow, Cornwall.

She has discovered a massive Zodiac pattern on the Lizard peninsular and describes the figure patterns in her local area of Porthallow, outlined by field boundaries, stone walls and footpaths. Here too, the constellation figures differ from the Babylonian model. Her zodiac includes Cygnus the Swan and marks the stars of Orion on the Gemini Twin. A massive Dolphin replaces the Dog as an extra sign outside the Zodiac. She has also discovered groups of megaliths set in the patterns of the stars "the Orion stones, just inland from Coverack are the most remarkable group. The eight major stars of Orion are represented by megaliths and tumuli (burial mounds) while twelve more stones mark the place of the minor stars in their constellation The stars of the constellation Leo are marked on the landscape Lion centred on Porthallow. The stars of Orion are marked on the Gemini Twin inland from Coverack. The stars of Cygnus are marked out along the wings, neck and tail of the Swan pattern centred on Tarboe Cross and including the Earth Satellite Station at Goonhilly. The alignment of the Cygnus stars are about 26 degrees from the North and points to the horizon. This seems to indicate that this line of stones was used for time observance at night - just like the stones known as the Nine Maidens near to Bodmin".


Why would the people who made the Nine Maidens want to tell the time at night? There were no TV programmes to watch, no transatlantic phone calls to make, no shift work to do, and there still are no buses to catch up there. For what purpose then? It is unlikely that it was for Natal Astrology. The belief that a person's fate can be determined by finding out their precise time of birth is a modern one. Birth times were not recorded before the French Revolution. The concept of Natal Astrology was most likely inspired by the pernicious spread of clocks and calendars and indicates a profound misunderstanding of "what time it is."


The first clue to the Bodmin Zodiac is the King Arthur Mythos. There are many Arthurian sites in North Cornwall. The first linking of Arthur to Tintagel was made by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 1130s, about a century before the castle there was begun by Richard, Earl of Cornwall. Geoffrey may have been drawing on an older tradition linking Arthur with Tintagel, certainly as a Welshman he had no need to give Arthur's birthplace as a remote spot in Cornwall unless there was something significant about the site.

At St. Nectan's Glen, Knights of the Round Table are said to have bowed their heads in prayer before setting out in search of the Holy Grail. St. Nectan is a Celtic saint with a severed head legend. Dozmary Pool, remotely situated on the Bodmin Zodiac, was occupied by some of the earliest inhabitants of Cornwall in the Mesolithic age some 10,000 years ago. It is said that it was here that King Arthur's sword Excalibur was taken at his death and thrown into the water, and from whence came the hand of the Lady of the Lake who seized it and vanished into the waters with it. This, together with the Royal Beast Skull ties the Bodmin Zodiac to the mythos of the Althorp Park Zodiac, where Princess Diana is allegedly buried.

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Prince Charles inspects timber on a visit to the Duchy woodlands'
sawmills at Restormel, near Lostwithiel, in 1970.


The Name Bodmin Moor (meaning long, smooth penis) seems to have been invented by vulgarians at the Ordnance Survey in 1813, to supplant its ancient name of Fawimore, named after the River Fowey. This apparently means beech-tree (river). Beech trees are not thought to have flourished in Roman and Dark Age Britain, but the name seems to show their presence in the area of the river. The good stands of them now seen around Golitha Falls on the river, where the Royal Beast Skull was found, are planted.

Trees and water seem to be very good places to look, if you want to find evidence of astrological influence. HR Burr found that variations in the electric potential in trees depend not only on the gross activity of the sun but on individual flares and therefore on the position of the planets.

In SW Tromp's Possible Effects of Extra-Terrestrial Stimuli on Colloidal Systems and Living Organisms Piccardi is reported to have found, in a series of investigations that covered more than thirty years variations in the rate of standardised chemical reactions that could not be explained by laboratory or meteorological conditions and tended to conclude "that the phenomena observed are primarily related to changes in the structure of water used in the experiments".

The Duchy of Cornwall owns over two thousand acres of woodlands in Cornwall, which are primarily stocked with conifers. Most of them have been planted in the last quarter-century principally Douglas fir and larch.

Prince Charles himself has taken a lead in the planting of more trees, with an emphasis on producing a greater variety of trees in these plantations. The coniferisation of much of Britain's woodlands has led to protests, especially from the conservationist lobby, of an over-indulgence in commercial forestry at the expense of scenic value and wildlife populations whose habitat may have been adversely affected by a lack of real variety. The Prince, visiting the Restormel area with Princess Diana in 1984, expressed himself firmly on the subject, and promised more hardwoods in Duchy forests. More hardwood trees were planted on the Duchy estates than ever before, a mixture of cherry, sweet chestnut, lime and beech trees have been introduced.

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