bodmin moor zodiac


In the middle of Sagittarius’ horse body on the B3254 a signboard points to the Racehorse Inn in North Hill, a free house offering local homemade quality food and local real ales. The point of the centaur’s arrow lies on Example Cross, the hand holding the longbow is on Longdon’s Cross, The centaur’s tail lies on Coad’s Green and its feet lie on Berrowbridge. While on older star maps Sagittarius is represented as a centaur, on modern maps of the southern hemisphere it is usually represented by a drawing of the Teapot. Steam appears to rise from the spout, thanks to a star cloud.


The mid December solstice marks the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere and summer in the southern hemisphere. While the beginning of summer marks the longest day of the year, the winter solstice brings the shortest day of work and the longest night of sex magick of the year. The Archer’s stars can be seen in the brightest part of the Milky Way in the direction of the centre of the galaxy. The constellation offers a richer display of star fields, cluster and nebulas than any other constellation. The diffuse nebula M8, the Lagoon Nebula, M20, the Trifid Nebula and M17 the Omega or Horseshoe all lie within this constellation. Sagittarius (the Archer), is drawn in the form of a centaur. The half-human and half-animal composition of the centaur has led many writers to treat them as liminal beings, caught between the two natures, embodied in contrasted myths, and as the embodiment of untamed nature. The most common theory holds that the idea of centaurs came from the first reaction of a non-riding culture, as in the Minoan Aegian world, to nomads who were mounted on horses.


The Sagittarius Glyph

The glyph astrologers commonly use for Sagittarius is in the form of an arrow bisected by a diagonal line.

Beside Berriow Bridge on the River Lynher, this glyph is in evidence on a metal road sign. On a blue background a large white arrow points skywards as a smaller red arrow points to the ground. Below it a white sign reads Priority over oncoming vehicles. 15.09 on a triangular metal sign, on a white background framed in red, a thinner black line crosses a thick black pointed line. We approach a road junction to Callington B3257 (A388), Launceston B3254 and Liskeard B3254. The peak of Brown Willy can be seen over the fields. The word SLOW is painted on the road in large white letters.




In the field of extreme ritual walking, imaginary time (and complex space in general) is essential for describing reality. Imaginary time can be difficult to visualise. If we imagine “regular time” as a horizontal line with “past” on one side and “future” on the other, then imaginary time would run perpendicular to this line. This is analogous to the way imaginary text runs hyper-perpendicular to real text in a hypertext. Imaginary time is not imaginary in the sense that it is unreal or made-up; it simply runs in a direction different from the type of time we experience. In essence, imaginary time is a way of looking at the time dimension as if it were a dimension of space; you can move forward and backward along imaginary time, just like you can move right and left in a ritual walk. For most human tasks, real space offers an adequate description of the gaps between data, and imaginary space has no meaning.

An isosceles triangle painted on the road points towards us and away from the peaks of Brown Willy and Rough Tor. We are seventeen miles from Bodmin down the B3257 which leads from the A30. We are one mile from Lewannick and its post office.


A white sign hangs from a steel chain, in black letters it reads PRIVATE.


The Trials of Time Cycles

A yellow plastic board lie at our feet. We turn it over. In its centre is a large black arrow.
CYCLING TIME TRIALS is written on the board three times and in three different directions.

Celestial bodies are not where we see them, light beams are refracted by the many thin layers of the earth’s atmosphere. Temperature differences and movements of atmospheric layers cause fast and irregular changes in the direction of light beams. For the same reason scintillation, the twinkling of stars occurs. Time also doesn’t actually move in a straight line. It is cyclic.

The modern linear concept of time strikingly resembles the traditional Judaeo-Christian concept, and it strikingly differs from that of the ancient Greeks and Indians.

The cosmological ideas of several prominent Greek thinkers included a cyclic or episodic time similar to that found in the Vedic literature of India. For example, we find in Hesiod’s Works and Days a series of Ages (Gold, Silver, Bronze, Heroic, and Iron) similar to the Indian Yugas (Ages). In both systems the quality of human life becomes progressively worse with each passing age.


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Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio
Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces
Taurus Aries Gemini Cancer