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Archaeoacoustic surveys at Alatri, Italy - The SB Research Group
At the highest point of the town of Alatri in Italy there is an ancient acropolis where there was a shrine of the Hernici and of a temple dedicated to Saturn. The original pagan temple,  formed from polygonal blocks was built on solid rock. Is there an explanation to why there was a megalithic temple on top of the hill, on which the present Cathedral of Alatri was subsequently built?
The SB Research Group (SBRG) applied their archaeoacoustic technique to confirm the presence of very intense infrasound in the Acropolis at Alatri. Research work carried out over a year, using sophisticated scientific equipment evidences that the cathedral and people sitting within it seem to attain a state of harmonic resonance somewhere between 0.1Hz and 3 hz when concentrated in meditation or prayer.
Read more about the preliminary results of the SBRG's Archaeoacoustic surveys at Alatri, Italy.

History of the Perrin Tarot - Giordano Berti
At around 1865, in Turin, the publisher Claudio Perrin printed a Tarot deck of great artistic value, which has remained largely forgotten until recently.

At first inspection it is evident that the both Triumphs and the Court cards display a stylistic and colouristic research which places the Perrin deck at the head of Tarot production in the nineteenth century.

Examining the 78 cards, printed with chromolithographic technique, one can easily discern their extraordinary quality.

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An Individual Note Of Music, Sound And Electronics - Daphne Oram

Daphne Oram became one of the most distinctive composers of the 20th century – a pioneer of electronic sound.  After co-founding the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, she cut a trailblazing path through uncharted musical territory. On the wall of the Radiophonic Workshop she pinned a quotation, the now well-known ‘sound-houses’ paragraph from Sir Francis Bacon’s fable New Atlantis, first published in 1624.  The quote remained pinned to the wall for many years.

Daphne Oram dedicated her life to studying vibrational enigmas.  Her researches in classical music, electronic sound, archaeology, psychic phenomena and resonance all fed into her belief that a new awareness of wave phenomena would cast light upon age-old questions and improve the conditions of human life. Her book 'An Individual Note of Music, Sound and Electronics' was published in 1972 and has been long out of print.

An Individual Note Of Music, Sound And Electronics (pdf) (External link)

The Mysteries of Chartres Cathedral - an article by Sir Ronald Fraser

(Originally printed in LIGHT, a bi-annual journal published by the College of Psychic Studies, London, UK.)

Sir Ronald Fraser translated a book by M. Louis Charpentier called Les Mystéres de la Cathédrale de Chartres, published in Paris by Robert Laffont. It was published in his English translation by the Research Into Lost knowledge Organisation from which it is currently available.


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The Scarab: Shamanistic Practices in Ancient Egypt - an article by Michael Carmichael

Evidence emerging from the archaeological record indicates that the origins of shamanism reside in the neolithic era and deeply predate the foundation of the dynastic civilisations in Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China. Shamanistic practices centre on a refinement of the psychology of the individual through the expansion of consciousness. Shamanistic training was cultivated universally prior to the first dynasty in Egypt. Recent anthropological research suggests that shamanism represents a swiftly vanishing body of culture that contains valuable scientific evidence for a radical expansion of the human sensorium.


Painted Rock: Carrizo Plain National Monument, California - an article by Christine Rhone.

The power and the peace of the vast Carrizo Plain extend like the surface of a sacred drum. The largest single native grassland that remains in California, it stretches fifty miles in the southern San Joaquin Valley between the Caliente and the Tremblor Mountains, rising to 5,000 and 4,000 feet high respectively. Bisecting the plain lengthwise is the San Andreas Fault, clearly visible in some places. It is home to the reintroduced, ancient Pronghorn antelope, the swiftest land mammal in the New World, running soundlessly up to sixty miles per hour with the brilliant freedom of the wind.


The Pythagorean Triangle - an article by Patrick Graucob, illustrated by Joyce Hargreaves

The triangle was held in especial reverence by the ancient schools as a development of the principles involved in Number and as a method of displaying some of the inner teachings...The elegance of the Pythagorean theorem conceals the profound learning of the Pythagorean school.

The all-too-brief disclosure of some of the relationships given within the Pythagorean Triangle should be taken as an indication of the teachings which are associated with it...


The Triangular Lodge at Rushton, near Kettering, Northants - an article by Patrick Macdermott.

The Triangular Lodge at Rushton, near Kettering, Northants is a three-walled Elizabethan building in the shape of an equilateral triangle, based on the mathematical power of 3, with much symbolic carving and ornament, designed by Thomas Tresham and built in 1593... In many ways the Lodge has all the primary requirements found in esoteric or mystery schools as well as some Masonic Lodges... 


View Photo Tour of Rushton Triangular Lodge by Tom Bingham

The Grooved Ware People - an article by John Ivory.

The Grooved Ware people were so named after the design of their pots with grooved designs on them; they began a Neolithic period ending the so called Stone Age. They were a Megalithic people, the word “Megalithic” means massive stones; they had no real writing so we know very little about them. Except for the large stone buildings and a form of proto writing, they left very little else behind. They lived in Northern Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, France, Northern Spain, Malta and parts of Northern Africa; they left vaulted buildings such as Maes Howe and Skara Brae in Orkney, the huge chambered buildings at New Grange in Ireland, parts of Stonehenge and Bryn Celli Ddu in North Wales and Baroliod Yr Graws in North West Wales.


The Round Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Northampton - an article by Patrick Macdermott.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Northampton town is probably the best preserved of only four remaining circular or “Round” churches still in use in England and boasts the earliest of these crusading foundations as July 1099 AD, the very month and year when the 1st Crusade occupied Jerusalem.

Other similar churches are to be found in Cambridge, in London, (off Fleet street, Temple church) and the tiny church of St John the Baptist near Halstead in Essex.


View Photo Tour: Earth Mysteries field trip with the Travel and Earth Mysteries Society in 2000, visiting
  • the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a famous round church in Northampton,
  • the Gothic Guildhall,
  • a house once occupied by architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh
  • the Eleanor Cross,
  • Hunsbury Hillfort,
  • Brixworth Saxon Church
  • the  Rushton Triangular Lodge (see above)


Rediscovering the Cathars and their Relevance to the surge of Materialism in the Twenty-First Century - an article by Margaret, Viscountess Long.

Margaret, Viscountess Long, one of Dr Arthur Guirdham’s closest friends during the last years of his life, when his research on the Cathars had moved from practical, historical evidence to a much deeper understanding of its philosophy,  writes about Arthur Guirdham, Oxford scholar, doctor of medicine, a psychiatrist, scientist, philosopher, poet, writer and wit, and his studies, insights and books concerning the Cathars - also known as the Albigensians - which led him to his role as a world authority of the Cathars in thirteenth century France...



Mita Radhakrishnan on the work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis
RILKO Interview by Christine Rhone  

Dr. Alfred Tomatis (1920-2001) was an internationally known French inventor and physician specializing in the ear, nose, and throat – an otolaryngologist. In his own words, “a doctor with a passion for psychology”,he opened up a new field in alternative medicine, which he named audio-psycho-phonology, devoting his life to exploring sound as a force for physical and psychological development. The entry point for his pioneering work was the interface between listening and speaking. The recipient of many professional awards and honours in later life, he was an indefatigable researcher, an author, and the unrecognized inventor of the ultrasound machine. His unique approach and method are applicable both to treating illness or disability, and to enhancing wellness and ability. Thus, Tomatis therapy aims to help people dealing with difficulties in behaviour, development, or speech and those wanting to learn a foreign language or improve their singing.

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The late John Michell on 'Who Wrote Shakespeare?'
RILKO Interview by Christine Rhone   

William Shakespeare (1564-1616), the most revered dramatist of the English language, is arguably the most iconic author on earth, as English continues to spread world-wide as a lingua franca. Teaching English to speakers of other languages and tourism represent a significant portion of the British GNP. Stratford-upon-Avon, enshrined as Shakespeare's Birthplace, remains a major item on the cultural itinerary.

John Michell, professor emeritus and a founder member of RILKO, began writing in 1967. He is the distinguished author of more than twenty books on philosophy, sacred number, landscape geometry, Fortean phenomena and other high mysteries. The Washington Post called his 'Who Wrote Shakespeare?' of 1996 'The best overview yet of the authorship controversy.'


Book Reviews

Royston Cave - Used by Saints or Sinners?

by Sylvia P. Beamon MA (Cantab) 

Published by the Temple Publications 2009
ISBN 978-0-9557400-0-8

This book, the result of a great deal of painstaking research, takes the reader far beyond the walls of Royston Cave in an attempt to place it in its historical context, both locally and internationally. Its aim is to enhance the popular (though not fully recognised) assumption that the cave was used, if not created by, the Knights Templar in the medieval period 1118-1308.


Click to view/buy Royston Cave - Used by Saints or Sinners? by Sylvia P. Beamon on the RIKLO Books page...

The Hidden Chapter - An Investigation Into the Custody of Lost Knowledge

by Joy Hancox 
  Published by Byrom Projects
Publication: 31 March 2011   ISBN: 978-0956639400
Hardback  Price: £25.00
Distributed by: York Publishing Services Ltd   64 Hallfield Road, Layerthorpe, York YO31 7ZQ
Telephone: 01904 431213  Orders: Nielson Book Data

The Hidden Chapter is the climax of over twenty years of research into a collection of geometrical and mathematical  drawings that had once been in the possession of John Byrom, an eighteenth century poet and secret Jacobite whose biography Joy Hancox was writing.  With Byrom’s death in 1763 the drawings were put to one side and their significance was overlooked.  When Joy Hancox set out to discover the meaning and purpose of 516 pieces of paper and card as a resource, there were only a few scholars with any understanding to enlighten her and even these offered different interpretations.  So she embarked on a remarkable journey that completely changed her life.


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John Michell From Atlantis to Avalon

by Paul Screeton

(Published in 2010 by Alternative Albion;

 an imprint of Heart of Albion Press)

£12.95 - pp127 -  ISBN 978-1-905646-16-6


Screeton introduces us to Michell the man, demonstrating the fact that he was a good deal more than just a leyhunter and was also gifted with a multi-faceted, complex personality.  As we are informed, ‘John Michell was a one-off.  An original.  There will never be another like him.’  Apart from his own books (over thirty) he also, at different times, wrote for the ‘underground’ counter-culture 1960s newspaper International Times, The Daily Mirror and The Oldie.  Like many folk who have made a significant mark over the centuries, Michell was a bundle of contradictions.


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Exploring Rye with Brian Hargreaves

Illustrated by Brian Hargreaves
Text by Joyce Hargreaves
44 pages, laminated colour covers.  £6.50  p/p £2.80

Exploring Rye is a beautiful book packed with dozens of black and white drawings of buildings and locations, each one correctly drawn along with captions giving each building’s history and Rye, as a sea port vulnerable to attacks from abroad, has quite a dramatic history.  There is a detailed map which will enable the reader to locate the areas that they wish to visit and the whole town can be visited on foot including some cobbled streets.

Exploring Romney Marsh with Brian Hargreaves

Illustrations by Brian & Joyce Hargreaves
Text by Joyce Hargreaves
44 pages, laminated colour covers  £6.50  p/p £2.80
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Exploring Romney Marsh is in the same format and covers the whole marsh which is here divided into three sections.  The first section follows the coastline from Rye Harbour to Hythe; the second follows the length of the Royal Military Canal from Seabrook just beyond Hythe to Pett Level beyond Winchelsea, a town built by order of Edward 1 which is a thirteenth century piece of town planning built on a grid system; thirdly and finally the heartland of the marsh with its wealth of 12th century and Norman Churches.

Two Fascinating Guides to the Romney Marsh


Sacred Geography - deciphering hidden codes in the landscape

by Paul Devereux  Published by Gia

The first article in Rilko’s “Earth Mysteries” was by Paul Devereux. The last essay was by John Michell, to whose memory “Sacred Geography” is dedicated.

In “Sacred Geography” the physical marks which our ancestors left on the landscape are shown in stunning photographs. The material standpoint is portrayed through the five senses, emphasizing the human aspect of these mysteries. For sight there are, among many other examples, the engravings in Grapevine Canyon and the petroglyph rock in Ontario; for sound, the roaring rocks and the singing stalactites; stones worn smooth by countless pilgrims give us touch; and taste and smell are represented by the trance inducing drugs used by shamans throughout the world.


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The Portal,  An Initiate’s Journey into the Secrets of Rennes-le-Château.

by Patrice Chaplin.  (Quest Books 2010.)

Patrice Chaplin, writer and playwright, has written twenty-eight books; her novel Siesta became a film starring Jodie Foster and Isabella Rossellini.  Notably a two part biography  of Modigliani’s mistress: ‘Into the Darkness Laughing.’  written in 1992 was made into a stage play in conjunction with Radio 3.  She describes how the intense research she undertook for this prepared the way for the three books she has most recently written which have a metaphysical background.

‘The Portal’ is the third and latest of these three books which move the focus of the Mystery of Rennes-le-Château southwards across the Pyrenees to the ancient Catalan town of Gerona in Spain.  In these an increasing series of references emerges disclosing the true destination of the priest, Bérenger Saunière on the many mysterious trips he was reported to have taken when he disappeared from Rennes-le-Château at regular intervals. 



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