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An ongoing collection of interesting images provided by R.I.L.K.O. members, including a number of artistic illustrations by Joyce Hargreaves and photographs taken at R.I.L.K.O. events and outings.

 

Click on any image to view a gallery of larger images and a slideshow.

Aquarius

 

Drawing by Joyce Hargreaves 

 

This drawing was used in each R.I.L.K.O. journal on the title page and on the website. 

 

It is based on an idea that in the age of Aquarius there still remains something of the age of Pisces. 

 

The fish of Pisces can be seen in the decoration of the two urns, while the curves of their bodies are continued to form a Vesica Piscis.

Aquarius
Cancer

The Goddess of the Moon

 

Drawing by Joyce Hargreaves 

 

This picture was used to portray the sign of Cancer in the article

"A Little History of the Origins of the Signs of the Zodiac".

 

The ruler of Cancer is the Moon which emphasises the reflective, imaginative and subconscious side of humanity.

 

It is the eye of the night as the sun is the eye of the day.

Carved Stone Head

 

Drawing by Joyce Hargreaves

 

A stone head carved on a wall in the Middle East.

Carved Head
Pythagorean Triangle

The Pythagorean Triangle

 

Drawing by Joyce Hargreaves 

 

This drawing is the result of a brief conversation held one afternoon in autumn 2005.

 

By placing the Pythagorean triangle within a circle or a wheel, Joyce has chosen a somewhat unusual way of suggesting some of the more arcane aspects associated with this triangle of 3-4-5 sides, that has such a universal significance.

The Goddess of the Golden Section

 

Drawing by Joyce Hargreaves

 

This drawing has been used in each journal on the title page and on the website from 2005 on. 

 

The Goddess wears a crescent moon and a necklace of lunar symbols around her neck.

 

She holds a nautilus shell, one symbol of the Golden Mean Section and an incomplete sketch of the section surrounds it.

Goddess of the Golden Section
Man Stone

Man Stone

 

Drawing by Joyce Hargreaves

 

This drawing was an illustration for an article by Dusty Miller about Tree Spirits which are known as Dryads.

 

Not conceived especially for this article, the drawing was Joyce's reaction to the destruction of so many beautiful trees that occured during the hurricane that hit the South of England during the 1980's.

Merlin

 

Drawing by Joyce Hargreaves

 

This drawing was a design by Joyce for the poem "Merlin and the Gleam".

 

It shows Merlin as an old magician together with a dragon, the symbol of both King Uther Pendragon and his son Arthur.

Merlin
Rushton Lodge Gable

The Triangular Lodge at Rushton - Gable

 

The Triangular Lodge 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.

Sagittarius

 

Sagittarius was designed by Joyce Hargreaves as a cover for Journal no 73.  IT shows the upper part of the centaur/hunteraiming his arrow with part of the arc of the bow conceived as a rainbow.

Sagittarius
St Michael

St Michael and the Dragon

 

Drawing by Joyce Hargreaves

 

The dragon appears on many heraldic shields and crests, notably on the Welsh flag, and also appears on the helms and shields of both Arthur and Uther Pendragon.

 

In many churches there are masterpieces of hagiography, depictions of St Michael and St George slaying the monster in combat.

 

This drawing is of an embroidery on an ecclesiastical cope showing St Michael's mastery of the beast.

The Triangular Lodge at Rushton


This photograph was taken during the 2009 R.I.L.K.O. outing to mark the 40th anniversary of the Research Into Lost Knowledge Organisation and in keeping with the main theme of its educational Trust, namely “studies in patterns”.

Rushton Lodge R.I.L.K.O. Party
Collage

Collage

 

Incorporating images from many different sources, this collage by Joyce Hargreaves was used as a cover for a book list to show the diversity of the subjects that R.I.L.K.O. members study.

Arthurian Grave

 

Mention is made in the “Historia Britorium” by Nennius of a wonder in these islands the truth of which could be checked in his day. This took the form of an elastic grave, said to be that of King Arthur’s son Amr, which extended and contracted in length between six and fifteen feet. Although the writer who recorded this marvel vouched for the accuracy of the report, it has been  fashionable with Arthurian scholars to dismiss the story as a “monkish fable” but anyone who has spent more time in observing the country than sitting indoors at a desk will easily recognise what is intended.

It is evident that the earlier story tellers recognised and were referring to King Arthur as the Solar power. The offspring of the Sun is light, and the grave of sunlight is a shadow which is short in the Summer and long during the dark Winter period. The site of this grave is recorded at a spring Licat Amr, the source of the river Gamber in Herefordshire and it seems probable that a standing stone originally accompanied the spring.
   
ELIZABETH LEADER         Journal 28.

Arthurian Grave
Arthurian Grave
Madonna by Michael Renton
Madonna

Madonna

 

This is a wood engraving by Michael Renton which seemed an appropriate illustration for our Journal cover number 68, which was a Christmas edition.

Zodiac

 

The Zodiac here is an Egyptian planisphere showing the Zodiacal signs of the Northern Constellations according to Athanasius Kircher. 

It is to be found in Oedipus Judaicus by Sir William Drummond, a comparative study between different zodiacs and findings of unusual interest from names of the ancient kings of the Old Testament.

This book, now out of print, was published by R.I.L.K.O.
Zodiac
Zodiac
Pisces
Pisces

Pisces

 

A drawing of a stained glass window in Chartres Cathedral, France, shows Pisces, the last of the twelve signs of the Zodiac. 

Its image is of silver fish joined together by a silver cord, the fish face opposite ways and one is upside down. The opposing fish symbolize coming and going, the past and the future. 

Journal 44

Lion

 

In Alchemy the Green Lion disgorging the Sun shows the generation of wisdom [sun] through the formation of matter [lion]. 

A drawing based on one in a treatise ‘Rosarium Philosophorum’ by Arnold Villanova 16th century A.D. 

Journal 49
Lion
Lion
Herald Dragon
Herald Dragon

Herald Dragon

 

The dragon in this heraldic drawing shows another side of the creature's character. 

Here it is not evil for, although the beast looks as if it is devouring its prey, the picture actually represents enlightenment (the figure with the solar headdress) coming out of wisdom (the dragon) which is renowned for its knowledge.

Red Isis

 

Drawing by Joyce Hargreaves 

 

This illustration, combines the elements of the tree in which the coffin of Osiris was enclosed, the severed head of the God and the marshland which was the setting for the tragedy.

Here Isis has discovered one of the most important remains of her husband, his head.  The Uraeus serpent, symbol of royalty, twines around a branch above his forehead and faces a corresponding serpent on the headdress of Isis who holds an ankh, the symbol of life.

Journal 33.

Red Isis
Red Isis
The Abbey
The Abbey

The Abbey

 

The ruins of the Abbey at Glastonbury was bought in 1907 and placed in charge of a Diocesan Trust.  In the following year Frederick Bligh Bond, whose name must forever associated with the Abbey excavations because of the important foundations that he uncovered, started work on the ruins. But in 1918 Bond published his book The Gate of Remembrance in which he claimed that much of his success was due to experiments in psychic research.


At that time this revelation was deeply disquieting to the trustees who dismissed him in spite of the others agreeing with his findings.  It was a blow from which he never fully recovered. 

Journal cover 66  Illustration by Brian Hargreaves

Architecture

 

This architectural drawing comes from the R.I.L.K.O. publication 'An Architectural Handbook of Glastonbury Abbey', with a historical chronicle of the building by Frederick Bligh Bond F.R.I.B.A. and an introduction by Keith Critchlow and Janette Jackson. (See the 'Books' page of this website).

This picture shows a study of fragments remaining in the Abbey grounds that suggest the treatment of the Nave Triforum recalls that of Wells Cathedral.
Architecture
Architecture
Great Seal
Great Seal

Great Seal

 

The Great Mediaeval Seal of Glastonbury Abbey is alas no more, but an impression of it still remains and this is a sketch of it which Sue Watts-Cutler has provided for us.

She has also given a detailed history of the seal.  The side shown here has the Virgin Mary flanked on the left hand side by St. Catherine of Alexandria and on the Virgin's right hand side is St. Margaret of Antioch.

John Michell

 

This is a portrait of R.I.L.K.O.`S Professor Emeritus the late John Michell. 

Among his many publications were The New View over Atlantis, A Little History of Astro-Archaeology, City of Revelation and The Earth Spirit - its ways, its shrines, its mysteries. 

He will be sorely missed.

John Michell - a portrait of R.I.L.K.O.`S Professor Emeritus the late John Michell.
John Michell
The Great Stupa at Amaravati
The Great Stupa at Amaravati

The Great Stupa at Amaravati 

 

RILKO Journal Cover No. 50
Illustrates an article about John Irwin.  


Illustration by Margaret Hall

Glastonbury Zodiac


A map in the book ‘Glastonbury, a study in patterns”


(Ed. Mary Williams)  
 

Glastonbury Zodiac
Glastonbury Zodiac
New Grange Stone
New Grange Stone

New Grange Stone

Illustrates an article about
the Grooved Ware People

Illustration by Brian Hargreaves

Pelican in her Piety

RILKO Journal cover No.52.

Illustration by Joyce Hargreaves.
A copy of a piece of stained glass.

Pelican in her Piety
Pelican in her Piety
The Whore of Babylon
The Whore of Babylon

The Whore of Babylon
 
RILKO Journal cover No.62.

A drawing by Joyce Hargreaves
based on one of a set of tapestries.
    
The whore and her beast are a symbol of decadence.

Two Wyverns

RILKO Journal cover, No. 65

Two Wyverns
Two Wyverns
Poseidon
Poseidon

Poseidon

RILKO Journal cover, No. 67

Illustration by Joyce Hargreaves

`The New Atlantis` by Sir Francis Bacon was published in 1627, the year after the author's death.

As depicted in this illustration, and in 'The New Atlantis' - which you can read here (the page will open in a new browser window) - Bacon`s vision for the future was astonishly accurate and all of the points listed under, and depicted in, the image have come to pass - many of them only within the lifetime of you, the present reader, or of your parents or grandparents.
The New Atlantis
The New Atlantis

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