Pump, circumstance, Royalism and paganism

A wedding and a monarchy

Kate and William official wedding photos

The Royal Wedding at Buckingham Palace on 29th April 2011: The Bride and Groom, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the Throne Room.

Prince William and Catherine Middleton official picture (Pic: Hugo Burnand/Clarence House/PA)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (centre), Front row (left to right): Miss Grace van Cutsem, Miss Eliza Lopes, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HM The Queen, The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Lady Louise Windsor, Master William Lowther-Pinkerton. Back Row (left to right): Master Tom Pettifer, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Henry of Wales, Mr Michael Middleton, Mrs Michael Middleton, Mr James Middleton, Miss Philippa Middleton

Last weekend we could enjoy a beautiful ceremony full of pump and circumstance together with an estimated 2 billion viewers all over the world. The whole world could enjoy a day of Old World pomp and pageantry. This, according some, to mark the possible peaceful transfer of power from father to son. As the grand affair unfolded on TV and social media, the conversation focused on everything from the dress (Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen!), to Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton‘s dark tan, to the fancy cars, to the newlyweds’ balcony kisses.

I also enjoyed the beautiful dresses and hats and the parading. Most of the guests wore proper morning dresses and as usual there were a few who wanted to be noticed and took care to wear something outrageous so that nobody could pass over them. What Princess Beatrice, 22, and 21-year-old Princess Eugenie, daughters of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York wore was not my taste. Catherine’s sister, Philippa or ‘Pippa’, 27, looked marvellous in the very pretty white mermaid dress. Wearing her stunning Alexander McQueen bridesmaid dress, Pippa looked graceful as she walked down the aisle on Friday.

The Badge of the House of Windsor (the ruling ...

The Badge of the House of Windsor

The royal family commited herself to reduce their impact on the environment. The Queen converted her Bentleys to run on biofuel. The choice for Biofuels,made from alcohols derived from a range of vegetation including crops such as sugar cane, sugar beet and oil seed rape, or from forest clippings was not the only green idea for the occasion. Natural food and the use of natural products in an ecological sensible way speak for the good attitude of this Royals.[1]

The provided green with more than four tons of foliage to create an English country garden setting inside Westminster Abbey was marvellous. Also good to know that everything shall be replanted again, so nothing would be lost. Some found in the pyramid-shaped ornamental Hornbeams to frame the choir some sign or connection with a worldly organization. (This seems to be too farfetched to my mind.) The “living avenue” of 20-foot-tall, 15-year-old English Field Maples through which guests walked to their seats was just great.

There are people who cannot understand that Prince William didn’t watch his bride walk down the aisle, but that would just not be done and would destroy the surprise. While the princess walked down the aisle to “I Was Glad” by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, the groom, wearing his Irish Guard’s officer uniform, had at least a four-minute wait at the altar because he should be the last person to see the bride, and it would take some time to cover the aisle at Westminster Abbey which is about 300-feet long.

On Monday the Middleton family returned to the realities of life, as previously a simple family, to pursue their work as before Kate Middleton be the wife of William. Kate, now titled Duchess of Cambridge has no income of her own. She quit her job at her parents’ online party supplies business in January to throw herself into planning and preparing for her marriage to Prince William. Previously, Kate had worked for fashion retailer Jigsaw, who are friends of the Middleton family. She probably shall take up the job the Royal family is expecting from her. It is expected that she will only attend public engagements alongside Prince William for the foreseeable future and instead will focus on a “supporting role” for her husband.[2]

For many Friday the 29th looked a day when they could forget, for a moment, all their problems. Feast everywhere. Following the formalities of the royal wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey, the guests were treated to laughter – and a few tears – during the lunchtime reception that followed at Buckingham Palace.

It was the 16th royal wedding at the 1,000-year-old abbey, and the service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, John Hall and Chartres. The wedding ceremony was led by the senior cleric in the Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.
At the service which was nice I did have to hear several things which were not in accordance with what is written in the Bible. And once more the world was given an idea which could distort the reality of the Christian community.

In my article Koninklijk huwelijk en heidense gebruiken (on Bijbelonderzoekers Journaal April 29, 2011) I mentioned the coincidence of the pagan rites at the marriage ceremony of prince William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor and the girl from the ‘people’ Catherine Elizabeth Middleton in Westminster Abbey with the blessing of the Archbishop of Canterbury. As Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, married a woman who became representative of the land itself here again we have a girl from the land.

But according to Tracy Twyman those many pagan imageries in the royal wedding are not just coincidence. Twyman says that the royal wedding is primarily a celebration of the ancient pagan May Day – an ancient fertility celebration, which involves the celebration of the King of the Wood and the Queen of the May. In particular the Virgin Goddess Diana, and her crowning of the Virgin Queen as the Queen of the May.

Not only coming from a mother being named after the goddess of the hunt there is a lot of Diana imagery in the wedding by giving Diana’s engagement ring to Kate and there are further parallels being made between Kate and Diana such as their physical fitness and fashion style.

Born on January 9, which is the feast day of Saint Basilissa, Kate’s middle name is Elizabeth, like Elizabeth the Virgin Queen, as well as William’s grandmother’s name.

But also Prince William cannot escape the coincidental fact that he was on the Summer Solstice on June 21 in 1982, during a solar eclipse. According to some this would signify the dying and reborn Solar King of the ancient world, the “Lord of the Earth,” who was embodied in the May King who was sacrificed at Beltane. And this brings us to the First of May being the day close to this wedding day and being Beltaine or Beltane, the celebration of the marriage of the earth itself and festival of fertility. Beltane or the Royal Wedding? It was a tough choice between them for The Bad Witch’s Festival of the Week. Beltane – or May Day – is one of the most popular pagan festivals of the year, with all sorts of fun and games taking place to celebrate the start of summer. In sacred symbolism and myths the King is identified with the sun, who in order for his reign to be fruitful must marry the land itself, which is seen as a Goddess in her own right. “In the Pagan Wheel of the Year both God and Goddess are mature, confident, and aware of the danger when they marry at Beltaine. For a King to marry the May-bright land is no half-hearted gesture. The King that spends an early summer evening with the May Queen is the same King who is sacrificed for the land when his harvest time has come.” says Star Foster.
Some pagans and Christians alike look to the Grail legend and the concept that the health of the land is mystically connected to that of its King. And Prince William is in direct line of succession to the throne, after his father Charles, Prince of Wales.[3]

Then there was next to the official wedding cake, eight tiers tall, designed by Fiona Cairns, made from 17 individual fruit cakes and decorated with cream and white icing, the second cake made of Mcvitie’s chocolate biscuits specially requested by Prince William, coincidentally keeping in tradition with the May Day sacrificial.

Last year the Charity Commission, after a four-year inquiry, the Charity Commission decided that druidry offered coherent practices for the worship of a supreme being, and provided a beneficial moral framework and therefore accepted that the druids’ worship of natural spirits could be seen as religious activity worth applying for charitable status.
Some witches and druids find that considering the strides made by Druids in the UK, it feels quite fitting the marriage should take place on the “holiest” day of the year for many Pagans.[4]

For many heathen the timing of the Royal Wedding and the way the old mythos fits is important to how England herself is perceived.
The growing Pagan movement in the UK, particularly the strides made by Druids to gain recognition, has resulted in a perspective of re-enchanting the land. Spirit of Albion has received a surprising amount of support in the debate over whether Britain should have a national anthem, and the traditional English May Day activities have been taken up with renewed vigor as Pagans enthusiastically use Maypoles, Morris Dancers, Hobby Horses, and traditional music to celebrate what is one of the “holiest” days of the year. For the lovers of pageantry “Merry Olde England” is actively reclaiming her heritage: religiously and musically.[5]

The bouquet being a shield-shaped collection of Myrtle, Lily-of-the-Valley, Sweet William, Ivy, and Hyacinth had nothing to do with myrtle of druid traditions. The Myrtle sprigs were from plants grown from the Myrtle used in the wedding bouquets of Queen Victoria in 1845 and Queen Elizabeth in 1947. It is that connection which played a role in having it traditionally in the bouquets of the one marrying a Royal family member. Though naturally there are those traditions to which everybody wants to keep. Of course, each of those flowers in the bride’s bouquet had a special meaning: Lily-of-the-Valley represents the return of happiness, Sweet William stands for gallantry, Hyacinth is for the constancy of love, Myrtle symbolizes marriage and love, and Ivy is for fidelity, marriage, wedded love, friendship, and affection.

The lost revenues from having to shut down the 1000 year old Abbey for up to a week before the royal wedding on April 29th made the church cancel other services. For me this seems very strange, that they prefer to cut down in services which would have to be there to honour God and not to get the purse in balance. On the other hand the shops have been awash with royal wedding themed decorations, even jewellery and food and this, that and the other – for every item sold that is more money back in the public piggy-bank which could be helping the British economy recover. The worldly wealth is taken care of!

Today more people also do have an eye on another sort of wealth. A richness which stand supreme. As it started some centuries ago when the Bible became printed in the language of the people, the Bible could start to replace the Pope as the ultimate spiritual authority. 400 years ago it was time for England as well to change its attitude to the ‘theologian writings’. After the publication of the King James version in 1611 Britain saw a tremendous growth in anti-Catholic sentiment. Events brought the monarchy into collision with parliament when the former was perceived to be collaborating with, or in sympathy with papists. The Word of God could get in more households and become the beacon of light. Though many lovers of God did not find directly the Truth more could find it by the work of others. Many wanted to find the Faith and wanted to go to defend it.

Symbols of the Monarchy

The Monarchy of England is a symbol. One of the Queen’s titles includes the words ‘Defender of the Faith’. This means Her Majesty has a specific role in both the Church of England and the Church of Scotland. As established Churches, they are recognised by law as the official Churches of England and Scotland, respectively and are subject to the regulation of law. But there is no established Church in any Commonwealth country of which The Queen is monarch (i.e. a realm). By the Bill of Rights and Act of Settlement (1689) it was ensured that the British Crown would be reserved for Protestants only. Even countries far away from the European island have effectively blocked any reform of the Act of Settlement, which would permit a Roman Catholic to become the head of the Church of England.
Australia, New Zealand, and other Commonwealth countries are facing the Canadian stand on this matter and are stuck with it.

Though all the signs of paganism and attitudes against Roman Catholicism were not kept away so well. In the service at the Abbey Church of Westminster we noticed also a lot of rituals which could be found in pagan ceremonies but also in Roman Catholic services. This week I also became confronted with some Jews and people who call themselves Messianic Jews, though they believe in a Trinity, who did reject the Jesus of the Catholic Church. On the other hand I have been in contact with other Jews who wanted to hear more from those Christians who would not keep to these heathen rituals and Greek philosophies with a three-unity god.

When we look carefully around us you could wonder what it is about the time period of the sixth vial which has been prophesied in the Holy Scriptures.

If Jesus with hands pierced by the cruel Roman nails were to appear to the nation today as their deliverer, after a cataclysmic event such as the invasion by the king of the north and the Jews were to meet him, they may think the evangelical churches were right after all and the personage they were looking upon was God himself. This would be very confusing to a Jew. Fire from heaven is not enough as the past work of Elijah has shown; the still small voice of the truth must be employed to set the heart on fire with the truth.

When there is been spoken of a Kingdom of God, it is really like a kingdom with a ruler and certain orderly ordinances.

Today in Britain the Sovereign acts as a focus for national identity, unity and pride; gives a sense of stability and continuity; officially recognises success and excellence; and supports the ideal of voluntary service. In all these roles The Sovereign is supported by members of their immediate family. Soon we shall find a person who shall take on the duty of being a king until he hands over the Kingdom to his Father. But before the handing over the members of the immediate family of that king, coming from the tribe of king David, shall also have to support that blessed special chosen ‘only begotten son of God’.

Like there would be a required protocol and procedure of coming before a worldly king or queen, the world shall need a preparation and a good representation protocol. Also there have to be the fans and the royalty watchers. In the preparation time good seed has to be brought forth, the children of the kingdom, the kings and priests of the age to come. They shall have to keep in mind the Law of Moses, God’s servant, which was given for all Israel, even the rules and the decisions. There shall be the whore Babylon and a lot of tribulation but before the Creator of heaven and earth would smite the earth with a curse many would have to know about Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of Jehovah/Yahweh: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers.[6]

The time has come know to prepare for another Royal wedding and another meeting with the future king. The world has to prepare their diplomats and the ministers have to inform their people or parishioners. Even the ways of the kings have to be prepared.[7]

But at the place of the throne the inhabitants may not be ignorant of what is coming over them. They should know what is going to happen, how and what is demanded from them.

In the UK several days before the wedding we saw the preparations going on, but also by the common people we saw the eagerness growing. Several newspapers and other media took care to prepare the populace. And seed was sawn for having the people look forward to a new uprising star and future king.

In the coming time similar preparations have to take place. People have to find enough reading material and should hear about the Good News coming to them all. Last weekend you had festivities you could say were only for Great Britain, but now it is about a bride and bridegroom for all humanity. Now it is also about the King given for all, who is going to take up the throne to judge all people.
Jew and gentile have to be prepared for an audience with the king. From 1936 we could already see a preparation going on. A chosen people depleted but not destroyed. After the holocaust the preparation of the way: the return of the Jew to the land, the blooming of the land, the restoration of the Hebrew language. We can even think that also the Jews in the land need instruction for walking in the way and there will be teachers who will provide that, so that in this way the tents of Judah will be saved first.

The way which has to be prepared represents the way of the truth, made straight in the desert a highway for our God, the way to the tree of life, the Messenger Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth and the life–the way to the kingdom. Those wishing to be in the kingdom must walk in this way.

Related:

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Please do read:

Married among the tombstones:Royal wedding Prince William & Catherine Middleton

The Protestant Throne of England

Preparing the Way of the Lord! How will Israel become educated in the truth?


[1] The Royal Household has been working on reducing its energy consumption for more than a decade: http://www.royal.gov.uk/LatestNewsandDiary/Factfiles/Greeninitiatives.aspx

[6] “But unto you that fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings; and ye shall go forth, and gambol as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I make, saith Jehovah of hosts. Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, even statutes and ordinances. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of Jehovah come. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers; lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” (Malachi 4:2-6 ASV)

[7] “And the sixth poured out his bowl upon the great river, the river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way might by made ready for the kings that come from the sunrising.” (Revelation 16:12 ASV)

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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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3 Responses to Pump, circumstance, Royalism and paganism

  1. The British Royal Wedding is commented on in the WorldWatch section of the latest issue of Logos magazine. That issue continues the current series on the 400th anniversary of the AV (King James Bible), and provides many interesting subjects on 56 pages of fascinating reading. > Vol 77 No 09 June 2011 Logos Magazine

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  2. Pingback: A royal wedding due to take place | Stepping Toes

  3. Pingback: Looking for answers on the question Is there a God #2 Pantheon of gods and celebrations – Questiontime – Vragenuurtje

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