June 23rd 2024 Vigil – and more!

The June issue of Vigil Aunty (click link below) has all you need to know to attend the June 23rd Vigil, or any of the Vigils held at the Cross Bones shrine in Redcross Way at 7pm on the 23rd of every month.

The Vigils were initiated by John Crow as part of the campaign to reclaim Cross Bones as sacred ground. Since John completed his 23-year magical work at Cross Bones, the Vigils have continued, hosted by Jennifer Cooper, Mark Juhan, Natalie Boatfield, Jacqueline Durban, Nicholas Greaves and others.

This issue includes its own link to a film by Zoe Rixon of one of the Vigils conducted by John Crow on 23rd October 2013, back when we were still campaigning for the Garden of Remembrance which officially opened in 2016. Rough sleeper Siony speaks eloquently of what Cross Bones means to folk like him.

John conducted his last Vigil on the 23rd anniversary of the night that ‘The Southwark Mysteries’ and the Secret History of Crossbones were first revealed to him by The Goose (23rd November 1996).
On the night of 23rd November 2019,  Frank Turner sang his song ‘The Graveyard of the Outcast Dead’ (link also included in Vigil Aunty).

Photo: John Crow at the first Cross Bones Vigil for the Outcast, 23rd June 2004. Photo by Gary Neale

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Cross Bones Vigil for the Outcast

The next Cross Bones Vigil for the Outcast is at 7pm on 23rd May 2024

 
Meet by the gates / shrine in Redcross Way, SE1. This will be the 240th Vigil, marking 20 years of consecutive monthly gatherings at the gates of the former outcasts’ burial ground. It will be co-hosted by Jennifer and Mark.

More details in the May edition of Vigil Aunty – along with background info on Beltane, The Southwark Mysteries and much more… See links below:
 
 

Vigil Aunty with details of St George’s Day Vigil

The April issue of Vigil Aunty is agog with verses from The Southwark Mysteries, the anniversaries of the performances in Shakespeare’s Globe (23 April 2000) and Southwark Cathdreal (22-24 April 2010) and news of the upcoming (Reclaim) St George’s Vigil at the gates in Redcross Way 7pm on 23rd April 2024

photo: Jacqueline Haigh as Satan and John Constable as John Crow
in the first performance of The Southwark Mysteries by John Constable
Shakespeare’s Globe, 23rd April 2000
(c) Juliet Singer

click for more: https://mailchi.mp/d860954aa472/vigil-aunty-16528316?e=c337821b1e

Benefit concert for the free community lunch

St Benedict’s Church, Benedict Street, Glastonbury, Somerset
Friday 19th April – St Ben’s Church – 7pm-9.30
£10 – all proceeds to raise funds for free Thursday soup lunch at St Ben’s

Bardic songs, poems and music to raise funds for the free meals served every Thursday lunchtime to whoever wants or needs them. Come and enjoy a great night out with MC John Crow, Pok, Tim Raven, Nick Ashron, the Chaired Bard of Ynys Witrin – commonly known as Glastonbury Johanna van Fessem, and Mystery Guest! – and support a great community resource.

photo by John Moore shows Crow and Pok invoking Taliesin as ‘Top Bard’ from the pulpit during one of the 2021-22 ‘Ox Pen of the Bards’ happenings in St Ben’s Church

Vigil Aunty newsletter March issue

The March 2024 issue of Vigil Aunty, the newsletter produced by Jennifer and Natalie to carry forward the works at Crossbones since 23rd November 2019, when John completed his 23-year acts of service. It includes details of the Spring Equinox Crossbones Graveyard Vigil to Honour the Outcast to be held on 23rd March 2024. There’s also a link to subscribe to receive the free newsletter directly (see email address at the end of the newsletter).

https://mailchi.mp/a04e9e88b208/vigil-aunty-16451868?e=c337821b1e

January news in ‘Vigil Aunty’

The January edition of Jennifer Cooper‘s ‘Vigil Aunty’ includes a report on the visit of The Lions Part and The Green Man for Twelfth Night Wassail.

It also gives details of the next Vigil to be held on 23rd January 2024.

This is traditionally the Crossbones ‘Portal to Imbolc’ (the fire festival dedicated to Bridie or Brighid) when we collectively say:

‘Bridie I am here with my goose-feather quill
To trace the lucent songs of the Ancients.

Bridie I am here with the chalice and snake
To receive and transmit your healing benediction.

Bridie I am here with the bellows and tongues
To tend your sacred fire of transformation.’

(‘Imbolc’ from ‘Grail’ by John Constable aka Crow)

At each January Vigil since the death of David Bowie, we enshrine and honour him as our ‘Angel of the Outcast’.

For more information, please click on link below:

https://mailchi.mp/d51842b83220/vigil-aunty-8741748?e=c337821b1e

Goose Night 23rd November 2023

Open pathways to all beings on this blessed Goose Night!

27 years ago this very night, John Constable (aka John Crow) had a vision of The Goose, the spirit of a medieval sex worker, licensed by a Bishop but allegedly buried in unconsecrated ground. In the vision The Goose revealed her Secret History and esoteric teachings, and led John Crow to the site of south London’s Cross Bones Graveyard. The revelation grew into ‘The Southwark Mysteries’, Constable’s epic cycle of poems, songs and Mystery Plays, performed in Shakespeare’s Globe and Southwark Cathedral in 2000 and 2010. It also inspired John Crow’s 23 year magical work at Cross Bones, which led to the burial ground being reclaimed as sacred ground, with a shrine and a garden of remembrance for sex workers and outcasts.



JC writes: “27 years since the night of 23rd November 1996, when The Goose revealed to John Crow ‘The Southwark Mysteries’ and the secret Herstory of the Cross Bones Graveyard. That vision changed and still shapes my life. My new spiritual adventures in Glastonbury have been guided by walking and working with The Goose. ”

Tonight! Goose Night. Thursday 23rd November 2023
Becket’s, High Street, Glastonbury. 7.30 pm for 8pm start.

Free. All welcome.

In this talk on the 27th anniversary of the original ‘Goose Night’ John will relate the strange but true story and take us deeper into The Goose’s teachings and practice. He’ll tell how The Goose brought him to Glastonbury, where he’s working with Her to amplify the London-Glastonbury ‘head-heart’ current envisioned by Dion Fortune. John will be exploring aspects of The Goose as an agency and channel of the Divine Feminine and how his reception and transmission of her differs from traditional Western notions of mediumship.

We’ll see how Goose and Crow Magic works to re-pattern the world, making subtle changes in the fabric of reality. The talk will be illustrated by the performance of selected verses from The Southwark Mysteries, which John Crow uses to induce trance-states and to journey between the worlds.

more info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/301507465971940/

JC: “When I completed my works at Cross Bones, I said ‘The Goose Is Loose’, meaning that everyone is free to work with Her for the benefit of all beings. As they have done ever since, many friends of Cross Bones will gather tonight at 6.45 (to begin on the stroke of 7) at the gates in Redcross Way SE1 – to honour the outcast, dead and alive; to renew the shrine with offerings; and to reclaim the secret history as revealed by The Goose. Jennifer Cooper will be doing the honours. So…”

Also tonight (23/11/2023) at the gates of Cross Bones Graveyard in south London and on Zoom:

*in person and virtually*

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85624178240
Meeting ID: 856 2417 8240
Passcode: 377295

Our monthly Vigil to honour the Outcast, dead and alive; to renew the shrine; and to reclaim the Secret History as revealed by The Goose to John Crow.

The online Vigil will be hosted by Bee in the Zoom studio, bringing us in to play our parts, and by persons yet unknown in IRL.

To help us all to fully participate, and commune on The Astral, with or without the livestream, here’s the ‘Order of Service’ for the Vigil:
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1. Opening (on the stroke of 7pm)

Light a candle, incense. Ring seven chimes. Say:

‘Spirits of The Dead, Spirits of the Living, Kindred. Welcome!’

As you say these words, be aware that you are connected with all Spirits, incarnate and disincarnate, and with the transforming agency of The Goose, in an act of mutual healing taking place within a single, undivided consciousness. Breathe deep, relax and connect… Remember the Secret History and Vision…

Crossbones is a pauper’s graveyard and the final resting place for the Winchester Geese, sex workers who worked in brothels owned and licensed by the Bishop of Winchester in Southwark’s ‘Liberty of the Clink’. Many skeletons were dug up here during work on the Jubilee Line Extension (1992-96).

On 23rd November 1996 John Constable had a vision in which The Goose led John Crow to the site of the Crossbones Graveyard. Here she revealed The Southwark Mysteries, which in turn gave rise to The Halloween of Cross Bones and to these Vigils, held on the 23rd of every month since 23rd June 2004.

Thanks to our collective magical and activist works over the past 23 years, this once despised, desolate site has become a holy place for pilgrims from all over the world – a shrine and a garden of remembrance ‘for the Outcast, dead and alive’.

2. Hold the candle for one minute’s silence, as you imagine lighting the open pathways for all beings to make their individual journeys in Time and Eternity.

Remember the Outcast Dead of Crossbones Graveyard, and all who are shut out, along with your own ancestors and loved ones. For this act of remembrance, it helps to cultivate a state of “shining emptiness”, in which all sounds, sights and other sense impressions can arise and vanish, with nothing for anything to attach to.

3. “Binding and loosing”.

Imagine tying a ribbon to Crossbones Gates. Invest the ribbon with all that you would wish for yourself, and as you tie it, release that blessing for others, saying five times:

“Here lay your hearts, your flowers,
Your Book of Hours,
Your fingers, your thumbs,
Your “Miss You Mums”.
Here hang your hopes, your dreams,
Your Might Have Beens,
Your locks, your keys,
Your Mysteries.”

When we’re together in the Vigils, one speaks and all echo the words in our own time. We do this on the livestream, our whispering voices evoking our collective emanation.

4. Bardic offerings.

If you wish, you can perform a poem, song or text from ‘The Southwark Mysteries’, or present your own offering to The Goose and her Outcast Dead.

5. Closing.

Close the ceremony with a libation of gin. Say:

“Life! Health! Happiness! Open Pathways!

Health in the Body.
Peace In the Spirit.
Love In The Heart.

It is this that we wish,
for ourselves,
for our friends and family,
for all our Brothers and Sisters,
for The Goose and The Crow,
and for all Humanity.
May it be so.”

then:

“Goose may you never be hungry!
Goose may you never be thirsty!
Goose may your Spirit fly free!
And so she does…

Open pathways!

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When performing the rituals and channelling The Goose spirit, the trick is to “get out of the way” so as not to obstruct with our own psychological or emotional states. There are various ways to achieve this: e.g. by reminding ourselves that “I am nothing” that it’s The Goose who does the magic, not “I”.

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In shining emptiness and wishing us all a blessed turning of the seasonal wheel.

‘All at Crossbones’

You can order ‘The Southwark Mysteries’ direct from the publisher: https://www.bloomsbury.com/…/southwark-mysteries…/

For ‘Grail’ and John Costable’s other books, and for the new album ‘Ancestor Souls’, please DM via contact page for more details.

Photo by Max Crow Reeves: John Crow conducts the Cross Bones Vigil

23rd October 2023 Vigil and portal to Halloween and 31st October THIS SAMHAIN NIGHT

 
For those of you in London, the Cross Bones Vigil is happening this 23rd October 2023 at the shrine in Redcross Way SE1, gather 6.45 for 7pm opening ritual. This is traditionally the portal to Halloween, and the 233rd consecutive monthly Vigil by my calculation. It is due to be conducted by Jennifer or another ‘Magical Collectivist’.

Many of the rituals and invocations spoken over the years at The Halloween of Cross Bones and the October Vigils are to be enacted and invoked ‘This Samhain Night’ at St Benedict’s Church, Glastonbury – 31 October 2023, gather 7.30 for 7.45 opening £12 on door. Advance tickets https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/this-samhain-night-tickets-716487181447 – to amplify the London-Glastonbury current. Here’s one:
 
 
“Here where the bones are crossed
be hallowed ground.
Here let the names that were lost
be found.
 
Shut out in days of old
the outcast dead.
Here bring them in from the cold
to be watered and fed.
 
Here let the ties that bind
against forgetfulness
light candles, build shrines
in the wilderness.”
 
‘The Hallowing of Cross Bones Yard’ (from ‘Spark In The Dark’ by John Constable)
 
This is a time to reconnect with the Ancestors and also to remember our own lost loved ones. On This Samhain Night, I’ll be communing with many friends on the Other Side, including John Vidal (d. 19 October 2023), Niall McDevitt (d. 29 September 2022) and Claudia Boulton (d. 26 October 2021). In the photo, taken at an October 23rd Cross Bones Vigil back in the day / night in 2014, I’m holding up a photo of anarcho-dionysian philosopher and fellow prankster Steve Ash (d. 18 October 2014).
 
Open pathways for them and all beings, dead and alive. May we each fulfil our most intimate aspirations.
 
The October Cross Bones Vigil can participated in physically at the gates / shrine and can also be viewed live this evening on Zoom, hosted by Jacqueline Durban (later uploaded to YouTube and Facebook)
Meeting ID: 856 2417 8240
Passcode: 377295

THIS SAMHAIN NIGHT

 

Tuesday 31st October at 7.45pm in St Benedict’s Church, Glastonbury (doors open 7.30pm)

Here the veil between the worlds dissolves: the living, the dead,
share the brew, break the bread, Ancestor Souls converse and commune,
this Samhain night…’

A healing ritual drama in theatre, music, poetry and inclusive ceremony performed by John Crow with his special guests William Kraemer, Maxine Dubois, Franck Alba, Mx Stevie and Sandra Tena Cole, Sieben Krüsel – and The Chaired Bard of Ynys Witrin, Johanna van Fessem. Special late guest singer: Jenny Bliss.

This performance by John Crow (John Constable) features work from The Southwark Mysteries and Grail. It evolved out of ‘The Halloween of Cross Bones’ rituals and the 23-year magical work at Cross Bones Graveyard and the ‘Ancestor Souls’ concerts (2021-22) with Queen Space Baroque.

Tickets: £12 on door (cash only). Advance tickets: £10 (cash) from Man Myth and Magik, Glastonbury. Or online (card) from: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/this-samhain-night-tickets-716487181447

Photo shows John Constable aka John Crow conducting The Halloween of Cross Bones, Cross Bones Graveyard, London SE1, 31st October 2016. Photo by The Photography of Max Reeves

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