Act of Regret, Remembrance, Restoration

Sunday 18th July at 12.30pm in Cross Bones Graveyard and Garden of Remembrance, Union Street, London SE1

The Dean of Southwark, the Very Revd. Andrew Nunn, conducts a special service at Crossbones, the unconsecrated outcasts’ burial ground.
 
His ‘Act of Regret, Remembrance, Restoration’ expresses the church’s regret for the treatment of the ‘Winchester Geese’, the sex workers who worked in the Bankside brothels licensed by the Bishop of Winchester, yet were allegedly denied Christian burial. It’s also a powerful statement of the Cathedral’s support for the protection of Crossbones Garden.
 
The Dean and Southwark Cathedral Chapter will be welcomed by Mark Juhan and other friends of Cross Bones.
 
Because of the pandemic restrictions numbers are strictly limited. Please arrive in good time before 12.30pm and be gracious if you’re unable to get in.
 
Click on this link for the Order of Service: Cross Bones Act of Regret

Cross Bones Vigil – St John’s Eve

 
Wednesday 23rd June 6.45 for 7pm
 
At 7pm on the 23rd of every month since 23rd June 2004, we’ve gathered in the street by the Crossbones shrine in Redcross Way – 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 on 23rd November 1996.
 
On 23rd November 2019, John Constable (aka John Crow) conducted his last official Vigil, having completed 23 years of magical works at Crossbones. Since then, a Magical Collective of Friends of Crossbones has carried on holding the Vigils every 23rd.
 
23rd June is St John’s Eve, the traditional English midsummer festival, a time when people used to jump over bonfires in a symbolic (and literal!) act of purification. At this Vigil we’re sensitive to the summer solstice, when light and dark are held in balance.
 
Due to the Delta variant hitting London, we can’t have the huge gatherings at the shrine in Redcross Way we had on many a St John Eve past. Even during lockdown, a few diehard faithful have held a Vigil there every month. We don’t know who’ll be there tonight. If you need to be there in body, please remember you’re responsible for your own health and safety – and for others!
 
All through lockdown, people from all over the world have participated in Spirit, creating their own altars and conducting the rituals in their own homes, connecting with The Goose and the Crossbones Vigil on The Astral. You’re invited to do so again at 7pm on 23rd June.
 
For most of the past year, Jacqui has hosted an online Zoom Vigil, with people linking up from all over the world.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85624178240
Meeting ID: 856 2417 8240 Passcode: 377295
 
To help those who’d like to fully participate, with or without the Zoom, here’s our basic ‘order of service’ – with opening, 3 ritual observances and closing. When conducting the ritual, the aim is to get out of the way, allowing The Goose to work her magic through you. Do it at your own altar and be part of it all. Like this:
 
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 this act of mutual healing taking place within a single, undivided consciousness.
Remind yourselves that Crossbones is a pauper’s graveyard, the final resting place for the sex workers (Winchester Geese) who worked in brothels owned and licensed by the Bishop of Winchester in Southwark’s ‘Liberty of the Clink’. Thanks to our work 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. Lighting the Open Pathways
 
Hold the candle for one minute’s silence, as you imagine lighting the open pathways for all beings to make their individual journeys. 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.”
 
4. Bardic offerings.

Perform a short poem or song from ‘The Southwark Mysteries’, or something of your own dedicated to The Goose – or to St John’s Eve to welcome in the summer. Know that, whoever, wherever, you are, Goose be with you!
 
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!

Catch My Drift

A new short film by John Constable, author of The Southwark Mysteries, commissioned for ‘BOLD beginnings’, a season of seven short films set at the Elephant and Castle. The season begins on Monday 14th June 2021.

Book at www.ticketsource.co.uk/boldtheatre – it’s pay what you can. The booking form fills in a suggested amount but you can change it before you need to pay anything – if you’re broke you can enter £0.00 and watch for free. If you book today (14th) you’ll get to see all 7 films, each of which is about 5 minutes long.

The producer and director is Sarah Davey, director of The Southwark Mysteries, productions in 2000 and 2010.

Sarah has just launched the new BOLD creative hub at Elephant and Castle.

The films will be released one at a time from Mon 14th through to the final film on Sunday 20th June. Bookers will receive a link to the different film in their inbox each day.

John’s film, CATCH MY DRIFT, is scheduled for Thursday 17th June, though the schedule could change at short notice.

St George’s Day Cross Bones Vigil

When? 7pm on Friday 23rd April 2021. Where? Wherever you are.

At 7pm on the 23rd of every month since June 2004, we’ve gathered in the street by the Crossbones shrine in Redcross Way – 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 on 23rd November 1996. This is the 203rd consecutive Vigil, an auspicious number for all lovers of Crossbones lore. Our St George’s Day Vigil is traditionally one of our best attended Vigils, in which we honour George as an international patron, a healing energy and a protector of spiritual works.

Over the past year, because of the restrictions on public gatherings, people from all over the world participated in Spirit, conducting the simple ritual acts in their own homes or tuning in to the Zoom Vigil hosted by Jacqui.
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You are also welcome to tune in on the Astral from wherever you are. Some Friends have maintained the unbroken tradition of meeting at the Cross Bones shrine at 7pm every 23rd, even during lockdown. If you decide to join them, please be aware that you are responsible for your own health and safety and for that of everyone else there.

Here’s our basic ‘order of service’ – with opening, 3 ritual observances and closing:

1. Opening (on the stroke of 7pm)
Light a candle, incense, libation to the Goose. Ring seven chimes.
Say: ‘Spirits of The Dead, Spirits of the Living, Kindred. Welcome!’

2. Holding the Light (and the Dark)
Hold a candle for one minutes silence as you stand in shining emptiness. Imagine you’re lighting the open pathways for all beings to fulfill their most intimate aspirations.

3. “Binding and loosing”
Imagine tying a ribbon to the shrine at Crossbones Gates. Invest the ribbon with all that you would wish for yourself, and as you tie the ribbon, release that blessing for others. “See” the ribbons flutter in the wind.
Say 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.’

4. Bardic offerings to The Goose
Perform a short poem or song from ‘The Southwark Mysteries’, or something of your own dedicated to The Goose or to St George / Jorge / Ogum. Know that, whoever, wherever, you are, Goose be with you!

5. Closing
Close the ceremony with a libation and a sip of gin. Say the words of the ‘Mensagem do Caboclo’ (‘The message of the native spirit’) received and transmitted by the Brazilian medium Baixinha (R.I.P. Open Pathways!):

‘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.’

Say The Goose’s unconditional blessing:

‘Goose may you never be hungry!
Goose may you never be thirsty!
Goose may your Spirit fly free!’

And so she does…

When conducting the ritual, the aim is to get out of the way, allowing The Goose to work her magic through you. It helps to cultivate a state of “shining emptiness”, especially during the holding of the light. In this empty state, allow all sounds, sights, smells and other sense impressions to arise and vanish, with nothing for anything to attach to.

Over the fifteen and more years that I conducted the ceremony in my John Crow persona, I sometimes had to let go of whatever personal anxieties or anguish I was carrying. I found it helpful to remind myself that “I am Nothing. Thou Art!” – that it wasn’t me doing it, but John Crow and that he was there simply to serve The Goose and all Spirits, incarnate and disincarnate, who may be communing with us.

Since 23rd November 2019, when I handed on the hosting of the Vigils to a Magical Collective of Friends of Crossbones, I said that whoever facillitates this ritual, irrespective of gender, is the ‘John Crow’. If it helps you to get out of the way, please feel free to be the John Crow – and remember, at the heart of our work is play!

Goose be with us!

Open pathways!

JC >><<

Cross Bones Garden of Remembrance – opening hours from April 12th

We’ve had many enquiries as to when the Garden of Remembrance will reopen.

Here’s the most recent update from Laura at  Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST), which manages the garden:

“We plan to re-open Crossbones the week beginning 12th April, in line with lockdown relaxation. We have a limited number of volunteer wardens available so opening times will be reduced. At the moment it looks like the garden will hopefully be open on Thursdays and Fridays between 12 and 2. However as we depend on volunteers to open these times cannot be guaranteed. Hopefully as the summer progresses the garden will be open more often.”

For the latest information please telephone BOST on 020 7403 3393 or email Laura@bost.org.uk
 

Cross Bones Vigil – Spring Equinox

 
Tuesday 23rd March, 7pm
 
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The 202nd Cross Bones 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.
 
At 7pm on the 23rd of every single month since 23rd June 2004, we’ve gathered at the gates of Cross Bones Graveyard. Since March 2020, we’ve held the Vigils “on the Astral” with friends joining in from around the world. The online Vigil is hosted by Jacqueline aka Mistress Bee in the Zoom studio, bringing us in to play our parts.
 
At this Vigil we also mark the Vernal Equinox, welcome new life and light after the long winter.
 
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, and how 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 or song 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 Baixnha’s ‘Message of the Caboclos’ (the indigenous spirits):
 
“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, the unconditional Goose blessing:
 
“Goose may you never be hungry!
Goose may you never be thirsty!
Goose may your Spirit fly free!

And so she does…

Open pathways!

>><<
 
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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During lockdown, many of us have chosen to be here, communing on the Astral. We know that some wild spirits have met every 23rd to hold the Vigil at the gates. Happy to know that the line of embodied Vigils is unbroken, though under present circumstances we don’t encourage crowds to gather there. If you feel the need to be there in body on the night, remember you’re responsible for your own health and for others. Please practice social distancing and take sensible precautions.
 
In shining emptiness.
JC

Cross Bones Vigil

Tuesday 23rd February 2021 on the stroke of 7pm

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The 201st Cross Bones 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.
 
At 7pm on the 23rd of every single month since 23rd June 2004, we’ve gathered at the gates of Cross Bones Graveyard. Since March 2020, we’ve held the Vigils “on the Astral” with friends joining in from around the world.
 
The online Vigil is hosted by Jacqueline aka Mistress Bee in the Zoom studio, bringing us in to play our parts. 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:
 
>><<
 
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, and how 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 or song 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 Baixnha’s ‘Message of the Caboclos’ (the indigenous spirits):
 
“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, the unconditional Goose blessing:
 
“Goose may you never be hungry!
Goose may you never be thirsty!
Goose may your Spirit fly free!”
 
And so she does…
 
Open pathways!
 
>><<
 
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”.
 
>><<
 
During lockdown, many of us have chosen to be here, communing on the Astral. We know that some wild spirits have met every 23rd to hold the Vigil at the gates. Happy to know that the line of embodied Vigils is unbroken, though under present circumstances we don’t encourage crowds to gather there. If you feel the need to be there in body on the night, remember you’re responsible for your own health and for others. Please practice social distancing and take sensible precautions.
 
In shining emptiness.

The 200th Cross Bones Vigil: Portal to Imbolc

Saturday 23rd January 2021, arrive 6.45 for 7pm Vigil

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The 200th Cross Bones 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.

At 7pm on the 23rd of every single month since 23rd June 2004, we’ve gathered at the gates of Cross Bones Graveyard. Since March 2020, we’ve held the Vigils “on the Astral” with friends joining in from around the world.

The online Vigil is hosted by Mistress Bee in the Zoom studio, bringing us in to play our parts.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.

The January Vigil marks the Portal to Imbolc, when we collectively perform the triadic poem for Bridie (or Brigid) from ‘Spark In The Dark’ (John Constable):

“… 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.”

If you wish, you can perform a poem or song from ‘The Southwark Mysteries’, or present your own Imbolc 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!

>><<

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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Rumours persist of small gatherings of rogue spirits. Under present circumstances we don’t encourage crowds to gather at the gates. Many of us choose to be here, communing on the Astral. If you feel the need to be there in body on the night, remember you’re responsible for your own health and for others. Please practice social distancing and take sensible precautions.

In shining emptiness.
JC

Photos by Katy Kaos: Cross Bones Vigil, Portal to Imbolc, 23rd January 2012

Cross Bones Vigil: Solstice Yule Christmas

Wednesday 23rd December 6.45 for 7pm portal

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The 199th Cross Bones 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.
 
Our 23rd December Vigil is also a celebration of the Winter Solstice, Yule and Christmas – with lusty singing of traditional carols!
 
The online Vigil is hosted by Mistress Bee in the Zoom studio, bringing us in to play our parts.
 
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:
 
>><<
 
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.
At the December Vigil, this part is mostly given over to the singing of carols. Bee will put up the words on screen and we can either sing along on join in and revel in our cacophony! 🙂 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. Bee may have other treats up her sleeve.
 
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!
 
>><<
 
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”.
 
>><<
 
No doubt some wild spirits will gather to sing carols at the gates in Redcross Way. Under present circumstances we don’t encourage crowds to gather at the gates. Many of us choose to be ere, communing on the Astral. If you feel the need to be there in body on the night, remember you’re responsible for your own health and for others. Please practice social distancing and take sensible precautions.
 
In shining emptiness.

JC
 
Photo by Katy Nicholls: Red Cross Mary cradles her Goose in the snow

Cross Bones Vigil: Goose Night

 
November 23, 2020 06:45 PM London

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The 198th Cross Bones 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 on 23rd November 1996.
 
So this night is the 24th (23+1) anniversary of The Goose’s revelations, when we celebrate The Goose and her works. It also marks a full year since John Crow conducted his last Vigil; the Magical Collective carried on the unbroken tradition.
 
For more than 16 years, at 7pm on the 23rd of every month, we’ve gathered to hold the Vigil at the gates / shrine in Redcross Way. During the past months, the Vigils have been held ‘on the Astral’, with many of us tuning in from all over the world, creating our own altars and conducting the rituals in our homes. Diverse Friends of Crossbones have livestreamed the Vigil and encouraged others to do likewise.
 
This month, Mark Juhan will be doing the honours, with Jacqueline Bee Durban in the Zoom studio bringing us in to play our parts.
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.” (1)
 
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.
For Goose Night, we read from ‘The Book of The Goose’ revealed by The Goose to John Crow on 23rd November 1996. As a Goose Rhapsode, 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.” (2)
 
then:
 
“Goose may you never be hungry!
Goose may you never be thirsty!
Goose may your Spirit fly free!” (3)
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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Throughout lockdown, some rebel spirits have been informally gathering “in body” to hold Vigils at the gates in Redcross Way. The Crossbones page isn’t involved in this. It’s heartening to know that the tradition is unbroken, though at present we don’t encourage crowds to gather at the gates. If you feel the need to be there on the night, remember you’re responsible for your own health and for others. Please practice social distancing and take sensible precautions.
 
In shining emptiness.
JC
 
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Footnotes: original texts used in the Vigil
(1) “Here lay your hearts…” from The Southwark Mysteries by John Constable (Oberon Books)
(2) “Life. Health. Happiness. Open pathways…” from Mensagem do Caboclo by Baixinha
(3) Unconditional Goose blessing
 
Photograph by Max Crow Reeves: Shrine to the Outcast Dead, Cross Bones gates, 23rd November 2016
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