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History

The church of St Mary and St John was founded after its founders long spiritual journey, and brings together the many threads of spirituality from both modern and ancient times. We derive our knowledge from many sources including genetic memory, spiritual enlightenment, various texts, cultures and religions, but mostly that which has been passed down for thousands of years in the underground stream of Gnosis through the Serpent Bloodline. This includes the Minoans, the Celts, the Picts, the Scythians, the Thracians, the Cathars, the Essenes and the Johannines.

As a Gnostic Bishop Tia L Douglass chartered The Church of St Mary & St John, along with the assistance of Rt. Rev. Graham Suddick.

Minoans

Around 1700 BC, a sophisticated culture flourished in Crete: the Minoans. The Minoans produced a civilization oriented around trade and bureaucracy with little or no evidence of a military state. They built perhaps the single most efficient bureaucracy in antiquity. This unique culture lasted only a few centuries, before they were invaded by war-like tribes.

The Minoan religion was polytheistic and matriarchal, the gods were all female, not a single male god has been identified until later periods. All religions began as matriarchal religions, even the Hebrew religion (where Yahweh is frequently referred to as physically female), but adopted patriarchal models in later incarnations.

Celts

Around 750 BC to 12 BC, the Celts dominated central and northern Europe. There were many tribes of Celts. The Celts lived across most of Europe during the Iron Age. Several hundred years before Julius Caesar, they occupied many parts of central and western Europe, especially what are now Austria, Switzerland, southern France and Spain. Over several years, in wave after wave, they spread outwards, taking over France and Belgium, and crossing to Britain.

The Celts believed in many gods and goddesses. Many gods had no names, but lived in springs, woods and other places. Offerings to the gods were thrown into lakes, rivers and left by springs and wells. The Celtic Priests and Priestesses were the link between the supernatural world and the ordinary human one. They were able to predict what would happen in the future by interpreting nature. They knew how to read and write, and they certainly had a good grasp of mathematics. They knew something of medicine and law, and they could trace the stars and the planets.

Picts

The earliest surviving mention of the Picts dates from 297AD. In a poem praising the Roman emperor Constantius Chlorus, the orator Eumenius wrote that the Britons were already accustomed to the semi-naked 'Picti and Hiberni (Irish) as their enemies'. The word Pict means "painted people" and probably referred to the Pictish custom of embellishing themselves with "warpaint". However, their Irish term, Cruithni, meaning "the people of the designs", seems to parallel the Roman name so it may be that Picti was an adaptation of the name they called themselves.

The Picts religious traditions revolved around the seasons and nature - the elements, the cycle of the seasons and the inevitable cycles of - birth, life and death.  They were matriarchal as the women were seen to be more in tune with nature and had learnt skills of herbalism, aromatherapy and dream analysis.

Scythians

The Scythians were members of a nomadic people of Iranian stock who migrated from the Iranian homeland in Central Asia to southern Russia in the 8th - 7th C. BCE. Centred on what is now the Crimea, the Scythians founded a rich, powerful empire that survived for several centuries before succumbing to the Sarmatians during the 4th century BCE to the 2nd century CE.

The only deity shown in Scythian art was the Great Goddess, whom the Greeks called Artemis, or Hestia or Gaea (The Earth)... Scythians were governed by Priestess-Queens, usually buried alone in richly furnished Kurgans (queen graves)... The moon-sickle used in mythical castrations of God was a Scythian weapon. A long-handled form therefore came to be called a scythe, and was assigned to the Grim Reaper, who was originally Rhea Kronia [the old crone] in the guise of Mother Time, or Death- the Earth who devoured her own children. Scythian women apparently used such weapons in battle as well as religious ceremonies and agriculture. It is generally accepted that it was the horseback-riding Scythians who spread the combination of cannabis and Goddess worship throughout much of the ancient world.

Thracians

The Thracians were a Goddess worship culture. These Indo-European peoples, while considered barbarian and rural by their refined and urbanized Greek neighbours, had developed advanced forms of music, poetry, industry, and artistic crafts. Aligning themselves in kingdoms and tribes, they never achieved any form of national unity beyond short, dynastic rules at the height of the Greek classical period. Similar to the Gauls and other Celtic tribes, most people are thought to have lived simply in small fortified villages, usually on hilltops. Although the concept of an urban centre wasn't developed until the Roman period, various larger fortifications which also served as regional market centres were numerous. Yet, in general, despite Greek colonization in such areas as Byzantium, Apollonia and other cities, the Thracians avoided urban life.

The ancient Thracians were known to have a high percentage of redheads among them. Several Thracian graves or tombstones have the name Rufus inscribed on them, meaning "redhead" – a common name given to people with red hair. Ancient Greek artwork often depicts Thracians as redheads. Rhesus of Thrace, a Thracian King, derived his name because of his red hair and is depicted on Greek pottery as having red hair and beard. Ancient Greek writers also described the Thracians as red haired. A fragment by the Greek poet Xenophanes describes the Thracians as blue-eyed and red haired:

...Men make gods in their own image; those of the Ethiopians are black and snub-nosed, those of the Thracians have blue eyes and red hair.

Cathars

A medieval movement with various schools of thought and practice. Some were dualistic (believing in a God of Good and a God of Evil), others Gnostic, some closer to orthodoxy while abstaining from an acceptance of Catholicism. The dualist theology was the most prominent, however, and was based upon an asserted complete incompatibility of love and power. As matter was seen as a manifestation of power, it was believed to be incompatible with love.

The Cathari did not believe in one all-encompassing god, but in two, both equal and comparable in status. They held that the physical world was evil and created by Rex Mundi (translated from Latin as "king of the world"), who encompassed all that was corporeal, chaotic and powerful; the second god, the one whom they worshipped, was entirely disincarnate: a being or principle of pure spirit and completely unsullied by the taint of matter. He was the god of love, order and peace.

According to some Cathars, the purpose of man's life on Earth was to transcend matter, perpetually renouncing anything connected with the principle of power and thereby attaining union with the principle of love. According to others, man's purpose was to reclaim or redeem matter, spiritualising and transforming it.

Essenes

The Nasarean religion of the Essene Way was the original religion established by the Gods and Goddesses in the Garden of Eden. After the fall of humankind due to an attack on the Garden of Eden, the Gods arranged that the Nasarean religion of the Essene Way would survive as an esoteric minority religion, a bright light in the midst of a dark world. Thus the ancient Nasarean Essenes were the spiritual elders of the Gods, practicing, preserving, and passing the teachings on. The ancient Nasarean Essenes were the practitioners of the earliest and most spiritual form of Judaism, and, as the first followers of Lord Christ and Lady Christ, became the first Christians.

Johannines

The Johannine Church was ultimately founded when Yeshua bestowed the authority upon St. John the Beloved/Divine to establish a ‘hidden’ church; that is, one which would carry the mystery of the Christ in a manner which most souls incarnated on the planet in that age were not yet ready to receive. For the greater body of souls on the planet, the Christ ordained a church under Peter.

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