Aubrey “Bertilak” Green is an English archetype (or, in his words, cliché). Named after the Green Knight as he appears in the Middle English prose poem and names himself at the Court of King Arthur, challenging the confident entrenched Knights to combat; and defeating them all. Born in Hardy country, conceived on the erection of the Cerne Abbas giant (as he tells it) and the only living descendent of the pagan deity Pan - last in the line of Pan’s final coitus on the isle of Paxi, just before his death.
Bertilak Green writes about myths and legends, religions and faiths, stories of Gods and Monsters and man’s place in the universe. His last novel “Paradise Fulfilled” was no exception, presented to the world as a startling discovery: the full set of “unabridged” books of Revelation.
The Green Knight is our oldest contributing editor and we look to him for wisdom. Here he writes a short piece about the way passions fade with age and wonders whether it’s old age or the contemporary age that’s responsible for the life more ordinary.
Info researched by the green-thumbed legionnaire on DMT and psilocybin and mushroom foraging. The lowdown on how psilocybin works plus some observations on the pineal gland. Firsthand experience, the dance of the serotonin brain and the “spirit molecule” DMT.
The green knight, as he often does, throws his hat in the ring with a no nonsense demystification of some pros and cons for the recent trend in separating hallucinogens and encouraging ‘responsible’ psychedelic experience (D.M.T. or psilocybin “magic” mushrooms).
The Green Knight likes to think. Bertilak likes to take mind altering substances. The Green Knight gives some serious thought to the concept of cognitive dissonance and how it seems to infected everyone without sending anyone insane, somehow resisting antidotes like fact and truth.
Our resident psychonaut and Green Knight writes about free will and consciousness and how he’s not convinced by arguments in favour of free will nor entirely won over by the logic of arguments against it.
Sometimes the best recommendations are the “gateway” links, the ones that turn out to be portals into whole worlds of excellent content. These are the Green Knight’s counter-cultural themed gateway choices.