The ghosts of the Order of the Pearl

Everything is set for tomorrow’s hunt for the lost Pearl of Plymouth. Last night I completed the final ritual of four to call back the ghosts of the Order of the Pearl, those pioneers, adventurers and explorers who protected the pearl through the generations. I’m certain that those dead Order members can help lead us to the pearl tomorrow. I used the same spell I used at Plymouth Museum when some of you joined me to conduct the ritual with the Drake Cup.

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For each ritual I’ve laid the Order flag out on the floor, laid pebbles from the Hoe foreshore around the edges and used an old ship’s compass to lay four candles marking North (Earth), South (Fire), East (Air) and West (Water). A conch filled with sea water is laid to the West, the scroll from the pearl sea chest to the East, a ship’s anchor to the North and incense burning in the South. Each time I’ve read these words from the scroll:

‘To the souls who find this pearl

Falls custody ancient power –

the balance twixt land and sea,

the battle twixt light and dark.

Beware forces unsettlin’ the axis,

protect her and ye’ll prosper.’

Atlantis sea scroll

Scroll from Atlantis found with the pearl

When that’s complete, I recite the Order motto ‘Orbes Novos Per Casus’ (New Worlds Through Adventure) to call the Order back to the city.

During the first ritual with the Drake Cup in the Museum I sensed a subtle shift in the atmosphere when the ritual was completed.

The Drake Cup at Plymouth Museum

The Drake Cup at Plymouth Museum

During the second ritual with the Drake Jewel in the Victoria and Albert Museum a glint and sparkle passed over the pearl pendant.

The Drake Jewel

The Drake Jewel

During the third ritual with the Drake Drum at Buckland Abbey the drum began to beat a light war beat of its own accord.

The Drake Drum

The Drake Drum

Last night at Drake’s Island the impact was more extreme. I’ll explain when I see you tomorrow…

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Principles of the Order of the Pearl

This is one of the main reasons I’m certain the pearl is hidden somewhere in Plymouth. I found this pamphlet featuring the principles of the Order of the Pearl in the attic at Plymouth Arts Centre.

Principles of the Order of the Pearl

I got a call one day from my friend who works there saying she’d found something she thought I’d be interested in. I went straight over and she took me up into the attic. No one on the current staff had been up there until that day. It was carpeted in dust and massive cobwebs were hanging from the eaves. They’d discovered all sorts in there that morning: old film reels, love notes from the 1930s and an ornate old box which had some of Nancy Astor’s possessions inside.

The Astors had acquired the Victory House Boys and Girls Club in 1918, and in 1924-5 the purchase and conversion of the neighbouring church buildings allowed the whole site to be redeveloped and opened as the Virginia House Settlement, named after Nancy’s birthplace. The facilities have changed over the years. It was originally described as a ‘Welfare Work Centre,’ parts became a base for voluntary social services and the Plymouth Arts Centre opened on Looe Street in 1948.

My friend found the box buried in a corner under film cans, blankets, an array of mops and old posters. She gave me an opportunity to investigate all the contents and I made this incredible find.  I’ve had it analysed by forensic scientists to determine the age and origin and they said it is vellum dating back to late 16th Century, England. So, this could well be the very first place the principles of the Order of the Pearl were written down after Drake devised them.

Real world signs of the ascent of Mergor, the Kraken of the sea..

In previous blogs I’ve told you about the history of the pearl as an energy source from Atlantis that held the balance between land and sea. Research I conducted at the Hall of Records revealed that part of the power of the pearl was its ability to control the dark forces of Mergor, the giant and many-tentacled beast of the ocean..

Mergor

Artist’s impression of Mergor taken from document in the Hall of Records

Generations of seafarers have spoken of this terrifying beast of the deep, capable of swallowing ships and sinking tracts of land. Drake spoke of close encounters with the monster and Alfred Tennyson wrote a sonnet about a kraken creature as early as 1830:

Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumber’d and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.

Nancy Astor had no idea that separating the pearl from the armillary sphere during the Second World War would deactivate its powers, but the consequence was to unsettle the balance between land and sea and unleash the dark forces of the ocean. Signs of Mergor’s increased influence are everywhere once you start looking..

I began my research into the pearl – now known as the Pearl of Plymouth – in 2001 and have been drawing links between the dormancy of the pearl and the ascent of Mergor since then. The longer the pearl is dormant the stronger Mergor becomes..

The first, and most obvious sign is rising sea levels, which show no sign of abating. The faster sea levels rise, the more of the planet Mergor can claim. Each time the ocean expands its dimensions, Mergor expands in size too…

There are also many examples of strange and unexplained incidents around the coast and at sea that can be linked to the ascent of Mergor:

* It went unreported but just last month there was chaos at Whitsand Bay when a sinkhole suddenly emerged on the beach..

* Just a couple of weeks back, Plymouth Marine Lab tweeted news of this mystery marine beast, the spawn of Mergor:

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The spawn of Mergor

* Remember the hundreds of sea birds that washed up dead along our coastlines this year? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-22143053  The cause remained a mystery in the news..

* In 2010, there were warnings of swarms of venomous jellyfish that have been repeated again this summer: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/7563028/Swarms-of-venomous-jellyfish-move-towards-British-waters.html  Many put it down to rising sea temperatures, but there could be even more to it than that.. Especially with the increasing documentation on ‘immortal jellyfish’ taking over the ocean: http://news.nationalgeographic.co.uk/news/2009/01/090130-immortal-jellyfish-swarm.html

These are just some of the incidents I’ve documented, there are many more which I will link to here on the blog. The increased intensity of these strange maritime events in the past few years make it even more essential that the pearl is found…

The scroll from Atlantis and rise of Mergor

In yesterday’s blog I told you the story that’s been passed down through my ancestors of how Sir Francis Drake found the pearl. What I left out is that inside the sea chest, with the pearl and armillary sphere, was a seaworn scroll from Atlantis. That scroll has been in my family since Drake died in 1596 and I inherited it along with the Drake Armillary Sphere from my Grandma Betsy in 2001.

Atlantis sea scroll

Scroll from Atlantis found with the pearl

It’s written in Atlantean but was translated for me by Grandma Betsy. She told me it reads:

 

‘To the souls who find this pearl

Falls custody ancient power –

the balance twixt land and sea,

the battle twixt light and dark.

Beware forces unsettlin’ the axis,

protect her and ye’ll prosper.’

 

My research into the pearl and Atlantis corroborates that translation. And further findings reveal that the pearl was placed in the chest and thrown on the open sea the fateful night Atlantis sank beneath the waves. In further blogs I will explain more about the pearl’s role in Atlantis from evidence I found in the Hall of Records, but for now I want to draw attention to the key part of that text that tells of the pearl holding the balance between land and sea.

My research has revealed that the pearl is only capable of doing this when it’s active and spinning inside the armillary sphere. In 1941, when Nancy Astor separated the pearl from the sphere and hid it somewhere in Plymouth, the pearl was deactivated. Since then the balance between land and sea has been unsettled. It’s clear that the sea is now rising up to claim the land and Plymouth will be one of the first cities lost under water if the pearl isn’t found.

For several years, I’ve been documenting and charting disturbing occurrences linked to the dormancy of the pearl, including rising sea levels, sea birds washing up dead on the coast and sink holes suddenly appearing on beaches. These are all signs that Mergor, an ancient beast of the ocean feared by generations of seafarers, is rising out of the depths to claim the land. During the recent heatwave there’s been an increase in surfers, sailors, fishermen, divers, swimmers and others reporting strange experiences at sea. The intensity of incidences in 2013 signal that Mergor’s getting closer and closer. I’ll tell you more about these freak events in the next blog. Be careful when you’re out in the water… and let me know if you encounter anything odd.