The Once and Future King
When T H White captured this legend in print form, the story of King Arthur had been around in written form for nine hundred years. And the oral history may have gone back another six hundred years or so before that. But did he really exist?
Every country likes to have a national hero. It makes the people feel special, and proud of their heritage. And warrior kings have an extra special place in their heart. (Now, where have I heard of that before?)
Here was a warrior king who had it all. He was a poet, a shepherd, a warrior, a lover and a king.
(Gosh, that just reminded me of Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life”:
I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate
A poet, a pawn and a king
I’ve been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing)
When we have a hero, we want him to be ‘just like us’ only better, somehow.
But David was flawed, just like Arthur was flawed.
For a very long two thousand years, Jesus was considered to have been just a legend, too. Then hidden papyrus was found buried in caves in the desert in the Middle East in the middle of the 20th century. That changed everything. The Dead Sea Scrolls speak of a Teacher of Righteousness. No one knows who this individual was, but the people to whom this person belonged were the Essenes.
When Jesus appeared in Israel in the 1st century, the longed-for Messiah was deemed to have come to rescue his nation from bondage (like Moses in Egypt). But Jesus’ mission wasn’t as ‘simple’ as that. There’s a good chance that he had to undo the damage done by David before his time.
He had to take on the mantle of the Warrior King, but in a peaceful way. One might even say a ‘pacifist’ way. Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr both emulated Jesus’ passive resistance to wake up their nations to the idea of being free from oppression.
Has it worked? Partly.
But Jesus also had to be a Priest. Now, that’s where the story gets complicated, and probably took on Egyptian (read, pagan) elements. Hence, the need for Mary Magdalene to be a High Priestess. As I said, it’s complicated.
I don’t need, or want, to rehash the parallels that exist between Jesus Christ and King Arthur. Others have done a marvelous job of that.
What I want to highlight is the concept of Gnosis. Throughout my posts are hidden gems of knowledge that are meant to spur your search for the Truth. The idea that information can be sitting right under your collective noses without many of you having any conscious awareness makes my work so difficult at times.
It’s like telling you a fairy tale or a bedtime story…