1961 – 1962 Letters Between Mary Caine and John Maltwood

The following are letters written between Mary Caine and John Maltwood. Mary’s first letter was intended for Katharine Maltwood but Katharine had just passed away a about a month and a half before Mary sent her first letter.

A few of the letters (including John’s first response) are not in the Maltwood collection. If anybody has copies of the missing letters, it would be great to have the entire collection available in one place for anybody who wishes to read them.

By Victoria Landscape Zodiac

Katharine Maltwood’s book reviews and publications in “The Speculative Mason” from 1935 – 1953

Katharine Maltwood’s book reviews and publications in “The Speculative Mason” from 1935 – 1953.

The Speculative Mason October 1935

Book Review of “A Guide to Glastonbury’s Temple of the Stars”

Note that Katharine published her first book anonymously so she is referred to as a he in this book review.

October 1935 000 CoverOctober 1935 159October 1935 160

The Speculative Mason April 1945

Book Review of “The Enchantments of Britain”.

April 1945 000 CoverApril 1945 053April 1945 054

The Speculative Mason October 1948

Publication of “The Sumerian Origin of the Somerset Zodiac and its Stellar Crown”.

October 1948 000 CoverOctober 1948 097October 1948 098October 1948 099

The Speculative Mason April 1949

Publication of “The Place of the Stars on Somerset’s Archiac Zodiac”.

April 1949 000 CoverApril 1949 051April 1949 052April 1949 053April 1949 054

The Speculative Mason 1951 and 1952
“King Arthur’s Round Table”. (Taurus, Aries, Pisces & Aquarius)

1951 & 1952 000 Cover1951 & 1952 1361951 & 1952 1371951 & 1952 1381951 & 1952 1391951 & 1952 140

The Speculative Mason January 1949

Notes from the Master’s Chair about “The Sumerian Origin of the Somerset Zodiac” and “The Sumerian Origin of the Somerset Zodiac” continued.

January 1949 000 CoverJanuary 1949 003

January 1949 004January 1949 014January 1949 015January 1949 016

The Speculative Mason 1953

 “King Arthur’s Round Table of the Zodiac” Continued (Capricorus, Sagittarius, Scorpio & Virgo)

1953 000 Cover1953 0461953 0471953 048

I could not find the last installment of “King Arthur’s Round Table” published in the Speculative Mason. I will look again and post it if I find it.

By Victoria Landscape Zodiac

Katharine Emma Maltwood’s 1898 Sketch Pad.

Just a fun little post for the hardcore Katharine Emma Maltwood enthusiasts out there.

The following images are scans of Katharine’s personal sketch pad from 1898.

The sketch Pad is currently housed in the Special Collections Department (Maltwood Museum) in the McPherson Library at UVIC (The University of Victoria) in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Note her signature and the date on the second line from the top of the first page. Katharine Emma Sapsworth April 24th 1898. She was 20 years old still using her maiden name.

I am sorry but I could not figure out how to post the images in higher resolution. If you save the images to your computer you can zoom into them for a closer look. Enjoy.


Front Cover



Inside front cover. Pages 1 & 2

(Note her signature and date. Second line from the top).



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By Victoria Landscape Zodiac

Teapot Asterism in relation to the Sagittarius effigy of the Glastonbury Landscape Zodiac

In astronomy, an asterism is a pattern of stars recognized on Earth’s night sky. It may be part of an official constellation, or be composed of stars from more than one constellation. – wikipedia

The best know examples of asterisms are the big dipper asterism in the Ursa Major constellation and the Summer Triangle asterism which is formed by the three bright stars Vega of Lyra, Deneb of Cygnus and Altair of Aquila.

Big Dipper AsterismBig Dipper Asterism

Summer Triangle Asterism

Summer Triangle Asterism

Less commonly known is the Teapot Asterism in the Sagittarius constellation.

Sagittarius Teapot Asterism

Teapot Asterism in the Sagittarius constellation.

In the Glastonbury Landscape Zodiac, the Sagittarius constellation and Teapot asterism fall on the hindquarters of the Sagittarius effigy. Though it may be common knowledge now, to my knowledge, Katherine Maltwood never made any mention of it but there is a teapot lane on the left shoulder of the Sagittarius effigy of the Glastonbury Landscape Zodiac. Note that due to the polar projection of the planisphere overlay on the glastonbury zodiac, the Sagittarius constellation and teapot asterism appear distorted (stretched out) compared to how we see them in the night sky.

Sagittarius Effigy and Teapot Asterism
Sagittarius Effigy of the Glastonbury Landscape Zodiac.

See more Landscape Zodiac related info at


By Victoria Landscape Zodiac

Eridanus and Zaurack on King Arthur’s Round Table

Here is a rather interesting copy of Katherine Maltwood’s Round Table of the Zodiac. (click images for higher resolution)

Eridanus and Zaurack


Eridanus and Zaurack 2


The first thing that jumps out at me is that, unlike her original Round Table, KEM (Katherine Emma Maltwood) has gone out of her way to turn this copy of the map 90 degrees counterclockwise so that north is facing left instead of it usual upright position.

She had labelled all of the Zodiac Signs (except for Cancer and Libra) as well as the usual Cetus, Orion (Gemini?) and Hercules (King Arthur/Sagittarius) but did not label the Argo Navis. In addition KEM also labelled the constellations Eridanus (the River) and Hydra (the Water Serpent/Snake).

She marked the pole of the Ecliptic on Hercules/King Arthur/Sagittarius arm and labelled only two stars on this map. Kochab, which she calls the polestar of the Temple from the constellation Ursa Minor, falls on Park Wood in the centre of the map and Zaurack (which means ‘bright Star of the Boat’) from the constellation Eridanus, falls on the Sail/Bow of the Argo Navis Effigy.

On the back of the map, which KEM unfortunately did not date, she wrote ‘This is the one to use but leave out Castor & Pollox. Hydra & Eridanus & Canis Minor (which she didn’t actually label). She also marked ‘bright Star of the boat’ on the back.

The labeling of Eridanus and Zaurack on the map above as well as the Snake/River looking ‘effigy’ between the Girt Dog of Langport and the Rudder of the Argo Navis in the January 28, 1946 map below, leads me to believe that KEM was in the process of discovering/developing an Eridanus River effigy which I believe was going to relate to the third/Cancer water gate and original entrance to the Temple.

KEMs January 28, 1946 Map of Glastonbury's Temple of the Stars

KEM’s January 28, 1946 map showing what appears to be several never before mentioned effigies.

More info about the Temple’s Earth & Water Gates at the following link.

Earth and Water Gates of Glastonbury’s Temple of the Stars.

By Victoria Landscape Zodiac

Earth and Water Gates of Glastonbury’s Temple of the Stars

Earth and Water Gates of Glastonbury’s Temple of the Stars.

Earth & Water Gates of Glastonbury's Temple of the Stars Landscape Zodiac 3

In Chapter II, THE EARTH SIGN, VIRGO, of ‘A Guide to Glastonbury’s Temple of the Stars’, Katherine Maltwood has the following to say in regards to Earth and Water Gates of ‘the Temple’.

Gates On the Sun’s Path

“Bab Cary is (though she later changed this to ‘may be’) the Virgin’s Gate on the Fosse Way. As gates play an important part in traditions of the Temple, three land gates, and three water gates, that lie within a radius of three and a half miles from the centre at Butleigh, are here suggested.

The early British road along the hills of Mendip, that crosses the Fosse Way at Beacon Hill, sends a branch road to West Pennard, there to enter the earth sign Capricornus; this constellation was called ‘The Gate of the Gods.’

Westwards, the third land entrance would have been by the Polden Hills, on the road along Walton Hill to Taurus.

The Scorpion water gate on the river Brue was called Lydford, it was the gate of death next to the gate of life in Virgo.

The second water gate lower down the Brue was the most famous, it was by Pomparles Bridge at the entrance to King Fisherman’s Castle, in Pisces.

The third was on the Cary river called Somerton Gate.

But perhaps the original entrance to the Kingdom of Logres was by the River Parrett, where the effigy of the great Dog guards the junction with the old course of the Cary. Large ships could navigate the entire outline of the under part of this ‘shining hound,‘ swept along on the flood of the tidal bore. “Messire Gawain seeth the entrance of the gateway foul and horrible like as it had been hell.” High History. Branch 2. Title 3.

Bab is the Arab’s word for gate, and it is remarkable that this original place name by the Fosse Way should remain, close to where Virgo’s hand, holding out her bouquet of corn, breaks the typical straightness of that highway; this divergence exactly marks the centre of the month of September in correspondence with the degrees on the modern planisphere.”

– Katherine Emma Maltwood

The Girt Dog of Langport guards the Gates of the Temple and Cancer is the Gates. Note Westerngate and Middlegate Roads on the head of the Cancer effigy. Note also, KEMs Eridanus (River) effigy between the two. Could this be the third/Cancer Water Gate???

The following maps also shows a bit of the Eridanus River looking effigy. Unfortunately the surround O.S. Sheet which would contain the rest of the effigy are nowhere to be found.

Girt Dog of Langport
KEM’s O.S. Sheets 62 SE & 72 SW showing what appears to be parts of an Eridanus River effigy overlaying the Girt Dog of Langport.

By Victoria Landscape Zodiac

Zodiac Wheel at the Galactic Centre of the VLZ (Victoria Landscape Zodiac)

Just finished laying out a Zodiac Wheel patio in our backyard and wanted to share the results.

Crushed Brick Complete

See details below.

Zodiac Wheel Drawing

The design came to me one night while I was out ‘meditating’ in the backyard, under the starry sky. Drew a rough draft and it turned out that our old patio had the exact number of patio stones necessary to make this design. Created a more accurate drawing on the computer to get the exact size and layout (above).

Laying out the Circle

Measured to find the centre of our yard and drove a metal rod into the ground from which to take all other measurements.  It turned out that we had just enough room to layout the design in our small yard. Dug out the grass and sifted the soil beneath for pebbles and rocks to be used later.

Screeding the Soil

Built a wooden dodecagon (12 sided) frame around the perimeter of the circle to be used for measuring and leveling the soil.


Made a wooden screed which sat on the dodecagon frame and was attached to the metal rod in the centre. Placed several patio stones on the screed for weight and made a rope harness with which to pull the screed around the circle. Sorry no action photos. Screed the soil so that there is about a 1 1/2″ drop from the centre to the edges for water run off. Note the pile of sifted pebbled and patio stones in the top right corner.

Laying out the Patio Stones

With the soil leveled,  took a blue tarp (that was destined for the dump and just happened to be the size needed) and stretched it out over the soil to assist water run off and prevent the growth of weeds. Attached a piece of string to the metal rod to assist with placing the patio stones at correct distances and angles.

Adding the Rope

Several rainy days and nights under canopy tent and tarps sifting soil for pebbles, scrubbing and placing patio stones. Note sifting and patio stone washing table in the bottom right corner.

Patio Stone Layout Complete

Patio stone layout complete. Cut off the excess blue tarp and added ropes around the perimeter and centre circle.

Zodiac Wheel Drawing 2

165 patio stones. 60 stones perimeter and 12 spoke wheel (12 hours and 60 minutes) orientated to the 4 cardinal directions. North, south, east and west representing the solstices and equinoxes.

Adding the Gravel

Pebbles added to form the Fixed Cross (midpoints between the cardinal directions). Wooden dodecagon frame removed.

Crushed Brick Complete

Zodiac Wheel layout complete. Hand crushed brick added to the cardinal points forming a Templar Cross with overlaying, reversed, double barred Lorraine’s crosses.

Templar CrossLorraine's Cross

Templar Cross (left) and Cross of Lorraine (right) which is also associated with the Knights Templar.

Finishing Touches

Plans for the near future adornment of our Zodiac Wheel. Thinking of adding key words for the signs, planets, house, qualities and elements which can be meditated upon as one walks the Zodiac.

Hosting an opening-blessing ceremony and 3 dimensional intro to astrology workshop on Spring Equinox.

Workshop info here.


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By Victoria Landscape Zodiac

Grand Sextile Aspect Pattern on July 29, 2013


A Grand Sextile Aspect Pattern will be taking place on July 29, 2013. I was just thinking about July 29th the other day.

Grand Sextile Glastonbury

The image above shows how the July 29, 2013 Grand Sextile Aspect Pattern falls on the current planisphere layer of the Glastonbury Zodiac.

The Grand Sextile will begin at 8:25am Glastonbury time and will last just under 18 hours ending a 2:23am on July 30, 2013.

I believe the distortion of the pattern has to do with the Ecliptic being 23.5 degrees off center to the north celestial pole.

The following is the Sabian Symbol for the Sun location at 6-7 degrees of Leo on July 29, 2013.


KEYNOTE: The power of basic spiritual values which refer to man’s common humanity and to all enduring archetypes.

The experience of the night sky with its multitude of stars, especially brilliant in all the countries from which astrology came, is just as basic and archetypal an experience as that of sunrise, full moon and seasonal changes. Every people on this Earth has developed the concept of constellations, probably because of a need to find order in existence and to personalize everything that could be given a permanent form. Such personalizations can be called “psychic projections,” but the projection concept should be worked out both ways. If man projects his basic human nature upon the star-filled night sky, is it not just as logical to say that the universe projects its own forever-evolving patterns of order upon human nature? In either case we deal with archetypal factors which endure through a long series of generations.

This second stage symbol once more stands in perfect contrast to the preceding one. The nearly unchanging patterns of star groups are opposed to the sequence of ever-changing fashions and social ideals. The Keyword here is PERMANENCE.

An interesting bit of information about the Grand Sextile can be found at the following link. Note that Randy Bruner of Blue Cosmic Hand refers to this Grand Sextile as “the big one we’ve all been waiting for” Don’t let this become another Galactic Alignment 2012. Breath it in and enjoy.


Peace, Love and Grand Sextiles.

Donald P. Allen

Tonnes of addition Landscape Zodiac related info on my Teachings of the White Raven Facebook Page.


By Victoria Landscape Zodiac