Kingston’s Wintry Scapegoat



As the Sun moves out of wintry Sagittarius and moves into the wintrier Capricorn, our month by month tour of the Kingston Zodiac takes us on a tour across Surrey’s Zodiacal Unicorn, the winter archetype of the British Royal Arms: which compliments the Lion on which our story effectively began.


In old Celtic Tree Alphabets Capricorn corresponded to the first letter of the Lunar Ogham Alphabet, ‘Beth’, with its association with the Birch Tree and the Birch Rods with which traditional scapegoats, or whipping boys, would often be beaten instead of the Royal Princes who have lived on this ancient Zodiac at Richmond and elsewhere. One of them, according to a widely available local historical guidebook, went on to reside at Ham House, just a few short miles up river from where we first encounter our Zodiacal Goat.


With December’s political developments largely focussed on the attempted unseating of House of Commons Speaker Michael Martin, it is perhaps significant that with the recession well and truly underway, victims of the post Christmas blues are looking for a scapegoat for the country’s present economic ills. Let’s hope they end up birching the right one…. 




About tartantombraider

A lineal descendant of Captain Robert Ferguson (1719-1799) the older brother of the great Scottish Enlightenment Philosopher and historian Adam Ferguson (1723-1816); the friend of Hume, Gibbon and Adam Smith. Also related to the great feminist author and playwright Rachel Ferguson. Have written extensively on a vast range of subjects, published in print as book author and in various journals and magazines into the bargain. Early work as an underground film maker on the early Goa Trance and radical anti-CJB political scene in the 1990s has since become more refined and ambitious and I am now a regular contributor to such high profile events as the Portobello Film Festival Annual Film Maker's Convention.....:
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