You would be forgiven for thinking this masterpiece of Gold working was discovered in an ancient Egyptian tomb coated in the dusts of Time. But no, this exquisite artwork was unearthed in a muddy field in a town called Mold in North Wales. The burial mound containing the treasure was called Bryn Yr Ellyllon or the Fairies Hill! Apt name!
The Golden Cape dates from around 1900 BC, older and further west than all the Golden conical hats yet found! It’s decoration is very similar to some of the detailing on the hats and other treasures of the continent. It’s shape and size is said to suit the build of a female, which makes sense as far as receptivity goes. Women in general are more receptive with males having to work harder to achieve similar results, particularly through generative energy retention! (generalisation! Individuals differ!)
The Cape itself covers the whole of the upper arm rendering the bearer motionless at the shoulders, this in keeping with the ritualistic idea.
In addition this marvellous piece was found with 300 Amber beads, likely from the Baltic, and bronze sheets probably used as backing. It is interesting to note for provenance that in Wales there is the great Orme copper mine, the largest and best copper mine in the ancient known world. Also there is the great tin mines of Cornwall and the west country, said to be the biggest and best tin deposit in the ancient world. Add to this the Gold rich area of Western Great Britain and a recipe for an advanced bronze age Britain emerges.
It would not surprise me in the slightest if at one time in the past this beautiful Cape was accompanied by a wonderful Golden conical hat or Golden skull cap of its own! The wearer being encased in a Golden shell to improve their receptivity to the natural energies on given nights at certain dates of astronomical significance. The Awenyddion would “sitja uti” or sit out at a sacred site or burial place to “connect” with the Annwn or otherworld!
Most of these Golden objects from the conical hats to the Cape of Mold have been linked to ceremony and ritual with many now making the connection to ancient “wizards” or more appropriately Magicians!
The term Magician, we are told, has its root in the Magi of Persian lore and tradition, these great adepts were said to be star glazers (astronomers) and fire worshippers connected with the Zoroastrian faith (Mithra!).
The Ma or Mag and Mahg prefix has interesting connotations in the west also, the Irish tradition of the Magian priesthood is good, but I would like to draw light upon the Welsh etymological thread –
The Welsh term Mag – the act of rearing or bringing up or educating!
Magadwr – one who nurses or rears!
Magddu – the fountain of blackness or seat of darkness!
Magdan – the generation of fire! Light and heat!
And my favourite, Magi – a principle of Generation!
Here, for me, we see the link of Magi or Magic with the Generative principle, and when this principle is retained through certain practices and exercises the results can be magic!
The Welsh and Gaelic languages are, in my opinion, keys to some of the many locks that surround all of our histories.