Almost Anglo Saxon by Ella Jo

 This is a concept album as I wanted to start a brand new project with completely new ideas. It is very satisfying to research a subject, write about it as poetry and then find a tune and craft a song. This is what ‘Almost Anglo Saxon’ has mainly been about.

I wanted to write some songs about Anglo Saxon life as I am interested in the history. Also I wanted to explore a more historical approach to making the music. Nothing remains of Anglo Saxon music. They had certain instruments that we can be sure of, but no one knows what type of music they were playing, and so this gave me the freedom to just write songs as I like to and not look to any particular influence. If a tune moved me and sat with me, I would use it if I was sure it was ‘original’ enough. I don’t listen to any folk music really so just followed what I thought sounded authentic and pretty simple. 

I like to think each song tells a story and gives some insight into the human condition all those years ago. Included on the album are tracks called: The Song of Wayland Smithy, The Hidden Hoard, Dragon Ships, Wassail The Night, Feel Love, Ethelred – The Unready Blues, The Ballard Of St Margaret, The Minstrel’s Song and Vortigern’s Surprise.

In an attempt to deconstruct what we understand as ‘music’ we have used our imagination to visualize what Anglo Saxon musicians may have been inspired by, with modern day recording techniques. Thus we have sampled wolves, owls and other birds. The wind, the sea, bells, anything that we feel is appropriate to the song. Yet I have also included things that please me – we are not Anglo Saxons – the ‘Almost’ in the title gave me permission to sense the songs from a modern perspective.

The aim of this project is to entertain and educate. This project is also a testament to the skill of the sound engineer, Steve Spon, and proof that a simple concept can be such a lot of fun and be well received by music lovers of all types.

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 Track List:

Swirling and Whirling – A song about women’s magic!

The Hidden Hoard – The story behind buried treasure

Ethelred The Unready Blues – The ruler who consistently got things wrong!

Minstrel’s Song – reflecting on the life of the entertainers in Anglo Saxon Times and their value to society

Wassail The Night With Mead – A joyous adventure into the folk life of long ago

Ballard Of St Margaret – the story of a real Anglo Saxon Princess

Vortigern’s Surprise – A song about the invasions of the Anglo Saxons

Through the Eyes of An Eagle – A simple love song, based on characters from far off days.

The Song of Wayland Smithy – About the ancient folk story of an imprisoned smith

Dragon Ships – A woman sings a song about the Viking invasion of the Anglo Saxons

The Empress Tarot Decoded Issue Three

The Empress  Tarot Decoded Issue Three

This is the third book from the series Tarot Decoded by Ella Jo Street.
Traditionally interpreted as the Mother Figure in a person’s life, Ella Jo looks into the mythological and psychological background of this loaded figure. In her analysis of The Empress card, she traces this important figure from ancient roots, revealing the journey of the archetype to its place in the Modern Tarot.

Describing the many versions of this figure through time and linking up the archetype with psychology, the author gives insight into how the nurturing Goddess has created the archetype for human identity and its development. Knowledge has been gathered from a wide range of resources to assist in a thorough interpretation of the Empress Tarot Card.

Tracing the emergence of the Mother Goddess from prehistory to later societies, research includes a wide range of ancient cultures and medieval folk lore in Europe. Alongside are tarot connections made to the Tree of Life and a corresponding view from Transactional Analysis and Jungian theory.

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The book gives a rounded view of the Empress to deeply enrich the Reader’s understanding of the card and contains material for Tarot training and anthropological research.

The High Priestess Tarot Decoded Issue Two

The High Priestess  Tarot Decoded Issue Two

This is the second book from the series ‘Tarot Decoded’ by Ella Jo Street. In her analysis of the The High Priestess card, she traces this tantalizing figure from her ancient roots to modern times, revealing the Great Goddess.

This collection of fascinating essays explores the mythology and psychology associated with the worship of the Nature and Wisdom Goddess, making this book invaluable for understanding the development of witchcraft and emergence of the Wiccan Religion.

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Also containing an extensive collection of ancient images, this book contains material for Tarot training and is a valuable Pagan source-book.

Journey Of A Tarot Reader

Journey Of A Tarot Reader Serious research on the possible influence of the Mother Goddess Religion on the concept of Tarot

In 2006 Ella Jo made a trip to Greece to read Tarot on the beaches. Her journal reveals the realities of a Bohemian beach community life and the story unfolds as she decides to go exploring. Influenced by her desire to find the origins of the Tarot, she travels to Turkey to look for evidence. In 2005, Ella Jo visited India, finding evidence for the original structure of the Tarot cards; this 2006 journal charts her search in the Middle East.

 

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Ella Jo relates her journey from Santorini to Crete and Rhodes, then on to Turkey returning to the UK through Bulgaria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The book makes entertaining reading as she tells of her encounters with people and places she found on her journey.

The second part of the book, headed ‘Notes’, takes a deeper look at the subjects uncovered in her journey. She presents serious research on the possible influence of the Mother Goddess Religion on the concept of Tarot, seeking linguistic and historical material to provide insights. Ella Jo also investigates the mystery of Tarot’s appearance in Europe, providing glimpses of evidence from surviving historical data.

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This book is a must for those interested in the fascinating phenomena that is Tarot.

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