Iona is one of several small islands off the
western coast of Scotland. Historically, it is known as a ‘sacred isle'
because of its pagan and then Christian spiritual activity through the ages.
With the arrival of St. Columba on its shores in 563 AD, Iona became a Christian
sanctuary. It's Gaelic name, Innis-nam Druidbneach means ‘Island of the
Druids'. Forty-eight Scottish kings including Mac Beth and the Lords of the
Isles were buried there.
The akashic records tell us that Iona was
inhabited by a mystic community after the final cataclysms of Atlantis. The
remnant Atlanteans had known of Iona, which they called Aberuk, or ‘distant
place of the heart', from the canticles of the Hyperboreans, who came to
Atlantis from the North polar region long before that Atlantic continent's
demise. The Hyperboreans, who were descendants of a Sirian star race, called the
place Iuma, meaning ‘bright land'. It was then part of the continent of
Scotland before the event which sent Atlantis to the depths. By the time the
post-Atlantean colony arrived, Iona was not much larger than it is today.
Iona is one of the group of islands known as the
Inner Hebrides. Most of the Hebridean islands were at one time visited and
inhabited by Hyperboreans, and then after Atlantis' demise, by the Hyperborean-Atlantean
mixed race, the Rutans. The greatest priests and priestesses of Atlantis were
the Rutans. As has been previously written upon in Temple Doors, the Isle of
Ruta ascended into the inner-planes during the time implosion that destroyed the
last portion of Atlantis. However not all Rutans were on the Isle at the time.
Consequently, some found their way into what is now the Middle East and other
regions of the world. One group consisting of seven males, three females and one
child, established the Atlantean colony on Iona. They built a small library for
sacred works dating back to Lemurian times. Around the library which they called
their ‘heart seed', they built a strong, almost fortress like Temple. In the
eras that followed, this isle continued to be inhabited by those with spiritual
preservation and education in mind.
For several centuries before and after Christ's
birth, Iona was the center for a select gathering of priestesses who had been
established there by a pre-Merlin Mage. He had been given revelations upon which
were based the tenets and purpose of this priestess stronghold. The entire study
of these revelations and the established Temple complex of the priestesses on
Iona (who called themselves the Priestesses of Ank, or ‘sacred well of life'),
is not within the scope of this article. However, Tehuti (who's soul was one of
the five layered souls that composed the identity of Merlin) states that the
Ionian priestesses were the basis for the Celtic legends concerning sanctuaries
of ‘Lady of the Lake' type women who regenerated the male psyche and often his
physical form as well.
Certainly Iona is alive with the mists of its
past. In ‘Magical and Mystic Sites' by Elizabeth Pepper and John Wilcock, they
write of Iona:
"The colors of sea and sky are
pristine, the beaches are of white sand, and great patches of wild daffodils
turn the island into a blaze of yellow each spring. At both ends of the island
the lovely low hills with their score of secret glens and hollows must
hide a thousand memories of age old ceremonials or gatherings under the moon. At
dusk, even today, they seem to be haunted by spirits of long ago. The turf is
chopped short everywhere by the ranging sheep, but the ground has probably never
been uncovered to reveal the ancient treasures that must lie beneath.
"Iona feels old: the air, the ground, the
contours of the land seem saturated with ancient memories. Possibly because of
its remoteness (no cars are allowed on the island), the island seems to shun
contemporary life. The air is fresh and energizing but has the sweet aroma of
hidden secrets; the ground is often rutted as though hundreds of thousands of
feet have traversed the same routes."
When the Ionian priestesses feared invasion by
lesser magical elements, they brought into their sacred stronghold certain
Druids who were aligned to their spiritual principles. The Druids remained on
Iona after the priestess-hood had departed.
There were many different sects of Druids, some
of which were quite bloodthirsty in nature, and others, like the Ionian Druids,
who refused the tenets of sacrifice, wishing only to worship nature in her
purest and undefiled form. These ‘purists' were descended from the original
Atlantean Dorrids, who were known in Atlantis as ‘Priests and Priestesses of
the Earth'. After the usurpation of the Melchizedekean Temples in Atlantis, some
of the undefiled priests and priestesses fled to the sanctuaries of the Dorrids
and were thus absorbed into their fold.
In ‘Magical and Mystical Sites' we read:
"....the Anglo-American mystic Col.
James Churchward, in The Lost Continent of Mu, speculated that the original
Druids were descended from Egyptian priests who landed in Ireland and the west
of England, bringing with them all their ancient beliefs in sun worship."
Certainly Egyptian beliefs were to be found
within the Druid practice, but Egypt was originally a colony of Atlantis, the
true source of the Druids. Iona's ancient body called the Atlanteans to its
shore as if it sang a siren song to those who had suffered the loss of their
sacred space. Iona's jeweled beaches bespoke the same olden rhyme of the Ancient
Ones in the soft drumming of its surf and the circling cries of the gulls.
From the book ‘Iona', by John L. Patterson, we
"The rocks of Iona are little older
than the ocean from which they rise. The Reverend Edward Craig Trenholme in The
Story of Iona (1909) has written: ‘When our planet from a glowing mass of
combustion like the sun, shriveled into a globe with a solid crust and the first
oceans condensed in the hollows of its hot surface - then it was that the
Archaean rocks, of which Iona and the Outer Hebrides consist, were formed on the
sea bottom. They contain no fossils, for, as far as is known, no living
creatures as yet existed in the desolate waste of waters or on the primeval
land. They are hard, rugged and twisted, and in Iona as elsewhere marble had
been developed by the vast heat and pressure they have undergone.'
"On Iona the rocks are always with you for
they are only partly hidden by a thin veneer of turf and heather and you can
sense their antiquity when your path is impeded by the presence of their
implacable solidity. To fully appreciate the age of this part of the Earth's
surface you must climb to the summit of Dun I and survey the surrounding
terrain. That early settlers were prepared to live in this remote and primeval
part of the world appears perverse but there is some evidence that ancient rocks
possessed magical qualities for the old religions; and Iona, for this reason,
may have been chosen as a centre by the Druids for their rituals. It is thought
that Dun I may possibly have been used for their primitive rites and it is not
difficult to imagine, when standing on such a commanding site, that it would
have appeared to them to have been the centre of the world."
On Iona, the Priestesses of Ank welcomed
individuals into their sanctuary for periods of instruction and often healing.
Those brought to the island were selected through a process which included
scrying. Scrying is the magical art of viewing events at a distance in time and
space through a reflective element such as water, crystal or a polished surface.
An astral initiation is giving spiritual initiation into inner-plane learning
while in out-of-body experience. Many who came to Iona came not in the physical
body. The Ank Priestess-hood opened several layers of the etheric over this
isle, some of which remains loosely formed to this day. Thus, there are many
astral presences still moving upon the surface of the Island of the Druids.
Iona shares her sacred space of ocean with
several other islands, one of which is the tiny Staffa. Uninhabited today, it
harbors two enormous caves, whose current names are Mackinnon's and Fingal's. In
the time of the Ank priestesses of Iona, these caves were magical enclaves for
their oracle use.
In this age, Iona calls to many new seekers of
Light who wander about her wind tossed hills, alert to any sign of communion
with the past. Yet deep in the mother's bosom a child is sleeping, a king-child
who will one day take up the gleaming sword of truth.