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Review of The Serpent Grail by John Evans at 'Spiritual Nirvana'.
January 23, 2006
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Review of The Serpent Grail by Jason Farrow for 'Gnostic Communications' February 6, 2006. 
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Review of The Serpent Grail
by Stephen Andrews for 'The Temple Review'.
July, 2006.
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El Grial Y La Serpiente

Cover of the Spanish Edition

The search for the Holy Grail takes a surprising twist in this compelling book by Philip Gardiner with Gary Osborn, a fellow researcher of mystery traditions. While the romantic tales of Arthurian legend and the fabulous stories of Middle Ages alchemical feats retain some of the original truth, much of their factual detail has become lost in allegory and metaphor over time.
The intrepid authors felt they had to go further back, even beyond what historians regard as the first great civilisation, the Sumerian. What they found was a Grail heritage common to prehistoric cultures across the globe. And that heritage involved a serpent – or snake worshipping cult that even today has resonances in the major religions. Their research, taking in ancient myths, alchemy, anthropology, archaeology, etymology, mysticism, religion and more, reveals secrets about a triad of mystery: the Holy Grail, steeped in the physical realm: the Elixir of Life, bound up in the mental: and the Philiosopher’s Stone, the attainment – Superconsciousness itself.
This triad has its roots in shamanism, where mysterious potions were utilised to take the shaman to other planes of consciousness.
The medium, suggest the authors, was a mixture of snake venom and blood that in combination was not poisonous but produced intense visionary experiences and had healing properties. The snake was venerated for these qualities, and its ability to shed its skin symbolised rebirth. The ingredients were extracted using utensils such as a staff to collect the drips of venom, a knife to cut off the snake’s head, a bowl (perhaps a skull cap) to collect the venom and blood, and a plate to hold the dead snake. More recent esoteric traditions symbolise these artefacts in ritual wands, swords, cups and discs found in magickal rituals and the tarot deck.
The Serpent Grail is a challenging thesis that may force a re-examination of traditions we’ve perhaps taken too literally.

Cover of Nexus Magazine, Vol 12, No 6, Oct - Nov, 2005

The Serpent Grail: Writing Credits

Preface written by Philip Gardiner.
Introduction by both authors.
Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 15 by Gary Osborn.
Chapters, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14 by Philip Gardiner.
Chapters 1, 7 and 12 are by both authors.
Appendix I and II written by Gary Osborn.
Appendix III written by Philip Gardiner.

Illustrations by Gary Osborn
Photographs by Philip Gardiner
Edited by John Baldock


The Shining Ones: Writing Credits

Preface written by Philip Gardiner from original version
Introduction written by Gary Osborn.
Chapters 1, 4, 11 by Gary Osborn with contributions
by Philip Gardiner
Chapters 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 by Gary Osborn.
Chapters 12, 13, 14 and 15 by Philip Gardiner.
Appendix by Gary Osborn and Philip Gardiner.
All Illustrations by Gary Osborn.
Photographs by Philip Gardiner
Edited by Peter Bently


Email to Gary Osborn from Philip Gardiner - April 21st, 2005, 10:55 PM - after his reading of the final Copy Proof of The Serpent Grail

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