Gwenevere and the Round Table
A follow up to her acclaimed Red Tree, White Tree, this book puts the faery elements of Arthurian legend into practice. It shows how the Round Table was an actual, practical system of magic, demonstrated by Gwenevere, who was its prime interpreter within the court of the Round Table. Central to the book is the concept of five Faery Kingdoms described in the legends, with which Gwenevere was closely associated: Lyonesse, Sorelois, Gorre and Oriande, about the central Grail kingdom of Listenois.
The book comprises a graded series of meditations, practical magical exercises, guided visualisations and a full ritual, which take the reader into each of the Faery kingdoms in turn, guided by Gwenevere, to experience the various challenges and gifts that they each represent. The fourth kingdom, Oriande, takes the reader into the Round Table of the Stars, an experiential journey through 12 constellations, which very neatly and remarkably demonstrates the continuing work of the Round Table into the future.
“A classic! Not only a lucid guide to faery dynamics in Arthurian and Grail legend but what to do about it, why, and how. A practical follow up to Wendy’s mind-blowing Red Tree, White Tree. Highly recommended.”
– Gareth Knight
Wendy Berg has thirty years’ experience of all aspects of the Western Mystery Tradition and is an authority on Egyptian, Celtic, Arthurian and Grail magical traditions. She blends a thorough knowledge and experience of the Qabalah and formal ritual magic with Christian Mysticism and modern Paganism. For many years she ran the Avalon Group, the magical fraternity founded by Gareth Knight.
"This is an important book. Wendy Berg has accomplished a remarkable feat by recognizing a previously unnoticed aspect of the much-written about and much-examined Arthurian Tradition. After centuries of laying in the background the significance of Gwenevere and the Round Table have at last been convincingly brought to the fore to reveal their true worth. But this is no academic hair-splitting of old or outdated material. Their relevance and power are clearly shown to be of great need in the troubling first decades of the 21st century. By asking two simple questions: “Why did King Arthur with all his castles and lands need a new table?” and “How do Queen Gwenevere and the ladies of the court manage to influence the events that seem to be dominated by the knights?” , Wendy Berg shows that the real power-wielders at the Court of King Arthur were the Faery women often portrayed as no more than the pathetic ‘damsel in distress’ or the ineffective, barren Queen who is no more than a romantic attraction for the casual reader. Whereas the main focus for mystics and magicians alike has always been the Holy Grail, Wendy Berg now draws our attention to the previously unrecognized complex and deeply powerful Mysteries of the Round Table. This contribution to the on-going practical work of the Arthuriad will be of great importance to not only Grail-Seekers but anyone interested in the Arthurian legends, the Western Mystery Tradition, Faery lore and the vital role of women in the Mysteries today."
– Steve Blamires
"Wendy is unsurpassed at explaining Gwenevere’s true role in the Arthurian legends and the importance of Faery to our very existence. In this book she guides us on a meditative and (oh joy) starry journey through the five Faery Kingdoms, even unto Listenois, the Grail Kingdom itself, accompanied by Gwenevere as a ‘wise and joyful companion and a skilled and loving initiator into the Mysteries of the Round Table,’ which is a very fitting description of the author herself. This book speaks to the Soul – read, experience, be joyous and be forever changed."
— Maddy Johnson, Founder/Leader of S.O.N.G. Druid Order