The Abbey of Misrule

The Abbey of Misrule, authored from an Orthodox Christian perspective, explores themes of spiritual crisis, societal decline, and the questioning of Western values and progress. It advocates for a return to traditional spiritual roots, critiques modernity and technological dominance, and discusses the loss of faith in institutions amidst recent global events.

Spirituality Societal Critique Modern Challenges Tradition vs Progress Identity and Culture Authority and Institutions Nature vs Technology

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707 implied HN points • 23 Feb 24
  1. Be cautious of how your words can be hijacked by others for their own agendas.
  2. Make sure to research and clarify the background and intentions of any publication or platform that approaches you for content.
  3. Stand firm in your values and beliefs, and don't allow your writing to be used to support ideologies that you oppose.
483 implied HN points • 29 Feb 24
  1. Ireland's constitution of 1937 marked a significant shift towards independence, neutrality, and revival of Irish culture and language.
  2. The evolution of Ireland from a traditional Catholic society to a more progressive, globalized state has led to significant changes in laws and societal values.
  3. Proposed changes to the Irish constitution highlight a shift towards progressive ideals, with a focus on removing traditional gender roles and promoting individual rights over familial structures.
321 implied HN points • 17 Mar 24
  1. St. Patrick's Day in Ireland is a day of celebrations and parades but visiting wells dedicated to St. Patrick can be a more meaningful experience.
  2. Wells dedicated to St. Patrick, like Cluain Patrick in County Roscommon, offer a tranquil and spiritual atmosphere, with connections to Christian and pagan history.
  3. The presence of ancient trees like yews at Christian sites suggests a blend of Christianity with pre-existing pagan beliefs, creating a unique spiritual landscape.
393 implied HN points • 19 Feb 24
  1. The author shared a message with his readers on reaching 50,000 subscribers.
  2. He expressed gratitude towards his readers and offered a discount on paid subscriptions as a gesture of thanks.
  3. The author highlighted the privilege of writing for a living and the value he places on each subscriber.
260 implied HN points • 03 Mar 24
  1. The coastal walk in Ardmore, County Waterford, Ireland, offers layers of history including industrial mines, revolutionary soldiers, and slave raids, showcasing the area's rich and varied past.
  2. Father O'Donnell's wellhouse, built with the intention of healing properties, remains unfinished due to a local complaint to the priest, halting the project and leaving it frozen in time a century later.
  3. The incomplete wellhouse serves as a reminder of the fleeting nature of peaceful times and the enduring presence of ruins along coastlines, highlighting the intertwined stories of ambition, social dynamics, and history.
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319 implied HN points • 18 Feb 24
  1. At wells in Ireland, like St Ita's well, a practice of 'sympathetic magic' takes place where objects of the sick are brought for healing, showing a blending of ancient magical traditions with Christianity.
  2. This 'sympathetic magic' practice involves tying items like socks, handkerchiefs, and shirts to crosses or trees near the well in hopes of a saint's healing power.
  3. The story of St Ita and the lessons she imparted - faith, simplicity, and love - are tied to the traditions surrounding the well, emphasizing spiritual values.
420 implied HN points • 28 Jan 24
  1. St. Catherine of Alexandria, an Egyptian saint, has connections to an industrial town in Ireland.
  2. The presence of Egyptian Coptic monks suggests early Christian influence in Ireland.
  3. Intriguing theories propose that Irish Christianity may have originated from the Egyptian desert.
209 implied HN points • 10 Mar 24
  1. The story introduces St Declan of Ardmore who was an influential figure in Ireland before even St Patrick's arrival, suggesting early Christian ties even to Egypt
  2. St Declan had a powerful presence in Ardmore, with his monastery becoming popular and attracting pilgrims
  3. The well associated with St Declan is a historic site where he baptised early Irish Christians, and is still a place of pilgrimage today
293 implied HN points • 04 Feb 24
  1. A holy well found during a camping trip in Donegal had offerings like statues and a child's shoe.
  2. St. Conall, a local Donegal saint from the sixth century, has intriguing stories, including about repentance.
  3. Early Irish Christianity used handbells rung by Abbotts for prayer, with St. Conall's sixth-century bell surviving in the British Museum.
166 implied HN points • 06 Mar 24
  1. The story talks about a monk named Cadoc and his interactions with Arthur and Keyne, focusing more on spiritual teachings rather than worldly battles.
  2. Cadoc's teachings emphasized the importance of inner battles and spiritual growth, guiding the monks towards the light.
  3. The narrative of Keyne mentioned by Cadoc was likely a lesson on spiritual warfare and inner struggles rather than physical skirmishes.
328 implied HN points • 14 Jan 24
  1. Ladywell in Abbey, County Galway is a well-maintained, historic site with links to a monastery and folklore.
  2. The ritual of visiting wells in Ireland includes circling the well, saying prayers, leaving an offering, and drinking the waters.
  3. The Ladywell in Abbey was believed to have healing powers for issues like warts, highlighting the historical significance of these wells.
300 implied HN points • 21 Jan 24
  1. The pilgrimage site of St. Féchín contains a mass grave from the Great Famine in Ireland.
  2. St. Féchín's well, known for healing, is now dry and neglected in a field of cows.
  3. Historical rumors suggest St. Féchín may have played a role in a deadly plague upon society as a response to a request.
177 implied HN points • 26 Feb 24
  1. The author reflects on the changing beliefs and values in society, questioning if it's them, the culture or both that have changed.
  2. Through writing, the author processes conflicting emotions and ideas, especially as the culture shifts rapidly around them.
  3. The author invites readers to think about what they have changed their minds about in recent years, whether personal, political, cultural, or spiritual.
222 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. Details may not always be important, focus on the overall picture
  2. Marian apparitions are a fascinating aspect of Folk Christianity
  3. Controversies and mysteries surround the Marian visions and their impact on Catholicism
336 implied HN points • 07 Jan 24
  1. The writer explores a mysterious holy well in County Galway, Ireland, with unique features and folklore.
  2. Despite thorough research, little information is available about the well's history, saint, or significance.
  3. Local residents are tight-lipped about the well, adding to its air of secrecy and intrigue.
936 implied HN points • 07 Jul 23
  1. The author has been writing for two years about the darkness of the times and is now shifting towards a more spiritual understanding.
  2. The author will be writing explicitly from an Orthodox Christian perspective in the future, focusing on the spiritual dimensions of the times.
  3. The author is taking a break for the summer to recover and will return in September with a new phase for the Abbey of Misrule.
71 implied HN points • 19 Mar 24
  1. The post discusses the collapse of the West and how it may relate to the period of Lent, which leads up to a triumph despite the catastrophe it signifies.
  2. A new program focusing on Christian mythopoetics in England, led by Martin Shaw, is highlighted. Guest teachers include well-known figures like Rowan Williams and Malcolm Guite.
  3. The unique emergence of Christian stories in new ways during tumultuous times is mentioned, emphasizing the importance of exploring such narratives.
534 implied HN points • 31 May 23
  1. The essay discusses the limitations and challenges of writing and how it can shape our understanding.
  2. It delves into the concept of 'the West' and the cultural conflicts surrounding it.
  3. Finally, it raises the idea of letting go of the current concept of 'the West' to make way for something new and better.
512 implied HN points • 21 Jun 23
  1. The concept of time travel explored in a novel influences the type of people interested in it, showcasing different motivations and expectations.
  2. Reflections on identity and roots highlight the importance of knowing one's origin and history in a rapidly changing world.
  3. Contrasting cultural practices of asking 'what do you do?' versus 'where are you from?' showcase the shift from personal connections to professional identities.
416 implied HN points • 29 Jun 23
  1. The essay series discusses the modern project of replacing nature with technology and the emergence of the Machine as a powerful force shaping society.
  2. It explores the impacts of Machine values on culture, including the loss of human connections, cultural upheaval, and the rise of individualism.
  3. The series delves into potential responses to the dominance of the Machine, including stoicism, reactionary radicalism, and the search for eternal values amidst societal decline.
505 implied HN points • 11 Feb 23
  1. The modern crisis is spiritual, beyond politics and economics.
  2. No society has survived without a religious core.
  3. Advocates for a 'wild Christianity' that goes back to the roots of the faith.
411 implied HN points • 16 Mar 23
  1. Growing skepticism towards authority figures is becoming more common.
  2. Many people are losing faith in institutions and leaders in the Western world.
  3. Events like the Iraq war, the 2008 financial crisis, Brexit, Trump's presidency, and COVID-19 have contributed to a decline in trust in traditional systems.
296 implied HN points • 25 May 23
  1. The author has been away speaking in Romania and London.
  2. The talk focused on the question 'What do we do when there's nothing left to conserve?'
  3. The talk was followed by a two-hour discussion with Mary Harrington and the audience.
290 implied HN points • 08 May 23
  1. Summer is a time of growth and flourishing in the Irish west.
  2. The author is working on final essays while also attending speaking events.
  3. The community of readers can engage in discussions while waiting for new content.
259 implied HN points • 22 Feb 23
  1. The article is about being against progress and making a case for reactionary radicalism.
  2. The author discusses Edward Goldsmith's traditionalist views and his role in the early British green movement.
  3. Readers are encouraged to subscribe for a 7-day free trial to continue reading the post and access the full archives.
197 implied HN points • 07 Jun 23
  1. The author announced the penultimate chapter in a series they've been working on for over two years will be ending soon.
  2. After the chapter ends, the author plans to take a summer break and then return with new projects and ideas.
  3. The author is excited about exploring new avenues while building on their previous work.
180 implied HN points • 17 Apr 23
  1. Bright Week in the Orthodox Church is an important time, celebrated with unique traditions.
  2. The author discusses the balance between darkness and light in their worldview.
  3. There are upcoming events where readers can engage with the author's work in person or online.
178 implied HN points • 15 Jun 23
  1. Paul Kingsnorth has upcoming events in Ireland and the USA focused on ancient Christianity and localism.
  2. He has been active in various podcasts this year, discussing a range of topics from Christianity to transgenderism.
  3. Paul is seeking feedback from his readers on his podcast appearances and is considering starting his own podcast focused on the spiritual crisis of the modern world.
171 implied HN points • 23 Mar 23
  1. The post mentions two recent podcasts by the author with interesting conversations on history, religion, and Christianity.
  2. A subscriber's creative designs inspired by the author's essay on jellyfish are highlighted as a modern-day acknowledgment and symbol.
  3. The text reflects on the current shift away from disenchanted modernity towards something bigger, urging readers to be prepared to navigate change.