Secret Gardens Of Angels, The Occult, Kabbalah, And Miracles In Catalonia’s Girona

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Old City of Girona, Catalonia Spain ( Deyan/ Adobe Stock)

Secret Gardens Of Angels, The Occult, Kabbalah, And Miracles In Catalonia’s Girona

Girona in Catalonia, Spain, is an experience in polarities, capturing the romance of Paris but also a tinge of foreboding prevalent in Moscow. Girona is both a very popular modern destination and an ancient town filled with occulted history and occult symbolism. Somehow these polar opposites manage to coexist, perhaps because the former is ignorant of the latter, and the latter could not care less about the former.

As Patrice Chaplin explains in her memoir City of Secrets, Girona discloses its secrets slowly, and only to the privileged few, and then only layer by layer, like peeling an onion. Patrice has spent her lifetime writing about the mysteries that she first encountered as a 15-year-old bohemian fleeing England who arrived by chance in Girona in the 1950s.  Patrice is not alone in finding something compellingly attractive about Girona. The city has been the setting for a number of novels, including Caroline Roe’s acclaimed medieval historical series, The Chronicles of Isaac of Girona, and the historical novel The House of Memory, by Lucia Graves (Robert Graves’ daughter). Its picturesque streets were a film location for the sixth season of Game of Thrones, as well as other movies.

Arial view of modern Girona (alexey_fedoren/Adobe Stock)

Arial view of modern Girona (alexey_fedoren/Adobe Stock)


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