Sunday, February 22, 2009

Chalice Well Gardens Glastonbury Somerset Feb 09

Chalice Well gardens are set in Glastonbury. The garden is very peaceful and has a sad atmosphere. The garden is a place of relaxation and meditation.
We took are picnic in that we had made that morning, we found a quite spot and ate our lunch. Waterfall displays flowed near by into a small pond area. After lunch we continued our journey exploring the garden.
We walked through and found the lion statue which has natural spring water flowing through and is safe to drink. This water is said to have healing powers. Aaron made Billy drink the rest of his drink so he could fill his bottle with the water. He enjoyed his special watery drink. The water is full of iron and good for you.
We carried on up the garden reaching the sanctuary. Here you could light candles. We lite a candle for both Callum and Daniel and sat for a while remembering them.

We also visited the well, we stayed in this area for quite some time taking in the healing powers of the well. Aaron and I chatted for quite some time about Daniel. It certainly was a place of peace and tranquility.

We continued our journey into the meadow were we had a good view of Glastonbury Tor. If we had had more time we all would have liked to have walked to the Tor. This is something we intend to do together in the future.

The gardens we full of beautiful plants, trees and flowers. it is defiantly a magical, mystical place to spend some time.
Below is a link to the web site which also has a virtual tour.

Here is some information about Chalice Well

Chalice Well is a holy well situated at the foot of Glastonbury Tor in the county of Somerset, England. The natural spring and surrounding gardens are owned and managed by the Chalice Well Trust (registered charity no. 204206), founded by Wellesley Tudor Pole in 1959.

Cover of the Chalice Well
Archaeological evidence suggests that the well has been in almost constant use for at least two thousand years. Water issues from the spring at a rate of 25,000 gallons per day and has never failed, even during drought. Iron oxide deposits give water a reddish hue, as dissolved ferrous oxide becomes oxidized at the surface and is precipitated. Like the hot springs in nearby Bath, the water is believed to possess healing qualities.
In addition to the legends associated with Glastonbury, the Well is often portrayed as a symbol of the female aspect of deity, with the male symbolised by Glastonbury Tor. As such, it is a popular destination for pilgrims in search of the divine feminine, including modern Pagans. The Well is however popular with all faiths and in 2001 became a World Peace Garden.
Below is a link to the mystical thoughts of Chalice Well

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