Updated: May 27, 2021
Having been drawn to many Ancient Sites recently, Glastonbury was the one that really caught my attention. Well known across the globe for its festivals where the biggest of names in music are invited to perform on-stage to thousands of party-goers, Glastonbury goes back much further than the ’70s and its music links.
So what was it about Glastonbury that caught my attention? The name Avalon.
Music was a huge part of my childhood and remains a big part today. Having been brought up in an Irish family and older siblings, the radio, tape recorder, or record player was on more than it was off. I would hear various artists from Daniel O’Donnell to Duran Duran around the house, a very young me singing along, not knowing what the song even meant but just loving the tunes and melodies to whatever was playing. Yet, I always remember one song in particular stuck and still gives me goosebumps to this day, Roxy Music’s Avalon. You can't deny the captivating tune can take you from the present to a dream-like state with the click of a finger, so mystical, enchanting, and quite simply a genius piece of work; however, it wasn't the whole song as such but rather one particular word that really struck a chord within me (excuse the pun). Roll on to 2020 when the word crops up not just once but again and again throughout the year. I brush it aside until 2021, when I excitedly purchase some lovely ancient site oracle cards.
On my first shuffle, the card that fell from the deck was Glastonbury. Intrigued by the picture on the card, I flicked through the little book of meanings that came with the cards to see what the location meant. The first line read, for thousands of years, Avalon…… There it was again, that word that seems to follow me around. I carried on reading and was left open-mouthed by the brief description of this magnificent place.
Jesus with his Uncle Joesph of Arimathea
The Isle of Avalon/The Isle of Apples and now known as Glastonbury, not only dates back to Jesus’ era, but during his early teenage years, Jesus visited this mysterious place with his Uncle Joesph of Arimathea, a tin merchant. Joseph's profession would see him travel the globe, creating a perfect opportunity for his young nephew Jesus to accompany him on these voyages, allowing one to explore the world's truly magnificent sites and opening one's mind to the many different cultures, foods, healing benefits, and teachings out there. This particular journey to Britain would include many stops along the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea, where they would deposit items including scrolls, scripts, news, and supplies to various destinations as they passed by. However, this journey wasn't just about dropping off supplies; there would be a much deeper meaning to this particular adventure. Jesus was about to embark on the Isle of Avalon, where the roots of his maternal side lay, and several relatives remained.
There are many stories of Jesus on his travels, visiting various spiritual sites worldwide, gaining much knowledge and wisdom from each beautiful nation, teacher, and guru he encountered. Staying long enough to ensure Jesus had settled on the Isle, Joseph would return to Palestine, leaving his brothers Andrew, Josephus, and Noah in charge of teaching their nephew their spiritual beliefs. Jesus would remain on the Isle of Avalon for three years where he would explore the deep underground caves of the Tor, connecting deeply to other realms, stars such as Orion and Sirius, meditation, connecting to the Divine Feminine, the Divine Mother, and growing ever so close to his beloved uncles.
As years went by, Joseph of Arimathea became a dedicated and trustworthy disciple to his nephew. After the death of Jesus, it is believed Joseph fled Palestine and sailed back to the Isle of Avalon, taking with him some of Jesus’ followers as well as Jesus' beloved Grandmother Anna (Joseph's Mother), Mary Magdalene, and two of the most sacred items to have ever been recorded, a piece of thorned staff from Jesus’ crown worn during his crucifixion and the wooden cup/chalice Jesus and his disciples used during the last supper, the Holy Grail.
It is said Joseph planted the thorned staff he brought with him on the grounds of the original church/crypt built by himself and his brothers, now known as the Mary Chapel at Glastonbury Abbey, where it took hold. Of course, the original church would most likely have been built with fundamental materials at the time and would not have withstood the harsh British weather. Much later, the Normans would take control of the spiritual land, replacing it with a new, larger Abbey built of stone. The staff is located around the Abbey to this day, with bloom taking place around Christmas time.
So what happened to the wooden cup/chalice, and why, since this story was told, have there been healing waters in the ground of the Abbey ever since?
Pictures of The Tor
It is believed Joseph buried it in one of two locations within Avalon, at the base of the incredibly spiritual hill - The Tor, or in the well that runs along beside it. With the cup alleged to have several drops of Jesus’s blood from his crucifixion on or inside it, it is believed the water from the well-turned red after burying it, creating healing benefits to those who drank from it. Some locals are said to only drink the water from the well, with many traveling from across the globe hoping it cures them of their ailments. The well has been named the Chalice Well, located at Glastonbury Abbey.
Visitors can respectfully gather some of the water for their personal use.
The Chalice Well - Glastonbury
Incredibly, this is not the only fascinating tale to come out of Glastonbury. Of course, there are the extraordinary tales of King Arthur and Guinevere who are said to be buried there, as well as more tales on the extremely lovely Anna, Jesus' Grandmother and many more relatives, Fairies, UFO sightings, Stonehenge, lye lines running through to other sacred sites, and many more. I definitely think this is a topic to come back to, especially regarding the fairies, Jesus' Grandmother Anna, and lye lines. However, there is one more extraordinary story I feel like I must share, the Glastonbury landscape and its links to Astrology.
Isle of Avalon / Glastonbury, The Tor in the middle
The founder of the Glastonbury Astrology was a lady named Katherine Emma Maltwood, whose studies involved researching spirituality and Egyptian culture. In 1925 Katherine was commissioned to draw a map outlining the adventures of King Arthur and the Holy Grail. Whilst researching this, Katherine stumbled amongst the astrological effigies located in a circle on the landscape of Somerset. Although slightly different to what we know astrology signs to represent today, she claimed cancer's sign for the crab actually represented Jason and the Argonauts ship Argo, Libran scales represented a dove, and Aquarius the water bearer was, in fact, a phoenix whose head rested on the Tor and its beak at the Chalice Well. Katherine would focus her remaining years researching and writing 'Temple of the Stars,' a theory claiming the zodiac was a combination of Sumerian, Theosophy, Masonry, Egyptosophy, Christianity, and Rosicrucianism.
I could talk about this for hours; however, I think the Glastonbury topic may involve a part two blog at a later date. I appreciate some stories may vary slightly, and some may say this is all myth, but who are we to know? I heard someone say, " a myth may be just that, but the message that comes with it is not. " Fairytales are classed as a myth yet we all grow up knowing about Cinderella and Snow White, yet very few of us are aware of the incredible stories out there regarding Christianity, Spirituality, Mythology, Ancient History that our ancestors believed in and have sadly been forgotten or downplayed over time. I do hope just one of these topics I write about inspires you to find out more. When delved into a little deeper, it may well lead you on the most AMAZING soul journey.
Having had many unexplained downloads (spiritual messages) regarding Avalon/Glastonbury recently, I am being guided to visit here very soon (God willing). Although a little apprehensive, I cannot wait to see if I can feel these energies so many speak of. I will, of course, update you with a true, honest account of my findings. I shall be taking my time around certain areas and places, as it is said you can feel the spiritual energies of this incredible place very strong in parts of the Abbey, The Tor, and The Chalice Well. If you cannot travel to Glastonbury but would like to find out more, I have attached a link to a video below I found very interesting of the Abbey, which includes a tour guide. I would also encourage you to find some websites that may show other videos on the inspiring landscape of Glastonbury / The Isle of Avalon. I was guided to this site for a reason, and I have been blown away by what I have found. If you found this little snippet interesting, please explore Glastonbury yourself; I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.
Fantastic books to read:
Anna Grandmother of Jesus by Claire Heartsong
Anna the Voice of the Magdalenes by Clare Heartsong with Catherine Ann Clemett
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Until next time.
Sending Love & Light