A modern mecca of a new civilization has rolled in with the Avalonian fog — one that is empathic, educated, and magical. Today Glastonbury attracts hordes of Aquarian pilgrims from all corners of the world. From hippies and white witches to poets and mystics, all shapes and sizes bond at Glastonbury in a smoldering haze of incense.
But what makes Glastonbury so magical? Surely its quirky eccentrics leave colorful footprints. And the enchanting Celtic lore adds a layer of mysticism. But there is SO much more to Glastonbury’s magic.
Here are 4 reasons why Glastonbury is so magical:
Energetic Hot Spot
Just as there are countless energy channels in the body that carry chi, or life-force energy, the earth has energy channels too. These electromagnetic paths in the earth, called ley lines, connect us to the planet’s energetic grid. So, when you stand on or near ley lines, two things may happen:
- Your emotions are amped-up — helping you face them head on.
- And your overall health gets a boost. Even plants seem to grow stronger along these channels!
Glastonbury happens to be crisscrossed with electric ley lines, making it one of the world’s spiritual nodes. When you visit Glastonbury, raw power is activated from within, boosting your healing and esoteric practices.
Fun Fact: The Irish believed that ley lines were secret paths to fairies.
There are two famous ley lines at Glastonbury — the Michael and Mary lines. The Mary line, which carries a negative or feminine charge, passes through sanctuaries dedicated to St. Mary or her mother, St. Anne. While the Michael line, which carries a positive or masculine charge, links a number of hills and churches dedicated to St. Michael or his earthly counterpart, St. George.
Both masculine and feminine ley lines cross at Glastonbury Abbey, where three holy thorn trees, believed to have been planted by Joseph of Arimathea, speckle the land. The ley lines then cross again at the Chalice Well gardens.
Now, let’s zoom out, out, out. From this cosmic perspective, you see that the two ley lines extend across the globe reaching the holiest shrine on the Chinese island of Hainan. In fact, ley lines connect many mining locations, sacred sites, and earthly wonders.
Heart Chakra of the Planet
The ley lines in the earth converge at various points, forming explosive vortexes of energy similar to chakras. In Glastonbury, we experience the loving energies of Earth’s heart chakra.
The heart chakra is the cosmic connection point between the earthly and cosmic realms. As implied by the Sanskrit name “anahata”, which means “unstruck” or “unhurt”, beneath old wounds lies a pure temple where no pain exists. A place filled with unconditional love and compassion.
When you work with Glastonbury’s heart healing energies, you align with the frequency of love. On this Celtic love boat, you have the rare ability to forgive and accept yourself and others. More importantly, your tranquil heart surrenders to the highs and lows of life, seeing them as powerful transformational experiences.
Sweet Healing Waters
From the depths of Earth’s heart chakra, sweet waters bubble up at the foot of a fairytale valley running between the Tor and Chalice Hill. The 800-year-old Chalice Well is truly nectar for the soul. Believed to have supernatural healing properties, the Red Spring in the Chalice Well gardens is rich in iron, while the White Spring in a well-house across the road contains calcium carbonate.
Of course, a good multivitamin can give you iron and calcium. This water has something extra special that you can’t find at a muggle pharmacy. The mineral-rich waters are activated with the powerful energy of the ley lines that run through Chalice Wells Gardens.
In ancient times the priestesses of the well harnessed the water’s vibrational power to treat the sick. The Red Spring was used for physical healing, while the White Spring was used for spiritual healing. And for the ultimate elixir, both the red and white waters were given together in one sacred spoonful.
Even today modern mystics drink and bath in the healing waters to treat everything from migraines and kidney disorders to depression and smelly feet.
Glastonbury’s magic comes not only from Mother Earth but also from the people who have performed rituals there for thousands of years. Every time a priestess lights a candle and whispers her intention, she leaves her magical imprint. Likewise, when a Merlin-like architect uses sacred geometry in the designs, the shape’s energy ripples throughout the land.
At the Chalice Well, the Vesica Piscis, or the petal shape formed by the overlap of two perfect circles, is illustrated in many design elements. The sacred shape, which means “fish bladder” in Latin, is also the shape of our eyes, mouth, ears, pineal gland and yoni. But, what does it mean?
The Vesica Piscis reflects the union of opposites — yin and yang, feminine and masculine, light and dark, god and goddess, spirit and the material, to create new life. And the petal shape at the center of the design symbolizes a sacred portal.
Vesica Piscis at Chalice Well
In 1919, Frederick Bond, the caretaker of the Chalice Well, donated a beautiful lid for the well that is shaped like the Vesica Piscis with a line bisecting the two circles. This line symbolizes the sword of Excalibur in the Arthurian legend, which many believe to be buried at Glastonbury Abbey.
Beyond the well lid, the Vesica Piscis is visible in several places throughout the sacred site. And when we bath in the energetic vibration of the Vesica Piscis, we tune in to the energies of creation. Our inner feminine and masculine energies unite in perfect harmony to plant the seeds of new life. This could be in the form of a new book, baby business, work of art, or even a real life baby!
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