Glastonbury is the outer realm of the sacred ‘Isle’ of Avalon.
The vale of Avalon are the lowlands surrounding Glastonbury Tor.
Together with Stonehenge, it is often deemed the most sacred site in all of England and to others in the whole world.
The Whirl-y-Fayre sits deep in the Vale of Avalon, with a view of Glastonbury Tor. Stonehenge lies to the east, close enough for our ancestors to travel there in one day.
Avalon however, has fluid boundaries, both physically and spiritually. Its inland streams once surrounded it by an inland sea lake at high tide. It is also a place in the heart and the soul, a place of both inspiration and sanctuary.

Avalon has long since been populated by highly unusual people. People have long since felt magically empowered by this sacred land. Goddess culture in Avalon is thought to span at least 3000 years, and has now resurged, with many new devotees (priestesses and priests of Avalon), sworn to serve the Lady of Avalon and to nurture and cherish all life. The town remains a centre for independent thinking, free spirited and creative individuals, artists, musicians, druids, sorcerers, shamans, healers etc.
There are meetings and conferences all year round on a wide range of spiritual and esoteric topics such as astronomy, sacred geometry, earth energies, metrology, megaliths, crop circles, Buddhism, and Celtic spirituality. The annual Faery ball is also held there and of course Glastonbury festival is in nearby Pilton. Avalon folk love a good party, but these events are much more than that. They are frequented by people with real faith and passion. Many have personally transformed their lives with love and visionary imagination and offer visitors encouragement and inspiration.

Hidden world
The Isle of Avalon has long been recognized as an entrance to the underworld, (pre-celtic ‘otherworld’) both physically and spiritually. In modern times, strange underground tunnels have been discovered leading to the town and far beyond. On misty mornings, the isle is literally hidden from view. In ancient times the now relatively small lake surrounded the whole isle making it accessible only by boat or at low tide, across wooden marshland tracks known only to locals. Thus only the Avalon folk themselves could find their way back through the ‘misty’ veil to the hidden world of Avalon beyond.
The name ‘Isle of Glass’ (Glastonbury) evoking the image of glass or crystal, suggests a deeper ‘seeing’, a hidden reality, not simply the glassy surface of the lake that once surrounded the isle, but the land beyond the surface, the land of our souls, where we may meet our true selves and others who have passed beyond the veil.

Lady of Avalon and Faery Fort
The Isle of Avalon is known to many who reside there as The ‘Lady of Avalon’, the Goddess who is this sacred land.
There are many other associations including her priestess, the Lady of the Lake and Gywn ap Nudd, the king of the faeries. In this faery ‘otherworld’ the once hidden realities now become visible. When realities are embraced, breakthroughs occur. We are cautioned though that the faery realm may generate spinning vibrations of over-excitement and mental distraction! To discern the truth, we are advised to connect with the rooted stability of the earth, with the Lady herself and with our compassion for all beings.

The sun, the moon and the earth energies
The Isle of Avalon stands 520 feet high above sea level with magnificent panoramic 360 degree views. It is an ‘omphalos’ from which energy radiates, and where multiple ley lines converge. Such places have an eerie sense of sacredness, proportion, place and power. The ley lines running beneath have very strong telluric earth energy (strongest in plants, water and stone, especially the megalithic standing stones).
In the ancient world, and now once again, Priestesses of Avalon feel the unity of solar, lunar and earth energy, and are able to harness these energies in a process of spiritual alchemy.
The symbols of solar, lunar and telluric energies are often found at sacred sites as a ‘solar’ circle, a ‘crescent moon’ and for ‘earth’ a pyramid, serpent or dragon.

Rituals often occurred in the summer months when the sun and moon were strongest. Age old vibrant repetitive trance techniques were used to stimulate the earth energy and produce vibrations such as intensely rhythmical drumming and dancing, plus invocations and literally singing the ley lines into being (en-‘chant’ment). Geomancy was also used to form connections along various ley lines. Hills and temples were purposefully built upon the lines to enable people all over the land to simultaneously link up the rituals with each other. The location of sacred sites produce magical shaped links such as triangles and hexagrams to enhance the flow of energy along the lines. Even the tower on top of the Isle of Avalon was aligned 30 degrees off the usual east west axis to enhance the flow of energy directly towards the Avebury hexagon.

Astral connections.
Our ancestors certainly took those ley lines seriously and also linked them with the stars! The seven hills of Avalon, representing the zodiac, were carefully landscaped on the ley lines. The great bear symbolizes Goddess Artha and her son King Arthur, guarding the pole star, the Isle of Avalon itself. To pass beyond the veil into the inner realm of Avalon is to make an astral journey of the soul through deep meditation.

Thousands of years have now passed. The sea receded around Avalon and the flat lands grew firmer, with streams and estuaries and a small lake but now mostly farm land. The area remains intensely sacred. Much of the ancient knowledge is being re-discovered and renewed passion for goddess worship, geomancy, divination, and astrology, confirm that reclamation has begun. Mayan prophecies also suggest that now is the time!

Freedom of belief.
The freedom of the people of Avalon to practice their beliefs was outlawed by the coming of Christianity. By the 5th century, the old ways were forbidden. The people of England needed an extraordinary leader. It was then that the ‘Lady of the Lake’, a priestess of the Goddess is said to have entrusted Merlin with King Arthur’s sword ‘Excalibur’. Historians doubt that King Arthur was anything but a folk hero. Legend cites Arthur as a champion of ‘freedom’ who will return again. The monks of Glastonbury abbey claimed to have found his coffin in the 12th century, with the inscription ‘Here lies buried the famous King Arthur in the Isle of Avalon’ and with Guinevere beside him, her golden hair still intact. King Edward 1st ceremoniously had the two bodies interred into a black marble tomb and moved to a secret place. With the dissolution of monasteries in 1539, and the killing of the last abbot, the whereabouts of King Arthur’s new grave became a lost secret. Many believe it still lies in the Vale of Avalon.
To this very day, Avalon remains a place where freedom of belief is held most sacred.
Belief in faeries also prevails. St Collen himself claimed to have seen fairies on top of the isle, feasting and making music! When they invited him to join them, he sprinkled them with holy water from the well, causing them to disappear! We may ask ’Who are the faeries really?’ Are they not the pre celtic race who worshipped the earth the sea the sun the moon and the stars, Goddess herself? And whose descendants still connect with all of this natural magic?
Goddess worship has returned to the sacred isle and the Glastonbury folk connect deeply with the earth and seek to protect her and follow her ways.
Christians are suppressed in Glastonbury, as once were the pagan ancestors. Nor is anyone else who comes peacefully. All are respected as children of the earth.

Thus the sacred Isle of Avalon continues to grow in fame. The site of the first Whirl-y-Fayre is inspiring, magical and appropriate. It remains the Land of Fey, where the quest may be close to fruition; ‘freedom’ to be ourselves, to believe what we want to believe, to be together and to celebrate our sacred earth and all life!


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