Rose Ariadne's Chitchcraft Blog

Dear Friends,

I would like to talk a little bit about another fascinating place that I have visited, full of high levels of energy, interesting people, and all sorts of magic: Glastonbury, England.

People have been visiting Glastonbury for thousands of years. While it might be more popular now for the big music festival that it hosts, it’s been important for travelers for a variety of reasons over the centuries.

What I find interesting about it today is that it draws Christians and Pagans alike. There is a very welcoming vibe there, regardless as to what religion you practice, and even the shops there seem to get in on it. You can walk into some shops, for instance, and find crystal balls and herbs on one side of the store and Bibles and rosaries on the other. Fascinating. I have also witnessed both Pagan marches and Christian marches while I was there-both peaceful.

So what brings people to Glastonbury?

You have probably heard of the stories of King Arthur. You might even know a little bit about a place called Avalon. Avalon was a land that used to exist in our dimension. It was a magical place where priests and priestesses that worshipped the Goddess lived, studied, and worshipped. They also practiced magick. Although they were priests, they didn’t shun sexual relations and in fact, even though they didn’t normally take on life partners they were very receptive to children and mating. The women were educated and talented and practiced the “old ways” long before they were called “old ways.”

Over time, however, fewer and fewer people believed in Goddess worship and Avalon started slipping behind heavy fogs. Eventually, the only way that you could find it was to study hard, believe in it, and have enough power to part the fog as you sailed across the lake in a boat. Ultimately, Avalon disappeared entirely and went beyond our reality and dimension, although it is said to still exist somewhere out there. It’s a beautiful idea.

King Arthur was meant to have ties to Avalon. It was thought that he might have studied there and that Morgaine (most commonly known as the witch “Morgan le Fey”) was his sister. She also lived in Avalon.

Today, it is widely accepted that Glastonbury is actually Avalon in a parallel universe. Studies have shown that the famous Glastonbury Tor has been linked to one of the holy hills in Avalon and that the sacred city might have been in the same spot. So what about the lake? Well, there really used to be a lake there and if you go atop the Tor in the early morning or evening hours on a foggy day you can even see how the lake might have laid below the hilltops.

There are other reasons to Glastonbury, too. Joseph of Arimathea was said to have visited there and a Holy Thorn Tree still exists in the Chalice Garden. The Chalice Garden, incidentally, is where the Holy Grail is said to be buried. A landscape zodiac is present around the town and there are also several ley lines there, too. The Glastonbury Abbey is meant to be the oldest above-ground church in the world. One of the most popular things is the labyrinth which circles around the Tor.

I have several favorite places around Glastonbury. The Tor is free to visit and while I haven’t done the labyrinth, I love walking up to the top of it (although it is a steep walk) and meditating. I visited it on All Hallow’s Eve and there were many groups and solitary practitioners there on the Tor conducting rituals and spells. It was a lovely time to be there.

I also like the Chalice Garden for meditating. Many people visit it for the healing properties that the water from the well is said to hold. The well is around 9 feet deep and has 2 underground chambers below it. The well itself is sometimes portrayed as the female deity while the Tor is the male aspect.

In 2002, the Glastonbury Goddess Temple was established. There are few places like it in the world and it hearkens back to the days when Goddess worship was prevalent in Avalon.

I have felt immense power and energy while in Glastonbury, regardless to the time of year that I have been there. It’s a beautiful and peaceful place and somewhere that you can visit and spend a lot of time listening to your inner self. Although I haven’t been able to part the fog and enter Avalon myself, I have had many lucid dreams while visiting. I’ve also had amazing energy while performing rituals there and have even walked away feeling a little bit drained afterwards.

If you do manage to make it to Glastonbury then I highly urge you to visit nearby Avebury as well. Though not as famous as Stonehenge (which is also close) you might come away liking it even better since you are actually able to touch the stones and hug them and even feel them pulsating.

I wish you happy and safe travels during your journey, wherever the road may lead you.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
Your Warm and Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”

Posted by Rose Comments 5


  1. I have read your message about The Magick of Glastonbury and found it most interesting. I have resd that somewhere in the past that the aria was a larg Druid pagan ariafor training people in the pagin crafts and sciences. Very interesting!

    March 11th, 2011 | #
  2. LazyWitch says

    I was fortunate enough to live in England during the early to mid-70s (yes, I’m an old Witch). Though I don’t recall Glastonbury being such a big draw at that time (vaguely something about a music festival, hippies and pot), I did visited Stonehenge many times and was in awe every time!! Back then one could still walk up to the stones, touch them, hug them!! It was WONDERFUL and the viberations that went througn one’s body was out of this world.

    I do wonder just how much of the stories of Glastonbury have been fashioned by Marion Zimmer-Bradley’s books, “Mist of Avolon” and her other books. I do love them but nearly all the stories I’ve heard and read on different sites of Glastonbury are nearly identical to her books. It seems odd to me that she was able to find all that information when there was none of it back in the early 70′s. I’m not doubting Zimmer-Bradley (one of my all time favorite fiction writers) or the stories now told about Glastonbury, I’m just amazed by the likeness of the stories.

    March 11th, 2011 | #
  3. jay says

    please lets get this said once and for all. king arthur never existed.its just a fairy tale for children and yet some adults as they like to call themselves think that by dressing up as pixies and goblins and trendy 50s clothes they are going to save the world, this is simply utter rubbish while i lived there i became fr5iends with a woman who ran one of the shops in the gauntlet. i asked s why she was selling childrens shrimp nets with ribbons on them for £7 a time. she looked me straight in the eye and said ” j they are for catching the fairies” true. the whole set up therre is strictly for personal gain, ie con the guillible tourists, the is even a druid who reckons hes the reincarnation of king arthur,rather neat cos how can you be a reincarnation of lazy witch rightly states the whole things fiction. ive witnessed rampant drug use there ,drunken weed smoking vandals and i agree with Rose there is a certain energy there but its the same as the energy you feel after a walk by the sea side. i witnessed a greek orthodox minister praying one christmas to the christmas tree in the market square in glasto .when i asked about this the reply i got from the locals was its ok j we put up with it, hes mad.

    March 28th, 2011 | #
  4. jay says

    ps i will now duck :twisted:

    March 28th, 2011 | #
  5. Why can’t adults have their fairy tales too? Why do we have to live in an orthodox, cold reality because to do otherwise is ‘madness’!?
    Why did the Druids build places like Stonehenge & why did Monks build the Abbey at Glastonbury, (with hidden escape tunnels to the Tor?!) Because Glastonbury has certain powerful energies running through it.
    I have been fortunate enough to visit many, many times as I have friends that live in the town. Yes, there are some ‘mad’ people around, usually left over from the festival, that incidentally is held 10 miles away from Glastonbury. Dont rain on peoples parades Jay. Live & let live & allow us all to our fantasies & dreams.
    Take a look around you at ‘reality’… it doesnt work for me most of the time! x

    April 8th, 2011 | #

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