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here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Chalice Well

yesterday, we decided to do a self-guided walk around the town.. after breakfast and watching the antics of the local squirrels, we set off on a very crisp morning.. about 2degrees C.

St. Mary Magdalene Hospital .. later Alm Houses...now a chapel of reflection

beautiful. old. ancient.

then on our way to St. Johns Anglican church, we saw council workers on their way to putting up more decorations..

Glastonbury is going to be beautiful for Christmas.. they have a Frost Fayre here in a few weeks. it sounds brilliant! But I will be in Cornwall by then and I am not leaving.. I am sure there will be plenty of festivities there for me to join in and enjoy.

as we approached the church, trying to read the map.. a local came up to us and asked us if we needed help. she was a curator in the church where we were headed.. she told us stories of a Saxon church having been on the site , there are remains of the foundations under the present church & that there was a Joseph of Arimathea stained glass window on the eastern wall.. she told us to go into the church but unfortunately it was locked.

but we did discover a labyrinth in the grounds..

and of course, one cannot discover a labyrinth and not walk it.. as I walked I noticed little marking stones along the way.. on further inspection I saw that they were each a different pattern.. Bridget, Mary, Joseph of Arimathea and others.. so while walking the labyrinth, you are in the company of many.. what I notice here about 'religions'.. especially the Christian Church is that they are alot more accepting of pagan and Earth religions than at home.

this is where our self guided walk took us to a cafe and our walk terminated. we then decided to walk to the Chalice Well..

this is where legend says that Joseph of Arimathea came to wash the cup from the last supper, the Chalice, the Holy Grail.. and the water turned red. It flows from the Lion's head and is said to have healing properties. Everything it touches turns to red. so the legend says..

I collected some to take home. only a drop or two is needed in a glass of water at times of illness. I was told by a worker there to freeze it in small blocks and it will last longer.

Joe and I then parted ways so that I could spend some time alone here.. I went to the Shrine of Mary and lit a candle and sat in contemplation for a little while.. 

then more walking. a visit to the Abbey Barn then lunch.. and then a little more shopping where I bought myself a deck of Oracle cards.

later that night, I took myself of to a Angel meditation and healing group at a retreat centre. That was wonderful too. .. every night here there is some kind of spiritual group that one can go to if the desire takes you.. I am actually going to miss Glastonbury, it has felt alot like home for me..

The Chalice Well. a beautiful, serene, peaceful place. A place that I feel blessed to have been able to visit. I have a strong, strong past life connection to the times of Mary Magdalene, Jesus and Joseph of Arimathea.. and to be here, brought this to peace. finally. at last. it has been like a pilgrimage for me.

so that ends our time in Glastonbury.. for, today we head to Cornwall.. the final leg of my pilgrimage to my ancestral home.


  1. yes Robyn, as youve discovered, the uk is alive and thriving, many groups to join, and so many more of them, that is something I really really miss about my old home. here, a good group or anything that I'm interested in just doesnt seem to exist! enjoy cornwall!!!! I am right there with you on your journey and cant wait to read all about it!

  2. I enjoyed this post so much, Robyn. I walked that lovely labyrinth too! And Chalice Well and its surrounding gardens are one of my favourite places on earth, I think. It is truly a place of healing.

  3. I just wrote a comment and it was swallowed up!
    Suffice to say I also did that walk, and also at a time when the place was not over run with people. The photo of the labyrinth stones is lovely and would make a great blog header!

  4. So glad you managed to explore Glastonbury. it is a very special place. Do you want ideas for where to go in Cornwall - I have been many times and know some of the more interesting places. xx

  5. Glastonbury sounds and looks wonderful....looking forward to hearing and seeing about Cornwall

  6. "...the final leg of my pilgrimage to my ancestral home" sort of bought a lump to my throat Robyn. I am so pleased you are where you are meant to be with your dear Joe.
    The heat back home has been overwhelming - funny to think of you over there in the cold!
    What an experience - an English festive season!

  7. I loved being here with you in Glastonbury, Robyn. My heart felt peaceful and full. Thank you. xoxo

  8. oh robyn i was so tearful reading this...i was too unwell to make the journey to glastonbury to meet you after all these years...but you walked the labyrinth where i walk every time i visit so to me we have shared the same steps and i shall think of you when i walk it again in the new years and maybe even feel your energy still there xoxoxo