Glastonbury

 

Glastonbury is believed to be the 4th Earth Chakra, the Heart. Located in the Southwest corner of England is the legendary village of Glastonbury. To say that this village is legendary is actually somehow an understatement, it has been recognized as a spiritual center since the megalithic era. It is the site of the first Christian church in the British Isles and claimed to be the Avalon of the King Arthur tale. The village of Glastonbury itself is pretty small but very quaint, cradled among a series of velvety green hills.

Tor is an English word referring to a high rock or hill, deriving from the Old English Torr. The Celtic name of the Tor was Ynys Wydryn, or sometimes Ynys Gutrin, meaning "Isle of Glass".

Tor's ruins originated around the same time as when Stonehenge was constructed. Thousands of years ago it was an island. Before modern drainage, the Tor in winter would have towered above the flooded Somerset Levels. The tallest of the hills is the famous Tor. At the top of Tor are impressive remains of a church on top, dedicated to the Archangel Michael. The top of the Tor was leveled at some point in the 10th or 11th century to build a large stone church. In 1275 an earthquake leveled this church. Years later a smaller church was rebuilt on the site in 1323 and lasted until the demise of Glastonbury Abbey in 1539. The church was quarried for stone and now only the tower survives.

At the foot of the Tor is the Chalice Well and the spherical dome of Chalice Hill. Below in the town center are the ruins of the great Abbey, site of Joseph of Arimathea's church, and gravesite of King Arthur himself. Wearyall Hill, the location of the legendary thorn tree is on the west entrance to the village. On 2/22/2002, archaeologists Nancy and Charlie Hollinrake of the Glastonbury Antiquarian Society announced that they have unearthed on top of the Tor the foundations of what looks very much like an ancient circular temple.

Glastonbury was a major religious center long before the time of King Arthur or Joseph of Arimathea. The most famous legend of Glastonbury tells the story of Joseph of Arimathea and the Holy Grail. After the Resurrection of Jesus, Joseph shifted the archetype of Everlasting Life -the Grail- from Jerusalem to Glastonbury. The Druids utilized the Tor from 2500 BC as an initiation center for priests. Megalithic Age remains dating from 5,000 BC reveals Glastonbury as the site of a massive astrological calendar combining a stone circle, with solar and lunar alignments, and a land carved zodiac map, ten miles in diameter. Druid priests and society considered Glastonbury their "holy mecca". There were temples, stone circles, and fertility sites.