Friday, 4 January 2008

Glastonbury Tor

The landscape surrounding Glastonury is a treasure trove where sacred sites abound. The most obvious is Glastonbury Tor which can be seen for many miles around, rising up out of the flat surrounding meadows. The green hill of the Tor, topped enigmatically with its tower has become a symbol of Glastonbury, dominating the surrounding landscape and town.
There are many myths and legends associated with the Tor – it is the home of Gwyn ap Nudd, the Lord of the Underworld and King of the Fairies, and a place where the fairy folk live.
In early-medieval times there was a small monks' retreat on top of the Tor, founded probably in the time of St Patrick in the mid-400s. This was followed in the early 1100s by a chapel, St Michael de Torre. This was destroyed in a powerful earthquake in 1275 and rebuilt in the early 1300s. The tower is all that remains today.
Many power lines in the earth that for centuries were known to folklore, have now been traced using dowsing methods.These are geomagnetic lines in the earth and can be likened to acupuncture meridians in the body. Ancient people found that using them made all forms of travel, messages and communications easier. Christian churches later replaced the older sacred sites that were built along these lines. The Michael line is called that because most of the churches on it are dedicated to St.Michael, who was the Christian version of the protective male deity originally associated with this line. In the same way, St.Mary churches delineate the Mary line and replaced older shrines to a nurturing and gentle earth mother. The male and female nature of the two lines was thus preserved and continued by the Christian interpretation.
The Michael and Mary lines in particular are especially powerful. They connect major sacred sites throughout the South West and beyond. But it’s only on the Tor that their energies combine. In a harmonious dance of earth patterns, the lines move ever closer as they approach the summit. At the top, they merge and unite. Perhaps this is what makes it easy for so many other kinds of opposites to harmoniously come together on the Tor.
When they flow down from the Tor again, the lines then pass through the other major Glastonbury sites – Chalice Well, the Abbey and nearby Wearyall Hill. Their energy may be an important source of the strong mystical element that’s been associated with these places for many hundreds of years.