The Ancient Symbolic Landscape of Wessex

The Ancient Symbolic Landscape of Wessex

John Michell (New light on the ancientmysteries ofGlastonbury) suggested that sevenhills around Glastonbury – whichwere onceislands – were anciently ...

Author: David Ride

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445620435

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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An absorbing study of how early man imposed order on the landscape.
Categories: Social Science

Claiming Sacred Ground

Claiming Sacred Ground

n.d. Energy Centres , Ancient Remains , Leylines , Coast and Islands : A Map of the Ancient Landscape around Glastonbury . Glastonbury : Planetary Paths .

Author: Adrian J. Ivakhiv

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253108381

Category: Religion

Page: 344

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Claiming Sacred Ground Pilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and Sedona Adrian J. Ivakhiv A study of people and politics at two New Age spiritual sites. In this richly textured account, Adrian Ivakhiv focuses on the activities of pilgrim-migrants to Glastonbury, England and Sedona, Arizona. He discusses their efforts to encounter and experience the spirit or energy of the land and to mark out its significance by investing it with sacred meanings. Their endeavors are presented against a broad canvas of cultural and environmental struggles associated with the incorporation of such geographically marginal places into an expanding global cultural economy. Ivakhiv sees these contested and "heterotopic" landscapes as the nexus of a complex web of interestes and longings: from millennial anxieties and nostalgic re-imaginings of history and prehistory; to real-estate power grabs; contending religious visions; and the free play of ideas from science, pseudo-science, and popular culture. Looming over all this is the nonhuman life of these landscapes, an"otherness" that alternately reveals and conceals itself behind a pagenant of beliefs, images, and place-myths. A significant contribution to scholarship on alternative spirituality, sacred space, and the politics of natural landscapes, Claiming Sacred Ground will interest scholars and students of environmental and cultural studies, and the sociology of religious movements and pilgrimage. Non-specialist readers will be stimulated by the cultural, ecological, and spiritual dimensions of extraordinary natural landscapes. Adrian Ivakhiv teaches in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto, and is President of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada. April 2001 384 pages, 24 b&w photos, 2 figs., 9 maps, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4, index, append. cloth 0-253-33899-9 $37.40 s / £28.50 Contents I DEPARTURES 1 Power and Desire in Earth's Tangled Web 2 Reimagining Earth 3 Orchestrating Sacred Space II Glastonbury 4 Stage, Props, and Players of Avalon 5 Many Glastonburys: Place-Myths and Contested Spaces III SEDONA 6 Red Rocks to Real Estate 7 New Agers, Vortexes, and the Sacred Landscape IV ARRIVALS 8 Practices of Place: Nature and Heterotopia Beyond the New Age
Categories: Religion

Twelve Tribe Nations

Twelve Tribe Nations

... and there is indeed the suggestion of an ancient circle of zodiacal figures, laid out across the landscape around Glastonbury. The Glastonbury Zodiac ...

Author: John Michell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781594777578

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 240

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The symbolism and use of the number twelve in organizing ancient societies • Connects the zodiac, the twelve months of the year, and the political divisions of ancient nations • Explores the sacred geography of ancient landscapes in Europe and Israel Throughout the world--in countries as far apart as China, Ireland, Iceland, and Madagascar--there survive records and traditions of whole nations being divided into twelve tribes and twelve regions, each corresponding to one of the twelve signs of the zodiac and to one of the twelve months of the year. Best known are the twelve tribes of Israel under King Solomon, but there have been many others. Wherever they occur, they are associated with an ideal social order and a golden age of humanity. Exploring examples of these twelve-tribe societies, John Michell and Christine Rhone explain the blueprint for this organizational structure and look at the musical, mythological, and astronomical enchantments that kept these societies in harmony with the cosmos. They also examine the astrological landscapes of classical Greece, the aligned St. Michael sanctuaries of Europe, and the true site and function of the Temple in Jerusalem. They show that the sacred geography of these sites was part of an ancient code of knowledge that produced harmony between nature and humanity and is as relevant to our present and future as it was to our past.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Haunted Spaces Sacred Places

Haunted Spaces  Sacred Places

Instead, the saint sprinkles his holy water all around him, ... Maltwood believed that the landscape around Glastonbury had been sculpted around 5,000 years ...

Author: Brian Haughton

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 9781442971202

Category: History

Page: 412

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WHAT IS BEHIND THE STRANGE PHENOMENA AT OUR WORLD'S ANCIENT SITES? Haunted Spaces, Sacred Places is a fascinating and thoroughly researched exploration of the archaeology, legends, and modern mysteries of 32 ancient places throughout the world - from the mysterious megaliths of Britain and Ireland, the haunted tombs of the Etruscans, and the Pagan origins of Germany's Aachen Cathedral to the ancient Native American city of Cahokia, the enigmatic Cambodian Temple of Angkor Wat, and the sacred Aboriginal rock formation of Uluru. Why are strange phenomena so often connected with these ancient sites? Are certain sacred places somehow able to generate or attract paranormal phenomena? Or can such events be explained in terms of modern myth and contemporary folklore? What can the legends and folklore of ancient places throughout the world reveal to us about the beliefs and ideas of our ancient ancestors? These are just some of the questions answered in Brian Haughton's enthralling book.
Categories: History

King Arthur s French Odyssey

King Arthur s French Odyssey

... the landscape around Glastonbury, a similar thesis has arisen around significant and ancient sites in Burgundy, including Vézelay/Les Fontaines Salées.

Author: Marilyn Floyde

Publisher: Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Pu

ISBN: 9781843865698

Category: Arthurian romances

Page: 219

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At the end of the famous legend, when he departs for Avalon, King Arthur is inextricably linked to Glastonbury. Or is he? Marilyn Floyde reminds us that, in the earliest stories, he is also linked to France, or Gaul as it was then called. There is a theory that King Arthur could have performed his last heroic deeds in Burgundy. Or more specifically, in the ancient town of Avallon . Why has the Avallon in Burgundy largely been ignored, when it was the only real place of that name in existence in the fifth century? Perhaps there was a conspiracy perpetrated by unscrupulous medieval monks in England, designed to deprive France of a thousand years of tourist income... These theories are put to the test in this intriguing work. Follow the intrepid author as she explores the beautiful Burgundy countryside, on an investigative trail through history, religion and warfare, and into the magical realms of Arthurian legend.
Categories: Arthurian romances

In Search of England

In Search of England

The landscape around Glastonbury , with its ancient and mysterious names , has always lent itself to fancy etymologizing . For the medievals , the Old ...

Author: Michael Wood

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520232186

Category: History

Page: 336

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A historical exploration of the myths, legends, and events that have shaped the English identity examines the tales surrounding King Arthur, Robin Hood, Alfred the Great, and others to offer revealing insights about the beginnings of English culture.
Categories: History

Secular Beats Spiritual

Secular Beats Spiritual

GLASTONBURY: FROM ENGLISH HIPPIES TO BEYONCÉ The small Somerset town of ... claimed that the landscape around Glastonbury Tor formed an enormous and ancient ...

Author: Steve Bruce

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192528230

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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The decline of the Christian churches in the West is undeniable but commentators differ in their understanding of what this represents. For some it shows a decline in interest in religion as such; for others, religion has not declined, it has only changed its shape. Possible candidates for Christianity's replacement are the new religious movements of the late 1960s and what is variously called New Age, alternative or contemporary spirituality. Secular Beats Spiritual offers a detailed study of the religious and spiritual innovations of the last 50 years. It assesses their popularity in the UK and concludes that the 'not decline-just change' view cannot be sustained. Serious interest in spirituality has grown far less quickly than has the number of us who have no religious or spiritual interest. The most popular and enduring movements have been the least religious ones and those that have survived have done so by becoming more 'this-worldly' and less patently religious or spiritual. Yoga is popular but as a secular exercise programme; Transcendental Meditation now markets its meditational technique as a purely secular therapy; British Buddhists now offer the secular Mindfulness; and the Findhorn Foundation (Europe's oldest New Age centre) is no longer the germ of a counter-cultural communalism but sells its expertise to major corporations. Steve Bruce also demonstrates that, although eastern religious themes (such as reincarnation and karma) have become more popular as the power of the Christian churches to stigmatise them has declined, such themes have also been significantly altered so that what superficially looks like the easternization of the West might better be described as the westernization of the easternization of the West.
Categories: Social Science

The Body Mind Spirit Miscellany

The Body  Mind  Spirit Miscellany

There is a theory that the landscape around Glastonbury has the signs of the ... The ancient Mahabodhi Temple and the bodhi tree ( supposedly a direct ...

Author: Jane Alexander

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 1844838374

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 160

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Features collected wisdom and mystical miscellany on religion, myth, the occult, and alternative health, providing instructions on such mystic activities as performing an Indian head massage and making crop circles.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Mind Body Spirit Miscellany The Ultimate Collection of Facts Fascinations Truths and Insights

The Mind Body Spirit Miscellany   The Ultimate Collection of Facts  Fascinations  Truths and Insights

Glastonbury, England Believed by Wiccans and other neopagans to be the centre of the ancient land of Avalon. There is a theory that the landscape around ...

Author: Jane Alexander

Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers

ISBN: 9781780287447

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 160

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In The Mind, Body,Spirit Miscellany we have a treasure-trove of delights for everyone fascinated by faith and spirituality, the arcane and the esoteric. It is an irresistible collection for book browsers, fact addicts and completists and also includes a wealth of practical advise with step-by-step guidance. Compiled by Jane Alexander, here are lists, facts, curiosities, explanations, clarifictations and summaries on anything from crystals, Freud and herbal remedies to Mayan prophecies, creation myths, and seriously bad Feng Shui.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Pilgrimage in Popular Culture

Pilgrimage in Popular Culture

Many discern in the landscape in and around Glastonbury a vast planisphere of ancient and mysterious origin (Maltwood 1982, Caine 1978, Leader 1990).

Author: Ian Reader

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349126378

Category: Social Science

Page: 250

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Specially commissioned studies of popular pilgrimages - East and West, past and present, religious and 'secular - ranging from Shikoku (Japan), to Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Kosovo (Yugoslavia), Glastonbury, Anfield (UK), Flanders fields, Graceland and military pilgrimages in the USA. The book asks in what ways all these can be called pilgrimages and what their relation is to tourism and to entertainment, highlighting the enduring popularity not only of pilgrimage but also of saints and heroes.
Categories: Social Science

Glastonbury and the Grail

Glastonbury and the Grail

... it does demonstrate that the people who lived in the sodden landscape around ancient Glastonbury made the land their own and were content to stay.

Author: Justin E. Griffin

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786492398

Category: Social Science

Page: 284

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Glastonbury, a small town in Somerset, England, stands at the epicenter of a longstanding tradition placing the Holy Grail in Britain. Legend holds that Joseph of Arimathea traveled to Britain, bringing with him both a gathering of followers and the cup that Jesus used at the last supper. He is said to have buried the Grail at Glastonbury, where some claim he founded the first church in England. This volume chronicles one man’s personal quest to find historical evidence supporting the traditional beliefs surrounding Joseph of Arimathea and the Holy Grail in southern England. Bolstered by an abundance of evidence supporting the presence of Joseph in 1st Century Britain, he separates his findings from the fantasy of the Grail Romances, answering questions about the Grail and the origins and progressions of its legend.
Categories: Social Science

The Book of English Magic

The Book of English Magic

... a revelation that the tales of King Arthur were based on an astrological pattern formed by ancient features of the landscape around Glastonbury.

Author: Richard Heygate

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781848543867

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 576

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Of all the countries in the world, England has the richest history of magical lore and practice. English authors such as J.R.R.Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, and J.K.Rowling, dominate the world of magic in fiction, but from the earliest times, England has also acted as home to generations of eccentrics and scholars who have researched and explored every conceivable kind of occult art. Most people are torn between a fascination with magic and an almost instinctive fear of the occult, of a world redolent with superstition and illusion. And yet more people now practice magic in England than at any time in her history. The Book of English Magic explores this hidden story, from its first stirrings to our present-day fascination with all things magical. Along the way readers are offered a rich menu of magical things to do and places to visit.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena

The Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena

All of the sites associated with the old legends have been well marked, ... Glastonbury Tor, a teardrop-shaped hill, dominates the landscape around the town ...

Author: J Gordon Melton

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 9781578592302

Category: Religion

Page: 392

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Based on more than 250 occurrences and extraordinary experiences that have served to lift believers out of the mundane world and place them in contact with a transcendental reality, The Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena explores unusual and unexplained physical events, apparitions, and other phenomena rooted in religious beliefs. Well-known religion expert, J. Gordon Melton takes readers on a tour amongst angels, Marian apparitions, and religious figures such as Jesus, the Buddha, Mohammad, and Tao Tzu. Melton reports on dreams and near-death experiences; feng shui and labyrinths; statues that bleed, drink milk, weep, and move; snake handling, speaking in tongues, and stigmata; relics, including the spear of Longinus and the Shroud of Turin; and sacred locales such as Easter Island, the Glastonbury Tor, the Great Pyramid, Mecca, and Sedona. Each entry includes a description of the particular phenomenon and the religious claims being made for it as well as a discussion of what a scientist might have to say about it. Transcending the mundane, the entries take no sides and make no arguments: the journey is the experience and the experience is the journey.
Categories: Religion

The British Chronicles

The British Chronicles

The image thus shows white against the surrounding green landscape. The Glastonbury Zodiac was made during the Early Bronze Age, which was the outlines of ...

Author: David Hughes

Publisher: Heritage Books

ISBN: 9780788444906

Category: Great Britain

Page: 662

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Categories: Great Britain

Prem Rawat and Counterculture

Prem Rawat and Counterculture

ideas about sacred geometry, Druids, sacred landscapes, earth energies, ... the geographical features of the Somerset landscape around Glastonbury and ...

Author: Ron Geaves

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350090880

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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Ron Geaves demonstrates how the convergence of Prem Rawat, formerly known as Guru Maharaj Ji, and Glastonbury Fayre in 1971 was a key event in understanding the jigsaw that came to be known as 'New Age' spirituality. The book charts the discovery of Prem Rawat in India in 1969 by a small number of British and North American 'hippies', and explores how his arrival in Britain in June 1971, as well as his speech from the pyramid stage at the Fayre at just 13 years old, escalated his activities to make him one of the key influencers of 1970s counterculture spirituality. Both Glastonbury and Prem Rawat have gone on to re-emerge in significantly different identities to the ones presented in 1971. The meeting between the two demonstrates how alternative spiritualities were being formed in the 1960s and how some strands went on to develop into the 'New Age' counterculture that eventually permeated mainstream cultures in Britain and the USA.
Categories: Religion

This Ancient Heart

This Ancient Heart

Landscape, Ancestor, Self Paul Davies, Caitlín Matthews ... the position of Glastonbury, half way along the Michael Line, which runs diagonally across ...

Author: Paul Davies

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781782799689

Category: Religion

Page: 207

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13 authors explore the threefold relationship between the landscape, the ancestors and ourselves. By focussing upon the essentials that shape Pagan and Heathen identity, this book reveals the connective pathways where beliefs, actions and metaphors lead to dynamic, practical and spiritual lives. Contributors: Penny Billington (Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids); Dr. Jenny Blain (Former Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Sheffield Hallam); Paul Davies (Quaker, Independent Druid) Introduction and Editor; Prof. Camelia Elias. (Roskilde University); Prof. Graham Harvey (Reader in Religious Studies OU) Foreword; Sarah Hollingham MSc res. (Geographer, Quaker & Mother); Prof. Ronald Hutton (University of Bristol) Afterword; David Loxley (Chief of Ancient Druid Order); Caitlin Matthews (Teacher and author) Joint Editor; Emma Restall Orr (Author); Philip Shallcrass (Chief of British Druid Order); Prof. Robert Wallis (University of Richmond, London); Dr. Luzie U. Wingen (Quantitative Geneticist at the John Innes Centre). This Ancient Heart is essential reading for people with an interest in earth spirituality, our shared ancestors, sacred landscapes, shamanism, anthropology, archaeology, religion and heritage studies.
Categories: Religion

Santa Fe Light

Santa Fe Light

I date the inception of the work on the Santa Fe zodiac at around 1994; ... saw this hierarchical array within a landscape mandala at Glastonbury, England.

Author: Richard Leviton

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781440139260

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 620

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Santa Fe, the City Different, has deeply excited visitors for over a hundred years with its crystal blue skies, Blood of Christ Mountains, pure dry air, old adobe charm, and beautiful light. But this high-desert State capital and artists haven may also be a Land of Lighta premier landscape of multiple sacred sites and heightened spiritual charge. People love this place, they say, for its uplifting, spiritually leavening effect, for how it starts a process of transformation, healing, deep change, and self-reinvention. People revere this place as an axis of creativity, a hotbed of innovation, and a paramount center for recreating culture and spirituality\ capable of inspiring the world. Santa Fe Light explains why. An able travel guide, it takes you to 111 different locations and their Light temples in and around Santa Fe, numinous places usually only encountered in myths or dreams. And it proposes that the observed social qualities of Santa Fe, its livability, might be due to this fabulous visionary geography alluringly just beyond the veil of our ordinary perception.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Grail Alchemy

Grail Alchemy

In England, the Grail legends clustered around many places of power in the landscape, and none more so than in the small town of Glastonbury.

Author: Mara Freeman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781620551929

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

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An experiential guide to the spiritual path of the Holy Grail • Traces the evolution of the Holy Grail from the sacred vessel of the Celtic goddess to the Cup of Christ and how it represents the longing for the divine feminine • Provides exercises, meditations, and rituals to connect you with the powers of the Cauldron of Rebirth, the Chalice of Healing, the Sword of Light, and the Holy Grail • Explains how attaining the Grail brings full consciousness of the soul and Divine influence for the healing of self and others The primary myth of Western culture, the quest for the Holy Grail persists through the centuries like a recurring dream, embodying the longing for the divine feminine suppressed for more than two thousand years. The Holy Grail emerged not only as a symbol of the feminine but also as a symbol of the soul, for hidden within the sacred Grail legends lies an initiatory path that leads to the highest realms of consciousness and spiritual illumination. By working with the symbols of the Grail tradition we can gaze into our own hidden depths and heal the separation between masculine and feminine, Spirit and Matter, and Heaven and Earth. Mara Freeman traces the evolution of the Grail from the sacred vessel of the Celtic goddess to the Cup of Christ, revealing a spiritual path rooted in the mysteries of the Goddess, the Grail, and the Sword. She explains how the Sword has dominated over the Goddess and the Grail for far too long, leading to a spiritual wasteland as foretold in the Grail stories. She provides a practical workbook of exercises, visualizations, and magical rituals to restore the power of the divine feminine through spiritually transformative experiences with the Cauldron of Rebirth, the Chalice of Healing, the Sword of Light, and the Holy Grail itself. Drawing on folk traditions and medieval Arthurian romances as well as alchemy and the wisdom of the mystics of Glastonbury, Freeman reveals the ancient Celtic teachings of the Western Mystery tradition. She shows that attaining the Grail involves achieving full consciousness of the soul. Then, as a Grail-bearer, you can bring the light of the Grail into the world for the healing of self and others.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Lost Cities of Atlantis Ancient Europe the Mediterranean

Lost Cities of Atlantis  Ancient Europe   the Mediterranean

I was told that there is even a zodiac built into the landscape . According to John Michell , there were seven hills around Glastonbury which symbolized the ...

Author: David Hatcher Childress

Publisher: Adventures Unlimited Press

ISBN: 0932813259

Category: Social Science

Page: 488

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Atlantis! The legendary lost continent comes under the close scrutiny of archaeologist David Hatcher Childress. From Ireland to Turkey, Morocco to Eastern Europe, or remote islands of the Mediterranean and Atlantic, Childress takes the reader on an astonishing quest for mankind's past. Ancient technology, cataclysms, megalithic construction, lost civilisations, and devastating wars of the past are all explored in this amazing book. Childress challenges the sceptics and proves that great civilisations not only existed in the past but that the modern world and its problems are reflections of the ancient world of Atlantis.
Categories: Social Science