Events Calendar 2006

   
 
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Sunday, November 12th: Cygnus Day

This is the first Cygnus Day to be celebrated in Avalon. Coinciding with Old Samháin (the Celtic New Year), the setting of the sun down the Michael line (at an azimuth of 242.8º), Martinmas and Re-memberance Day, and recognising the swan as an image associated both with Brighid and an ancient cult of the dead, this is an occasion to celebrate with all of those who have gone before us into the otherworld. Author/researcher Andrew Collins introduces this new, annual event with an in-depth presentation at the Glastonbury Assembly Rooms.

 

Sunday, October 1st: The Blue Bowl Centennial

The Chalice Well Trust hosts a reception to celebrate the finding of the Blue Bowl. On this date in 1906 - on the Monday exactly four weeks after its discovery (Benham: The Avalonians, 2006 [1993], p.50) - Katherine (Kitty) Tudor Pole retrieves it from the sluice well at the behest of her brother, Wellesley, who had been preparing a special oratory for it at their home in Bristol.

 

Thursday, September 21st: U.N. International Day of Peace (est. 1981)

The perpetual Brighid/Avalon flame is taken to the Chalice Well Gardens as a part of a special peace pole planting and dedication ceremony.

 

Thursday, September 7th: Eve of the Nativity of Our Lady of Glastonbury

The vigil of the birth of her who gives birth to all things (Theotokos), including herself! As an aspect, or manifestation, of her, the ever-virgin Brighde could only be the bride of he who transcends gender - the Christ. For many centuries, up until the sacking of the abbey in 1539, this was the time of the traditional Glastonbury pilgrimage. St. Brighid's Chapel must have been brightly lit on this night, as it is tonight on this full moon - rising over Wearyall Hill, partly eclipsed, exactly mid-way between its southern and northern standstill limits which we are currently witnessing. This still, clear, holy night must surely be one of the most beautiful and auspicious of all time at Bride's Mound!

 

First Monday in September: The Blue Bowl Centennial, - discovery

In 1906, Christine and Janet (later Sr. Brigid) Allen find the Blue Bowl at the sluice-well where it had been buried by John Arthur Goodchild on the first Monday (moon-day) in September, exactly eight years earlier, as a psychic experiment. That very same day, at 5.43 pm, Goodchild has his second vision that suggests its discovery may be imminent, - the "Sign of the West" - a huge chalice, suspended in the western sky, surrounded by five balls of light. (Eight days earlier, he had his first vision, - the "Sign of the East" - a huge sword in the eastern sky, on the last Sun-day in August).

For some reason, the timing of these events was meticulously recorded by Goodchild (ibid. pp. 46-50) so the centennial was accurately celebrated with a meditation at the marker-stone. All those participating saw the same thing - a vision of Wellesley's army gathered there in the field and facing the ridge to the south.

 

Friday, September 1st

This evening, the perpetual Brighid-Avalon flame links into the Network of Light for the first time. These meditations, for universal peace and harmony, are held on the first day of each month at 9.00 pm.

 

Tuesday, August 15th

The perpetual Brighid-Avalon flame, kindled at Beckery Chapel at Imboc 2005, is taken to the abbey where it is used to light the candles for the assumption mass in the crypt of the Lady chapel, - the site of the Ealde Chirche said to have been built by Joseph of Arimathaea, in 63 AD, as a shrine for the divine Mother.

 

July 15th - August 15th

This is the traditional thirty-day period for the celebration of the Tailtenn funerary games established by Lugh in honour of his foster-mother, Queen Tailtiu, who prepared the plains for the planting of crops, - according to the eleventh-century Lebor Gabála Érenn (see verse §59). Since Lugh and Tailtiu have an important place in Irish mythology this festival would, most likely, have been celebrated here at the bruga. We are hosting it, this year, for the first time, - as a compliment to the annual Imbolc/St.Bride's Day ceremonies which are held here in February. The festival concludes on the day of the assumption of Mary/Sophia as she takes her place as Queen of Heaven.

 

Wednesday, August 9th: Lugh's Wedding

Lughnassadh is translated by John Rhŷs as “Lugh’s Wedding” (1866: The Hibbert Lectures, 416) and is, according to one of the numerous customs, traditionally celebrated on the full moon closest to the mid-point between solstice and equinox - the beginning of harvest. Lugh is the champion of the Tuatha de Danann who defeat the Fir Bolg at the Battle of Mag Tuired - an allegory of the conquest of good over evil.

 
At noon, there was a celebration of "Lugh’s Wedding" on the ridge. Each of the four hallows was represented - coming from their corresponding four cities in Tir na Nog; - the "Otherworld" from which the Tuatha de Danann come from the sky (verse §55). All of the four elements were brought together in this way; earth and water in the corn maiden, - fire and air in Lugh's spear.

 

 

 

According to Brehon law it is forbidden to engage in any form of conflict (apart from games), or even provocation, during Lughnassadh - the penalty being automatic excommunication from the tribe.

Being a special time for peace, a one minute silence was observed to re-member all those who have died, in the global struggle against tyranny, by calling on them to assist from "beyond the veil" as Wellesley Tudor Pole did so successfully at the time of the Third Reich; and we declared peace by renouncing our own authority over others - respecting the right of everyone to their own, individual autonomy.

 

These two photographs were taken soon after the ending of the ceremony (shown here unretouched). In both cases, identical photos were taken only seconds later - with no trace of the anomalies.

Besides an appearance of Wellesley's army, or the Tuatha de Danann, other explanations have been offered; - from the magical use of herbs to induce shamanic flight to pieces of grass on the camera lens. One local researcher points out that they fit the description of simple rods. The concept of The Watchers (Irin-Qadeshin - nr. V), mentioned by Tudor Pole and Bligh Bond, as well as in scripture and other literary sources, seems to include all of the subjective descriptions. (NB.- The Watchers of Avalon are understood to be Irin, or "Holy Watchers," - not to be confused with Nephilim, - the "fallen" ones).

 

February 1st, 2006

Being St. Brighid’s Day, this is a very important day for Beckery. This year the Glastonbury Order of Druids assisted with the symbolic bringing of the "Light of the West" (ie. the wisdom contained in the ancient, Irish mythology - the essence of which is contained within John Arthur Goodchild's book of the same name). The Chalice Well Trust, and the new stewards of the White Spring, held their usual “mixing of the waters” ceremony in Wellhouse Lane, blending the white, calcium-rich water from the Tor with the red, iron-rich water from Chalice Hill. It was then carried, in procession, to Bride’s Mound where it was poured onto the ground at the spot recently identified by researcher and dowser, Anthony John Kennish, as the location of the original Bride’s Well. Prayers were said for the opening and restoration of all the blocked springs in Avalon.

This was followed by a wonderful evening of entertainment in town, which opened with a lovely ceremonial welcoming in of Bridie, at the Assembly Rooms. The following evening then saw the Blessing of Candles (Candlemas), in the same beautifully decorated hall, accompanied by recitals by the Bards of Ynys Witrin. On both nights the hall was adorned with dozens of candles - all lit from the Brighid-Avalon perpetual flame.

 

Previous years...

July 30th, 2004

Brigadine sisters, Mary and Rita Minehan, bring the perpetual Brighid flame (restored in 1993) from Solas Bhríde, in Kildare, during a Glastonbury Goddess Conference ceremony on Bride's mound. The flame was extinguished for the crossing from Ireland and re-lit for the ceremony. It was then combined with several other flames to create the Flame of Avalon.

The temporary, ornamental garden included a circular entrance to represent the hole in the south wall of the old stone chapel which was said to have had healing powers.

 

February 2nd, 2005: Candlemas

On this day the perpetual Brighid-Avalon flame was kindled at the site of St. Brighid's Chapel on Bride's Mound.

It was kept burning at a number of locations until January 26th, 2013, when it was then re-dedicated to "Brighid of Avalon: Goddess, Saint and the Divine Feminine."