Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Monday, 18 March 2013
"And spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the spirit of love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on earth's dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its' wintry rest... "
The Sensitive Plant by P .B. Shelley
I love this romantic poem, how it evokes the wonderful mystery of life force returning in nature and as a metaphor for an inner re-awakening that is powerfully possible at vernal equinox.
I am sharing some favourite images that I like to meditate upon as we approach the tipping point into spring; rich in symbolism, depicting the Pagan goddess Eostre re-birthing and re-animating the land.
This can be fully observed in the green lanes of Glastonbury; hawthorn tips, nettles beginning to grow, and glorious symphonies of birdsong that are an enticement to open all windows and doors and fully receive nature's sound bath, despite the still chilly weather.
|Spring Equinox by Nina Ulana|
|Eastre by Jacques Reich|
|Spring by Hans Zatska|
|Eostre Goddess of Spring by Lost in Black and White|
|Artha, Goddess of Spring Equinox by Caroline Gully-Lir|
|Ostara by Cynthia Rudzis|
|Rebirth of Spring by Pablo Montes|
|Goddess Ostara by Mickie Mueller|
Saturday, 22 December 2012
Dawn ceremony hosted on St Edmunds Hill with sacred water, fire, incense, drum, chant and a portal to pass through.
Glastonbury Tor was framed in soft pastel clouds and plumes of delicate mist, then the sun erupted through spectacularly.
View of Glastonbury Tor from Well house Lane showing the constant line of pilgrims making their way to St Michael's tower.
In contrast to revelry on the Tor, a silent meditation at Chalice Well Gardens.
Strong solstice sunlight illuminates the glorious gnarly bark of an ancient yew tree in Chalice Well Gardens.
Away from the gatherings of people, Glastonbury's quiet lanes deliver the blessing of tranquility and the teaching of silence and stillness. Bare hedgerows and shapely trees animated by nature's sounds: trilling birds, gentle wind and water gurgling in rivulets and forming streams.
Glossy ivy assert the presence of a rude and vigorous life force in the evergreens.
Sycamore drupes are a delicate and lovely silhouette and represent the beauty of death, the cyclic nature of the seasons and existence- how all passes and changes form.
Solstice blessings from the heart to all. A few more pics on my facebook page.
Sunday, 3 June 2012
|Butterfly Barn, Sve Dame community, Auroville|
am very pleased to tell you about a great evening kirtan taking place the
auspicious night of the Venus Transit with Upahar Anand
Upahar, originally from the UK, now divides the year between Italy and
Tiruvannamalai in south India, site of Ramana Maharshi ashram, sacred
mount Arunachala and a town of spiritual pilgrimage where the transformational energies are strong.
I was blessed to attend his kirtan several times during my recent trip and always achieved a wonderful feeling of connection and love.
Our paths kept crossing. We first met over idlis at the Sheshadri Bhavan in Tiruvannamalai, introduced by Lillah, friend and fellow Glastonbury yogini who I was visiting. Then I attended two evenings with Upahar in Auroville where I was a long term guest.
|Sea of souls - Tiruvannamalai|
Upahar was excited to know that I was from Glastonbury as he had played the ashram in 2010 and was keen to return, Would I hook him up? Of course!
I hold such strong and positive memories of Sunday morning kirtan, sitting cross legged in Upahar's house, knees touching my neighbours as the room was so full of people, including several familiar faces from Glastonbury.
Many people I did not know, nonetheless we were sharing a powerful experience. One morning in late January felt particularly strong, I witnessed an ecstatic sensation something like being part of an ocean, the congregation of singers rising and swelling as a single entity as my heart surged in my chest, carried by the sacred songs. Utterly moved, to tears, several times and I looked around the room and saw that I was not alone.
Fortune also gifted me the blessing of an afternoon session in a temple, the day of my birthday, when I had travelled to Tiruvannamalai, having left Auroville after two months, I surrendered to the lure of the town.
Upahar is an accomplished and experienced multi-instrumentalist, adept on harmonium, guitar, drum, vocals and flute.
He has an extensive repertoire of chants and songs; well known
bhajans and some interesting less familiar material. Upahar is strong on
Shiva and Shiva energies and also weaves sufi influences and poetry into
Unmissable! Come, share and participate in a field of divine love at a time of amplified celestial vibrations.
Kirtan with Upahar, Shekinashram, Glastonbury Weds 6th June 2012 7pm
Hope to see you there!
Peace and blessings
Friday, 30 March 2012
|Dawn circle atop Glastonbury Tor|
The Vernal Equinox of 20th March 2012 was an exuberant entree into Spring. launching the mood and intention of new growth and beginnings which will carry us us through to Beltane at the start of May, when the town of Glastonbury explodes in a riot of colour and drama and energy.
The weather colluded in the unfoldment; as we approached equinox, the balance point between light and dark, a week of misty, cold weather with flat grey skies set the tone, a final pause and winter breathing its final breath before spring, sunlight and warmth reclaimed the skies.
Celebration, ceremony and ritual mark all turning points in nature's cycle here in Glastonbury. With pride and conviction I assert that we do it well. Locals show up to organise and participate and the town draws in visitors from all over the UK and other nations too, because it is so special.
|Well head dressed for spring|
Some began at dawn; climbing the Tor and sharing a sunrise meditation. I opted for the Chalice Well which had free entry as is usual on special days. I spent a good while seated by the cascading red waters in the lower garden, catching sunlight on my face and watching visitors arriving at the gatehouse above.
Eventually I was joined by two close friends and we decided to enjoy the sacred fire quietly rather than taking part in the midday meditation, having first visited the beautifully dressed wellhead to pay my respects to the water in a silent prayer of gratitude.
In the afternoon a different type of celebration, serendipitously a housemates birthday meant that our living room was filled with balloons, cake, ice cream and gifts and also joy, laughter and sharing.
A few days later I adjusted my clocks to British Summer Time - Spring forward, fall back is a neat way to remember. Silently and efficiently my phone and laptop reset themselves, impressive!
This first light evening of the year was graced with glorious sunlight and steady blue skies, an invitation to be outdoors with friends and make the moment last. I visited a friend who has just relocated to a pretty cottage enviably located a stone's throw from the Chalice Well.
It was a supper party that almost happened outside. Sitting on the daisy spotted lawn with views across the levels, it was a mellow moment.
As the sun slowly set before us and there was talk of a building a fire.... Maybe next time. Sharing around a fire with a group of close friends is as good as it gets for me and it was satisfying to feel enthusiasm and excitement for good times to come.
We ate inside, an abundance of home cooked vegetarian food. After the meal, as daylight fell away, gently illuminated by tall candles, stories began to emerge; remembrances of old Glastonbury, the brickworks of Sandpits lane, the gasworks of Northload Street. Tales from the early days of Glastonbury Festival, lovingly embroidered and told with great fondness and animation.
Here was a very special moment, a de facto family gathering, a soul family, entertaining each other in a simple, time honoured and tribal way and we were keeping our history alive. With this understanding I paused to savour this point of connection and store it in my bank of positive memories.
Back home the night skies were still clear, revealing the moon and stars in perfect clarity. A slender silver crescent highlighted by bright Venus, trined by Jupiter. As I stood in awe, a text came through on my phone, an artist friend was also star gazing,
Check it out, a symbol of hope and love for humanity!
Aho to that!
Calendar of events at Chalice Well www.chalicewell.org.uk/
Tess Jennings firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Gazidis www.amandagazidis.com