Legend has it that Joseph of Arimathea made frequent visits to the area and is reputed to have been accompanied by Jesus as a young boy. The image above is a banner and can be seen in St John the Baptist, parish church of Pilton, formerly known as St Mary's and renamed after the Reformation. It was embroidered in the early 1930's and shows Joseph and Jesus arriving at Pilton 'harbour'. Formerly known as Pooltown, the village is on the edge of the Somerset Levels, which formed a vast tidal lake in Saxon times.
“And did those feet in ancient time" is a short poem by William Blake from the preface to his epic Milton a Poem. The date of 1804 on the title page is probably when the plates were begun, but the poem was printed c.1808.Today it is best known as the anthem "Jerusalem", with music written by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916.
The poem was inspired by the apocryphal story that a young Jesus, accompanied by Joseph of Arimathea, a tin merchant, travelled to this area and visited Glastonbury during the unknown years of Jesus.
Google the hymn and you will find many versions. However, I rather like the one below, Emerson Lake and Palmer giving their own tribute to the hymn and to the Tor.
My last night under African skies, under this new moon, and this star. I recognise that you are in your world and I am in mine, but we share the same sky, no? Though the miles might separate us, this moon gives me peace, for I know in my soul, we are indeed kin. Like the moon, which glows only through the sun's light, I thank you, yes you, who are reading these words, for illuminating my life.
I am still landing from my 'Feathered Seer' weekend in the glorious setting of the Nightingale centre in the Derbyshire countryside. It was as powerful as ever and this was my 3rd year of attending one of their events. Our theme this year took the path of transition from life to death, soul lineage and the ancestry of the body.
There is a powerful magic that comes from ritual and psychodrama - a weaving of the threads of old stories amidst guided processes. Add to this the central presence of the enneagram, leading us through a journey of the inner and outer on the Path to Becoming, our weekend brought us to the One-ness that connects us all. It was Divine.
Sue, Steve and Stuart, the Directors of the School, held the space beautifully and I am so very blessed to be able to also call them my friends.
if you would like to explore further, follow this link. Their events are open to all, and like me, are free to follow your own path and it is not necessary to be a student of the School.
“In a time before memory…when the land was yet young and Albion unborn,
I dreamed the stars of a time yet to be. I dreamed your becoming.
…I see you.
I called and you have come.
The time is now.”
My experiences are as yours - filled with challenges, pain, joy, laughter and love.
The settings of our scenes might be different but along our journey together, we will discover similarities and shared experiences.
Adventure with me for a while, for it is in the Journey, we become One.
High Sierra Winter Solstice
Postcards from America (1)
God's Own Country
An Avalonian Anniversary
..'And did those feet?'
Glastonbury/Avalon of the Heart
Finding Colour in the Grey
Lessons from Morocco
Under African Skies
The Earth Mother
The Glastonbury Unity Candle goes to Knight's Enham