The White Spring is sacred to the Divine Masculine. Crystal clear and pure, it was diverted for municipal water use in the early twentieth century. Although no longer used for that purpose, the spring today remains relatively undeveloped as a result.
The Red Spring is sacred to the Divine Feminine. It is called Chalice Well because of the old legend that it flows from the spot where St. Joseph of Arimathea buried the Holy Grail. There is a high iron oxide content in the water of the Red Spring, which causes the surrounding rocks and pools to be stained red with accumulated rust. It is safe to drink in small amounts only. Yet the water of Chalice Well is reputed to have great healing qualities.
Over the past hundred years, a series of mystics and visionaries have created an exquisite World Peace Garden centred around Chalice Well. The Garden is full of beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees, with many quiet and secluded benches, nooks and crannies for meditation.
This photo of Chalice Well was taken by my Rare One on our recent trip. Tomorrow I'll post about the special vesica piscis symbol found on the sacred spring's well cover and throughout the Garden.