Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The Lion's Head is where pilgrims gather sacred spring water to take home and, for that purpose, Chalice Garden sells plastic souvenir bottles. When I went to buy one, the saleslady took note of my foreign accent, deduced that I would be flying home (not driving) and told me that I'd never get my water home in one of their bottles. Because of airport security, the bottle would have to go in my checked luggage, and the bottle tops were simply not watertight. The sacred water would all leak out during the flight, she said.
Monday, November 16, 2009
The Lion's Head is where one may drink from the Red Spring in Chalice Well Garden. It is essentially a spout which pours a steady stream of water over a couple of millstones in a small pool. (Note the heavy iron oxide build-up -- a reminder not to drink TOO much of this sacred water!) Our priestess and tour leader, Mara Freeman, led us in a beautiful ceremony at the Lion's Head. Each of us filled a pewter chalice to the brim with sacred water, thought of what we wanted to release from our lives and then poured the water back into the pool. Filling the chalice again, we thought of what we wanted the Goddess to bring into our lives and then we drank that water. Be it so!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
But soon he joined in with the others . . .
. . . and before he knew it, everyone was Best Friends Forever!!
Her Royal Highness joined the party as well and graciously extended the regal paw of welcome to her newest subject . . .
. . . and introduced him to the Lion Goddess Sekhmet, who fell for Knitty Kitty's charms immediately. Here they are, posing for the paparazzi --
Cat treats were consumed. Party games were played. Fun was had by all.
Knitty Kitty even went swimming in the pool with the Mermaid Goddess Yemaya and her Merkitty! Well, actually he just floated around in a lifesaver ring, but still!
Finally, the party wound down and everyone went to their various cozy corners and cubbyholes for a long catnap. Knitty Kitty finished his evening by getting a nice skritch behind the ears from Kwan Yin Herself. The Goddess loves all kitties.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Another of Chalice Garden's water features created to showcase the waters of the Red Spring is the Healing Waterfall. It is located in a walled bower of trees and ferns, a shady and peaceful spot. The spring water splashes down a red brick waterfall surrounded by slate rocks. People often leave small offerings to the Goddess here -- a votive candle, a small apple, a stone, a feather or two. Ribbons are tied to the surrounding tree branches.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
A couple of weeks ago, I had the very good fortune to win a Halloween giveaway from Rue over at her blog, Rue and Hyssop. When the package arrived via Canada Post, what fun my Rare One and I had as we discovered all the treasures hidden within! Lovely incense, essential oil and sweetgrass . . . the cutest wee spell book and witchy broom-pen . . . very yummy Gibralter rock candy from the recent trip that Jaz of Octoberfarm took to Salem, Massachusetts, as well as a candy lobster from Maine . . . gorgeous Animal Spirits Knowledge Cards by the artist Susan Seddon Boulet . . . and a very spooky little rose quartz skull! Thanks so much for your generosity, Rue!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
In sacred geometry, a circle is a wholistic symbol of the never-ending cycle of existence. When two circles intersect at the halfway point of each, a third shape is formed -- the vesica piscis -- an almond shape which, to pagans, represents the sacred yoni or vulva of the Divine Feminine. All of creation emerges through Her divine yoni from Her sacred womb. And all of creation returns to Her on death, to be reused in the Goddess's eternal cycle of transformation and regeneration. The vesica piscis also has Christian and Masonic interpretations.