Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Glastonbury's Goddess Temple
Glastonbury has a very active Goddess community. For the past 14 summers, a Goddess Conference has been held in Glastonbury. This fun and creative festival draws people from around the world. And since 2002, Glastonbury has had its very own Goddess Temple. Tucked away among charming shops in a tiny square off the High Street, it is found up on the second floor of a building. That's it with the open door and purple sign in the top picture.
The Goddess Temple is run by volunteer priestesses called -- of course -- melissas. The interior is a peaceful space, full of beautiful and artistic shrines to the various Goddesses sacred to Avalon. You can light small tea light candles as votive offerings. A circle of wicker Goddesses provides another space where you can sit and meditate on cushions and throws. The air is redolent with incense and soft music plays in the background.
I enjoyed visiting the Goddess Temple very much. It operates on donations and sales from its tiny gift shop. I made sure to spend a fair bit of money to help encourage the melissas in their devotion and service to the Goddess!