Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Transporting Sacred Water

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.

So off I went to the Glastonbury shops, where I found a metal Glogg water bottle with a good, waterproof, screw-on top. On the mystical morning of 09-09-09, I filled it full of sacred water and screwed the top on tight. For good measure, I put it inside a big zip-lock freezer bag along with a couple of the small (empty) Chalice Well plastic bottles. I'm pleased to report that the water made it back to Edmonton safe and sound! Once home, I decanted it from the Glogg bottle into the more decorative souvenir bottles.

At the October meeting of the Women's Drumming and Goddess Chanting Circle, we celebrated the Goddess of Avalon and had a special blessing with the Chalice Well water. Each woman received a tiny half-ounce plastic champagne flute as a Holy Grail stand-in. I poured sacred water into each flute from the Chalice Well bottle. Then we each thought of something in our life that needs healing, whether it be physical, mental, emotional, spiritual or financial. I recited the following blessing --

Daughters of the Goddess, may you be blessed and healed by this sacred water from Goddess's holy Chalice Well in Avalon. Blessed be!

Then we all raised our glasses to the Goddess and drank Her sacred water of life.


Jeanne said...

Ooohhh, you were able to bring some water back with you!
And how very special to share it with your group. :0)


mxtodis123 said...

That is such a wonderful story. I treasure everything you have to say about Glastonbury.

Caroline said...

How wonderful...wish I could have been there to partake in such a special ceremony!

Judith said...

Oh, I'd buy into that!

Renee said...

I'm holding up my glass.



that gave me goose bumps..

Suzie Ridler said...

How absolutely lovely and amazing that you got it home safe, sound and sacred.

Rose - Watching Waves said...

That was a very smart way to transport the water. How wonderful that you were able to use it in your beautifully graced community.

Rue said...

What a lovely thing to do for your group - I'm sure the ladies were really honoured! I'm glad the water made it home!