Glastonbury-Shaftesbury is believed to be the 4th Earth Chakra, the Heart. Located in the Southwest corner of England is the legendary village of Glastonbury. To say that this village is legendary is actually somehow an understatement, it has been recognized as a spiritual center since the megalithic era. It is the site of the first Christian church in the British Isles and claimed to be the Avalon of the King Arthur tale. The village of Glastonbury itself is pretty small but very quaint, cradled among a series of velvety green hills.
Tor is an English word referring to a high rock or hill, derriving from the Old Enlgish Torr. The Celtic name of the Tor was Ynys Wydryn, or sometimes Ynys Gutrin, meaning "Isle of Glass".
Tor's ruins originiated around the same time as when Stonehenge was constructed. Thousands of years ago it was an island. Before modern drainage, the Tor in winter would have towered above the flooded Somerset Levels.The tallest of the hills is the famous Tor. At the top of Tor are impressive remains of a church on top, dedicated to the Archangel Michael. The top of the Tor was levelled at some point in the 10th or 11th century to build a large stone church. In 1275 an earthquake levelled this church. Years later a smaller church was rebuilt on the site in 1323 and lasted until the demise of Glastonbury Abbey in 1539. The church was quarried for stone and now only the tower survives.
At the foot of the Tor is the Chalice Well and the spherical dome of Chalice Hill. Below in the town center are the ruins of the great Abbey, site of Joseph of Arimathea's church, and gravesite of King Arthur himself. Wearyall Hill, location of the legendary thorn tree is on the west entrance to the village. On 2/22/2002, archaeologists Nancy and Charlie Hollinrake of the Glastonbury Antiquarian Society announced that they have unearthed on top of the Tor the foundations of what looks very much like an ancient circular temple.
Glastonbury was a major religious center long before the time of King Arthur or Joseph of Arimathea. The most famous legend of Glastonbury tells the story of Joseph of Arimathea and the Holy Grail. After the Resurrection of Jesus, Joseph shifted the archetype of Everlasting Life -the Grail- from Jerusalem to Glastonbury. The Druids utilized the Tor from 2500 BC as an initiation center for priests. Megalithic Age remains dating from 5,000 BC reveals Glastonbury as the site of a massive astrological calendar combining a stone circle, with solar and lunar alignments, and a land carved zodiac map, ten miles in diameter. Druid priests and society considered Glastonbury their "holy mecca". There were temples, stone circles, and fertility sites.
The energy is soft and healing. The famous well is located at the back of the ample garden, and there are benches located throughout for relaxing and taking in the beauty. The gardens have a comforting feel and a vibrational purity. There are three distinct, yet harmonic energy sources within the gardens.These are the leyline energies forming the vortex in the King Court, the anionic energy formed by the Chalice wellspring and flowing waters, and the soft energy field of the vibrant trees and plants. All of these have tangibly different effects that vary from meditative, gently relaxing to vibrant electric intensity. The Chalice Well holds another dense energy around the wellhead area. The Goddess speaks from within that field, she is most tangible there. The wellhead is at the rear of the gardens with a perfect view of the Michael Tower atop the Tor, just a few hundred meters away. The wellhead is adorned with the sacred geometry symbol of the Vesica Pisces. The Chalice Well itself is very therapeutic. The waters have been thoroughly tested and analyzed. The spring water is slightly radioactive, rich in iron and carries a detectable magnetic charge There are countless documented accounts of healing taking place. In the mid 1700's an English aristocrat was healed of a long-term infirmity after he was 'instructed' by an angelic apparition to drink from the well for five consecutive weeks. The highly publicized cure created a renewed notoriety for the Chalice Well. Visitors stream in from all areas of Europe to drink the water.
Glastonbury Abbey held a prominent and sacred position in the Christian world. Still today revered as holy grounds, the Abbey Ruins are the site of the first Christian Church in Europe, and are reputed to be the burial site of Joseph of Armithea, The Virgin Mary, Saint Patrick and King Arthur. Legends claim both the Holy Grail and Arc of the Covenant were kept in the Abbey grounds. Glastonbury may have been a site of religious importance in pre-Christian times. The abbey itself was founded by Britons, and it dates at least to the early 7th century. Later medieval Christian legend claimed that the abbey was founded by Joseph of Arimathea in the 1st century. This legend is intimately tied to Robert de Boron's version of the Holy Grail story and to Glastonbury's connection to King Arthur, which dates at least to the early 12th century. Glastonbury fell into Saxon hands after the Battle of Peonnum in 658. The Saxons under Cenwalh of Wessex conquered Somerset as far west as the River Parrett, perhaps with the intention of gaining control of the valuable abbey. However, Cenwalh allowed the British abbot, Bregored, to stay in power, a move perhaps intended as a show of good faith to the defeated Britons. After Bregored's death in 669, he was replaced by the Anglo-Saxon Berhtwald, but British monks remained for many years after.
The most powerful location on the Abbey grounds is the hallowed Lady Chapel. It is found just outside the museum exit, in the main body of ruins. It is in the subterranean section of the cathedral assemblage. It is intact on three sides, and is topped by a low stone ceiling. A symmetrical stone altar occupies the center of the small chapel The Lady Chapel is located at a precise crossing of the Michael and Mary Leylines, in what was clearly the most 'Christian' employment of telluric energy in the religious mecca of Glastonbury. The heavy stone altar in the Lady Chapel was placed in the exact center of the Michael & Mary vortex. As such it radiates a very bright, telluric energy. Glastonbury is the Heart center of the World, and the Lady Chapel is the Heart Center of Glastonbury. It resonates to the 4th chakra.