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Chalice from latin the holy gral
Chalice = calice = means cups
Water from the Chalice Well at Glastonbury
Minerals; Inorganic; More Inorganic Compounds
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The Chalice Well Gardens
The Chalice Well is one of the oldest continuously used holy wells in Britain. Archaeology has shown that the Spring was used by prehistoric tribes who inhabited this land, and for the last 2000 years we can be fairly sure that the site has been in constant use. To be at the well head, and drink the water and absorb the atmosphere of the place is truly an inspirational experience
The first spot you will reach at the bottom of the garden is this vesica piscis shaped pool that has Chalice Well water flowing in to it through a series of flow forms. This Vesica is not only sacred to Christians. It is an important symbol for many spiritual paths. The vesica piscis is a sacred geometrical symbol in which the circumference of one circle goes through the center of another identical circle. The bit in the middle is the vesica. It is the sacred geometrical figure of the last two thousand years.Extend one end of the Vesica and you get a fish - the symbol in Roman times that you were a Christian. The top half of the Vesica made the Gothic arch. It is a symbol that comes up again and again in these gardens. According to Dr. Douglas Dean, water seems to be a carrier of 'subtle' information which is important for life forms, Apparently "Holy Water" from some wells is opaque to certain frequencies of infra-red light. The same effect can be found in 'ordinary' water after it has been blessed by a priest or spiritual healer. These "Holy Waters" have long been known-for their curative proper ties. 0laf Alexandersson and Theodor Schwenk have investigated some of the subtle aspects of water. Alexandersson asserts that the swirling eddies in natural mountain streams 'livens up' the water and gives it additional properties not yet fully understood. It is part of the process which enables fish to travel up waterfalls - it is more than just the fish swimming with unusual energy. Under certain water conditions, stones may even float! Schwenk believes that a body of unadulterated water has infinitely subtle veil-like forms if the water is in harmonic movement. Water's ability to move in this rich way is related to its capacity to support living processes. The rhythmical metamorphic potential hidden within fluid processes in nature has been demonstrated by Schwenk, and are manifest as a fundamental part of the organic world. A "Flowform" is a vessel, or organ, with a narrow entrance and exit, through which water may flow Between the entrance and exit are laterally placed cavities. The carefully proportioned exit creates a resistance which causes the stream to swing round the cavities alternatively to the left and to the right. The vortical flow path describes a figure of eight, with a lobe in each cavity. The frequency of the rhythms varies with the size of the "Flowform", while the character of the movement depends on its shape. Behind the visible reciprocating movement, longer term rhythms can exist. The Sevenfold Metamorphic Cascade installed at Chalice Well is the outcome of research and Development by John Wilkes of the Flow Design Research Group at Emerson College. It induces rhythms into the flow to enhance the 'subtle energy' content of the water. It is becoming increasingly evident through the work of many investigators that we must think of the watery body of the Earth as maintaining a mediating function which conveys 'information' of the total environment to all living things. It is this embedding of everything living into the totality that is of paramount importance to the continued existence of life on this planet.The Lion's head area is the place to drink the waters.
Chalice Well is a holy well situated at the foot of Glastonbury Tor in the county of Somerset, England. The natural spring and surrounding gardens are owned and managed by the Chalice Well Trust (registered charity no. 204206), founded by Wellesley Tudor Pole in 1959.
Archaeological evidence suggests that the well has been in almost constant use for at least two thousand years.
The Chalice Well's stone well-shaft was probably constructed in the early 13th century to supply the magnificent new monastery at Glastonbury built after the great fire. The well-cover was designed by the clairvoyant Bligh Bond; its Bleeding Lance runs through the interlocking circles of the hidden and apparent worlds.
The well itself is thought to have been built by those of the Old Religion, the Druids, and that the water the gushes from it, reddish in colour and tasting of iron, has been claimed to have magical powers. The colour of the water and the taste according to legend is said to symbolise the iron nails that were used at the Crucifixion. Visitors can still drink the water which is today believed to possess healing properties. This belief can be traced back to the sixteenth-century. Another legend tells that Joseph hid the Holy Chalice or Holy Grail in a spring near to the Tor that feeds the Chalice Well.
In recent years it has been found to be naturally radioactive. The water flows from this well a rate of 25,000 (UK) gallons per day even in a drought. There is an entry fee to the Chalice Well, which is set in a beautiful secluded garden and is a popular place for meditation. Joseph of Arimathea is also connected to the 'Holy Thorn Tree' (See Mystical-WWW Glastonbury Thorn) which can be found in Glastonbury.
Belief in the various healing properties of sacred springs, wells, and water itself are of ancient origin in the early Celtic Church, having a great significance also for the Old Religion/Druid. It is quite natural then that a sacred vessel should have given rise to a spring or to be contained within it. The significance of a well or spring depends on why it arose, and here there are central irrefutable points which should be considered, one being the belief that the water will possess the qualities of the person who gave rise to it or caused it to appear.
If we consider the Chalice Well, from a Christian Arthurian perspective the Holy Chalice is believed to have been the cause of its birth. If this is so, then the blood of Christ will have mixed with the waters, bringing enlightenment and possibly resurrection and life everlasting. These same gifts can be seen to be presented to Arthur in Taliesin's poem 'The Spoils of Annwn' (See Taliesin).
If we consider the prospect of the Chalice Well being older, pre-Christian in origin, then the early writings of the Celtic Church and the knowledge of the arcane mysticism practised in Britain indicates the possibility that this was a well that was believed to provide a bridge to eternal life, perhaps the Underworld from Upper Earth. This may be associated with the knowledge of the 'magic cauldron' from which waters were believed to provide the drinker with life after death. If the body of a dead person was immersed in the water from the cauldron, life was believed to be restored.