Chalice Well Lammas

On Wednesday 1st August, I travelled down to Glastonbury for the day with my partner Fleur and her children Toby and Amy. There we joined with maybe 50 others around Chalice Well to mark this time of Lammas or Lughnasadh.
The sunflowers and abundant greenery around the well reflected the unusually glorious Summer we have been experiencing here in England this season. As we sat together on the old worn steps of the well, a general atmosphere of benevolence and beneficence pervaded proceedings.
Suddenly an officious voice was whispering strongly in my ear “ Excuse me sir; I’m going to have to ask you to leave – you’re far too old to be here.”
It was my cheeky, ever joking friend Richard Bennet, playing his usual tricks- and for a second having me half believing him, before I burst out laughing.

Several others around the wellhead were familiar faces and old friends, who, like Richard, I hadn’t seen in good while.
Thats one of the beautiful aspects of Lughnasadh for me- a gathering and reunion of family, friends and community. And so it was.
(Blood on the Tor).

Being such a beautiful day , we made the most of our time and, bumping into yet another old friend outside, we joined Ravi and his dog ‘Petal’, for a brisk walk up the Tor by the ‘back route’ . For Amy to get to walk the dog for an hour, was seventh heaven: Meanwhile Petal’s enthusiasm to get up the Tor had her pulling Amy along the path and getting the lead caught up round Toby’s ankle, causing him to fall and graze his knee, bless. At one level, maybe it was his ‘blood offering’ for the day 🙂 .

Up on top it was fresh and blustery – a welcome contrast to the intense heat which has been generally prevalent this season. With skirts billowing wildly in the wind, Amy and Fleur danced their way around the Tor, before Fleur and I offered our prayers and blessings to each quarter and to each element before heading down again. remarking on the phenomenol amount of sheep poo gracing the hillside and seeming to provide instant art installations on every other step.

Then we saw why, as a small army of scrawny, blue daubed sheep trotted, hobbled and scuttled their way between hillocks. They were being herded – by an enthusiastic sheepdog at their heels, who was incredibly alert and responsive to his masters subtle calls and whistles. The shepherd himself meanwhile, brandished a shepherd’s crook – perhaps seven feet tall and made of metal. Unusual these days in my experience – with the whole scene – embodying heat, sheep and sun parched hillside – being far more reminiscent of Provence in France, than Somerset in provincial England.

We rounded off the day with a contrasting visit to the White Spring as we descended the Tor: Coolness, darkness and dampness compensating for their direct opposites.

Our eyes adjusting to the candles and tea-lights, altars and offerings, we sank into the stillness. With Toby and Amy outside – with their hands full looking after the dog – Fleur took the opportunity for a quick dip in the pool as an offering to the Goddess, while I meanwhile I offered song. We concluded with three Awens together in front of the central altar in gratitude; – a fitting finale to our Lughnasadh foray.

Share this post

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on print
Share on email
Scroll to Top

European Union General Data Protection Regulations

The EU GDPR is designed to help all of us have more control over our personal data, and how is it used.

Who does the GDPR apply to?

Data subjects, being all visitors and users of any website who are members of the European Union who submit any personal data. JJ Middleway is the data processor and data controller of this site. You can find out more about this law here.


Privacy Policy

Effective from 25th May, 2018

This Privacy Policy sets out how I use and protect information that you may provide when you use this website. Your privacy is protected, and is important to me. If you provide identifiable personal information it will only be used to help me fulfil the services we provide.

JJ Middleway is the company or person who collects any personal data submitted through enchantingthevoid.co.uk

I may update this policy periodically, please check this page to ensure that you are in agreement with any changes.

What I Collect

Personal information, basically any data that can be used to identify or contact you is collected so I can communicate with you about your requirements. This could include your name, business name, address details, email, telephone numbers, or other information pertaining to the services I provide. You may also at times be asked to leave a message about your enquiry or project brief. Websites also collect your IP address through the use of Cookies (find out more about cookies below).

If you opted-in to my mailing list, you may receive occasional emails on important updates or service information. You have the right to opt-out or and have any personal details removed at any time, please email [email protected]

What I Do With The Information I Collect

Information is saved until the enquiry is dealt with, and then archived with the project or on cloud based systems if you are an ongoing client. I also retain your contact details and information in the emails you have sent, but you can request to have your personal details deleted at any time.

I will not sell, distribute, or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your express permission, or are required by law to do so. I may use your personal information to send you relevant information about services I offer, or information you need as part of the services I offer.

Data Security

In my commitment to ensuring that your information is secure and to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, I have suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures in place to safeguard and secure the information I collect online.

  • Data is stored on a secure cloud-based server or on a secure, password protected computer with limited user access.
  • Sending information over the internet is generally not completely secure, and I can’t guarantee the security of your data while it’s in transit. Any data you send is at your own risk.
  • I have procedures including passwords, restricted access and other security features in place to keep your data secure once I receive it.
  • I will NEVER pass on your personal data to third parties without first getting your explicit consent.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • Whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used for direct marketing purposes
  • If you have previously opted-in to a mailing list, or provided other information, you can find out what information I hold, and ask me to remove or not to use any of it, by emailing me.
  • If you believe that any information I am holding about you is incorrect or incomplete, please email me as soon as possible: [email protected] I will correct any inaccurate information.

Google Analytics

User and Event Data Retention

We use Google Analytics to find out what content works best for our users. User-level and event-level data associated with Google Analytics cookies is retained for 14 months and then automatically deleted. Website visitors who don’t want their data used by Analytics can install the Analytics opt-out browser add-on.

IP Anonymization

We have implemented IP Anonymization, simply put, the last three digits of your IP address are set to zeros in memory shortly after being sent to the Analytics Collection Network. The full IP address is never written retained, or written to disk.


Cookies

This site also uses cookies to improve your user experience, find out more or manage them here

Magic Imagination

This is the first volume of poetry by JJ reflecting his early work in the mid to late 1990’s.  It includes classics like  ‘Ode to Woman‘, ‘I am not a Christian‘ and ‘Come Dream the World Anew‘. JJ’s deep love of the Earth and of life, permeates these poems

£10.00 (+ £2.50 P&P)

Sovereign Earth

Live Sessions via Facebook – Tuesday’s 8pm 20 minutes of Song,  Silence & reflection.
I look forward to you all joining me.
Blessings JJ