Wednesday 17 February 2016

The Chalice Well Gardens

 "It is said that beneath its waters Joseph of Aramithea hid the Chalice of the Last Supper and immediately the waters flowed red."

The Chalice Well Gardens can be found in Glastonbury, along with Glastonbury Abbey and Glastonbury Tor - what a wonderful little town it is!

The Chalice Well Gardens are beautiful - especially on a warm summers days.The Gardens is a place where you can meditate. It is also a great place to take a book and spend the afternoon surrounded by tranquility while you get lost in another world.

The Well has been in use for over 2,000 years. The water from the well, which pumps a staggering 25,000 gallons a day, is said to have mystical healing properties. 

The water has a reddish hue. Nowadays we know that this colour is caused by Iron Oxide.  But before scientist could explain such things, our ancestors interpreted the colour of the water in a slightly different way...

In Irish and Welsh mythology, the Well is a gateway to the spirit world.

The Christians thought the reddish hue occurred after Joseph of Aramithea placed the chalice, that caught Jesus's blood at the Crucifixion, in to the water. Others say the water represents the rusty nails that were hammered in to Jesus's hands and feet. There is even evidence to back this up - if you forget about all the scientific knowledge we now know for just a minute - Let me explain how this legend came into being;

The water is red,
The water coagulates (just like hemoglobin),
The water is warm.

The legend also states that Joseph of Aramithea drove his staff into the ground near the well and from that grew a Holy Thorn Tree, which blooms every Christmas.

It is considered by some to be the resting place of the Grail. Although the stories suggest otherwise!

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