Ancient megalithic landscape-engineering, the principles and mathematics of which lived on into medieval church architecture, was rooted in a wish to enhance, channel and modify the subtle energy-flows within nature and between earth and cosmos. Geometry and proportion were seen to express divine principles, and the building of carefully-designed temples would therefore lock these principles on the earth plane, affecting the fortunes of earth and people.
Megalithic works were intimately connected with patterns of underground water (domes, streams and veins), which can be identified by dowsers. The Tor, riddled with underground water-flows, has strong traditions mentioning caves inside it, from which the water company today taps water for the mains system. When surrounded by water and marsh, Glastonbury would have been a veritable water-temple. It was an inland island, guarded on its one land entrance by Ponter's Ball, a long mound today straddling the A361 east of Glastonbury, which was built in Celtic times.
The purpose of megalithic engineering was to harmonise the energy-flows of heaven, earth and humankind. This in turn would affect weather, fertility, prosperity, social harmony and the overall state of things. Sites such as Glastonbury will have been used for ceremonially accessing deeper levels of consciousness and reality, for psychic communication, healing and engagement in the creation-process. It still does so today. Glastonbury, Avebury and Stonehenge, forming a triangle, function together as a three-point global node, and the consciousness-activity in all three places, created by both residents and visitors, might perhaps help globally.
Charterhouse lead mines on the Mendips
Living in and visiting Glastonbury today involves interfacing two, or several, contiguous realities – Avalon and Glastonbury. There's a busy modern reality and an archetypal, timeless, magical reality – both of which have their pleasures, inspirations, knocks and scrapes! The town is psycho-socially polarised too, to add to the excitement, between 'Glastonians' and 'Avalonians'. Staying tuned to both realities is the challenge. If you don't, you go bankrupt or mad.
If you're visiting Glastonbury, do take time to sniff around its local energy-spots and ancient places. Leave the cream teas till later! The best panorama of Glastonbury and its environs is from Wearyall Hill – go there first. When visiting power-places, sit down, go quiet and take it all in, not just through your eyes. Talk less, think less, stick your antennae up: 'listen more closely to things than to people'.
Let your aura be blown clean atop the Tor. Wash out your insides with Chalice Well water. Send up a prayer for far-off people from the underground crypt in the Abbey. Wander up Bushey Combe after midnight. Try out places like Butleigh Cross, Panborough Hill and Dundon Beacon. Take note of your night-time dreams. Come to the periodic mystery plays, conferences, festivals and other events this town stages. Follow intuitive threads and let yourself encounter people you wouldn't usually talk to. You might experience amazing things. And then go sample a cream tea!