St. Lucifer's Day 2008 - Glastonbury (The White Spring and Bride's Mound)

St. Lucifer’s Day (20 May) coincided with the Beltane full moon. There were many events I could have attended in Glastonbury on this evening. This is a short report from the two I decided to visit. I started at the White Spring at 18:30 and left at 20:00, prior to the second part of the event which included a fire in the courtyard. I then made my way down to Bride's Mound for the opening of the new gateway. I could also have attended the Glastonbury Under the stars Moot as well as the full moon evening at Chalice Well with Muriel Buhrs.

18:30 Beltane Full Moon at the White Spring

A group gathered at the White Spring at 18:30 on 20 May 2008. Facilitated by Gill Atkinson, the event began with a circle, with Gill, Max, Lisa and Lynda calling the quarters. Everyone then had the chance to tune in to the surroundings in silence. The group then visited different parts of the building, singing songs dedicated to the various deities. Some of these were led by Lynda and we also saw spontaneous contributions coming from some of the other people present. I led the chant of Namo Kuan Shih Yin Pu Sa in front of the new figure of Kuan Yin. Sat down again at the front of the building, Gill guided the group through a meditation. We then had a chance to taste some honey she had brought back from Bosnia, prior to us singing the ‘hoof and horn’ song. Sat down again I gave my Beltane poem its fifth outing of the year and Max finished things off with a story that had come to him during the season of Beltane. Finally, the directions were closed again. Overall this was an excellent event.

The White Spring has received a lick of paint

20:30 The Opening of the Gateway to Bride's Fields

Later that night another group met on the other side of town in front of the sunset to open the new gateway to Bride’s Mound. Lone Bang Whitestar introduced the event before handing over to councillor and former mayor of the town Stephanie Morland to cut the ribbon. With that the gate was flung open and Ash, the new Bard of Glastonbury, performed Bridey’s Welcome - a special poem written earlier that day. The group then processed to the summit. A circle was formed and ritual items were placed in the centre. Dr. Serena Roney-Dougal and Jaine Raine talked about the significance of the occasion and the progress that had been made at Bride’s Mound. I then performed the 12 verses of my Lady of Avalon poem. A song believed to be in the ancient druid language ogham was then sung, before two bottles of mead were opened and made available. Bread, cheese and cake were also passed around the circle. I then read my Beltane poem for the sixth time this year, preceding it with a description of the places it had been already - Stanton Drew, Glastonbury Tor, Stonehenge, Avebury and the White Spring. I described how the energy was building and now concluding at Bride's Mound. Ash followed with an impressive performance from memory of the Avalon Rising poem. The circle concluded and people chatted and continued to eat and drink. Some people began to drift away, while others stayed on in anticipation of the full moon. I eventually left with just a few people remaining as this was a work night. As I was travelling back home across the Mendips I could see the full moon low in the sky, with an amazing orange colour. A great end to a memorable evening. A few photos are shown below, along with three videos . Note the failing light and the shimmer/smoke from the small fire meant it was not possible to achieve the best results. The website for Bride's Mound is http://www.friendsofbridesmound.com.

Setting up, thanks, Matthew Lady of Avalon poem, mead and food (video: mikesey)

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Funding note, song sung in ogham and final reading of Matthew Beltane poem (video: mikesey)

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Ash - Bard of Glastonbury - recites Avalon Rising. Shot in rapidly fading light (video: mikesey)

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Ash - the new Bard of Glastonbury - reads his Bridey's Welcome poem (photo: mikesey)

Mead and bread and cheese are enjoyed in the circle (photo: mikesey)

Mead and bread and cheese are enjoyed in the circle (photo: mikesey)

Mead and bread and cheese are enjoyed in the circle (photo: mikesey)

Mead and bread and cheese are enjoyed in the circle (photo: mikesey)

Now it's time for the cake to come around (photo: mikesey)

Matthew chats with Lone Bang Whitestar about astrology and Glastonbury Radio (photo: mikesey)

A skull apparently made out of Stonehenge sarsen (photo: mikesey)

Matthew wonders where the full moon has gone! (photo: mikesey)

Matthew chats to Tor Webster about Glastonbury Radio (photo: mikesey)

Matthew answers some questions on druidry and celebrating the natural cycle of the year

The moon the previous evening

The moon the previous evening


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