Explore Celtic Spirituality
with Edie Stone, MA, in Boulder, Colorado
Ancient and contemporary paths of personal growth and spiritual expression
Photo © 2008 Edie Stone
The Chalice Well unites Christian, Arthurian, and Pagan traditions and welcomes all to gather at the Peace Garden in Glastonbury.
Celtic spirituality is …
Celtic spirituality is a bridge between
ancient traditions of the British Isles and old Europe
early Celtic Christianity
revivals of written and visionary knowledge
and a living flow of mystical awareness and love of nature.
Bryn Celli Ddu. A 4000 year old cairn which aligns with the Midsummer sunrise, on the Isle of Angelsey, Wales. The carved stone is decorated with a necklace from a recent ceremony.
A path to Avalon.
A Celtic weave of branches on the winding path up the Glastonbury Tor.
Celtic spirituality is not one path, but many pathways to personal growth and spiritual development. Most Celtic paths …
- honor the sacredness of the Earth and all living beings
- respect the dignity and integrity of each individual’s search for truth
- honor the Divine Feminine as well as the Divine Masculine
- listen to the wisdom of the trees, the whispering of the reeds, the memories of the stones
- see beauty in shadow as well as light
- delight both in the mystery of Oneness and in the beauty of diversity
- acknowledge the presence of ancestors, faeries, leprechauns, the sidhe, angels, ghosts, spirits of the land, and other subtle beings
- value traditional teachings while enjoying creativity and spontaneity
- love poetry, music, story, ceremony, and silence
Please call me at 303-415-3755 or email me if you are interested in exploring the Celtic path.
I will leave you for now with a poem from Fiona MacDonald and three blessings from the late John O’Donohue.
How beautiful they are,
The lordly ones
Who dwell in the hills,
The hollow hills.
May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.
May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers beckon.
May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage to follow its path.
John O’Donohue, Eternal Echoes, 1999
much more to come …
Celtic spirituality is … megalithic, mythic, mystical
much more to come …
- The Chalice Well © 2008 Edie Stone. One of the most peaceful and sacred moments of my life. See note below about the symbolism of the well and well cover.
- The mound Bryn Celli Ddu, north-east side, main entrance Ynys Môn/ Isle of Anglesey, Wales, by Rhion Pritchard, 2008, public domain.
- Tor Tree, cc-by-sa-2.0, 2008, Glyn Baker Glyn notes: Tor Tree. Not one of the official concrete paths up Glastonbury Tor but a well worn trail that passes through this split tree, there must be some mystical significance surely?
NOTE ON THE CHALICE WELL, from Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chalice_Well
Wells often feature in Welsh and Irish mythology as gateways to the spirit world. The overlapping of the inner and outer worlds is represented by the well cover, designed by the church architect and archaeologist Frederick Bligh Bond and presented as a gift after the Great War in 1919. The two interlocking circles constitute the symbol known as the Vesica Piscis. In the well lid design, a spear or a sword bisects these two circles, a possible reference to Excalibur, the sword of the legendary King Arthur, believed by some to be buried at the nearby Glastonbury Abbey. Foliage represents the Glastonbury Thorn. Bligh Bond wrote that the vesica design for the well cover was “typical of many early diagrams, all having the same object – the rendering of spiritual truth by means of the purest, most intellectual system of imagery conceived by the mind, namely, truth which is ‘aeonial’ or eternal, of which geometry is the best interpreter, since it can figure for us with remarkable suggestiveness those formative principles upon which the Father has built his Creation, principles which shall endure when heaven and earth have died.”
Christian mythology suggests that Chalice Well marks the site where Joseph of Arimathea placed the chalice that had caught the drops of Christ‘s blood at the Crucifixion, linking the Well to the wealth of speculation surrounding the existence of the Holy Grail.